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Extraordinarily way too early look at the Ragin Cajuns

Fall camp is winding down. Depth charts are being finalized. Soon, Kentucky will install game plans in hopes of opening the 2015 season with an emphatic win. Louisiana Lafayette is not a typical, layup game to work out the kinks prior to traveling to Columbia, South Carolina.

The Ragin Cajuns are coming of four consecutive 9-4 records including four bowl wins. A scary adversary at first glance, this year’s version is less daunting than years past. Personnel wise, ULL’s weaknesses are UK’s strengths. Here is a brief overview. My actual scouting report post will be on KSR during game week. I have to whittle down the document as it makes Drew Franklin’s Facebook post look miniscule.

Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth

Prior to his arrival, ULL had experienced two, nine win seasons in 107 years of football. He’s gone four for four. Hudspeth is intense and can bench press 400 pounds. His name was thrown around to fill Joker’s shoes prior to Mitch Barnhart hiring Mark Stoops.

Notes

  • ULL returns six offensive and defensive starters respectfully.
  • The Ragin Cajuns beat Nevada in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
  • ULL’s next opponent following UK: Northwestern State.
  • Mark Hudspeth is 0-7 vs Power 5 opponents.
  • 2014 losses were to Louisiana Tech (48-20), at Ole Miss (56-15), at Boise State (34-9), and Appalachian State (35-16)

OFFENSE

QB: Brooks Haack 6’1 219 Junior, 1st year full-time starter. Only 2014 start vs. South Alabama, 5-14, 49 yards.

RB: Elijah McGuire 5’11 198 Junior, Sunbelt Player of the Year

WR: Jamal Robinson-6’4 205 Senior, 3rd Team All Sunbelt

WR: Al Riles 5’10 212 Junior

WR: Devin Scott 5’11 180 Junior

TE: Nick Byrne 6’3 228 Junior

C: Eddie Gordon 6’1 316 Senior

RG: Donovan Williams 6’3 320 Senior

LG: Mykhael Quave 6’5 294 Senior, 1st Team All Sunbelt

RT: Octravian Anderson 6’4 295 Senior

LT: Grant Horst 6’5 260 Soph

DEFENSE

DE: Chris Prater 6’5 246 Senior

NT: Jacoby Briscoe 6’3 325 Junior

DT: Karmichael Dunbar 6’2 317 Junior

Buck: Kevin Fouquier 6’4 235 Junior

WLB: Otha Peters 6’2 228 Junior, Arkansas transfer, was All SEC Freshmen Team

MLB: Tre’Maine Lightfoot 6’0 230 Junior

SLB: Dominique Tovell 6’2 248 Senior, 1st Team All Sunbelt

CB: Jevante Watson 5’10 175 Senior

CB: Simeon Thomas 6’3 180 Soph, 3rd Team All Sunbelt

SS: Travis Crawford 5’11 185 Soph

FS: Tracy Walker 6’2 180 Soph

 

Much, much more to follow.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

13 Comments for Extraordinarily way too early look at the Ragin Cajuns

  1. I hope they’re not allowed to bring that axe onto the field. This ain’t professional rasslin’!!!



    • Mixxy
      4:23 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

      Bet you could do a crackback block with that thing, though!



  2. JC
    3:49 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    Just curious, was Hudspeth at one time either considered for the job here or the OC position?



  3. JC
    3:50 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    Okay, so I read the article disregard.



  4. Smyrna_Cat
    3:53 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    LOVE ME SOME FREDDIE MAGGARD!!!!

    Freddie is made football fun!



  5. Go Cards
    3:59 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    The most Kentucky thing they could do to dedicate their new stadium would be to lose to a Sun Belt team.



    • J-Dub421
      4:11 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville lost to UK in their first ever game in Papa John’s. Don’t ever forget that.



    • Dude
      4:55 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

      By a shitload, too. 68-34.



  6. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:06 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    I wouldn’t say 13 days is “extraordinarily” way too early. Especially with nothing else going on.



  7. Jenkins
    6:41 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

    What about there record against non Power 5 teams like Kentucky?



    • Dude
      8:04 pm August 24, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville fans join a Power 5 conference for the first time in 108 years, and suddenly they get all chesty. Adorable. 🙂



  8. Jimharris
    12:48 am August 25, 2015 Permalink

    Ain’t gonna lose no opening game in the new CWS! But it won’t be because of a huge size difference. They got some bigguns up front, in both directions. It probably won’t be a blow-out game tha’s decided after one quarter, but we win by about 20 as we wear them down in the 2nd half.

    And we needn’t feel badly with that result: 38-17.