Mar 24, 2014 11:40 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - Due to scheduling conflicts that would have hampered its normally scheduled practice on Tuesday, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head football coach Mark Hudspeth sent his team out a day early with a two-hour session on Monday in full gear.
The result? One of the best sessions in Hudspeth's four-year tenure.
After a two-hour workout on Saturday that had Hudspeth looking for his team to be more physical, the Ragin' Cajuns answered the challenge as the team worked on all phases of their game on the Ragin' Cajuns practice fields.
"It was the best practice that we've had so far,' Hudspeth said. "There was a lot of good spirit, a lot of guys were out there really competing and trying to get better. I thought we played physical today. I thought some guys answered the challenge. "
One of the key areas the Ragin' Cajuns will be relying on in 2014 will be on the defensive line, which sees the return of All-Sun Belt Conference performer Justin Hamilton along with veterans Christian Ringo, Chris Prater, Marquise White, Marvin Martin and Remaine Douglas. A pair of redshirt freshmen - Rodrick Stephens and 6-foot-8, 380-pounder Sherard Johnson - could push for playing time for a unit that finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing defense and third overall in total defense.
"They're playing really well right now," Hudspeth said of the defensive line. "We like the depth of the returning letterwinners and they're doing a really good job. Marquise White has really changed his body and is playing at a very high level. Rodrick Stephens is doing a nice job as well as Sherard Johnson, who is having a great camp.
"I think we're getting better there and that could be the strength of our defense this season."
Louisiana will return to practice on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Ragin' Cajuns will hold their annual Spring Game on April 12 at noon at Cajun Field and will open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Southern University.