Posted: Oct 20, 2009 11:29 AM by sleonard
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Through the first half of the college football season, Louisiana-Lafayette overcame six first-quarter deficits to win four games, including its two Sun Belt Conference
Injuries to two key starters in last week's 30-22 win over Western Kentucky now offer a new set of obstacles for the Ragin' Cajuns (4-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) going into Saturday's homecoming game
against Florida Atlantic (1-4, 1-1).
Tailback Undrea Sails (fractured left leg) and cornerback Dwight Bentley (left ankle) were both hurt on separate plays in the second quarter last week. Sails is done for the year, while Bentley is out
That means the Cajuns will give a pair of Texas natives their first college starts this week. Redshirt freshman Yobes Walker will get the nod at tailback, with sophomore Melvin White stepping in at
Losing Sails is quite a blow considering that he was the Sun Belt's fourth-leading rusher and one of the team's emotional leaders. The senior earned the starting job this season after the
all-time leading rusher in school, state and league history, Tyrell Fenroy, spent his eligibility last fall.
"It's a tough, tough loss," head coach Rickey Bustle said Monday. "He's a great young man, and we hate to lose him. I just feel bad for him and bad for our football team because he's been a
solid football player for us."
With Sails out, Walker is expected to carry the bulk of the load in the running game, with sophomore Julian Shankle and redshirt freshman Draylon Booker also getting some carries. Last week Walker
replaced an injured Sails and ran for a career-high 94 yards on 24 carries as the Cajuns rushed for a season-high 230 yards.
On Monday, Bustle said that redshirt freshman cornerback Rodney Gillis has been cleared to practice and play this week. Gillis has been out since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee
during spring drills.
--- Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)