Aug 10, 2014 10:37 AM by UL Sports Information

Newcomers Get Majority of Playing Time in Ragin' Cajuns First Scrimmage

LAFAYETTE - Brooks Haack threw for one touchdown pass and Jerrell Richardson rushed for a TD as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns capped off a pair of practices on Saturday with a 78-play situational scrimmage at Cajun Field.

The Cajuns, who will open the season at newly expanded Cajun Field on Aug. 30 against Southern, hit the field in the morning with a light special teams workout before their first live action of fall camp in the evening.

"It was exciting to get into the stadium tonight," head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Anytime you can get your first scrimmage under the light, and get a break from the weather, it's always good. We were pretty pleased and came out healthy."

With many of the Ragin' Cajuns starters seeing limited playing time, it was the reserves that took center stage in the evening workout. Haack, one of six quarterbacks to see action, took the majority of snaps in place of starter Terrance Broadway and led the Cajuns to their first touchdown when he connected with C.J. Bates on a 6-yard scoring pass during red zone situations.

"We're way ahead of where we were at this point last year," Hudspeth said. "Last year, we were putting in a whole new defense with a new coordinator, didn't have a lot of returning starters and had a lot of question marks. This year, offensively just about everybody is back. Defensively, a lot of players have played in a lot of games in this scheme. That's made the installation go faster and the guys are picking things up quicker.

"I like where we're at in camp. I love our kid's attitudes. They're having fun, they're working hard and they're pulling together pretty good right now."

Richardson, working against the No. 3 defense, capped off a two-play drive for the Ragin' Cajuns with a tough 10-yard run off right tackle.

Kickers Hunter Stover and Stephen Brauchle combined for seven field goals for the Ragin' Cajuns while Corey Trim, Mandell Sam and Cole Bourque each intercepted passes.

Louisiana will attend church services on Sunday before returning to practice with a pair of workouts on Monday.

Hudspeth announced after the scrimmage that junior college transfer Eddie Gordon was the first of the Ragin' Cajuns newcomers to have his black stripe removed from his helmet.

Every Ragin' Cajuns player has a stripe on his helmet, with all true freshmen and newcomers wearing a black stripe down the middle in place of a white stripe that the veterans wear. The newcomers have to earn the right to get the black stripe taken off their helmet through a testimonial from their appointed "big brother."

The 6-foot-1, 320-pound Gordon, who played at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College after originally signing with North Carolina State out of high school, had his stripe taken off after the testimonial from senior offensive lineman Terry Johnson.

"He's a guy that has worked awfully hard since he's gotten here," Hudspeth said of Gordon. "He's worked hard and has been responsible. (He's) not just worked hard in practice, he's on time for all the team meetings, he does all the extra and does what it takes and he understands what it means to be a Ragin' Cajun."



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