Aug 4, 2014 10:58 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team opened the fourth season of the Mark Hudspeth era on Monday with a pair of workouts in Cajun Field that was sandwiched around its annual Media Day luncheon.
The Ragin' Cajuns veteran players worked out in shorts and helmets for approximately 90 minutes in the morning session before the team's freshmen and other squad members worked out in the evening. Louisiana will practice as a full team for the first time on Tuesday in shorts and helmets before adding shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday. The Ragin' Cajuns will don full pads for the first time beginning on Friday.
With the defending Sun Belt Conference champions' season-opener against Southern set for Aug. 30 at Cajun Field, the enthusiasm level for a first-day workout was among the best in Hudspeth's tenure.
"There was a lot of enthusiasm, and a lot of times you see that on the first day of practice, but today there was a little more than usual," Hudspeth said. "I want to see if we can sustain that enthusiasm for the rest of this first week.
"Overall, I thought our freshmen picked things up fairly quickly, our veterans showed up in good shape and we flew around today. I thought it was one of the better first days that we've had."
One of the top battles coming out of spring practice was replacing All-Sun Belt Conference performer Andre Huval at center. With the three-year starter and two-time all-conference performer gone to graduation, redshirt freshman Grant Horst and junior college transfer Eddie Gordon look to replace Huval as the anchor on the offensive line.
"They both took a lot of reps, they got a lot of snaps and both executed very well," Hudspeth said of Horst and Gordon's first day of fall camp. "We won't be able to tell much right now with everyone in helmets ... everyone looks like an all-conference player right now. We'll wait and see who starts showing up when we put the pads on."