Aug 8, 2014 7:10 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns worked out in full pads for the first time on Friday, working out at a controlled practice tempo during a two-hour session that split time in the Leon Moncla Indoor Facility and adjacent practice fields.
"I thought we had a good day," fourth-year coach Mark Hudspeth said. "I thought the guys came out early and we were physical. We tried to be a little more physical that we have been, but I thought we faded a little bit. It got pretty humid and it took a toll on us late. But our guys pushed and they didn't stop pushing, but you could tell it took a little out of them."
The Ragin' Cajuns will work twice on Saturday beginning with a light workout in the morning before getting their first live action of fall camp with a closed scrimmage in the evening.
"I want to see us tackle," Hudspeth said of his expectations of Saturday's scrimmage. "We've worked on a lot of controlled tackling drills, but I want to see us tackle in a live setting. I want to see us block and use great fundamentals.
"I want to see us push through things and I want to work on special teams in a live setting and see if we're progressing there. It'll be a good measuring stick of where we are at this point."
After working out in helmets and shells during the first four days of camp, the Ragin' Cajuns were able to finally put on full gear and continue to work on getting into football shape while batting the Louisiana humidity.
"If you're a football player and you don't like the first day of full pads, something's wrong with you," Hudspeth said. "Our guys were excited and practice had a lot of energy, early. It faded a little bit, but the thing I was proud of was that the guys pushed, they didn't stop and we've just got to continue to get into football shape."
With a veteran team that returns 61 letterwinners and 17 starters, Hudspeth noted several players who have stood out in the first week of practice. Included in the group were sophomore quarterback Brooks Haack, slated to be the backup behind Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year and Davey O'Brien Watch List candidate Terrance Broadway, running back Alonzo Harris (a Doak Walker Watch List candidate), running back Elijah McGuire and receiver Jamal Robinson (a Biletnikoff Watch List candidate).
"Brooks (Haack) is throwing the ball well, it's good to see that," Hudspeth said. "(Running backs) Elijah (McGuire) and Alonzo (Harris), both of those guys are running strong and doing nice jobs. Jamal (Robinson) is having a great camp and our offensive line is coming together well.
"Defensively, we've got a lot of depth. Our defensive line is playing hard and we've got some guys in the secondary that are competing. At linebacker, we've got a lot of guys who are talented ... hopefully we've just got to get two guys to step up and say ‘this is my job.' We've got a lot of guys fighting for it and that's a good thing."