Mar 11, 2014 8:50 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - Fourth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth welcomed back his most veteran team on Tuesday as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team officially opened spring practice with a solid two-hour workout on the Ragin' Cajuns Practice Fields.
Louisiana, the defending Sun Belt Conference and three-time defending R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl champion, worked in shells at a crisp pace through 24 periods with several veterans and newcomers having solid days.
"The pace was good, the tempo was good and I thought some of the veterans looked good," Hudspeth said. "(Senior wide receiver) Jamal Robinson really came out today and you could see him and (senior running back) Alonzo Harris are really committed to improving and having great seasons.
"(Newcomer) Antoine Atkins really showed that he can help us at the receiver position. He's a guy that has great ball skills. Overall, it was an impressive first day."
Quarterbacks Terrance Broadway and Brooks Haack took the majority of snaps during the Cajuns' team drills with new center Terry Johnson anchoring a veteran offensive line after moving over from left guard, where he started all 13 games last season.
On defense, Trey Granier saw significant action at middle linebacker as the Cajuns look to replace departed starter Justin Anderson, a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2013.
"It's early," Hudspeth said of the middle linebacker spot. "Until we get pads on, it's going to be hard to tell. From what I saw today, I thought they moved around good. We just have a lot of guys competing, and that's what's exciting. At least we have a lot of candidates that will help us develop some depth."
Louisiana will return to action on Thursday when it works out at 3:30 p.m. All practice periods are open to RCAF and Quarterback Club members, with proper identification.