Posted: Aug 23, 2013 6:05 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - After practicing for just about every in-game scenario over the past three weeks, the Louisiana football team put a close to preseason camp on Friday by practicing playing a game.
Although it may sound off, in practicality, the Cajuns practiced doing all of the little things to get ready for next week's opener at Arkansas.
When practice started on Cajun Field, the Louisiana players followed the normal pre-game time schedule, each reporting to the field for the various warm-up sessions that they would be part of.
The kickers and punters were first, followed by several of the position groups. When the entire team was finally on the field, the squad practiced getting into formation for pregame stretching.
The practice continued for another 90 minutes.
"We ran a mock game situation today to get ready for next week," head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "We practiced just about every scenario. We practiced getting substitutions into the game, getting the special units on and off the field and we practiced sideline communications.
"We also went over a lot of unusual game situations in case we needed them," Hudspeth added. "The best was the victory formation."
When practice ended almost an hour ahead of schedule, it concluded the 19-day preseason camp.
"We had a pretty good camp. The guys are ready," Hudspeth said. "They were pretty focused today like they have been for most of the last three weeks.
"I'm pleased that we got through camp without any season-ending injuries and we should have all of our regulars available next weekend. We have a chance to be a pretty good team if we can continue to stay healthy," Hudspeth added.
The last thing that the Cajuns did on the field on Friday was take a couple of minutes to thank the support staff for all of their help during camp.
"We had a nice little ceremony where we thanked the managers, trainers and video staffs for everything they did," Hudspeth said.
"It takes an awful lot of people to do their job well to run our preseason camp and they don't get much credit for doing it. We had a great camp because all of these people did a great job of taking care of the team," Hudspeth said.
Hudspeth noted that thanks go out to the Cajun Cooking Club for supplying the players with lunch. The group, which is best known for filling M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field with the wonderful aroma of whatever they cooked for the baseball game that day, supplied a meal of chicken fettuccini for the football squad on Friday.
After the practice was over, nine of the veterans stuck around to take part in a special photo shoot with the Daily Advertiser for a series of promotional posters that will be printed in the paper before every home game.
The shoot took about an hour and features defensive linemen Christian Ringo, Justin Hamilton and Brandon McCray, receivers Jamal Robinson, James Butler and Darryl Surgent along with quarterback Terrance Broadway, linebacker Justin Anderson and running back Alonzo Harris.