Apr 10, 2014 11:44 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team held its final practice before Saturday's annual Red-White Spring Game, as the team worked out in shells on Thursday at the Ragin' Cajun Practice Fields.
Louisiana, which will wrap up spring drills on Saturday beginning at noon at Cajun Field, continued to work on all phases of its game during the two-hour workout. With a veteran club that returns 17 starters and 35 players on its two-deep roster from last season's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, fourth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth has focused the Cajuns' 15 scheduled practices during the spring on getting better fundamentally.
"We've gotten better fundamentally as a team," Hudspeth said. "The key for us (in spring practice) is getting guys to that first game in great shape. We need to be fundamentally, and we'll get better as we go. I like where we are as a team right now. Our kids are working hard."
With strong competition at nearly every position on the field, a couple of areas that Hudspeth and the coaching staff will continue to evaluate will be at linebacker and the secondary. At linebacker, Dominique Tovell returns after earning honorable mention All-Sun Belt notice in 2013 and will be joined by junior Chris Hill. In the secondary, all four starters return, highlighted by second-team All-Sun Belt pick Trevence Patt and senior Sean Thomas, the team leader with three interceptions.
"We've still got some competition at linebacker and we want to see some other guys there," Hudspeth said. "We're also looking for some guys in the back end to step up too."
Admission to the Red-White Spring Game is free.
PARKING/STADIUM ENTRANCE INFORMATION
Fans attending Saturday's Red-White Spring Game are encouraged to enter through Gates 1 and 2 (Bertrand Dr.) and Gate 3 (Congress St.) into the Cajun Field parking lots. Parking in the north and west lots of Cajun Field will be available with tailgating areas open on a first-come, first-served basis.
Due to construction on the south end zone, all fans attending will be able to enter Cajun Field at Gate C.
WHAT'S ON TAP FOR THE RED-WHITE GAME
Schedule cards for the 2014 season and a limited number of New Orleans Bowl commemorative posters will be available. Fans will be able to have their picture taken with Miss UL, Kimberly Newville, during the game and the Ragin' Cajuns will be available for photos on the field following the game. During the game, children will be able to participate in a Kid's Zone with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority providing face painting.
The Student Leadership Council will be collecting new and slightly used children's books as part of their campaign to spread the joy of reading to future generations.
MODIFIED GAME FORMAT
With several players battling nagging injuries, Saturday's format will be modified from a normal scrimmage with the offense and defense scoring points through a variety of situations.
Points will be distributed to both sides through the kicking game with Hunter Stover and Steven Brauchle competing in extra point and field goal situations, and in a "pooch punt" session where Brauchle will compete with returning punter Daniel Cadona.
In the scrimmage portion, normal scoring for touchdowns will be awarded to both sides with the Ragin' Cajuns defense awarded an additional five points for a turnover and three points for a three-and-out.
Both sides will also compete for points in an Oklahoma drill that will take place along the sidelines in front of the Ragin' Cajuns bench.
"Everybody will get to see some of their favorite players during that time and they'll be right in front of the home stands," Hudspeth said. "It'll be a pretty intense period with a lot of fun and a lot of energy, and everyone can see their favorite player in a one-on-one drill."
HUDSPETH GOING INTERACTIVE FOR RED-WHITE GAME; FOOTBALL TEAM OFFICIALLY ON TWITTER
Ragin' Cajun fans on Twitter who are interested in asking Hudspeth (@ULCoachHud) questions concerning the Red-White game are encouraged to use the hashtag #ULSpringGame14.
One of first questions asked by fans concerned the Ragin' Cajuns football team creating their own Twitter handle. The question was quickly answered Friday as the team officially joined the social media network at @RaginCajunsFB.