Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sun Belt 2010-Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
2009 Record: 6-6 (4-4)
Head Coach: Ricky Bustle (9th season, 38-56)
Offensive Coordinator: Ron Hudson (3rd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Kevin Fouquier (4th season)
2009 Bowl Game: Going bowless since 1970...
Offense: QB Chris Masson will have to do better than a 10-8 TD to INT ratio in 2010 if the Cajuns can ever expect to compete. TE Ladarius Green will be his primary target, and he is a good one. Marlin Miller is the best of the WR corps. Pierre Hill is in the lead to grab the other WR job that is open. There is virtually no experience at the RB position. What makes that even scarier is the fact that ony 2 linemen return (C Ian Burks and RT Jonathon Decoster).
Defense: The defense did not really thrive in any statistical category, but they do grab a bunch of picks, as they ranked 13th in the nation in INTs in 2009. Both CBs return in Dwight Bentley and Orkeys Auriene. Lance Kelley also returns at SS. Grant Fleming and Daylon McCoy return at LB, but neither was the best of that group last year. The D will rotate in as many as 6 DTs during games this season, keeping the line fresh against the run. Terrell Richardson returns from last season at DE. Nate Douglas is expected to start at the other DE spot, but missed all of 2009 with an injury.
Special Teams: Nobody returns punts off of Spencer Ortego. Teams only averaged 0.5 yards per return against him. Taylor Albrecht made 8 of his 11 FG attempts.
Wins: 10/2 North Texas, 10/23 Western Kentucky
Toss Up Games: 11/13 @ Florida Atlantic, 11/20 Florida International, 11/27 @ Louisiana-Monroe
Losses: 9/4 @ Georgia, 9/11 Arkansas State, 9/25 Middle Tennessee, 10/8 Oklahoma State, 10/16 @ Troy, 10/30 @ Ohio, 11/6 @ Ole Miss
There is not much chance of matching 6 wins from last season. The non conference slate is a meat grinder, and the Cajuns only play 5 home games, and 3 of those games are guaranteed losses.
Outlook: Grim. I am not really very sure as to why Ricky Bustle has been coach at ULL as long as he has. ULL has virtually nothing to show for his tenure on the field. He has been on my ax list for 2 years and counting, and who knows, maybe another bad showing will finally cause the ax to fall.