by Lee Brecheen
I was able to take in a practice in Lafayette, La. this week at the University of Louisiana of Lafayette Ragin Cajuns and came away highly impressed. I watched the bowl game earlier this year against San Diego State which was a great game and was super impressed by what Head Coach Mark Hudspeth and his staff has been able to do in such a short time with the team.
When I left practice this week, what was different from past practices spring practices I’ve attended every year in the last 10 years was the attitude of the players with a sense of confidence and complete team work ethic, with a high tempo fast paced practice, like you would see at a South Eastern Conference Schools at LSU, Alabama, Georgia, or Auburn style programs.
This is the first time I’ve seen Louisiana of Lafayette Ragin Cajuns seem like a full team after coming to a practice after they lose a big class of seniors. I felt like the team never lost any seniors by watching the talent on display at several positions.
The one position which was big time deep, with talented speed, depth, hands and quickness is the Wide Receiver position. The Wide Receiver group, which is three deep, and I mean three deep are ready to play and four deep with the young guys coming up. WR Jamal Robinson ( Salmen HS ) 6-3 210, WR Daryl Surgent 6-0 197 (Alexandria HS), Javone Lawson (Helen Cox HS) 6-1 183, Harry Peoples 5-10 180, WR Bradley Brown 5-9 180 (Capitol HS ) , WR Devin Figaro (Lafayette HS) 6-3 205, and WR James Butler 6-3 205(Hahnville HS), are all Louisiana natives except WR Harry Peoples (Winona, Mississippi) that can play in the NFL. There are not many colleges in the U.S. that have the talent at WR that these guys have. WR Dary Surgent, Jamal Robinson, Javone Lawson and James Butler I predict will all get drafted by the time they are done and Bradley Brown and Peoples both run 4.41 in the forty or better as slot WR’s and they also will be in someones NFL camp one day. Devin Figaro has a shot too and the transfer from Tulane looks awfully good after sitting out in 2011.
I would not be surprised if this team averages over 30 points a game in the Sun Belt Conference with this offense and a improved running game 2012.
QB Terrance Broadway 6-2 205 pounds (former Capitol HS star) looks big time after sitting out from the University of Houston, where he backed up 2011 Heisman QB Case Keenum. QB Blaine Gautier 6-0 212 who lead this team to a great season in 2011 and a bowl victory is also looking really, really good. It’s a nice problem to have when your team has two leaders at QB with talent to move the ball at any time for a winning season.
My Notes from Practice
DB Dwight Bentley a senior in 2011 was at practice and told me he thought he could go as high as Round three in the Upcoming NFL draft running a 4.41/40.
Early Enrollee Linebacker Kevin Fouquier Linebacker from Comeaux HS, looked great in practice and looks like hes catching on really fast as a True Freshman. There was a play where the QB Blaine Gauthier threw a perfect timed screen pass and Kevin meet the RB out in the flats and tackled him for no gain, very impressive for a 6-4 225 pounds and a kid right out of high school.
Quotes from Practice
WR Daryl Surgent
“The team continues to feed off the Bowl win (New Orleans Bowl) and we need to keep working hard and getting better as a team. I’ve gained in weight Lee since High School from my signing weight of 180 to my current weight of 197 pounds.”
I asked him if he still talks to a lot of his Ex High School teammates: “I still talk to my ex Alexandria HS teammates Luke Turner and DB Claiborne at Northwestern State University a pretty good bit.”
RB Effrem Reed
I told Effrem he looked great and looked like he gained a lot of Muscle weight. “Lee I gained 16 pounds since high School and im up to 185 pounds, and my Bench Press is up from 315 to 365.”
What do you think of your ex Dutchtown HS Temmates success like Eddie Lacy at Alabama, and Eric Reid at LSU? “I think they’re both so good theres a good chance they will leave college after the 2012 season for the NFL.”
WR Bradley Brown
Bradley what made you transfer from Northwestern State? “I just wanted to come closer to home and I feel more at home here at Louisiana Of Lafayette, but Northwestern State is a great school.”
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