Game Day: Keys to Cajuns Win

Game Day: Keys to Cajuns Win

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns (0-1) face the Kansas State Wildcats (0-1) at Bill Synder Family Stadium Saturday afternoon at 5:30PM. What do the Cajuns need to do to leave Manhattan with a win Saturday night?

The good news for Coach Hudspeth and his Ragin' Cajuns is that they have already played the best team on the 2013 schedule last week, Arkansas. The bad news is that they will face a Kansas State team this week that legendary Coach Bill Snyder has stated publicly will be ready to play Saturday night in Manhattan.

Kansas State does not possess the athletic ability on the defensive side of the football of Arkansas, nor do they have a stable of five-star running backs like the Razorbacks. But what they do have is a physical big offensive line that did not play well last week and is licking their chops after watching the game film on the Cajun's defense in the Arkansas game.

On the other side of the football, they watched the Cajun's offense struggle to sustain drives and protect its quarterback from a fierce outside rush against two young tackles. Kansas State doesn't have a pair on the outside like Flowers or Smith either, but they certainly are capable of creating some problems for Quaves and Anderson on the edge. What are the keys for Cajun's win in Manhattan?

1) Broadway and the Cajun's offense must do a better of running the football effectively early in the game, keeping the Wildcats defensive line from flying up the field and forcing them to walk a safety down in the box to help.

2) Take advantage of mismatches in the secondary with Jamal Robinson and Jacob Maxwell for big plays down the field. The Cajun's offense needs to get 5 to 6 big plays in the game to keep the Wildcats defensive from stacking the box.

3) Special teams must have similar efforts from punter Daniel Cadona and kicker Hunter Stover. K-State has two outstanding return men in Lockett and Thompson, both will return the ball from anywhere on the football field.

4) The Cajun's defense must do a better job of slowing down the running game and getting key stops on 3rd downs.

5) The Cajun's defense must also find a way to pressure the quarter more consistently, taking some pressure off their young secondary.

If the Cajuns can find a way to accomplish these five keys in the game with some consistency, the plane flight home just might be more enjoyable this weekend.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 85 Zach Trujillo 6-5256 Jr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
FB 48 Glenn Gronkowski 6-3 234 Fr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.


P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 45 Marquel Bryant 6-3 241 So.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
SS 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
FS 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
CB 15 Randall Evans 6-0 190 Jr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr. Recommended Stories

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