Like most college football spring games, the Cajuns showed some improvements in areas not always noticed by fans in the stands. How did the defense perform this spring and what are the expectations for the 2008 season?
Coach, how did the defense perform overall this spring?
I thought the difference was night and day compared to last year's spring. We needed to see some improvement over last season and I thought finished well with the spring game.
When you talk about the improvement, specifically what are you taking about?
The improvement was clearly in the area of understanding what we are trying to do in certain defenses and making the right adjustments on the field. I think for the most part, when we were not playing in a base defense, the kids were in position to make plays and understand the defense.
Which athletes stepped up this spring or performed well?
Up front, I thought that Sharrick Moore really played well at times in the five tech for us and Seth Adams
as well. I think both of those kids will help us this year on the interior. Of course LaQuincy Williams
was solid and Jermaine Rogers will help in the rotation. Jeremy Cook
looked really good at times out there; he is going to be really good. Terrell Richardson had some very good moments as well, making some plays behind the line.
The linebackers looked good this spring, did you see some improvement in this group?
We had to move Antwyne Zanders to the middle because Brenton Burkhalter
missed some s days during the spring. I thought Zanders, Fleming, McCoy, Davis and Brooks all played well and that gives us some depth. All these guys can run and get to the ball. Moving Daylon McCoy
back to his natural position helps that unit.
Coach, I know the secondary missed some plays at times during the spring game, but do you feel about the unit?
Sometimes there are things going on that the average fan doesn't see from the stands. We may have a certain defense called and the offense makes a play because there wasn't enough pressure from the front seven. I thought the Orkeys Auriene
, Justin Brandon, Junior Jean
and Dwight Bentley
played well. There was more consistency from this group throughout spring practice. When you consider the fact that we didn't have Garren Blount, Scooter Rogers
and Maurice Rolle
during the spring, the other guys stepped up well in their absences. Derek Keys was solid making calls in the secondary and Franz Accime showed he could move over to safety and help us. Phillip Nevels
also showed some promise moving over from the offensive side of the ball. Once we have everyone back in the fall, we will more depth in the secondary.
Coach, what is the difference going into this football season in comparison to last season at this time?
I think we are miles ahead of last year at this time; There is more understanding of the defensive scheme and knowing the assignments. The kids have a better feel for what we are trying to accomplish in this scheme going into the fall.
The Cajuns have invited several preferred walk-ons at this time, but this list could change before the fall;
RB Ian Roberts
5-11,185 Erath High
OL Jacob Champagne 6-1, 255 Kaplan High
OL Jordan Benard 6-1, 295 Beau Chene High
DB Antwain Keys 6-2, 170 Lafayette High
DB Antonio Keys 6-2, 170 Lafayette High
Now that spring is over, the coaching staff will have very little time to rest. Cajun Defensive Coordinator Kevin Fouquier talks about the performance of the defense and the expectations for the 2008 season.