ULL has best practice of preseason

Staff Report

LAFAYETTE — With three days to go in preseason camp and the clock ticking towards their Aug. 31 opener at Arkansas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns football team put together their best practice of the preseason Tuesday.

Third-year head coach Mark Hudspeth was happy with both sides of the ball but made mention of the defense’s teamwork.

“The effort today started on the defensive line where veterans like Brandon McCray, Justin Hamilton and Christian Ringo stepped up,” Hudspeth said in a news release.

Hudspeth’s praise didn’t stop there.

“When the defensive line plays well, it makes it that much easier for our linebackers to step up as well,” Hudspeth added. “Our linebackers and defensive linemen did a great job of taking their gaps. It was a physical workout.”

After announcing Monday that several freshmen would most likely forego a redshirt season and play this year, Hudspeth added another to the list Tuesday: Simeon Thomas.

“He just continues to get better and better,” Hudspeth said. “He’s pushing the guys ahead of him hard.

“He plays his position smartly,” Hudspeth added. “You can’t go over the top on him. He’s fast, rangy and plays the ball well.”

Tuesday’s schedule featured just one practice with an afternoon session in the weight room added. Looking ahead, the Cajuns will have their final day of two practices today before closing camp with a single practice Thursday and a walk-through Friday.

Also, Hudspeth made mention of Saturday’s Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Celebration, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Cajundome Convention Center.

“I am looking forward to the evening,” he said. “It should be a great event to take part in.”

“The organizing staff has gone to great detail to put together a first-class event with all of the proceeds going to Ragin’ Cajuns athletics, so I urge all Louisiana fans to join us,” Hudspeth said.

Individual tickets remain on sale through the event’s Facebook page or the Ragin’ Cajuns page at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $125 each and are good for two admissions. They also will be available at the door.

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