ULL will host its spring game Sat.
LAFAYETTE — The annual ULL Ragin’ Cajuns Red vs. White spring game will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cajun Field.
Admission to the game is free.
Parking for the game also will be free with spaces for tailgating available on a first come, first served basis as well.
The band, CajuNation, will also be playing from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Oak Tree Stage.
“I want to invite our fans to Cajun Field this Saturday to see for themselves what we are going to be like as a team this fall,” second year head coach Mark Hudspeth said in a university news release.
“A lot has happened within the program since the New Orleans Bowl win. There are a lot of new names and faces in the lineup, so this will be a great opportunity for our fans to get a preview of the 2012 season.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns will take a different approach to the format of the Red vs. White game this year, treating it like a real game.
“We are going to have a little fun with the spring game this year,” Hudspeth said. “We have already split the coaching staff into teams, and on Wednesday, we are going to sit down with both groups drafting the players.
“We aren’t going to go first team against the first team like last year. We feel good enough about the competition and depth at almost all of our positions to let the coaches choose teams and have them play a game.
“Our staff and players are going to approach this just like a game. They will have separate pre-game meals and meetings, and they will warm-up in two groups. We will even take half of the practice on Friday and allow them to work together as a team with one group being on the practice field and the other in the indoor,” Hudspeth added.
The Red team will be coached by offensive coordinator Jay Johnson and assistant head coach Reed Stringer, with assistant coaches Tim Rebowe (safeties) and Tim Edwards (defensive line).
Defensive coordinator Greg Stewart, running game coordinator Mitch Rodrigue and assistant coaches David Saunders, Jorge Munoz and Marquase Lovings will guide the White team.
Hudspeth has gone so far as to divvy up the rest of the football and support staff. “We want everybody that the team works with every day to be on a team.”
Hudspeth has required just one roster necessity, mandating that quarterbacks Blaine Gautier and Terrance Broadway play on opposite sides.
“Both Blaine and Terrance have had great spring practices so far, and I believe that both quarterbacks will get snaps this fall. We want to give those two the majority of the snaps this weekend,” Hudspeth said.
The reward for the spring game’s winner will be a day off Monday from conditioning, while the losers will come to the stadium and “Protect The House,” Hudspeth said of the conditioning drill in which the UL players touch every step in the stadium.
The Ragin’ Cajuns accomplished a rare feat in 2011, winning nine games, including a last-second, 32-30, win against San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl.
Renewal notices for season tickets were mailed in early March, with a renewal deadline of April 9.
New season tickets are available by visiting the Ragin’ Cajuns Ticket Central online at RaginCajuns.com or by calling 337-851-2011. Ticket prices start at $96 with a special Family 5 Pak, featuring lower bowl seating, for $330.