Ragin’ Cajun quarterback Andre Nunez (7) throws during practice on Wednesday, August 15, at Cajun Field. (Advocate staff photo by Brad Bowie)
Vermilion colored glasses
Much like at other places around the state, the Ragin’ Cajuns of UL-Lafayette are engulfed in a quarterback battle. However, the one in Lafayette is more unique than the others because of a new head coach in Billy Napier and a new postseason prize in the inaugural Sun Belt Conference Championship Game.
During the team’s last scrimmage on Saturday, August 18, both sophomore Levi Lewis and senior Andre Nunez split the quarterback duties.
“This is the one (position) that’s probably the most competitive in my opinion relative to both guys having been very effective,” Napier said. “Both guys have shown that we can operate at full, all cylinders firing. We’ve still got two practices where it’s kind of in training camp mode where it’s going to be very competitive.”
“We’re not ready to name a starter for sure,” he added. “I don’t know that you can say anyone separated themselves (Saturday). When you watch the tape, both did a lot of things well, both made some mistakes. We’re going to evaluate the total body of work, but right now if we had to put either one of them out there, I’d be okay with it.”
Quarterback is the only offensive position that was not settled during fall camp. Much of the same cannot be said for the defensive side of the ball.
“It’s exactly where we were at going into the scrimmage,” Napier said of the defensive unit. “We still have some really competitive spots at corner and in that second and third defensive lines. Our inside ‘backer group is deep and we’ve got plenty of guys that are game ready, and we’re starting to see guys really make progress at outside ‘backer. I think that’s a big positive.”