With a long-time starting quarterback Levi Lewis is gone, UL football fans will have to get used to the new generation of quarterback options.
Well, if the comparisons work for you, then maybe the senior tight end Johnny Lumpkinhave a few for you that might at least explain the basic personality traits of the Cajuns quarterback stable.
“They’re all ballers,” Lumpkin said. “They all bring their own style of play.”
And their unique attitudes.
“Chandler (Fields) is a good guy, great guy,” said Lumpkin, who said he uses nicknames to bond with teammates. “He has a chip on his shoulder. I call him Baker Mayfield. Chip on his shoulder. He always wants to prove people wrong.
What would you say Ben Wooldridge?
“Well, a little older,” Lumpkin said. “So me and Ben are at the mature level. We’re just old veterans. Ben is preparing, he’s got great preparation. He’s like an Aaron Rodgers or a Tom Brady.
There is a comparison for Lance Legend as well as.
“Lance is like Lamar (Jackson),” he said. “Lance is like a monster athlete – runs fast, big and strong…he’s everything.”
“A Trevor Lawrence. He has insurance.
Lumpkin even has his first impressions of the real freshman Zeon Chriss.
“He has great instincts,” he said.
Those who left
According to the senior team leader Andre JonesUL players who returned from an offseason with such turnover have no bitterness.
After UL defeated Appalachia State to claim the Sun Belt Conference crown, a group of still-eligible Cajuns decided to move on.
Kyren Lacy and Mekhi Garner transferred to LSU, Emani Bailey left for TCU, Montrell Johnson, O’Cyrus Torrence and Kamryn Waites went to Florida and Lorenzo McCaskill hasn’t officially landed anywhere else yet.
As Jones says, it’s no different than if a player gets injured.
“We felt reflected,” Jones explained. “When the coach (Billy Napier) left, we were happy. You have an opportunity in life to improve yourself, go for it. … Shoot it. Everyone has a different path in life.
“We are happy for the people. Our attitude has not changed. The next man.
Who is it?
Even UL fans who paid close attention to the Cajuns last season might need to buy a roster for the spring game on April 9.
As well as the many new arrivals, there’s quite a long list of returning players – some of whom stand out – with different shirt numbers this season.
In attack, run back Chris Smith goes from 21 to 13, runs back Terrence Williams 30 to 23, tight end Neal Johnson 87 to 9, quarterback Fields 16 to 18, wide receiver Kaleb Carter 26 to 16 and wide receiver Jacques Bernard 86 to 4.
In defense, cornerback Eric Garror will go from 19 to 7, cornerback Jalen Clark 34 to 20, security Patrick Mensah 13 to 22, linebacker AJ Riley 95 to 19 and linebacker Jasper Williams 38 to 18.
Also, it’s not official yet, but security Bishop of Brandon should drop from 25 to 2.
It’s time to experiment
There seems to be a lot of new concepts flying around the coaches meetings this spring for the Cajuns.
Along with complete newcomers to the coaching staff, there are several familiar faces in different roles this time around.
For example, Matthew Bergeron is now the running backs coach and Mike Guiliani is the outside linebackers coach.
Besides, Jorge Munoz returns to UL after stints at LSU and Baylor, while LaMar Morgan is back as defensive coordinator after some time at Houston and Vanderbilt.
“I believe spring is the time to try things,” said UL coach Michael Desormeaux noted. “You throw things on the wall and you see them in action and if it doesn’t work or it doesn’t work for you, you can add, remove, subtract, whatever you want to do.
“Having some familiarity here with these guys who have been there, I think helps a lot.”