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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns.

8/25/13 holding & kicking update:
"Guidry, a sophomore who has never seen action in any college football game, said seeking the holder’s job was a way to get playing time. 'This spring (Louisiana-Lafayette) really needed a holder,' he said. 'I watched the coaches trying the backup quarterbacks as holders, and I was seeing them come and go. I said to (coach Mark Hudspeth) that I could do better than them.' Brauchle, who signed with the Cajuns after committing to Florida International after his freshman season at Mississippi Gulf Coast College, said the chemistry of working with Guidry wasn’t that smooth initially. 'At first we were kind of struggling,' he said. 'In the spring, we were really missing a lot of kicks. Like right now, we’re really clicking on all cylinders, almost. I feel like (Guidry) has really been helped since he is a deep snapper, and he’s around the specialist guys all day. That’s almost better than if you had a quarterback doing (placements), since a quarterback is out there taking reps'.”
Kicker: Stephen Brauchle, sophomore (Gulfport, MS / Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)
Transfer player competing for the placekicking job which opened when Brett Baer graduated.
"This spring was the hardest I have ever trained for anything. We work harder than any team in the country. Our strength coach, Rusty Whitt, brings workouts to another level with the intensity that he brings to the table. I have been stressing technique with my field goals and getting through the ball with kickoffs. Having a great snapper (John Broussard) and holder (Jake Guidry) has really helped me get into the groove. I did well in the spring and look forward to this season. It's going to be a special one. My goals for this upcoming season are most importantly helping my team succeed in any way possible and make all-conference."
Kicker: Hunter Stover, junior (Abbeville, LA / Notre Dame HS)  
2012:  Returned from major knee surgery to share the kickoff duties with Brett Baer. . . played in 10 games, including three in which he handled every kickoff. . . kicked off 40 times for 2,509 yards, a 62.7 average with 13 touchbacks
2011: Played in the first eight games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury against WKU (10/22). . . handled the kickoff chores, averaging 60.3 yards in 47 kickoffs with one touchback
Kicker: Carlos Alvarez, junior (Baldwin, LA / West St. Mary)
2011 (Freshman):  Saw action in three games, handling the kickoff chores against La.-Monroe (11/5), at Arizona (11/26) and vs. San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl. . . received chance to play when Hunter Stover was injured
Punter: Daniel Cadona, junior (Darwin, NT, Australia / Toowoomba)
Brett Baer's departure also opens up the punting job. The Cajuns looked abroad to find Cadona.
"I only arrived in America from Australia at the start of the spring, therefore my goals during the spring were to get used to the environment and punting off a snap and with the defense bearing down. It was a matter of taking my ability to punt and putting it into game situations. Over the summer I have been punting three times a week working on my ball drop and follow through to gain maximum hang time. During the season my goals are to be consistent and a very good situational punter with minimal touchbacks and return yards."
Long snapper: John Broussard, junior (Lafayette, LA / Lafayette HS)
"This off-season we've been working a lot with our new specialists. Daniel Cadona and Stephen Brauchle both got here in January so our main goal was getting them comfortable in the program. Punting wise, Daniel is very talented so we've just been working on being an effective unit. Making sure our operation times are where they need to be for the season. With Brauchle we're doing the same thing; getting our operation times down and making sure he is comfortable with our new holder Jake Guidry. My main goal for the season is for us to work as smoothly as we have with our previous group of specialists and have a great season as a whole unit."
Long snapper/holder: Jake Guidry, sophomore (Carencro, LA / Carencro HS)
"This off- season I have really been trying to better my speed and strength. I really try to work my hardest day in and day out during the summer. Because I know that's when you get the upper hand on your opponents. My goal for the upcoming season is perfect execution on every play I'm a part of."
Long snapper: Stephen Morella, freshman (Lafayette, LA / Lafayette HS)
2012:  Joined the team as a walk-on at the start of preseason camp and redshirted

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