Mark Hudspeth Press Conference For Texas State [VIDEO]
After the loss to Louisiana Tech, Ragin' Cajun Football Head Coach Mark Hudspeth had to hit the reset button quickly for Texas State.
Despite the 1-3 record, the Cajuns could still bounce back (like last season) for a run through conference play. Before moving forward, Hudspeth looked back to a rough outing against Louisiana Tech.
"We saw a lot of positives when you go back and look at the tape," Hudspeth said. "We wanted to get off to a fast start and we did."
It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Hudspeth didn't try to elude of of the issues regarding his star running back, Elijah McGuire. When a weapon like that exists in the arsenal, it has to come out of the holster often and in different ways. Hud admitted he had some regrets from the Tech game.
"We probably would have liked them to get him a few more carries," Hudspeth said.
When it comes to the offense though, all the arrows point back the quarterback position. The man that steers the ship gets blames when it hits a rock, so understandably Hudspeth had to talk about his signal callers.
Jalen Nixon is suffering from a shoulder injury, which throws the QB "debate" even more into question. Hudspeth didn't say whether he would have been the starting man, if healthy, and opted to go with the wait-and-see approach with the media. After saying they required consistency at the position, the head coach sent a message through the media.
"Our offensive coaches put an offense on the field the last four years," Hudspeth said. "They haven't forgot how to coach football in the last six months."
Shifting to the defensive side of the ball, there is a chess piece coming back on the board that could change the tone of this unit. Outside Linebacker Darzil Washington will be back in action against Texas State, and he poses the most significant threat as a pass rusher the Cajuns have to offer. Hud also added that he sees Sun Belt play as the "right time" for MLB Peters to make some impact plays.
Among analysis of the shortcomings in Ruston, Hud discussed his respect for Texas State Head Coach Dennis Franchione, the adjustments in the Bobcats' defense with Franchione's son at the helm...and his Australian wonder of a punter.
"If there's been a bright spot for the first four games, it's been Steven Coutts...he's been unreal," Hudspeth said.
Ideally, Cajun Nation wouldn't have to see their punter get so much work. Wondering how Hudspeth plans to address it? Take a listen to the coach yourself in the video above.