Mark Hudspeth Press Conference: Ragin’ Cajuns Vs Idaho Vandals
The Ragin' Cajuns rolled right over the Texas State Bobcats, now Mark Hudspeth wants his team to take that momentum and build off of it.
It was a dominant performance against the Bobcats. The defense played their best game of the season, and it gave Hudspeth hope moving forward.
"We think our best football is ahead of us," Hudspeth said. "I think we saw glimpses of that, especially defensively."
Up next, the Ragin' Cajuns take on a vastly improved Idaho Vandals team. When Paul Petrino got hired, he had a lot of work to do. He took a one win team, and now he has them fighting for bowl eligibility.
Idaho comes into the game against the Cajuns with a 4-4 record, which already matches their win total from 2015. Coach Hud respects the progress they made, but it's his job to identify their strengths and try to exploit their weaknesses.
"They've been really solid against the run, but they haven't fared that well against the pass," Hudspeth pointed out.
With that in mind, Coach Hud's staff is going to adjust accordingly. They rushed the ball for over 230 yards against Texas State. They're playing a more stout defense against the run this week, but they won't abandon their bread and butter completely.
"We want to run the football, there's no secret about that, but we've got to be able to throw the football to open things up," Hudspeth said. He's not going to air it out and open them up and set their defense up for trouble, "We don't really want to get in a shootout with anybody until we feel like we're offensively productive enough to do that."
Anthony Jennings had an efficient outing against Texas State, but he's going to have to step his game up and make more plays against Idaho. Elijah McGuire will help make his job easier, as "The Prophet" returns to full health.
Speaking of health, Hudspeth said safety Tracy Walker and defensive end Mario Osbourne will make their full return against the Vandals, but wide receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley will be a game time decision.
The Cajuns have a lot on their plate preparing for Idaho, including the distractions of homecoming week.
For the fans, homecoming week is a treat. There are parties, special treats at the tailgate and plenty of surprises. For the players and coaches, they're trying to handle their business on the field.
"Everyone on campus has a job during homecoming...it's the football team's job to win," Hudspeth said.