Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

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Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

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What You Need To Know About The Louisiana Defense

– Awful, awful, awful. The defense fell off the map last season, allowing close to 500 yards and 40 points per game, giving up 45 points or more seen times. There were massive problems on third downs, huge issues slowing down anyone’s passing game, and almost nothing happening against the run. The D was equal opportunity bad.

Defensive coordinator Rob Roberts was the head man at SE Louisiana, and now he has a whole lot of work to do – but his teams won on offense. Five of the top eight tacklers and six of the top ten are done, and most of the playmakers behind the line have to be replaced. Overall, Roberts has to make this group more disruptive in all ways, and it has to come up with one thing it does well.

Joe Dillon is a star on the line to start with, but the rest of the front four must be replaced. Both starting corners are gone, TJ Posey is done from the middle of the linebacking corps, and there aren’t any sure-thing playmakers – besides Dillon, and safety Corey Turner – to rely on right away.

Biggest Key To The Louisiana Defense

Get … off … the … field. The new personnel has to come through from the JUCO ranks and the depth from last year’s team, and Job One is to come up with a third down stop. Time and time and time again, offenses were able to march at will with way too many third down conversions.

Five teams were able to convert half of their chances or more, with the Ragin’ Cajun D allowing only one team – Idaho – to convert fewer than 35% of their chances. ULL can’t allow 48.5% of opposing conversions again.

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