Fondybadger's - UL Lafayette/Florida Atlantic Wednesday Play


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UL Lafayette Team Recap


UL Lafayette has the league's best quarterback tandem in senior Jerry Babb and sophomore Michael Desormeaux, who stepped in when Babb was injured and ended up the all-purpose pick on the all-league team.
Babb, the most accurate passer in school history and a top-four performer in every career statistical category, completed 62.2 percent of his passes last year and rushed for 400 yards. Desormeaux, a four-game starter at midseason, was the team's second-leading rusher.

True freshman Tyrell Fenroy answered a major question at running back, becoming only the second Cajun back to rush for 1,000 yards. He improved as the season progressed, getting 569 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final four games. But he won't be a one-man show this year, with former starter and fifth-year senior Chester Johnson returning after shoulder surgery and redshirt freshman Deon Wallace turning heads in the spring.

The Cajuns' ground game was so potent at the end of last year that the pass almost became an afterthought. But two wideouts who posted 21 or more catches do return. Veteran Corey Fredrick is solid, and sophomores Derrick Smith and speedster Jason Chery could turn into big-play performers.

An experienced front wall allowed the Cajuns to average over 254 yards rushing per game last year while allowing only nine sacks, tied for the fourth-fewest in the country. Three of last year's starters return, including first-team All-Sun Belt tackle Brandon Cox, who will start for the fourth straight year. Jesse Newman, a second-team all-league selection, didn't allow a sack all year at left tackle.


The defensive front wall could be the biggest stumbling block the Cajuns will face. Heavy graduation losses leave end Tony Hills as the most experienced lineman; he had 19 tackles and four sacks last year. That unit gets immediate help from promising junior college transfers Korey Raymond and Lamarr Waiters.

Linebackers Mark Risher and Brent Burkhalter were the team's second- and third-leading tacklers last season as a sophomore and a freshman, respectively. Risher was the most consistent of all Cajun defenders.
The Cajun secondary has put six players onto NFL rosters in the last five years. Michael Adams at 5'8" may not fit that profile, but he was an honorable mention all-league pick despite an injury-plagued season. Strong safety Johnny Felders had 51 tackles last season while splitting time with Lamar Morgan, but Morgan moves to free safety this year.


Placements are a question with the departure of Sean Comiskey, the second-leading scorer in conference history. Brit Framel returns to handle punting duties and could also be in the mix for placement duties. The return game was a weak point, but the Cajuns have blocked 23 kicks in four seasons.

FAU returns 12 starters, but sophomores predominate on the two-deep. The non-conference schedule, including Clemson, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and South Carolina, is rated R for obscene road content. The Owls are breaking in a new quarterback and searching for a defensive leader.

Florida Atlantic Team Recap


At quarterback, junior Sean Clayton is poised to be the Owls' third full-time starter in as many seasons. Clayton, a tight end at Michigan State before transferring in 2004, replaced an injured Danny Embick in the last two contests of '05 and won his first start, 26-23 over North Texas. Clayton completed 31-of-57 passes for 329 yards last year.

Sophomore DiIvory Edgecomb posted FAU's only 100-yard rushing game of the season when he gouged North Texas for 118 yards. He and the heftier Charles Pierre, the Owls' leading returning rusher, are back to pilot a nondescript ground attack (1,259 net yards in '05).

"We consider them both starters," offensive coordinator Gary Nord says. "They'll both play a lot, and they're both very explosive running backs."
The wide receiving corps was so green last season that Casey McGahee, a defensive back in 2004, was third on the squad in catches (23) and third in yards (269). Now McGahee, a senior, is something of an elder statesman, along with sophomore Frantz Simeon (18 receptions, 274 yards).

With tackles Nello Faulk and Antes Perkins among four returning starters on the offensive line, the Owls are positioned, at least up front, for a big leap forward after scoring the fewest points in the Sun Belt in '05.


Boston College transfer Frantz Joseph should take over for graduated team MVP Shomari Earls at the mike linebacker, while junior Cergile Sincere, the Owls' third-leading tackler in 2005, mans the will spot.

Josh Jenkins and Josh Pinnick are the only defensive linemen with more than a season of experience; they figure to jostle sophomore Robert St. Clair, the Owls' Most Improved Player as voted by the team, for time at end. St. Clair came to Florida Atlantic at a svelte 192 pounds. Forty pounds later, he led the squad with eight tackles for a loss as a redshirt freshman defensive end.

"Robert certainly was a bright spot in a lean year," defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza says. "We're just awfully young."

The Owls graduated corners Willie Hughley and Lawrence Gordon from the Sun Belt's best pass defense a season ago. However, safeties Kris Bartels - the team's second-leading tackler in '05 - and Troy Pindell return to the back line.


Sophomore Warley Leroy takes over for Daniel Kennard as placekicker and kickoff specialist. The punting job could fall to Mike O'Neill or Keegan Peterson. McGahee and Edgecomb will be featured in the return game.
UL Lafayette Record

3-2 Overall
Lost 45-3 @ LSU
Lost 51-7 @ Texas A&M
Won 48-7 against North Carolina A&T
Won 33-14 againt Eastern Michigan
Won 31-28 @ Houston
11 days to prepare for this contest...

Florida Atlantic Record

2-4 Overall
Lost 54-6 @ Clemson
Lost 45-0 @ KStaet
Lost 48-8 @ Okie State
Lost 45-6 @ South Carolina
Won 21-19 against Louisiana Monroe
Won 32-7 against S. Utah
10 days to prepare for this contest...
Last season Florida Atlantic went to ULL and beat them by 18 points while they were a 4.5 point dog. This season their defense is in shambles and their missing their quarterback from last year. ULL just had an impressive win at Houston and have most of their top players back looking for revenge. They're goal this season is to make a Bowl game after losing out on the automatic birth last year based on a tie-breaker.

So far this season ULL has done a better job of protecting the ball compared to Florida Atlantic. ULL appears to have a solid rushing attack that should be able to control possessions and run down the clock. Looking at the injury situation (listed below), ULL seems to be in better position. If they could on the road and beat a very solid Houston team, I don't see any lack of confidence going into their opponents house. The conference season starts tonight for ULL and they'll get it done with a double digit win.

$100 ULL -8.5
$50 ULL/FA under 46.5

Florida Atlantic Injury Card

DB Erick McIntosh (Undisclosed) is expected to miss. -10/18
WR Cortez Gent (Ankle) is "?". - 10/16
WR Casey McGahee (Ankle) is "?". - 10/16
WR Frantz Simeon (Shoulder) is "?". - 10/16
C Nick Paris (Ankle) injured last game, doubtful. - 10/15

UL Lafeyette Injury Card
LB Mark Risher (Ankle) downgraded from "?" to expected to miss. - 10/18
WR Derrick Smith (Ankle) is probable, but not 100% healthy. - 10/15
Inspekdah said:
Hmm... looks good Fondy... might have to tail you small just to get some action off...

Pretty much what I'm doing... Should preface things with I haven't seen either of these two teams play this season, and I'm getting my info from game logs from other contest this season, preseason predictions, and our matchup pages at CTG.
i agree with laying the points with ul lafayette.

i saw them play a few conference games on espn gameplan last year and their offense is actually very impressive(by sun belt standards). fenroy is a beast, and the 2 qb's are somewhat speedy. ul laf runs the same zone option read play that texas ran with vy.

i have no opinion on the total, it could go either way.
Can't believe there are such long writeups for this game. Thats why this site is great. Looks good fondy.

This thread and writeup are excellent...

...and proof that you need help. On a Sun Belt game? Geesh...
B.A.R. said:
Like the fav if I were to touch it.

Be careful touching it, you're liable to get it all over you.
Hey Fondy...Thankx for the hotmail message. I was wondering where everyone had split to...

I'm tailing you tonight so let's roll la la la la...
Marsski said:
Hey Fondy...Thankx for the hotmail message. I was wondering where everyone had split to...

I'm tailing you tonight so let's roll la la la la...

Marsski, welcome to the site, but be careful of Fondy -- that's not all he sends in hotmail messages.
Whoa starting C out... that's never good for FAU. Home dogg tonight might not get it done... been thinking about this one and going back and forth all night... Revenge angle plus the experience and health lies with ULL. I have to think they can cover the #.
SoonerBS said:
Marsski, welcome to the site, but be careful of Fondy -- that's not all he sends in hotmail messages.

I just forward those disgusting pictures of you that you sent me with hopes the proper authorities find them.
Fondybadger said:
I just forward those disgusting pictures of you that you sent me with hopes the proper authorities find them.

HEY!! My mom happens to like those pictures of me!
ULL actually drove the ball twice on LSU which is more than I can say for almost any of the opponents in the games we won.

I like it!