Freshman QB set to start again for Cajuns
LAFAYETTE — Levi Lewis will be the man under center this week for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team, and possibly for the next three seasons.
The true freshman out of Scotlandville High was the surprise starter in last week’s 19-14 victory at the University of South Alabama. Lewis completed eight of 15 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 54-yard pass to Michael Jacquet, and ran the ball 18 times for 129 yards.
“I thought Levi Lewis showed a lot of poise,” Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth said. “You can talk about his running or his passing but the thing that was the most impressive was his poise in the pocket. Also how he extended plays, how he kept his eyes down the field. He is not looking to tuck it and run.”
Hudspeth announced during his weekly press conference Monday that Lewis will be getting the nod once again when the team travels to take on Ole Miss on Saturday. Kickoff is schedule for 11 a.m.
“Levi will start this week,” Hudspeth said. “I know another week under his belt will hopefully help — another week or practice and another week of preparation.”
Lewis is the third different starter at quarterback for the Cajuns this season. Jordan Davis began the season starting against Southeastern Louisiana, Tulsa, Texas A&M, UL-Monroe and at Idaho. A knee injury suffered against Texas A&M though hampered Davis and he was pulled for backup Andre Nunez in both the ULM and Idaho games. Based on his performances, Nunez was named the starter against Texas State and then Arkansas State, but Nunez suffered a concussion and wasn’t cleared for the USA game.
Despite Lewis being a freshman and previously serving as the third-team quarterback, Hudspeth said he and offensive coordinator Will Hall will not be changing the playbook for their young signal caller.
“The playbook itself won’t change,” Hudspeth said. “I don’t see us doing us doing anything differently than we have been doing all year. He has been repping the plays some throughout the year. It’s not like we are changing the playbook for Levi.”
Hudspeth was pleased with how Lewis led the offense against USA, especially in the first half, but wants to see the offense execute better in the second half moving forward. In last week’s victory, all of the team’s 19 points were scored in the first half.
“I thought we moved the ball well but we didn’t finish drives,” Hudspeth said. “That is going to be a key part of our focus on why we didn’t finish drives. We had some execution breakdowns. We felt like we left a lot of yardage, we left some points on the field.”
Hudspeth also said he is looking for the Cajuns to continue to build on the momentum that has helped bring the team back to .500 and two wins shy of becoming bowl eligible. The Cajuns are currently fifth in the Sun Belt Conference standings and the conference has five bowl tie-ins.
“Hopefully we can build on the last game,” Hudspeth said. “We have won three out of our last four games and so here in the second half of the season we are starting to play much better. Hopefully we can continue to improve and this week will have a lot to do with our improvement.”