Huskies to cool hot Cajuns


The Huskies will play their last game of the season in Huskie Stadium, hosting Big West foe Southwestern Louisiana and could show some frustrations with the offense.

With Scott Crabtree out due to a separated shoulder he suffered in last Saturday’s win over University of the Pacific, and the strong defense the Cajuns possess, the Huskies can’t be too confident with their offense.

The Cajuns are in the midst of a four-game winning streak, the longest in four years, and owe it all to first year defensive coordinator Vic Eumont and the defense.

The Rajun‘ Cajuns have switched to a 4-3 alignment this year and it has paid off.

The new setup has put the Cajuns in the nation’s top 20 in every defensive category except for scoring defense where they rank 22nd.

With sophomore Ron Reichert at quarterback, the Huskies could be faced with short passing yardage. The Cajuns rank 15th in the nation against the pass and have the nation’s leader in interceptions in junior Orlanda Thomas sporting seven thefts (1.2 per game).

What should really scare the Huskies is USL’s rushing defense.

The cajuns rank third in the nation in this category, allowing only 72.7 yards per game, behind the likes of Washington State (72.7 ypg) and Arizona (6.3 ypg).

LeShon Johnson is currently the nation’s leading rusher averaging 190.4 yards per game and also leads the nation in all purpose yards with 1,438.

“You want to make (Johnson) misdirect. After his second step he’s full speed and hitting the hole, and if there’s something there, a little seam or a little crease, he’s going to get five or six yards,” USL head coach Nelson Stokley said.

The Huskies might not run the option as much this week because they will be concerned with Reichert running the ball.

The Huskies brought up Aaron Gilbert, previously a redshirt, to back up Reichert when Crabtree was injured.

Risking an injury to Reichert by running the ball would not be a good idea considering Gilbert has not played at all.

The Huskies are hoping Johnson will be able to break the Cajuns’ defensive line and create the big plays.

They will also run the same play-action they have been all year hoping to surprise the defense when they’re expecting the run.