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[2024] Sun Belt Depth Chart Analysis: UL-Lafayette

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That's a series that's going to analyse the Sun Belt's team depth chart, based on the roster for the 2024 season. On the third post of the series, we're going to analyse the UL-Lafayette


Disclaimer: The depth chart was made based on the formula used to verify the team’s overall (skill + potential/2), unless, the player was already starting last season, then, I let the player as the starter. In case of a tie, I placed the highest potential player as the starter.

In order to determine if the team uses a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, I compared the second DT to the second ILB. Which one graded higher determined the scheme used.


1. Depth Chart

QB QB Emory West 6-2 203 Sr Evangel Christian (Shreveport, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pocket]
RB RB Ryan Adams 5-7 202 Jr J.S. Clark (Opelousas LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Power]
FB FB Giovanni Farrar 5-10 244 Jr Farmerville (Farmerville LA) 2.5 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
WR WR Rakeem Brown 6-2 230 Sr Northwest Florida State College (Niceville FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Target]
WR WR Edgar Smith 5-11 180 Sr Brookhaven (Brookhaven, MS) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]
WR WR Tyus Whitaker 6-1 181 (Sr) Bastrop (Bastrop, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Target]
TE TE Eric Galloway 6-2 215 (So) Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blocking]
OT OT Joshua Lee 6-5 305 (Sr) Captain Shreve (Shreveport, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
OT OT Ned Murdock 6-2 288 (Fr) Baker (Baker LA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Pass Blocking]
OG OG Barry Jackson 6-7 283 (Sr) Slidell (Slidell, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Pass Blocking]
OG OG Adam Judd 6-2 305 Jr Woodsboro (Woodsboro TX) 2.5 of 3.0 [Run Blocking]
C C Tank Smallwood 6-3 299 So Riverside (Reserve LA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]


DE DE Thomas Newsome 6-2 267 Sr Interlachen (Interlachen, FL) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain]
DE DE Jhonny Arevalo 6-4 257 (So) Cooper (Cooper TX) 3.0 of 3.0 [Contain]
DT DT William Lovelace 6-2 246 Sr A.L. Johnson (Thomaston, AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap]
ILB ILB Michael Morris 6-1 215 Sr Terrebonne (Houma, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will]
ILB ILB Omar Grimm 6-3 217 Jr Fultondale (Birmingham AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Will]
OLB OLB Dawuane Caldwell 6-4 226 (So) Curry (Jasper AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
OLB OLB Joe Adams 6-1 228 Sr Oakdale (Oakdale, LA) 2.5 of 2.5 [Blitz]
CB CB Corey Flaherty 6-1 155 Sr Boone (Orlando, FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]
CB CB Noel McCrary 5-10 181 (So) Port Sulphur (Port Sulphur LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
CB CB Dontarrious Banks 5-10 182 Jr Huntsville (Huntsville AL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]
FS FS Mario Thomas 6-1 161 Sr Stuttgart (Stuttgart, AR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
SS SS Branden Lemons 5-11 209 Jr Baker (Mobile AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage]


K K Vaughn Hudgins 6-3 162 Jr Fruitdale (Fruitdale AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]
P P Luke Cooper 6-4 184 Jr Wetumpka (Wetumpka AL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Accuracy]


2. Redshirts

1 QB Cameron Guidry 6-5 218 Fr Flatonia (Flatonia TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Scrambling]
2 WR Olivier Coleman 6-1 190 Fr Lafayette County (Lewisville AR) 2.5 of 3.5 [Speed]
3 DT Vic Bertrand 6-7 286 Fr Roma (Roma TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap]
4 ILB Ibrahima Suggs 6-3 238 Fr Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches TX) 2.0 of 3.5 [Mike]
5 SS Byron Willis 5-11 175 Fr Richwood (Monroe LA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage]


3. Starters Lost

RB Raymond Herrera 6-1 189 Sr A.J. Ellender (Houma, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Speed]
TE Adoree Young 6-3 230 Sr East Iberville (St. Gab riel, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Receiving]
C Samuel Cornell 6-1 256 (Sr) Athens (Athens, AL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
DE Reginald Robinson 6-5 257 Sr Central Catholic (Morgan City, LA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz]
ILB Don Gibbs 6-1 222 Sr West Monroe (West Monroe, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will]
OLB Jeff Evans 5-11 221 Sr West Jefferson (Harvey, LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]
CB William Jackson 6-1 180 Sr E.D. White (Thibodaux, LA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]
FS Kelly Cordero 6-2 180 Sr Mt. Juliet Christian Academy (TN) 4.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage]
SS Dustin Nowak 5-9 182 Sr St. Frederick (Monroe, LA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]


4. High Point

Lafayette returns their QB, their WR corp, their star DE, and Corey Flaherty, a player that had a lot of interceptions last year. The OL looks like will be improved too, with Ned Murdock entering the line up. We need to see how their coach will act with these players returning.


5. Low Point

UL-Lafayette is the team that lose the most amount of talent in the conference. They are losing 3 players with NFLHC potential, only on the defense, and are not replacing them with the same level of talent. Their defense is the most affected part of the team, their LB corp looks weak, even for Sun Belt standards. The recruiting is subpar too. They bring in Byron Willis, a player with first round potential on NFLHC, but, they need to focus on the quantity too.


6. Overall

Even though UL-Lafayette won the conference in the last few years, I don't think they are going to do it this year. Their coach is one of, if not the best in the conference. but the drop off on the team talent will be too much to overcome.

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Lots of senior starters. Recruiting is going to be very important for the Cajuns this year

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Definitely gonna be in rebuild mode after this season. I've had some bad luck on recruiting (and some perhaps, unwise decisions made while recruiting too). 

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