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CattouseFan
10-27-2005, 03:55 PM
The University of Louisiana's nine quarterback sacks in last Saturday's 13-10 win over Middle Tennessee got the attention of Troy head coach Larry Blakeney.

"We have to do something about that, to keep them from wanting to rush the passer," Blakeney said. "I hope we're not having to sit back in the pocket and depending on our offensive line and backs to protect the passer."

Troy provides the opposition for the Cajuns' Homecoming at 4 p.m. Saturday, and one of Blakeney's concerns was that pass rush facing Trojan freshman quarterback Julian Foster. Foster made his first start for Troy last Thursday in an 18-13 win over Florida International.

"It's pretty alarming with our true freshman in there," he said. "We have to run some draws, some screens, some options, but we also have to run some straight at them. If they rush outside, we'll try to get that power trap sprung up the middle."

The Cajuns have 19 sacks in their last four games after getting none in the first three.

"That's got to start getting into people's minds after a while," said UL linebacker Mark Risher. "I think 22 times out of 26 passes they (MTSU) threw we had the quarterback moving, so that has to be in their minds."

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Nose tackle Mike Moore, who left Saturday's game after the first offensive play with an ankle injury, was in a green jersey but went through all of Wednesday's drills.

Moore, the 335-pound stalwart in the middle of UL's defensive line, was held out of the Arkansas State game two weeks ago with a sore ankle. On Saturday, Moore was cut low by a diving Middle Tennessee offensive lineman and never returned.

ANOTHER CHALLENGE: UL held Middle to 45 rush yards on 37 attempts, including a net of one yard in the second half. The total was the lowest for a Cajun foe since 1995 when UL held Southern Mississippi to 36 rush yards.

Troy's rushing game has normally been solid, but the Trojans haven't scored on the ground in their last four games and no Troy running back has a rushing touchdown since the season opener.

SLASHED: Safety Lamar Morgan was walking more comfortably at the Cajuns' Wednesday practice, but he still had a large bandage around his right knee.

Morgan suffered an ugly gash during the first half of Saturday's Middle Tennessee game, one that stretched from his lower thigh to his upper shin. It eventually required 35 stitches, and Morgan was restricted from bending his knee until Wednesday.

"You hate to hold someone out with a cut, but that wasn't an ordinary cut," said UL director of sports medicine John Porche, who thought Morgan got it from a chin-strap buckle.

Morgan is a doubtful participant for Saturday's game.

INJURY STATUS: Linebacker Wes Simon is still out for Saturday with a concussion. Questionable are linebacker Mack Fair (knee) and running back Caleb Rubin (hamstring). Those on the injury report but likely to play are Moore, quarterback Jerry Babb (shoulder), defensive ends Joe Bradley (wrist) and Eugene Kwarteng (ankle), offensive guard Justin Ernest (elbow), offensive tackle Keith Talamo (shoulder), safety Johnny Felders (shoulder), tight end Erik Jones (ankle) and cornerback Jarrett Jones (knee).

D1Trojan4U
10-27-2005, 05:28 PM
Nose tackle Mike Moore, who left Saturday's game after the first offensive play with an ankle injury, was in a green jersey but went through all of Wednesday's drills.

Moore, the 335-pound stalwart in the middle of UL's defensive line, was held out of the Arkansas State game two weeks ago with a sore ankle. On Saturday, Moore was cut low by a diving Middle Tennessee offensive lineman and never returned.



I hope to see a steady diet of cut blocks for this guy- he already sounds like a load to block @ 335+ lbs.

JaredMc
10-27-2005, 11:29 PM
Cut blocks are chicken **** blocks. Especially by offensive linemen. All they do is get people hurt.

ksdtrojan
10-28-2005, 07:28 AM
ANOTHER CHALLENGE: UL held Middle to 45 rush yards on 37 attempts, including a net of one yard in the second half. The total was the lowest for a Cajun foe since 1995 when UL held Southern Mississippi to 36 rush yards.

Troy's rushing game has normally been solid, but the Trojans haven't scored on the ground in their last four games and no Troy running back has a rushing touchdown since the season opener.



That is a scary stat. As bad as our passing game is I am amazed that we score at all.

D1Trojan4U
10-28-2005, 02:28 PM
actually Jared.....cut blocks are a legal and effective block often used to get a defensive lineman's hands out of passing lanes on quick routes and screens.