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Football: UL receiver Robinson not able to finish game

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, October 14, 2014



UL’s Elijah McGuire runs past a Texas State defender for another big Cajun gainer on Tuesday in San Marcos, Texas. (Photo: Gerald Castillo, San Marcos Record)



Receiver Jamal Robinson’s senior-season tough luck continued Tuesday night here.

Robinson injured his right foot in the first quarter of UL’s ESPN2-televised visit to Texas State, doing so leaping high to unsuccessfully compete for a jump ball thrown by quarterback Terrance Broadway.

Robinson appeared to have his foot rewrapped, but spent most of the foot half sitting on the Cajun sideline.

He was called "doubtful" at the half and was reevaluated during the break, but did not return.

Robinson missed two-and-a-half games earlier this season due to a meniscus tear that required arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The NFL prospect returned to catch eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in UL’s Sun Belt Conference-opening win over Georgia State earlier this season, only to go down again against the Bobcats.

Robinson entered Tuesday night needing 139 receiving yards to move past Willie Culpepper for seventh place all-time on UL’s career receiving yards list.

The exact nature of Robinson’s foot injury was not immediately disclosed.

Also Tuesday, UL reserve running back Torrey Pierce exited early in the first half what was being called an injury to his lower left leg.

FARMER CONFIRMS GEORGIA: UL athletic director Scott Farmer on Tuesday night confirmed a recent Athens Herald-Banner report that the Cajuns will play at Georgia on Nov. 19 of 2016.

Scheduling Georgia in 2016 means UL is in the midst of playing one SEC opponent on the road in six straight seasons – Florida in 2012, Arkansas last year, Ole Miss this year, Kentucky next year and Texas A&M in 2017.

"You reach out to lot of people in scheduling," Farmer said. "You probably make a hundred phone calls to get one game. So, I think it’s a coincidence it’s (six) years in a row. … I just think we’re in SEC territory, and they know that our fans travel pretty well, and I think it’s a pretty good game for them also."

The timing of the November game, however, was not coincidental.

"We scheduled it with (that) in mind," Farmer said. "We like to play a game (non-conference) game late every year – a big game, if possible. It’s just very hard to do.

"We’d been talking to Georgia for a while," he added, "but the date just kind of fell in our lap in the last month."

The Cajuns played all of their non-conference games this year in September.

UL’s other non-conference games in 2016 are Boise State on Sept. 3 at home, McNeese State on Sept. 10 at home and at Tulane on Oct. 8.

Farmer also confirmed that UL’s paycheck for the Georgia State game will be $1.2 million.

RENOVATED DIGS: It was a filming site of the NBC TV series "Friday Night Lights, cast as Hermann Field at fictional Texas Methodist.

UL coach Mark Hudspeth last trip to what actually is called Bobcat Stadium, home of Texas State? That would be in 1994, when he was an assistant coach at Nicholls State.

Tuesday, then, marked Hudspeth’s first visit to the stadium since it underwent a $33 million renovation in 2012 that brought capacity to 33,000.

CAJUNS ON SNAPCHAT: The Cajuns on Tuesday formally launched their presence on Snapchat, a photo messaging application that allows a brand or user to send a photo or video message to followers.

Photos from Tuesday night’s game – and other postings – will be displayed within the platform for 24 hours before disappearing.

The free app can be downloaded in the App Store for iPhone users, or Google Play for those with Android phones, by searching for "SnapChat."

To follow the Cajuns, select the "Friend" icon on the upper right corner of the My Friends Page, then tap the far right search tab and enter "ragincajunsath" in the field, then tap the "Add Friend" icon next the username.

TROY TIME CHANGED: Kickoff time for UL’s Nov. 29 regular-season finale at Troy has been changed to 11:30 a.m. (central, the two schools announced Tuesday.

The game, longtime Trojans coach Larry Blakeney’s last before retirement, was originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.

No reason for the switch was made public.

MAXWELL JOINS BEARS: Ex-UL tight end Jacob Maxwell, a senior last season, joined the Chicago Bears’ NFL practice squad Monday.

Maxwell, a senior last season, originally was signed by Detroit as an undrafted free agent. He later was signed to Miami’s practice squad, but the Dolphins released him last week.

LAGNIAPPE: UL’s captains Tuesday were linebacker Trae Johnson and Texans Brooks Haack, Boris Anyama and Donovan Williams. … Fashion report: The Cajuns wore all white, with double red stripes down the pants. … Bad weather in Lafayette delayed UL’s arrival in Texas on Monday night by about two hours.