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Mr. Christopher "Chris" Klock

302 Lakeside Dr.
Lafayette, Louisiana


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Email: klock.chris@yahoo.com

Klock makes noise early
Bruce Brown

October 13, 2004

LAFAYETTE � Senior linebacker Chris Klock was thrust into action for UL Lafayette last Saturday night at New Mexico State, and it didn�t take long for him to have an effect.

Klock forced a fumble by NMSU�s Justine Buries to halt an Aggies drive at the UL 11-yard line late in the first half.

As with many plays in the trenches, the turnover was a bit chaotic.

�It was kind of a big car wreck in there,� said Klock, who knocked the ball out of Buries� grasp and wound up on the bottom of a pile of players.

�I remember laying on the ground, and I knew the guy didn�t have the ball. Then (defensive tackle) Marshall Delesdernier picked it up like a trophy and started jumping around with it. I really think he could have run with it.

�It was kind of fun and exciting for me.�

Unfortunately for the Ragin� Cajuns, that was one of the few defensive highlights in the 35-32 defeat as NMSU piled up 484 yards of offense in dropping UL to 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.

It was not what the Cajuns had in mind against a team that had struggled offensively.

�During the game, we were concerned with making adjustments,� Klock said. �Afterwards, we were concerned, obviously, with them scoring 35 points.

�This week our concern is to try to get better, to work on the fundamentals and the basics and try to work hard on them.�

Klock, who filled in last week when fellow senior Stanley Smith broke a hand, figures Idaho will test the Cajun defense early this Saturday. And, although the Vandals are primarily a passing team, they will be tempted by the knowledge that UL has given up 907 yards rushing in its three defeats.

�I�m sure after looking at the film of this game that even a passing team like Idaho will try to throw some punches early,� Klock said. �It�s not up to me what changes we make, but I�m sure we�ll use some slants and stunts against the run.�

Coach Rickey Bustle said on Monday that the Cajuns would compound the loss to NMSU if they don�t learn from it, and Klock said the team has the ability to move ahead.

�I think this team has done an excellent job of focusing where we need to,� Klock said. �We don�t spend a lot of time looking at wins, records or wondering �what if this happens.� The most important thing is to focus on our next opponent, and I think we�ve done a good job of that.

�It does hurt to lose, particularly since in three years North Texas hasn�t lost a conference game at all. But all we can worry about is the next game.�

This week�s visit to Idaho caps a three-week, 8,800-mile stretch of road games for the Cajuns, who played Florida International in Miami before the NMSU game in Las Cruces. Winning two of three in that scenario would still be a plus.

�You�re always more comfortable at home,� Klock said. �But the team does a good job of focusing on the road.

�We try to make it as comfortable as it can be. The coaches and players enjoy each other. We always say it�s a business trip, and we�ve stuck to business well on the road.

�We respect Idaho like anybody else and are working hard this week.�

CAJUN CLIPPINGS � Klock has 13 tackles this season and will be a key figure while Smith mends … safety C.C. Brown leads UL in tackles with 60, with Smith second at 51 and safety Antwain Spann third with 41 … UL is 25th in the country in turnover margin at 0.83.

�The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
October 13, 2004