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Mr. Marshall Delesdernier

101 Sorority Drive
Lafayette, La 70506


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Football: Delesdernier determined to produce better finishes

September 20, 2006 –
Dan McDonald

Marshall Delesdernier doesn’t like the feelings he’s had when he’s come off the field after the University of Louisiana’s last two games.
“It’s hard to walk off after you lose 51-7,” the Ragin’ Cajun senior defensive tackle said in reference to the loss to Texas A&M 10 days ago. “But this is a tight-knit group. We wanted to get back to work, and we’ve really gone back to the basics and some basic drills this week.”

The Cajuns held a full-pads Tuesday practice, going for just over two hours and getting in several live segments including a mid-practice middle drill.

“We came out and worked pretty well,” said Cajun coach Rickey Bustle. “I think the weather picked them up a little, but they’ve bought into the idea that this week is about us and not about North Carolina A&T.”
The Cajuns (0-2) take on the Division I-AA Aggies (0-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cajun Field in the home opener and in the annual Herbert Heymann Football Classic.

“We’re really excited to get back in front of some home fans,” Delesdernier said. “We needed the off week, and now we need a home game.”

They’ll have a home game in which they’re a prohibitive favorite. NCA&T has played only one previous game in its history against a Division I-A foe.

“They’re talented at a lot of positions,” Delesdernier said of the Aggies. “We understand who we’re playing and we know we need to execute the best we can and play as well mentally as we can. We didn’t do that last week … we’d do something right on one play, and we’d have the same thing later and not do it right. It made us look bad in some situations.”

LINE CHANGE: The Cajuns have shifted offensive line personnel, with Junior Ramos moving from his center slot and expected to start at right guard. Chris Fisher, a redshirt freshman from Lafayette and St. Thomas More, will likely start at center for the second straight game.

“Both of them played really well at Texas A&M,” said Cajun offensive line coach Ron Hudson. “They’re both in our top five right now, so both of them need to be playing.”

“Fisher’s jumped in there and done a lot of good things,” Bustle said. “He’s enabled us to do some things and move people around, get Tim (Falter) back where he was comfortable last year. And Junior had a very solid game at A&M.”

Originally published September 20, 2006