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By Emory Hunt
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On January 18th, Will Hall accepted the position as offensive coordinator.  In what was an underrated move nationally, the Cajuns got better on offense that day.

In southwestern Louisiana, you hear a lot about the genuine people, the zydeco, and the swamps. The great food, and the spiciness of said food, gets talked about as well. What wasn’t talked about a lot this past offense was the spice that was being added to the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns bland offensive attack. On January 18th, Will Hall accepted the position as offensive coordinator. In what was an underrated move nationally, the Cajuns got better on offense that day.

Success is a habit to Coach Hill. It’s a combination of your work ethic and your attention to detail. It’s that combination that has led him to a State Championship in high school, being named an All-American in Junior College and winning the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is the D2 equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, at North Alabama. And that is just his playing career. Hill was an excellent quarterback at three different levels, including a fourth as he played some great ball for the Tupelo Fire Ants of the National Indoor Football League.

That track record of success as a player followed him into the coaching field as he got his start at Presbyterian College in 2004. Every year, every stop, his players developed, the teams got better and the offense thrived. Hall compiled a 56-20 record as a Head Coach at both West Alabama and West Georgia, going 31-9 in 3 years with UWG. Hall decided to step down as UWG head coach to run the Ragin’ Cajuns offensive attack that averaged only 23.6 points per game and only 178 yards passing per game. In his first game as the OC, you saw immediate dividend as the Cajuns scored 5 offensive touchdowns en route to a 51-48 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. 

We’ve seen offensive coordinators make instant impacts before. Lane Kiffin at Alabama, Joe Moorhead at Penn State and Matt Canada at LSU just to name a few. Hall can have that same type of impact for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He is one of the best offensive minds in football that shows the great ability to counter attack and adjust to the defense on the fly. For someone with his background, pedigree and on-field accomplishments, both as a player and as a coach, it’s puzzling that many national pundits didn’t laud this hire with the same fanfare. It’s almost as if the name Will Hill wasn’t well known enough to care.

You know who knew enough to care to make this great hire? Ragin Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth.

You know why?

He was Hall’s head coach back at North Alabama when he broke records and took home the Harlon Hill.

Buckle up Ragin’ Cajun fans, it’s time to laissez le bon temps rouler!

Emory Hunt - Emory Hunt, "The Czar of the Playbook", is a former UL Ragin' Cajun running back nw covering the Sun Belt for Southern Pigskin. His other work can be found at Twitter: @FBallGameplan