Senior running back Dwight Lindon was on hand in 2003 when Jerry Babb stepped in as a redshirt freshman quarterback for Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns.
Now, with Babb sidelined by a shoulder injury, Michael Desormeaux is in that position for the Cajuns as they try to rebound from a 1-4 season start.
"There's no way to compare the two," Lindon said. "I will say that the mistakes Michael makes now, Jerry made the same mistakes in the past.
"He's just going through growing pains right now. Once he gets through that position, he'll be all right."
While he's growing into the job, Desormeaux still has the presence he needs in the huddle.