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  10/26/20 - Chris SmithrSo/2023, Louisiana, 5-09, 194 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  OCT 26 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Smith, Louisiana,...Seized the momentum for Louisiana in its 24-20 victory over UAB with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The return was his second kickoff return for a touchdown this year. Smith, Raymond Calais and Darryl Surgent are the only three Ragin' Cajuns to have two or more kickoff returns for a touchdown in their careers in the last 10 years. The return was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown by a Cajun since Raymond Calais did so against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 2, 2017. (100 yards). Smith and Baylor's Trestan Ebner are currently tied for the most kickoff returns for a touchdown (2) in the country. The return was just the seventh kickoff return for a touchdown by a Ragin' Cajun in the last decade. He finished the game with 160 yards on four kick returns. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  10/23/20 - Levi LewisSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#25 QB) + More +

  Levi Lewis threw for two touchdowns, Chris Smith returned a kickoff 100 yards and Louisiana-Lafayette used two fourth-quarter interceptions to beat UAB 24-20 on Friday night, snapping the Blazers' 21-game home winning streak. ULL trailed the first three quarters before Pearse Migl caught his first pass of the season, going for a 9-yard touchdown, to give the Ragin' Cajuns a 24-20 lead with 6:35 left. On UAB’s next possession, Cameron Solomon intercepted Bryson Lucero’s deep pass. Rhys Byrns booted a 74-yard punt to put UAB at its 6 with 1:16 remaining, and Bralen Trahan sealed it three plays later with an interception. Elijah Mitchell rushed for 67 yards for ULL (4-1). Jalen Williams caught two passes for 40 yards and a score, and Smith had his second kickoff return TD this season. Spencer Brown carried it 28 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns for UAB (4-2). Lucero was 10-of-23 passing for 110 yards with two interceptions. UAB had not lost at Legion Field since 2017, snapping the third longest active home winning streak in the nation behind Clemson and Notre Dame. - AP College Football

(DS#25 QB) Sr/2021 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  10/01/20 - Zach RobertsonrSr/2021, Louisiana, 6-5, 297 (DS#82 OT) + More +

  Back in early June, shortly after announcing plans to join the Ragin' Cajuns as a graduate transfer, former Arizona State offensive lineman Zach Robertson addressed why he left the Power 5 program and sat out what would have been his 2019 redshirt senior season. Details were scarce, but Robertson - who started multiple games for the Pac-12's Sun Devils, including nine in 2018 - was candid. "I was just battling a lot of things that were going on...and it took a huge toll on my mental health," he told The Daily Advertiser then. "I didn't know how to cope with it so I decided to step away from football for a year and get my mind back right."

Last week, Robertson - now the 3-0 Cajuns' starting left tackle - revealed much more and, in the process, made a plea for college football players facing circumstances similar to his own to keep mental health atop their priority list. "I went through a real lot of issues in … 2019," Robertson said. "I went through depression, anxiety. "Both of those things, you know, I mean...the way I was raised, it wasn't an emphasis to make sure those things are OK, your mental health is OK. "So, it got to the point where it overwhelmed me and I made wrong decisions and I faced the consequences," he added. "I had to sit out. I basically didn't know if I was ever going to play football again. And those two things scared the hell out of me." - Daily Advertiser


(DS#82 OT) rSr/2021 OT Zach RobertsonLouisiana
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  09/28/20 - Nate SnyderrJr/2022, Louisiana, 6-1, 196 (DS#999 K) + More +

  SEPT 28 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nate Snyder, Louisiana,...The hero in No. 19 Louisiana's win over Georgia Southern, drilling a 53-yard field goal as time expired. The 53-yard make was the longest of his career. Snyder's made kick is just the seventh of 53-yards or more in program history and tied for the fourth-longest field goal in school history. It was the longest kick by a Ragin' Cajun since Stevie Artigue drilled a 53-yarder during the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship Game at Appalachian State on Dec. 7, 2019. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2022 K Nate SnyderLouisiana
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  SEPT 28 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lorenzo McCaskill, Louisiana,...Had a monster game against Georgia Southern, posting 14 tackles in the victory that improved Louisiana to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Sun Belt...His performance marked his third-straight double-digit tackle performance. He is the only player in the Sun Belt Conference to post a double-digit tackle performance in all of his games this season. The 14 tackles are the most by a Ragin' Cajun since Tracy Walker was credited with 15 at Appalachian State on Dec. 2, 2017...McCaskill now has 36 tackles on the year, the most in FBS. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Lorenzo McCaskillLouisiana
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  09/26/20 - Nate SnyderrJr/2022, Louisiana, 6-1, 196 (DS#999 K) + More +

  Nate Snyder hit a 53-yard field goal on the game's final play Saturday, and No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette escaped with a 20-18 victory over Georgia Southern. The Ragin' Cajuns (3-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) looked on the way to their first loss when Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts hit Khaleb Hood with a 28-yard touchdown pass and Dalton Anderson with a 2-point conversion with 54 seconds left to give the Eagles (1-1, 0-1) an 18-17 lead. ULL quarterback Levi Lewis, who threw for 290 yards, completed three passes for 47 yards in the final drive, including an 18-yarder to running back Trey Ragas to the Eagle 36.

From there, Snyder - who was 2-for-6 on the season including three misses inside 35 yards - split the uprights to give the Cajuns their first 3-0 start since 1988. Lewis had connected with Errol Rogers on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 10:34 left to give ULL a 17-10 lead after Snyder's 25-yard field goal late in the third period tied the game. Werts threw for a career-high 255 yards, completing his final seven passes , and led a 61-yard drive in the final two minutes that he ended with his scoring pass to Hood. After a time out, Werts evaded one tackler before hitting Anderson for the two-point conversion. - AP College Football


(DS#999 K) rJr/2022 K Nate SnyderLouisiana
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  09/21/20 - Elijah MitchellSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 218 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  SEPT 21 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana,...Had a monster performance in No. 19 Louisiana's come-from-behind overtime victory over Georgia State, carrying the ball 16 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. His performance was his 11th career game with over 100-yards and his ninth career game with two or more touchdowns. The 164 yards mark the second-highest rushing output of his career. The 164 yards is currently tied for the fourth-highest rushing output in the nation this year. His second touchdown was the game winner in overtime, a 12-yard rush. His first touchdown went for 59 yards, his longest rush since going for 65 yards against Arkansas State on Oct. 27, 2018. It was just the second touchdown of 50 or more yards in his career. With his effort, he now ranks eighth nationally in total rushing yards with 210. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#11 RB) Sr/2021 RB Elijah MitchellLouisiana
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  09/21/20 - Rhys ByrnsJr/2022, Louisiana, 6-0, 186 (DS#9 P) + More +

  SEPT 21 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rhys Byrns, Louisiana,...Played a pivotal role in helping No. 19 Louisiana flip the field in the team's overtime win at Georgia State...Punted seven times in the contest, tying a career high, for 315 yards. Averaged 45.0 yards per punt and pinned three balls inside the 20-yard line, tied for the second-most in his career. Byrns sent two balls longer than 50 yards, just the third time in his career with two or more punts of over 50 yards. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#9 P) Jr/2022 P Rhys ByrnsLouisiana
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  09/19/20 - Elijah MitchellSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 218 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Elijah Mitchell rushed for 164 yards, including the winning touchdown in overtime, and No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette beat Georgia State 34-31 on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns (2-0, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference) were ranked for the first time since 1943 following last week's 20-point win at Iowa State. Louisiana-Lafayette was a 17-point favorite, but trailed 14-7 at intermission and Levi Lewis then threw an interception on the opening drive of the second half. The Panthers (0-1, 0-1) answered by taking a 21-7 lead on Marcus Carroll's 2-yard run, but the lead didn't last long.

Lewis, who completed 21 of 37 passes for 279 yards, rolled left to complete a 4-yard pass for a touchdown that cut the lead to 21-14 midway through the third quarter, and then Mitchell got going. The senior running back burst free down the left side for two long gains; a 59-yard touchdown run that tied it at 21 late in the third, and a 53-yard run early in the fourth that set up Trey Ragas' 2-yard touchdown run. Georgia State tied it at 28-all on Coates' 4-yard run with 7:37 remaining. In overtime, Mitchell ran 12 yards around the right side and was untouched as he crossed the goal line for the final score. He finished with 16 carries. - AP College/Louisiana-Lafayette Football


(DS#11 RB) Sr/2021 RB Elijah MitchellLouisiana
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  09/16/20 - Ferrod GardnerrSr/2021, Louisiana, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  When Ferrod Gardner got official word he had been approved for a sixth season of eligibility, allowing him to play one more year for the Ragin' Cajuns, he had no doubt. Gardner was in, all the way. "I just felt like it was another opportunity for me to go ahead and better my game and better myself as a person," he said this week, "so I just definitely wanted to do it." Wow are the Cajuns ever glad he did. Gardner, UL's starting Will linebacker, had nine tackles including a sack in last Saturday's upset 31-14 win at then-No. 25 Iowa State, a victory that vaulted the Cajuns into the national rankings themselves, appearing at No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 19 in the AP Top 25.

The showing resulted in Louisiana Sports Writers Association state, Sun Belt Conference league and - get this - Walter Camp Football Foundation national Defensive Player of the Week honors for the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Trotwood-Madison High in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Cajuns coach Billy Napier, for one, wasn't surprised by what he and an ESPN national audience saw. "Ferrod's always been a guy we felt like could be an exceptional player," said Napier, whose 1-0 Cajuns visit Georgia State for their ESPN2-televised Sun Belt opener Saturday morning in Atlanta. - Daily Advertiser


(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Ferrod GardnerLouisiana
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  09/14/20 - Ferrod GardnerrSr/2021, Louisiana, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  SEPT 14 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ferrod Gardner, Louisiana,...Posted a stellar performance in the team's historic win at No. 23 Iowa State, notching nine tackles and 1.0 sack...His 1.0 sack is the first full sack of his career. Also added two quarterback hurries, tied for the most in his career. The senior helped Louisiana earn the team's first-ever road win over a ranked opponent. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Ferrod GardnerLouisiana
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  09/14/20 - Chris SmithrSo/2023, Louisiana, 5-09, 194 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  SEPT 14 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Smith, Louisiana,...Played a key role in Louisiana earning its first-ever win over a top-25 opponent on the road, using a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put Louisiana on the board against No. 23 Iowa State. The return was his first career kickoff return for a touchdown. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Ragin' Cajun since Raymond Calais did so against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 2, 2017. The score was just the eighth kickoff return for a touchdown in the last 20 years. It was also just the third Louisiana kickoff return for a touchdown against a Big 12 opponent in the last 20 years, the most recent coming from Darryl Surgent against Kansas State in 2013. Smith finished the game with 137 return yards on three attempts and also added 25 rushing yards on eight carriers. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  09/13/20 - Levi LewisSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#25 QB) + More +

  Perseverance, confidence and two long kick returns propelled Louisiana-Lafayette to one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. The Ragin' Cajuns beat a Top 25 opponent on the road for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. Their only other win over a Top 25 team was in 1996 at home against Texas A&M. Both offenses seemed overmatched at times, but the Ragin' Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith's 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror's 83-yard punt return in the fourth. Levi Lewis added a 78-yard touchdown pass to Peter LeBlanc, giving Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Lewis passed for 154 yards and contributed to a business-like approach by the Ragin' Cajuns, who didn't celebrate much on the field after the game. - AP College Football

(DS#25 QB) Sr/2021 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  09/13/20 - Ferrod GardnerrSr/2021, Louisiana, 6-2, 220 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  SEP 13 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: FERROD GARDNER, LOUISIANA, RS Senior, Linebacker, Dayton, OH/Trotwood-Madison,...Ferrod Gardner posted nine tackles and one quarterback sack as Louisiana defeated 23rd-ranked Iowa State, 31-14, in the season opener for both teams. It was the Ragin' Cajuns first road win over top-25 opponent in school history. Notes: Ferrod Gardner is the second Louisiana player to earn the recognition since 2004, joining former Ragin' Canjun running back Tyrell Fenroy (Oct. 5, 2008). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Ferrod GardnerLouisiana
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  09/13/20 - Elijah MitchellSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 218 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  Louisiana-Lafayette and Appalachian State were among 10 new teams ranked Sunday in first regular-season Associated Press college football poll, which was stripped of the teams not yet scheduled to play a fall season. There was no change at the very top: Preseason No. 1 Clemson received 60 of 61 first place-votes this week. After all Division I teams were eligible to be voted on for the preseason Top 25, the panel of 61 voters was permitted to consider only teams playing in the fall now that the season has started.

That meant preseason No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 9 Oregon, along with six other Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, dropped out of the rankings. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American Conference and Mountain West have delayed their seasons, but the Big Ten is taking some steps toward a possible mid-October start. With those teams gone, Alabama moved up to No. 2. Oklahoma is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Florida. Defending champion LSU, with one first-place vote, is No. 6. Among the new teams in the rankings were Sun Belt powerhouses Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 19 and Appalachian State at No. 24. - AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) Sr/2021 RB Elijah MitchellLouisiana
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