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  06/02/21 - Michael JeffersonSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-2, 194 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Although loaded with returnees at the position already, UL has added another experienced receiver to the arsenal for quarterback Levi Lewis. The Ragin' Cajuns have made Alabama State transfer Michael Jefferson a late member of their 2021 signing class, coach Billy Napier said Wednesday. Jefferson - a product of Murphy High in Mobile, Alabama - reported this week along with other players for the start of summer of workouts. All players reported as expected, according to Napier. Jefferson played three seasons at Alabama State, an FCS program in the SWAC. "He's got a lot of height and length," Napier said. "He's been very productive. He's not only a good receiver, but a good special teams player." Jefferson had a team-leading 24 catches 234 yards and two touchdowns in five games when the Hornets played an abbreviated schedule in the spring of 2021 because of COVID-19. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Michael JeffersonLouisiana
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  04/21/21 - Jacob KibodirJr/2022, Louisiana, 6-1, 218 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Unlike other Ragin' Cajun running backs competing for carries this spring, Jacob Kibodi is an enigma of sorts. Chris Smith was the third member of UL's 2020 three-man rotation. T.J. Wisham, who played primarily on special teams before breaking his wrist last season, got 15 carries in 2019. Emani Bailey got 10 as a freshman last year and walk-on Michael Orphey Jr. has had a few the past two seasons. They're known commodities. But not a lot is known about the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Kibodi, a transfer who spent three seasons at Texas A&M but hasn't played since 2019. "He can bring speed and the power," Smith said. "I would say you can compare him to an Eli (Mitchell)," quarterback Levi Lewis added. "He can run it, and he can come out of the backfield and catch the ball. He's a great route runner." Kibodi is expected to contend with Bailey, Wisham, Orphey and four incoming freshmen to succeed NFL Draft prospects Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas and join Smith in UL's 2021 rotation. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Jacob KibodiLouisiana
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  03/25/21 - Chauncey ManacrSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-3, 251 (DS#54 OLB) + More +

  Outside linebacker Tyler Guidry is out the rest of the spring with an injury, Ragin' Cajuns coach Billy Napier said after practice Tuesday. Guidry - hurt during practice Saturday, UL's third spring workout - will undergo shoulder surgery Friday, according to Napier. "He'll be back by June and ready to train in the summer," Napier said. Guidry, a sophomore with 30 total tackles in 23 games over two years, had one start last season. The Cajuns opened spring practice without outside linebacker Chauncey Manac, who - Napier revealed for the first time Tuesday - underwent postseason surgery to repair an undisclosed injury and "will be back in the summer." With Manac and now Guidry out, and 2020 Jack outside linebacker starter Joe Dillon taking part in UL's Pro Day on Monday rather than returning for a seventh season, Napier counts A.J. Riley and Tanner Wiggins among those can take advantage of extra snaps this spring. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#54 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Chauncey ManacLouisiana
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  01/22/21 - Jaiave MagaleirSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-2, 228 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Jaiave Magalei, UL starting quarterback Levi Lewis' sparingly used backup the past two seasons, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the USA TODAY Network confirmed Thursday. Also in the portal is Jack outside linebacker Joe Dillon, who finished his six-season Ragin' Cajuns career 1.5 sacks shy of UL's all-time record. Magalei's move comes a few weeks after Lewis, a senior who started the past two seasons, made public his plans to remain for 2021. Magalei - a juco transfer from California's Mt. San Antonio College who played at Lakes High near Tacoma, Washington - was 20 of 28 for 224 passes and one touchdown in 2019. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jaiave MagaleiLouisiana
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  01/19/21 - Michael JeffersonSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-2, 194 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2021 ALL-SWAC PRESEASON SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Michael Jefferson, Junior, Alabama State,...Jefferson finished the year with 49 receptions for 767 yards and 12 touchdowns. The junior recorded a pair of games with three touchdown receptions in each. He also averaged 15.65 yards per reception with a long of 82 yards. Jefferson ended the season averaging 69.73 yards per game receiving for the Hornets. - Alabama State Football

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Michael JeffersonLouisiana
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  01/15/21 - Ferrod GardnerrSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-2, 220 (DS#88 ILB) + More +

  Two more Ragin' Cajun seniors, both starters, made it known Wednesday they will remain for the 2021 season. Will inside linebacker Ferrod Gardner and receiver Jalen Williams are staying, making it nine from UL who'll take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The other seven, as previously reported: starting quarterback Levi Lewis; starting left guard Ken Marks; starting kickoff specialist/backup kicker Nate Snyder; starting nose tackle Tayland Humphrey, an NFL prospect; safety Cam Solomon, who started five games in 2020 including UL's First Responder Bowl win over UTSA; Jack outside linebacker Chauncey Manac, who started three 2020 games including the bowl; and reserve nickel back Blair Brooks, a special teams contributor. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#88 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Ferrod GardnerLouisiana
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  01/12/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#22 QB) + More +

  Starting quarterback Levi Lewis, NFL-prospect nose tackle Tayland Humphrey, starting outside linebacker Chauncey Manac, starting left guard Ken Marks and kicker Nate Snyder are among at least seven Cajun seniors who've decided to stay and play in 2021. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#22 QB) rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  01/12/21 - Elijah MitchellSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 201 (DS#15 RB) + More +

  Ragin' Cajuns running back Elijah Mitchell announced Sunday he will enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Mitchell, a fourth-year senior from Erath High, follows in the footsteps of the other half of UL's senior running back duo, Trey Ragas, who declared the same Thursday. A Senior Bowl invitee, Mitchell opted to turn pro rather than use the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to all FBS players because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitchell ran for a season-high 164 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime during a victory in September at Georgia State, and had 127 yards and a TD on 19 carries en route to winning MVP honors in UL's Dec. 26 First Responder Bowl win over UTSA. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#15 RB) Sr/2021 RB Elijah MitchellLouisiana
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  01/08/21 - Trey RagasrSr/2021, Louisiana, 5-10, 218 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Running back Trey Ragas has decided against remaining at UL one more season and instead has declared intent to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Ragas ran 131 times for 758 yards and 10 touchdowns over 11 games as a fifth-year senior in 2020, including 19 carries for 131 yards in a late-October win at Texas State. The product of Archbishop Shaw High in the New Orleans area redshirted as a freshman in 2017. He finished with 596 attempts for 3,572 career yards and 39 rushing TDs in 49 career games as a Ragin' Cajun, including a career-high 1,181 yards on 207 carries over 14 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2018. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Trey RagasLouisiana
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  01/07/21 - Matthew AndersonrSo/2024, Louisiana, 6-6, 255 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Matthew Anderson is leaving Nebraska. The Louisiana native entered the NCAA's transfer portal on Wednesday, the Journal Star confirmed. Anderson, a 6-foot-6 tackle, did not appear in a game for the Huskers in his career. He was part of a big offensive line group in NU's 2019 recruiting class. Anderson came to Nebraska as a long, athletic prospect but one who needed to put on considerable weight to be big enough to play in the Big Ten. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 OT) rSo/2024 OT Matthew AndersonLouisiana
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  01/02/21 - Chris SmithrJr/2023, Louisiana, 5-09, 194 (DS#20 RB) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Chris Smith, Louisiana, All Purpose,...A native of Louisville, Miss., Smith also picked up Third Team All-Conference honors for All-Purpose yards after totaling 1,042 yards this season, good for 42nd in the nation. - Louisiana Football

(DS#20 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  01/02/21 - Eric GarrorSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-09, 176 (DS#81 CB) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Eric Garror, Louisiana, DB,...Garror ranks second on the team, tied for sixth in the league and tied for the 27th nationally with his three interceptions this season. - Louisiana Football

(DS#81 CB) Sr/2022 CB Eric GarrorLouisiana
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  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Lorenzo McCaskill, Louisiana, LB,...Lorenzo McCaskill and Eric Garror picked up Third Team recognition for their stellar play on defense this season. McCaskill has produced three double-digit tackles performances on the year at linebacker and leads the team with 72 tackles. - Louisiana Football

(DS#108 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Lorenzo McCaskillLouisiana
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  01/02/21 - Shane VallotrSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-0, 267 (DS#999 C) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Shane Vallot, Louisiana, OL,...O'Cyrus Torrence and Max Mitchell were part of an offensive line that leads the league and ranks seventh nationally in tackles-for-loss allowed (3.80) and eighth nationally in sacks allowed (0.90). Joined by Ken Marks and Shane Vallot, who picked up Third Team All-Conference honors, the entire offensive line was named Joe Moore Award Semifinalists for their stellar play all year. - Louisiana Football

(DS#999 C) rSr/2022 C Shane VallotLouisiana
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  01/02/21 - Ken MarksrSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-3, 308 (DS#146 OG) + More +

  2020 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Ken Marks, Louisiana, OL,...O'Cyrus Torrence and Max Mitchell were part of an offensive line that leads the league and ranks seventh nationally in tackles-for-loss allowed (3.80) and eighth nationally in sacks allowed (0.90). Joined by Ken Marks and Shane Vallot, who picked up Third Team All-Conference honors, the entire offensive line was named Joe Moore Award Semifinalists for their stellar play all year. - Louisiana Football

(DS#146 OG) rSr/2022 OG Ken MarksLouisiana
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