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  10/21/21 - Chris SmithrJr/2023, Louisiana, 5-09, 194 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Freshman Montrell Johnson took a handoff 99 yards for a school and Sun Belt Conference record-long touchdown, Chris Smith rushed for 238 yards and the game-winner and Louisiana-Lafayette battled past Arkansas State 28-27 on Thursday night. Johnson and Smith scored all of the Ragin' Cajuns points as Louisiana-Lafayette (6-1, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) rolled for 424 rushing yards. Johnson, who gained 150 yards, had scoring runs of 99 and 3 yards. Smith scored from the 6 and and added a game-winning 74-yard touchdown run. Louisiana-Lafayette pushed its win streak to six games, but didn't escape without a fight as the teams exchanged a furious burst of points late in the first half, with a tie and four lead changes. Arkansas State (1-6, 0-3) built a 27-21 lead with a touchdown and a field goal off of two Louisiana turnovers.

Smith, whose fumble led to Arkansas State's 24-21 lead, carried the Cajuns on his back late in the third quarter with runs of six and 74 yards to score the winning, come-from-behind touchdown. Layne Hatcher completed 16 of 31 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Wolves, answering Louisiana-Lafayette score for score through the middle quarters. Taylon Doss made a career-high 11 tackles and EJ Alexander added 12 for Arkansas State. Johnson's 99-yard TD was the second in as many games given up by the Red Wolves, who had allowed a 99-yard pass play to then No. 15 Coastal Carolina Oct. 7. - Louisiana-Lafayette/AP College Football


(DS#21 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  10/12/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Levi Lewis threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Chris Smith added two rushing scores and Louisiana-Lafayette eased by Appalachian State 41-13 on Tuesday night. Louisiana-Lafayette (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference) scored a touchdown on its first three drives and led 20-6 at the break. Eric Garror intercepted a pass on Appalachian State's opening possession of the second half, leading to Smith's 21-yard run. The Louisiana-Lafayette defense entered with just three takeaways on the season, but came up with four against Appalachian State.

Lewis threw for 209 yards, moving into second in program history for career passing yards, and Smith rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries. Montrell Johnson added 103 yards rushing, including a 2-yard touchdown to cap a 98-yard drive in the fourth. On the second play of the game, Lewis threw a deep pass down the middle to Kyren Lacy for a 55-yard completion. Lewis scored six plays later on a 3-yard run. Chase Brice was 15-of-26 passing with two interceptions for Appalachian State (4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt). He ran for a 5-yard TD to pull within 27-13 midway through the third. - Louisiana-Lafayette/AP College Football


(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  10/04/21 - Chris SmithrJr/2023, Louisiana, 5-09, 194 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  OCT 4 SUN BELT FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Smith, Louisiana, (RS So., RS – Louisville, Miss.),...Ragin' Cajuns redshirt sophomore running back and return specialist Chris Smith tallied 137 kickoff return yards in Louisiana's 20-18 win at South Alabama. The Louisville, Miss., native recorded an 87-yard return on the opening kickoff, setting up his lone rushing touchdown on the game. Smith added 40 yards on the ground to register a game-high 177 all-purpose yards. He joins Ohio State's De'Montre Tuggle as 1-of-2 players in the country to rush for 40 yards and tally more than 130 kickoff return yards in the same game. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#21 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  10/03/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Chris Smith and quarterback Levi Lewis each had a first-quarter touchdown run and Louisiana-Lafayette held on to beat South Alabama 20-18 on Saturday night. Smith scored on a 10-yard run on the third play from scrimmage and Lewis brook loose for a 22-yard TD run about three minutes later for Louisiana-Lafayette (4-1, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference). Emani Bailey's 15-yard TD run stretched the Ragin Cajuns' lead to 20-0 early in the second quarter. Lewis was 9-of-20 passing for only 49 yards, and he didn't throw a touchdown pass, snapping his 22-game streak with at least one. He did add 66 yards rushing on 10 carries. Bailey finished with 81 yards on the ground. Bryan Hill ran for a pair of short-yardage touchdowns for South Alabama (3-1, 0-1). Jake Bentley's 1-yard TD run capped the scoring with 12:51 remaining. - Louisiana-Lafayette/AP College Football

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  09/26/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Levi Lewis threw for three touchdowns and Louisiana-Lafayette held off Georgia Southern 28-20 on Saturday night in a Sun Belt Conference opener. Lewis threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Lumpkin and a 46-yarder to Dontae Fleming to extend the Ragin' Cajuns' lead to 28-13 in the third quarter. Gerald Green's 76-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter got the Eagles (1-3, 0-1) within 28-20. Their final possession came with 4:22 to go but the drive died with 44 seconds remaining. Lewis, who also threw a 48-yard score to Michael Jefferson to tie the game at 7, finished 17 of 28 for 249 yards for the Ragin' Cajuns (3-1, 1-0). Emani Bailey had Louisiana-Lafayette's other touchdown on a 3-yard run for a 14-7 lead. Green rushed for three touchdowns and a career-high 186 yards on 18 carries for the Eagles. Justin Tomlin threw for 175 yards with an interception. - Louisiana-Lafayette/AP College Football

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  09/21/21 - Montrell JohnsonFr/2025, Louisiana, 5-09, 210 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  SEPT 20 SUN BELT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Montrell Johnson, Louisiana, (Fr., RB - New Orleans, La.),...Ragin' Cajuns freshman running back Montrell Johnson rushed for a career-high 84 yards and four touchdowns in Louisiana's 49-14 victory over Ohio. The New Orleans, La., product is the first Ragin' Cajun to rush for four touchdowns in a single game since Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire each had four scores against Arkansas State on Oct. 21, 2014. Johnson is one of just six players in the nation with four rushing scores in a single game this season. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2025 RB Montrell JohnsonLouisiana
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  09/16/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Freshman Montrell Johnson rushed for four short touchdowns, the first of his collegiate career, Levi Lewis passed for 212 yards and Louisiana-Lafayette fended off Ohio 49-14 Thursday night. Johnson scored on runs of 6, 1, 1 and 1 yards with 13 carries for 84 yards gained. Previously this season he had games of 27 and 11 yards. The Ragin' Cajuns (2-1) engineered scoring drives of 91 and 80 yards to start the game, building a 14-0 lead by early in the second quarter. Lewis finished 21-of-29 passing. Thirteen receivers caught passes. Ohio scored on a trick play when starting quarterback Kurtis Rourke, lined up as a wideout to the right, backpedaled to catch a quick toss from Armani Rogers and, curling away from an onrushing defender, fired a 25-yard rope down the sideline to O'Shaan Allison in the end zone.

Louisiana-Lafayette answered with Johnson's run from the 1 as time expired in the first half. He pushed over again on the opening drive of the second half, scoring on fourth-and-1 from the 1. The back-to-back touchdowns swung momentum to Louisiana-Lafayette. Cameron Odom, who passed 1,000 yards receiving last Saturday for Ohio (0-3), was held to two catches for six yards Thursday. Allison, who surpassed 1,000 yards career rushing on Saturday gained 48 on the ground against Louisiana-Lafayette and another 44 through the air. Rourke was 12-for-22 passing for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Bobcats. - Louisiana/AP College Football


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  09/12/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  Levi Lewis threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns and Louisiana-Lafayette edged Nicholls 27-24 on Saturday night. Leading 17-10 at halftime, the Ragin' Cajuns' Kris Moncrief returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Kenneth Almendares added a 28-yard field goal in the fourth. The Colonels (0-2) rallied with a pair of touchdowns in the final five minutes, but the second came with only 33 seconds remaining and Nicholls failed to recover an onside kick. Lewis was 19-of-33 passing with completions to 11 ULL (1-1) receivers. Michael Jefferson led with 84 yards and a touchdown. John Stephens also caught a scoring pass. Lindsey Scott was 26 of 37 for 359 yards passing with three touchdowns and the pick-6. Scott added 121 yards rushing on 18 carries. Dai-Jean Dixon made a school-record 14 catches and tied another school mark with 198 yards receiving while going over 3,000 career yards. He caught two TD passes. - AP College Football

(DS#29 QB) rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  08/22/21 - Levi LewisrSr/2022, Louisiana, 5-10, 184 (DS#29 QB) + More +

  UL will open the 2021 season nationally ranked in both of college football's major polls. The Ragin' Cajuns are 23rd in the Associated Press preseason Top 25, which was released Monday. The Cajuns also are No. 23 in the 2021 preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, released last week. This marks the first time in program history UL has opened a season nationally ranked in either poll, according to a team spokesman. "It's pretty insignificant relative to what happens this season," coach Billy Napier said. "We're gonna have 12 opportunities in the regular season to prove ourselves one week at a time. Going into this season where we are, that's all kind of...based on the past. "I do think it's humbling. I certainly think it basically says that people respect what you're doing, what you've done in the past and maybe what you're capable of in the future," Napier added. "But it is just that: It's potential, and we're not about potential here. We're about performance." - Daily Advertiser

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  07/25/21 - Bobby HillrJr/2023, Louisiana, 5-10, 211 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  Napier said UL has added East Carolina transfer Robert Hill, a long snapper expected to compete for the starting job. Hill played nine games for East Carolina last season and nine for Nevada in 2019. He was on Georgia's roster in 2018 and played 12 games for Tulsa in 2016. Napier said Paul Boudreaux, UL's snapper last season, decided to begin graduate school. Hill will compete against contenders including James Segrest, a St. Thomas More High product whose father is Cajuns defensive line coach Rory Segrest. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#999 LS) rJr/2023 LS Bobby HillLouisiana
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  07/22/21 - Percy ButlerSr/2022, Louisiana, 6-0, 191 (DS#19 SS) + More +

  UL football is a runaway favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference's West Division, according to the league's 2021 preseason coaches poll. Nine of 10 Sun Belt coaches picked the Ragin' Cajuns to win the West, with the other unidentified coach choosing Arkansas State. UL received 49 voting points. Arkansas State was picked second with 38, followed by South Alabama, Texas State and UL Monroe. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State tied for first in Sun Belt East voting with 44 points each, but Coastal received six first-place votes and second-place App State four. Georgia State was picked third in the East, followed by Georgia Southern and Troy. UL and Coastal Carolina were to have met in last season's Sun Belt championship game, but it was canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Chanticleers program. - Daily Advertiser

(DS#19 SS) Sr/2022 SS Percy ButlerLouisiana
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  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) rJr/2023 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, 247 (DS#74 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#74 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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