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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: G A.J. Gillie, Louisiana,...Recognizing the top interior lineman in the country, Gillie is one of 89 players featured on the list and one of five players from the Sun Belt Conference. Additionally, he is one of just 17 guards selected. Gillie started in 12 of Louisiana's 14 games at left guard and was a member of an offensive line that ranked fourth in the Sun Belt and tied for 42nd nationally with 1.86 sacks allowed. He also helped pave the way for Louisiana's rushing attack which ranked 40th in the nation with 187.1 yards per game. The upfront unit was named a Joe Moore Award Semifinalist for their impactful play, the second consecutive season the line was recognized as semifinalists for the award. - Louisiana Football

rSo/2025 OG AJ GillieLouisiana
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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Rhys Byrns - Louisiana,... Byrns 6-0, 186) was also named to the 2021 Ray Guy Pre-Season Watch List. As a junior in 2021, the Rye, Australia native ranked first in the Sun Belt and 11th in the nation with 46.3 yards average with 19 attempts of over 50 yards. He placed 22 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line during the season and posted a season-long of 70 yards in a win at Troy. Byrns averaged 47.3 yards on kick attempts in last year's SBC Championship Game against App State, including a 55-yard boot. He matched a career high with seven punts for 289 yards, placing five boots inside the 20-yard line against Georgia Southern. Before Louisiana Byrns went to Pauda College in Mornigton, Victoria, Australia…Ranked as the sixth best punter and a five-star recruit in the 2018 class on Prokicker.com…Member of the Prokicker Australia class of 2018. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 P Rhys ByrnsLouisiana
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  Louisiana has been voted to repeat as Sun Belt Conference champions in 2022. The league announced its preseason poll, along with its preseason individual distinctions, Monday ahead of Sun Belt Media Days, which begins at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans Tuesday morning. UL garnered 12 first-place votes for the West division from the conference's coaches, two more than East division favorites Appalachian State, who picked up 10. The Sun Belt coaches predict the Ragin' Cajuns facing the Mountaineers in the title game with the Cajuns edging out App State as the favorites to win with 95 poll points to 94.

South Alabama earned two first-place votes for the West division crown, while the East side of the league appears to be a little murkier with Coastal Carolina picking up two first-place votes and Georgia State and Georgia Southern each earning one. Marshall leads the way among the newcomers to the Sun Belt, predicted to finished fourth in the East. The other new teams, James Madison, Old Dominion are picked to finish sixth and seventh in the East, respectively, while Southern Miss was voted to finish fifth in the West. Louisiana landed three All-Sun Belt preseason First Team honors. Defensive lineman Zi-Yon Hill-Green, cornerback Eric Garror and punter Rhys Byrns were all voted to the first team. - Daily Advertiser


rSr/2023 DT ZiYon HillLouisiana
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  The Sun Belt Conference announced its 2022 Preseason All-Sun Belt Teams, individual awards and Preseason Poll on Monday. Coastal Carolina redshirt junior quarterback Grayson McCall was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while his teammate sophomore defensive lineman Josaiah Stewart was dubbed the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. App State was picked to win the Sun Belt East Division and advance to its fourth Sun Belt Football Championship Game in the event's five-year existence. The Mountaineers claimed 10-of-14 first-place votes, with Coastal Carolina (2), Georgia State (1) and Georgia Southern (1) also receiving nods. Louisiana, which has advanced to all four Sun Belt Football Championship Games, was picked to win its fifth-straight Sun Belt West Division title. The Ragin' Cajuns earned 12-of-14 first-place votes, with South Alabama (2) receiving the other two. Louisiana is the reigning Sun Belt football champion, having defeated App State, 24-16, in the 2021 Sun Belt Football Championship Game. - Sun Belt Football

rSr/2023 CB Eric GarrorLouisiana
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Chris Smith (Jr.), Louisiana,...As a repeat redshirt sophomore in 2021, running back Chris Smith was Louisiana's leading rusher, totaling 855 yards on 153 attempts in 13 appearances … Produced one of the top single-game rushing performances in Louisiana history at Arkansas State (Oct. 21), rushing for 238 yards on 24 carries and scoring two touchdowns … His 238 yards were the fifth-most by a Ragin' Cajun in a game in program history … Recorded 102 rushing yards on 15 carries against Troy (Nov. 13), marking the second time in his career he has gained 100 or more yards on the ground in a single game … Found the end zone two times and totaled 82 yards on 13 carries against App State (Oct. 12) … Carried the ball nine times for 70 yards and scored a touchdown against Texas State (Oct. 30) … Scored his first touchdown of the season against Ohio (Sept. 16) and recorded 68 yards on 10 carries - Louisiana Football

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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: JOHNNY LUMPKIN, LOUISIANA,...Lumpkin is one of just 13 tight ends from a Group of 5 program named on the list and the only tight end from a Sun Belt Conference program honored. The Atlanta, Ga., made 13 starts and appeared in all 14 games for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2021, recording eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. His score came against Georgia Southern, a 22-yard grab. In his career, Lumpkin has caught 20 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 TE Johnny LumpkinLouisiana
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  Louisiana football will play under the lights for nearly half of the 2022 season. In conjunction with the Sun Belt Conference, the Ragin Cajuns announced television details and kickoff times for five games. All three of UL's Sun Belt midweek games, Oct. 12 at Marshall (ESPN2), Oct. 27 at Southern Miss (ESPNU) and at home Nov. 10 versus Georgia Southern (ESPNU) landed 6:30 p.m. CT start times. Louisiana's visit to Marshall is a rematch of last season's New Orleans Bowl, a game the Cajuns won, 36-21, in former coach Bill Napier's last game. But this season, it'll be a Sun Belt matchup as Marshall has left Conference USA. Southern Miss left C-USA, too. - Daily Advertiser

rJr/2024 RB Chris SmithLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DL - Andre Jones, Louisiana (RS Jr., DL - Varnado, La.),...Levi Lewis (Quarterback), Johnson (Running Back), Shane Vallot (Offensive Line), Zi'Yon Hill (Defensive Line), Chauncey Manac (Linebacker), Lorenzo McCaskill (Linebacker), Eric Garror (Cornerback) and Percy Butler (Safety) were all named to the league's Second Team, while Smith (Running Back), Tayland Humphrey (Defensive Line), Andre Jones (Defensive Line) and Mekhi Garner (Cornerback) picked up Third Team honors. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 DE Andre JonesLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Percy Butler, Louisiana (Jr., DB - Plaquemine, La.),...Levi Lewis (Quarterback), Johnson (Running Back), Shane Vallot (Offensive Line), Zi'Yon Hill (Defensive Line), Chauncey Manac (Linebacker), Lorenzo McCaskill (Linebacker), Eric Garror (Cornerback) and Percy Butler (Safety) were all named to the league's Second Team, while Smith (Running Back), Tayland Humphrey (Defensive Line), Andre Jones (Defensive Line) and Mekhi Garner (Cornerback) picked up Third Team honors. - Louisiana Football

Sr/2022 SS Percy ButlerLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - Shane Vallot, Louisiana (RS Jr., OL - Lafayette, La.),...Levi Lewis (Quarterback), Johnson (Running Back), Shane Vallot (Offensive Line), Zi'Yon Hill (Defensive Line), Chauncey Manac (Linebacker), Lorenzo McCaskill (Linebacker), Eric Garror (Cornerback) and Percy Butler (Safety) were all named to the league's Second Team, while Smith (Running Back), Tayland Humphrey (Defensive Line), Andre Jones (Defensive Line) and Mekhi Garner (Cornerback) picked up Third Team honors. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 C Shane VallotLouisiana
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  Levi Lewis passed for 270 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 74 yards, and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Marshall to end its season on a program-record 13-game winning streak. Emani Bailey rushed for two TDs in the fourth quarter to help new Ragin' Cajuns coach Michael Desormeaux win his first game in charge. He took over after the Cajuns (13-1) won the Sun Belt Championship under recently hired Florida coach Billy Napier. Rasheen Ali rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns for Marshall (7-6). His 9-yard touchdown put Marshall in front 21-16 late in the third quarter. Marshall QB Grant Wells was 15 of 26 for 99 yards and was intercepted once by Bralen Trahan. - Louisiana/AP College Football

rSr/2022 QB Levi LewisLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P - Rhys Byrns, Louisiana (Jr., P - Rye, Victoria, Australia),...Byrns was masterful punting the football this season with an average of 46.3 yards per boot, a mark that ranks 11th nationally and first in the Sun Belt. The Australian has sent has pinned 19 balls inside the 20 and sent 16 balls over 50 yards. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 P Rhys ByrnsLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Max Mitchell, Louisiana (Jr., OL - Monroe, La.),...In addition to the superlative awards, the Ragin' Cajuns secured 16 All-Conference selections with offensive lineman Max Mitchell, offensive lineman O'Cyrus Torrence, punter Rhys Byrns and Chris Smith (All-Purpose) earning First Team recognition. The 16 selections are the most in program history, surpassing the previous best of 14 from the 2020 season. Mitchell, who has been invited to the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl and was named the Pro Football Focus (PFF) Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, has started in every game for the Ragin' Cajuns at right tackle this season. According to PFF, Mitchell has only allowed nine pressures in 12 games this season and boasts the highest PFF grade (95.1) in all of FBS. - Louisiana Football

Sr/2022 OT Max MitchellLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB - Bralen Trahan (RS Jr., DB - Lafayette, La.),...Additionally, Michael Jefferson (Wide Receiver), Johnny Lumpkin (Tight End), Ferrod Gardner (Linebacker) and Bralen Trahan (Safety) earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2023 FS Bralen TrahanLouisiana
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  2021 ALL-SUN BELT HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB - Ferrod Gardner (RS Sr., LB - Dayton, Ohio),...The 16 selections are the most in program history, surpassing the previous best of 14 from the 2020 season. Additionally, Michael Jefferson (Wide Receiver), Johnny Lumpkin (Tight End), Ferrod Gardner (Linebacker) and Bralen Trahan (Safety) earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors. - Louisiana Football

rSr/2022 OLB Ferrod GardnerLouisiana
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