Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

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Preview 2018: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Next Superstar Head Coach

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Best Louisiana Offensive Player

RB Trey Ragas, Soph.
The 5-11, 227-pounder took over the running game early, and finished with 813 yards and nine touchdowns averaging close to six yards per carry. Banged up two years ago, he didn’t get his shot early on, and then he got healthy and turned into the key part of an offense that did everything possible to find something that worked. Now he needs the ball more after not being used enough as a workhorse.

2. OG Kevin Dotson, Jr.
3. WR Ryheem Malone, Sr.
4. WR Jamarcus Bradley, Jr.
5. QB Levi Jones, Soph.

Best Louisiana Defensive Player

DE Joe Dillon, Jr.
Undersized, the 6-3, 232-pound tweener defensive end/outside linebacker was one of the few disruptive players up front. He came up with 4.5 sacks with seven tackles for loss and 30 stops, but he has to do more after starting out his career with seven sacks. He’s trying to bulk up – adding around 20 pounds from when he first started – but this is about it. Now he needs help around him.

2. S Corey Turner, Sr.
3. S Damar’ren Mitchell, Jr.
4. LB/DE Chauncey Manac, Jr.
5. LB Jacques Boudreaux, Jr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

LB/DE Chauncey Manac, Jr. 
Can he live up the prep hype? A star get for Georgia a few years ago, the 6-3, 252-pounder was on the sidelines in his first year, transferred out, appeared ready to go to Cincinnati, and then chose Louisiana after showing off his pass rushing skills for Garden City CC. The Ragin’ Cajuns need a stud up front, and they need someone to rise up and help out Joe Dillon. Manac has the talent to do it.

Key Game To The Louisiana Season

at Appalachian State, Oct. 20
63-14. That’s what ended the 2017 Ragin’ Cajun season with a crashing thud, losing to the Mountaineers on the road. This year, even with all the problems and concerns with ULL, it needs to be 4-2 – or 3-3 at worst – by winning the relatively easy games and assuming losses to Mississippi State and Alabama.

And then it gets nasty, with Arkansas State and at Troy to follow after going to Boone, North Carolina. It’s an interdivisional game, but it’s a measuring-stick moment.

2017 Louisiana Fun Stats

– Fumbles: Opponents 17 (lost 6) – Louisiana 12 (lost 4)
– Points Per Game: Opponents 40 – Louisiana 28.17
– 3rd Down Conversions: Opponents 48.5% – Louisiana 36%

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