Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns College Football Preview 2021: Defense
– The Louisiana defense was great at taking the ball away, it was one of the nation’s most efficient against the pass, and it allowed just 355 yards and 22 points per game. The pass D gave up just 171 yards per game and picked off 16 throws.
All-star safety Bralen Trahan intercepted four passes, corners Eric Garror and Mekhi Garner each came up with three, and they can all tackle.
– Top two tacklers Lorenzo McCaskill (83) and Ferrod Gardner (74) are back to lead the linebacking corps. There’s not a ton of size, but there’s plenty of depth, lots of speed, and a whole bunch of playmakers.
Gardner is great at getting in the backfield – he’s the team’s best pass rusher – from his spot on the inside, and Chauncey Manac is like a hybrid pass rusher on the outside.
– The D wasn’t all hat great against the run, but the line has bulk and a whole lot of experience. 283-pound junior Zi’Yon Hill is the best interior pass rusher and finished third on the team in tackles. 6-5, 333-pound All-Sun Belt performer Tayland Humphrey is a load on the inside.