Season Wrap-Up

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  1. hornfaninbama

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    ULL Wins 3rd Consecutive Sun Belt Title
    Ragin Cajuns Earn 2nd Fiesta Bowl Appearance


    Lafayette, LA- This past season has been the most difficult under Coach Jenkins for ULL in terms of talent and injuries but Coach Jenkins has done an excellent job keeping the team motivated, and reminding them of their goals. That's one reason his name keeps coming up as a potential replacement for evey single big time coaching job that opens up.

    ULL started the season off slowly taking a big loss to Coach matthew34brown and his Ohio Bobcats, but the Cajuns rebounded and rallied to their 3rd straight 10 win season. The Cajuns have suffered several injuries that could have derailed their season, but they kept fighting and fell in line behind a true freshman QB and kept rolling up points and wins.


    The offense tallied most of the injuries this season. Redshirt senior RB Torrey Pierce was supposed to be the lightning in the backfield for the Cajuns, but he went down midway through the season, and Montrel Carter was forced to step up into the #2 RB role. Pierce was also the kick and punt returner so true freshman Joey Cunningham was asked to step into those roles as well. He performed well enough to be named a finalist for the Returner of the Year Award.

    The biggest loss for the offense was starting QB Eddie Harris. Harris was supposed to be the trigger man for an offense that the coaches expected to be equally adept at throwing the ball around, and running it down the oppositions throat. Harris has missed the entire season, and may not be able to get his starting spot back. That's due completely to super freshman Jammal Dodd taking the reins and out playing the injured QB. Dodd finished the regular season with 1304 yards passing, 14 TD's and only 6 interceptions. Compared to Harris' for 1152 10 TD's and 10 interceptions Dodd looks like the main man going forward. In addition Harris was only able to run for 460 yards and 5 scores while Dodd racked up 808 and 11 TD's. It will be a spirited competition this offseason for the QB1 slot and many fans are looking forward to it.

    ULL has been blessed with a group of excellent tail backs the past few seasons. Alonzo Harris was unleashed on the Sun Belt last season and set a new ULL record for rushing yards in a season. But his record was eclipsed this season by Effrem Reed. Reed has had a better season than any of his coaches could have envisioned running for 1619 yards and 15 TD's. It will be tough for ULL to replace his production next season.

    On defense the Cajuns transitioned to the 335, and there were some growing pains. Ohio pounded the ball up and down the field all day long en route to their blowout win over ULL. But as the season went on the defense came together and started generating pressure and turnovers and became a strength of the Cajuns. Dominque Prater and Chris Tovell were monsters rushing the passer, and both of them could end up with double digit totals with a good day against TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.

    One of the players the coaches were worried about before the season started was SS Tommy Bennett. Bennett is a huge SS, even for a 335. But the 6'4" 232 pound redshirt freshman wound up with 51 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and a fumble recovery. Jr. OLB Chris Hill led the team in tackles with 73, and between Bennett and Hill the Cajuns have a solid foundation for next year's defense.

    The biggest question facing the Ragin Cajuns is whether Coach Jenkins will be back. He's been linked to almost every high profile job opening in the past few seasons, but thus far has stuck with ULL. There figure to be more prestigous programs with job openings this offseason and it will be interesting to see how Coach Jenkins handles them.
     
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