Year in Review

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    ULL Wins 2nd Consecutive Sun Belt Title
    Broadway and Harris Lead Cajuns

    Lafayette, LA- The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns have just finished the best 2 season's in the program's history. Over the last 2 seasons the Cajuns have racked up 23 wins, 2 losses, a BCS bowl win, 2 Sun Belt titles, and presumably a second consecutive bowl appearance. The past 2 seasons have been due mostly to an explosive running game led by Terrance Broadway and the underrated Alonzo Harris.

    Broadway has gotten most of the publicity for leading ULL the last few seasons, and it's well deserved. The move to T-Dawg Jenkins power spread running game has benefitted him more than almost any other player on the roster. This past season was Broadway's best as a collegian, completing 75% of his passes for 3637 yards 29 TD's and only 11 interceptions, he added 673 yards and 9 TD's on the ground to help the running attack as well. After transferring from Houston following the departure of Kevin Sumlin Broadway has played himself into the NFL draft, and figures to have a chance for a solid pro career as well.

    While Broadway has been the leader in press clippings, it would be tough to argue that Alonzo Harris hasn't been at least as important a player. Over the last 4 weeks Harris has broken just about every rushing record in the ULL record book. He became the all-time leading rusher against South Alabama; that's the same game that saw him break the school record for single game TD's by scoring 6 times on the ground. He broke the single season rushing TD record 2 weeks later when he added his 19th score of the season, and this past week in the Sun Belt title game he became the single season rushing leader by breaking the 1300 yard mark. Harris has benefitted almost as much from the offensive transition as Broadway has. He has never had elite speed, but he is a big, powerful, punishing runner, and some plays it looks like opposing tacklers are water rolling off his back.

    Broadway has thrown for a lot of yards, but he has spread the totals out among all of his WR. The ULL WR corps didn't have a player who could dominate the opposition on a weekly basis, but the sum of the parts was greater than the whole. All 4 WR should finish over 600 yards receiving. And 10 different players have caught TD passes this season. The only player who has caught a pass without catching a TD is FB Thomas Singleton.

    The running game has again been the most important aspect of the offense, but it hasn't been as dominant as it was last season when 3 seperate players topped the 1000 yard mark. Harris and Broadway have led the way, but Effrem Reed has topped the 700 yard mark, and 9 different players have scored TD's on the ground. Harris again leads the way with 20, but Broadway has 8, and Reed has 9.

    The defense has been led again by Jake Molbert from the MLB spot, but Boris Anyama has led the team in tackles with 47, 1 sack, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries. Sean Thomas has led the secondary in interceptions with 5, and the ballhawk will presumably be headed to the NFL as a free agent. Chris Prater has racked up 7 sacks on the season, and asa redshirt Junior figures to return to be the lead pass rusher again next season.

    All told it looks like the Ragin Cajuns may be here to stay. The cupboard is stocked for next season at the skill positions. The coaching staff has to hope that the younger players on the OL and the defense will grow and develop into players just as good or better than the players leaving. But the future is bright in Lafayette. All of this is contingent on Coach Jenkins staying in Lafayette.

    So far he has been mum on his intentions, but due to the program's success over the last few seasons he is sure to be a hot commodity on the coaching carousel this offseason. He has not gone on record discussing his future plans, but multiple sources have told us that he is worried about the strength of schedule not being up to par to keep the Ragin Cajuns in the hunt for BCS game and National Championships. And looking at the rankings this season it looks to be true. The Cajuns are 10-2 with losses to 10-2 #12 Washington. Which was due in part (or completely depending on who you talk to) to an officiating error that gave the Huskies back to back posessions in the second OT frame. And a close loss to the #4 Florida Atlantic Owls. If the Cajuns were in a power conference a 10-2 record would all but assure them of a BCS game and a Top 10 ranking.

    The next few weeks will be exciting down on the bayou.
     
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