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CajunBlog by Dan McDonald: Fenroy’s Big Game Puts Him Into Elite Company

Maybe it’s the way he goes about it, with a blue-collar workmanlike attitude. No flashy celebrations, no dancing around … just run upfield, take advantage of the help his offensive line friends provides, and don’t make it easy on defenders.

Because of that, Tyrell Fenroy’s numbers are starting to add up to something pretty special.

The sophomore from LaPlace turned in the biggest effort of an already-stellar career Saturday, running for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns in UL’s 17-7 victory at Florida International. He also carried it 34 times out of the Cajuns’ 75 offensive plays, helping give UL a big time of possession advantage (almost 12 1/2 minutes worth) and keeping FIU’s offense off the field.

His total was his fourth 100-yard game this season and his seventh time over 90 yards in UL’s last eight games. His career high was also the 15th-highest rushing total in Cajun history and the ninth-best ever by a running back, as well as the most rushing yards by a running back in 10 years (Michael Desormeaux had a 174-yard rush game from the quarterback slot last year at Arkansas State).

He now has nine career 100-yard games, a record for running backs (Brian Mitchell had 14 from the QB slot in his career), and his 901-yard rushing total this season is the fourth highest total in history trailing only Mitchell (1,311 in 1989), Fenroy’s own 1,053-yard total from last season and Marcus Prier (979 in 1995).

And, career-wise, his 1,954-yard total already ranks him fifth all-time with two games remaining in his sophomore season, and he could move into the number four slot, passing Thomas Jackson’s 1,979, this weekend against Arkansas State.
The numbers are impressive, and can only get better. Hopefully, Cajun fans realize that they’re seeing something pretty special.