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Football: Rewriting Cajuns history

Football: Rewriting Cajuns history

Rewriting Cajuns history
Tyrell Fenroy could go down as UL’s best RB

Even during a historic 1,053-yard freshman season, UL running backs coach Brian Jenkins still wasn’t sure what to make of Tyrell Fenroy.

Production wasn’t a problem. Communication was.

"When he first got here, I didn’t know if he had an idea of the sense of urgency we had in getting ready for the season and getting ready each week," Jenkins said. "You’d be yelling at him at the top of your lungs, and all you’d get was a nod."

Fenroy understood. He just didn’t express it very loudly.

"I’m pretty quiet," the LaPlace product said in one of history’s great understatements. "I’m trying to say more this year, but I still pretty much lead by my actions."

Those actions have put him on pace to become the most productive rushing force in Cajun football history. He’s already wrapped up a second 1,000-yard season in as many years, something no other UL player has ever done, and he’s already the number four career rusher in school history with one game left in his sophomore season.

That one game comes Saturday when the Cajuns host UL Monroe, a team the former St. Charles Catholic standout decimated last season during a 54-21 UL road win. That victory gave the Cajuns a share of the Sun Belt Conference title, and simultaneously knocked ULM out of the New Orleans Bowl.

Fenroy rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns in that game, ending a stretch of four straight 100-yard efforts to end the season. In those four games – all Cajun wins – he had 569 yards and 10 scores.

This year, he’s added 1,079 more yards, the most ever for a UL running back, and has added five more 100-yard games. Over the last two weekends he’s rushed for 350 yards and five touchdowns.

"I couldn’t be more thrilled for Tyrell," said Cajun coach Rickey Bustle. "The last couple of games, he’s really gotten back to trusting the guys up front, finding those gaps and running upfield. And he’d be the first to give the offensive line guys all the credit."

That he does, with the few words he speaks. Every time he comes off the field after a touchdown, he makes a point to touch each lineman on the shoulder and say something.

Of course, it’s in such a low voice that no one else can hear him.

"I try to give them a boost," Fenroy said. "That’s something I’ve been doing since high school. Those guys don’t get the credit they deserve, and that’s one way to get people to recognize them. Without them, our running game wouldn’t be where we are."

That attack ranks 10th nationally and tops the Sun Belt, despite a slow start to the season, with 189.8 yards per game. Individually, Fenroy ranks 19th nationally with an average of 97.7 yards per game, and he’s only two total yards behind ULM’s Calvin Dawson for the Sun Belt rushing title entering the finale, after finishing second among league rushers as a freshman.

"This year’s been a little harder physically," Fenroy said. "Teams are keying me a little more, so that means I have to train harder and prepare harder. But it’s been easier in that I’ve gotten used to the offense."

But he’d still rather stay behind the scenes when it comes to talking about his team’s success.

"He just quietly goes about his business," Jenkins said. "If you’re in a room with him, you wouldn’t know he’s there. He’ll come off the field, go sit down and not say another word until it’s time to go back out there. He shows his emotion through the way he plays. On game day, you see his excitement."


Tyrell Fenroy file


Career stats

Year Games Rushes Yds. Avg. TD Long

2005 11 179 1,053 5.9 12 60

2006 11 196 1,079 5.5 8 57

Totals 22 375 2,132 5.7 20 60

NOTEWORTHY: Has the second and third-highest single-season yardage totals in school history … Ranks fourth on career rushing list and tied for fourth on career rushing touchdown list … Has 10 100-yard games, most ever for a running back.