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Mr. Jesse Newman
Graduated 2004

PO Box 40923
Lafayette, LA 70504


Home Phone: 337-482-8111
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Email: ragincajunrt67@yahoo.com

I started football in the spring of 04, and I have my parents and a sister back home in Canada.

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Football: UL places two on Louisiana first team

From wire reports, Daily Advertiser, December 22, 2007

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Glenn Dorsey added another award to his list of honors, while Tulane running back Matt Forte put up numbers that were hard to ignore in taking the top two honors on this year’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana College Football team announced by the association late Friday night.
Also earning special recognition honors were LSU freshman Chad Jones, Nicholls State newcomer LaDarius Webb and like some LSU football games this year, the Coach of the Year wasn’t decided until the last two ballots when LSU’s Les Miles earned the honor.

The team was voted on by a panel of LSWA members after nominations were processed from the various football playing schools in Louisiana. The nominations were submitted by the sports information personnel at the respective schools.

Dorsey was named the Outstanding Defensive Football Player of the Year, while Forte earned the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year. Jones was named the Freshman of the Year, while Webb, who nailed down two first-team positions, was named the Outstanding Newcomer in the state of Louisiana for non-freshman playing their first year of football in the state of Louisiana.
Joining Forte on the first team offense were – Offensive Line: Demetrius Bell, Northwestern State; Herman Johnson and Ciron Black, LSU; Kyle Cunningham, UL Monroe; and, Jessie Newman, UL. Tight End: Zeek Zacharie, UL Monroe. Wide Receiver: Early Doucet, LSU; Carlese Franklin, McNeese State. Running Back: Calvin Dawson, UL Monroe. Quarterback: Matt Flynn, LSU.

With Dorsey on the first team defense were – Defensive Line: Bryan Smith, McNeese State; Vincent Lands, Southern; and, Rodney Hardeway, UL. Linebacker: Ali Highsmith, LSU; Allen Nelson, McNeese State; and, Darry Beckwith, LSU. Defensive Back: Chevis Jackson and Craig Steltz, LSU; Webb, Nicholls State; and, Greg James, UL Monroe.

The first team special team players were – Kicker: Colt David, LSU. Punter: Patrick Fisher, LSU; Return Specialist: Webb, Nicholls State.

Dorsey adds the nearly unanimous POY honor to his awards list that includes the Nagurski, Lombardi and the Lott awards along with the Outland Trophy/ The first team All-American is the most decorated defensive player in LSU history and had 64 tackles, six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. The senior from Gonzales had four quarterback hurries all while being double teamed and sometimes triple teamed.

Forte seemed to be putting up records each week as he rushed for 2,217 yards (second best in the NCAA), averaging 177.2 yards per game and 11.7 points per game. He was just the 11th player in Division I history to surpass 2,000-yards in a single season. He had five 200-plus and two 300-plus games in 2007, most noted by a school and Conference USA record 342 yards versus SMU. He score five touchdowns each against Southeastern Louisiana and Rive and was voted first-team All-Conference USA and second team All-American.

Jones earned freshman of the year honors for his efforts on defense and special teams for LSU. The Freshman All-American had 34 tackles, two sacks and an interception, including a career high six tackles in the SEC Championship game. He was best hailed for his late-game sack in the Alabama game that resulted in a fumble that set up the game-winning score. He also made a team-leading 21 tackles on special team units.

Webb, the Southland Newcomer of the Year, earned Walter Camp All-American honors and was the only player in NCAA history to win all three (offense, defense, special teams) weekly conference player of the week awards through the course of a season. Had 51 tackles, five interceptions with three returned for a touchdown with one rushing touchdown on offense and one touchdown on a punt return. He was ranked third nationally with a 17.1 punt return average and 17th in kickoff average at 26.7 yards.

Miles, taking LSU to the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 as the No. 2 in the BCS standings, led LSU to an 11-2 record and the SEC Championship with the only two losses coming in triple overtime at Kentucky and to Arkansas. In his third season as coach, Miles was a finalist for the 2007 Bryant Award, given to the nation’s top coach. Miles won a close vote for coach of the year at the end over Matt Viator of McNeese State who led the Cowboys to the FCS playoffs as the No. 2 seed and Charlie Weatherbie of Louisiana-Monroe who led the Warhawks to their first bowl eligible season since jumping to the FBS in 1994, including a win over SEC foe Alabama.

Eight teams had players on the 25-player first team with LSU getting 11 spots with Louisiana-Monroe putting four on the first team. McNeese State had three first-teamers with Louisiana-Lafayette and Nicholls State getting two spots each and Northwestern State, Tulane and Southern University one each.

Published by Daily Advertiser, December 22, 2007

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Student Athlete Showcase

Jesse Newman
Courtesy: RaginCajuns.com
Release: 10/01/2007

Courtesy: RaginCajuns.com

Jesse Newman

Tackle | 6-4 | 309 | Senior

Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

What do you miss most about living in Canada?

What I miss most about Canada is the ocean and the weather. I grew up right on the Pacific Ocean and the cool ocean air is the best.

What was the biggest difference between living in Canada and living in Lafayette?

The biggest difference between Canada and Lafayette is the diversity. Vancouver has people from all over the world mixed together, where as Lafayette is more deeply rooted.

How long did it take you to learn the Star Spangled Banner?

I don’t ever hear it down here, but I still know a few words from all the hours I’ve logged in front of the TV.

What do you think Americans’ biggest misconception is about Canada?

There are a few misconceptions about Canadians that I hear. The biggest is that everyone thinks that we all speak French, which is not the case. I’m from British Columbia, which is the furthest province away from the French-speaking area of Canada – Quebec. Another misconception is that we live in snow-covered igloos all year round. It does snow in most of Canada during the winter, but the ocean keeps the weather in my hometown fairly mild, even going years without snow.

What was your impression of America before you came to college?

My thoughts on the United States before I came down were mixed. I thought that all Americans were arrogant, but was happy to find out once I got down here, that Cajuns do not fall into this category at all. The sporting culture was something I thought was much more valued down here, which is sadly true. Support for sporting events in the U.S. is very strong.

What was your fondest memory of playing in the Canadian Junior Football League?

My fondest memory of the CJFL is the interaction with the players and coaches, on and off the field. It was definitely the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. It was for the love of the game, since most guys were not playing in order to move on to college football, but to simply enjoy life.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

One thing that even my close friends don’t know about me is that I play the saxophone. I don’t get much time during football season to play, but when things wind down at the end the semester, I’ll shake the rust off and jam a little bit.

Tell the story of how you got one visible scar…

Since I play on the offensive line, I get a lot of scars. The coolest scar I have is on my arm. It’s long and ugly, but unfortunately it’s probably going to fade away in a few months. Hopefully, I won’t need any stitches to patch me up anytime soon.

The Ragin’ Cajuns running game has had tremendous success over the past few years. As an offensive lineman, what does the success in the running game mean to you?

It means quite a bit to us “hogs.” We don’t get any recognition for success (nor do we ask for it), just our failures. So when our running backs are racking up the yardage, it shines on the O-line. I wouldn’t trade my four years here in the trenches with these guys for anything.

What personal goals did you set for yourself before the season?

I didn’t set any specific goals. I just go into every game trusting in my skills and playing every game like it’s my last.

Finish this statement: When my career at UL is over, I want to…

Graduate and play football somewhere for a while. Then after that, who knows?!?!

Finish this statement: When my career at UL is over, I want to be remembered as…

A guy that bled vermilion and white.

What was your favorite Halloween costume when you were growing up?

My favorite Halloween costume when I was growing up would definitely have to be Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

What has been your best memory of playing football for UL?

My best memory would have to be our win against ULM in 2005 to clinch a share of the Sun Belt Conference championship. That is followed closely by the comeback win we had at Houston. Who knows, there might be another game this year that tops those two.

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December 06, 2005 – Matt Hebert, Sports Information –

NEW ORLEANS – Winning a share of the Sun Belt title produced eight Ragin’ Cajuns on the 2005 All-Sun Belt team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. It marks the most all-conference selections for Louisiana-Lafayette since 11 Cajuns were named to the 1995 All-Big West team.

The Sun Belt Co-Champion Cajuns were led by three players on the first team. Greg Hodges and Brandon Cox were each named first team offensive lineman, while Michael Desormeaux was on the first team in the all purpose slot.

Hodges and Cox led a Cajuns offensive line that produced a school-record 2,797 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. UL’s 254.4 rushing yards per game is seventh in the nation and the best average in school history. The Cajuns averaged 291.4 rushing yards per game in Sun Belt Conference games – crushing the league record of 245.1.

Desormeaux was elected in the all purpose slot for his combination of talents. The redshirt freshman began the season as the Cajuns #2 quarterback and as a regular on the Cajuns punt, punt return and hands teams. When an injury to starter Jerry Babb occurred in the Cajuns fourth game of the season, Desormeaux stepped in to run the Cajuns offense. In four starts, Desormeaux threw for 368 yards on 36-of-69 passing (52.2%) and ran 48 times for 351 yards (7.3ypc) and two touchdowns. He finished the season with 597 yards passing and 487 yards rushing.

Three players earned second team honors, true freshman running back Tyrell Fenroy, sophomore offensive lineman Jesse Newman and senior defensive end Eugene Kwarteng.

Fenroy was also honored as the Sun Belt’s Newcomer of the Year. The New Orleans area native took over as the Cajuns starter in the third game (only 16-58 yards through first two games). He was the catalyst for the Cajuns season-ending five-game winning streak, posting 622 yards and 10 TD’s (5.7ypc, 124.4ypg). Fenroy became the first Cajuns running back to ever gain 1,000 yards. His 12 rushing TD’s are the third most rushing scores by a true freshman in the nation. He is the only true freshman in school history to post at least two 100(+)-yard rushing performances – doing it five times. Fenroy finished second (Patrick Cobbs) in rushing ypg in conference play, with 109.4 ypg and 11 touchdowns.

Kwarteng won the Cajuns Top Defensive Point Award for defensive production in 2005. He tied for the team lead with four sacks (all in conference play) and led the squad with seven tackles for loss (6.5 in conference play). Kwarteng had two of the Cajuns school-record nine sacks at Middle Tennessee. He ranked sixth on the team with 43 tackles, 32 of which came in SBC play.

Junior defensive end Anthony Hills and junior cornerback Michael Adams landed honorable mention honors.

Hills tied for the team lead with four sacks and third with 4.5 tackles for loss. He led the squad with two forced fumbles.

Adams was fifth on the team in tackles and led the team with two interceptions, while adding a fumble recovery. He blocked two kicks, a field goal vs. FAU and an extra point at #2 Texas.

Originally published December 5, 2005

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Football: Newman makes it back

Dan McDonald

September 28, 2005

Two years ago, Jesse Newman was working random jobs in construction and security, and pondering his future.

“It’s no fun working 9 to 5 when you’re 19 years old,” Newman said. “Coming here and playing football was the best decision I ever made.”

It was a tough decision at the time, one to come all the way from British Columbia to Acadiana and the University of Louisiana, but the Ragin’ Cajun football squad is glad to have him.

And now, to have him back.

It’s not surprising that his return from an injury last week coincided with the offensive line’s best performance this year, plowing the way for a 544-yard night in the Cajuns’ 49-28 victory over Northwestern State.

“That didn’t surprise me,” said offensive line coach Ron Hudson of Newman’s contribution. “In the spring, he was a very physical run blocker, and when he’s focused and on he’s tough to beat.”

The 6-foot-4, 312-pound Canadian came to the UL campus sight unseen in January of 2004, and by the time the fall arrived he was the regular right tackle, starting every game and playing 801 snaps in 11 games.

He had a stellar spring despite sore knees and a shift to left tackle, now protecting quarterback Jerry Babb’s blind side, and was poised for more until the final day of two-a-days. That’s when he partially tore a ligament in his right knee in the squad’s last full-scale scrimmage.

He saw no action in UL’s opening losses at Texas and Eastern Michigan.

“That really sucked,” Newman said. “Having to get up at 6:45 for treatment wasn’t fun, but having to watch teammates playing and then watch them in our film sessions, that was tough.”

His return one week ago made it possible for others to shift back into regular positions – most notably, Will Chance back to guard. The result was five drives of 66 or more yards and two touchdown marches of 80-plus, and much of that came on the ground where Newman’s still seeking improvement.

A big reason for that is his football background. Newman played only one year of high school ball, and British Columbia is the only Canadian province that plays American rules (11-man, four-down) football. From 2001-03, he played in the Canadian Junior Football League, whose rules mimic the CFL (12-man, three downs).

“That game doesn’t flow as well because there’s only three downs and there’s a lot more punting,” Newman said. “You’re in and out a lot more. I like the American rules better because it’s a more aggressive game and there’s a lot more running, and if you’re an offensive lineman you have to love running the football.

“But playing the CFL rules helped my pass blocking. When I came here, and still now, I needed work on run blocking a lot more.”

Hudson says Newman’s level of play is plenty good enough right now.

“He’s been coached very well,” said the first-year UL line mentor. “He was obviously more mature than your average freshman when he got here last year, but he was good enough to be a starter right off the bat. He came in ahead of the game and was talented on top of that.”

Coming in was a big question mark two years ago. Not only had he been out of an academic environment for almost three years, he was moving 2,870 miles from Powell River, B.C., to Cajun Field.

“There was a lot of insecurity, whether or not it was the right decision,” Newman said. “But the people here are awesome. And football-wise, being as old as I am (22), I didn’t want to go somewhere and sit on the bench.”

In addition to avoiding the bench, he’s also provided a fresh perspective to the O-line group.

“He’s pretty much the source of humor in our group,” Hudson said. “The way he looks at the world is unique, and he’s not the least bit embarrassed about sharing his opinions. But he’s as good natured and good-hearted as they come, and he doesn’t wish any ill will on anybody. That’s a pretty good quality to have.”

Originally published September 28, 2005

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