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Football: Eight Ragin’ Cajuns Named to Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Teams
Louisiana was also selected to win the West Division in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football saw eight student-athletes named to Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Teams and was selected as the West Division favorites in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league office announced on Thursday.
First Team selections included Ja'Marcus Bradley (WR), Robert Hunt (OL) and Kevin Dotson (OL), while Elijah Mitchell (RB), Trey Ragas (RB), Zi'Yon Hill (DL), Jacques Boudreaux (LB) and Michael Jacquet III (DB) landed on the second team. Louisiana's eight representatives across the two teams is the third highest in the conference.
The team earned the top spot in the coaches' poll with 46 points, including six votes to win the league outright. Last year, the Ragin' Cajuns were picked to finish fourth in the West Division and seventh overall.
Bradley is coming off one of the top receiving seasons in school history. As a 2018 All Sun Belt Third Team member, Bradley finished the year with 10 receiving touchdowns, tying Donald Richard (1996) and Dave Oliver (1976) for the most all-time. Additionally, Bradley caught three of his touchdowns against South Alabama, tying the program record for most receiving touchdowns in a single game.
The other two first team members, Hunt and Dotson, played a vital role in the Ragin Cajuns' highly productive offensive line unit. Dotson appeared on last year's All-Sun Belt First Team and the 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team, while Hunt was an All-Sun Belt Second Team selection a season ago.
Running backs Mitchell and Ragas headlined the Second Team selections after the duo was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list on Wednesday. Mitchell, rushed for 985 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in 2018, 13 of which came on the ground, en route to garnering Second Team All-Sun Belt recognition. The rising junior tallied four, 100-yard performances a season ago and averaged 6.74 yards per carry, good for 14th in the FBS.
Ragas led all Louisiana rushers with 1,181 yards, positioning him with the third-highest rush total in the Sun Belt Conference by season's end. He opened the year with a 142-yard showing against in-state foe Grambling, one of his seven, 100-yard rushing performances of the season. Ragas went on to claim Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Defensively, Hill was a staple on the defensive line tallying 47 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and sack. Similarly, Boudreaux and Jacquet made massive contributions with Boudreaux leading the team in tackles (93) and Jacquet leading the team in pass breakups (9) and interceptions (2).
2019 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Order of Finish
1. Appalachian State (7) - 46 pts
2. Troy (1) - 39 pts
3. Georgia Southern (2) - 35 pts
4. Coastal Carolina - 17 pts
5. Georgia State - 13 pts
1. Louisiana (6) - 46 pts
2. Arkansas State (3) - 42 pts
3. ULM - 27 pts
4. South Alabama (1) - 19 pts
5. Texas State - 16 pts
2019 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Football Teams
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: B.J. Smith (Troy, Senior)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Kindle Vildor (Georgia Southern, Senior)
First Team Offense
QB - Zac Thomas (Appalachian State, Junior)
RB - Darrynton Evans (Appalachian State, Junior)
RB - B.J. Smith (Troy, Senior)
WR - Corey Sutton (Appalachian State, Junior)
WR - Kirk Merritt (Arkansas State, Senior)
WR - Ja'Marcus Bradley (Louisiana, RS-Senior)
TE - Javonis Isaac (Arkansas State, RS-Junior)
OL - Noah Hannon (Appalachian State, Junior)
OL - Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, Senior)
OL - Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, RS-Senior)
OL - Robert Hunt (Louisiana, RS-Senior)
OL - Kirk Kelley (Troy, Senior)
First Team Defense
DL - William Bradley-King (Arkansas State, RS-Junior)
DL - Forrest Merrill (Arkansas State, Junior)
DL - Raymond Johnson (Georgia Southern, Junior)
DL - Tyree Turner (South Alabama, Senior)
LB - Akeem Davis-Gaither (Appalachian State, Senior)
LB - Jordan Fehr (Appalachian State, Senior)
LB - Bryan London II (Texas State, Senior)
DB - Desmond Franklin (Appalachian State, Senior)
DB - Jerry Jacobs (Arkansas State, Junior)
DB - Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, Senior)
DB - Kindle Vildor (Georgia Southern, Senior)
First Team Special Teams
K - Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, RS-Senior)
P - Brandon Wright (Georgia State, RS-Senior)
RS - Tra Minter (South Alabama, Senior)
Second Team Offense
QB - Caleb Evans (ULM, Senior)
RB - Elijah Mitchell (Louisiana, Junior)
RB - Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RS-Junior)
WR - Omar Bayless (Arkansas State, RS-Senior)
WR - Kawaan Baker (South Alabama, Junior)
WR - Tray Eafford (Troy, Junior)
TE - Collin Reed (Appalachian State, Senior)
OL - Jacob Still (Arkansas State, RS-Junior)
OL - Hunter Atkinson (Georgia State, RS-Senior)
OL - T.J. Fiailoa (ULM, RS-Junior)
OL - Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Senior)
OL - Tristan Crowder (Troy, Senior)
Second Team Defense
DL - Kevin Thurmon (Arkansas State, RS-Senior)
DL - Tarron Jackson (Coastal Carolina, RS-Junior)
DL - Zi'Yon Hill (Louisiana, RS-Sophomore)
DL - Jarvis Hayes (Troy, Senior)
LB - Jacques Boudreaux (Louisiana, Senior)
LB - Nikolas Daniels (Texas State, Senior)
LB - Carlton Martial (Troy, Sophomore)
DB - Josh Thomas (Appalachian State, Senior)
DB - B.J. Edmonds (Arkansas State, Senior)
DB - Darreon Jackson (Arkansas State, RS-Senior)
DB - Michael Jacquet III (Louisiana, RS-Senior)
Second Team Special Teams
K - Tyler Sumpter (Troy, Junior)
P - Cody Grace (Arkansas State, RS-Senior)
RS - Darrynton Evans (Appalachian State, Junior)
Football season ticket packages are on sale now for the 2019 season of Louisiana Football. Ragin' Cajuns fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $110 (general admission seating), as well as in sections P and Q for $165.
Visit RaginCajuns.com/Tickets to begin the ordering process.
More information can be obtained by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at the Cajundome, (337) 265-2170, or by visiting the office in-person. For information on parking passes, contact RCAF by phone at (337) 851-2903.
Fans are reminded that Louisiana Football's season-opening game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against Mississippi State on Saturday, Aug. 31, is a stand-alone ticket option. Tickets are on sale now at the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can visit RaginCajuns.com/NOLA19 or order by phone at (337) 265-2170.
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