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Football: Bralen Trahan Earns Spot on 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
Trahan led Louisiana in 2020 with four picks and 13 passes defended
LAFAYETTE – Coming off a stellar 2020 season, redshirt junior safety Bralen Trahan has been named to the 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced on Monday morning.
Trahan is one of five Sun Belt Conference performers featured on the list and the only student-athlete representing the Sun Belt West Division.
Trahan played a huge role for the team in 2020, leading the team in passes defended (13), pass breakups (9) and interceptions (4), while ranking fourth on the team with 48 total tackles.
He tied for fourth nationally with his 13 passes defended on the year and tied for 22nd nationally in passes broken up (9), while his four picks ranked eighth nationally. Additionally, his four interceptions were the most in a single season by a Ragin' Cajun since Sean Thomas did so in 2013.
The Lafayette product went on to earn Second Team All-Sun Belt honors and was named a Third Team All-American by Pro Football Focus.
The Chuck Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles. Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
Louisiana Football opens the 2021 season and the fourth year of the Billy Napier era on Saturday, Sept. 4, at Texas. Kickoff in Austin is slated for 3:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.
In total, six Ragin' Cajuns games, four of which will be played at Cajun Field, have been selected for national broadcasts during the 2021 season. To view the team's complete schedule, click here.
Fans are encouraged to secure tickets now, which includes six games at Cajun Field. 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.
The Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation is excited to announce reduced tailgating prices for the 2021 season. For more information on securing a tailgate or RV spot, call the RCAF office at (337) 851-7223 or email RCAF@louisiana.edu.
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