Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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Former LSU QB Anthony Jennings has been named the starter for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jennings left as a graduate this summer, as he was behind Brandon Harris on the depth chart. Jennings has starting experience and should pair nicely with one of the best running backs in the country in Elijah McGuire.
Aug 24 - 10:05 AM

Louisiana-Lafayette HC Mark Hudspeth said that senior RB Elijah McGuire "looked like Elijah Mcguire" during the first August practice.

"So that's a plus," Hudspeth said. Yes, Coach, yes it is. The Ragin' Cajuns are in the midst of an offensive shift under new OC (and longtime assistant) Jorge Munoz. We will let McGuire explain the shift. Said the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder, "I think the offense we have planned now — I think it’s gonna be great. We ain’t doing no pistol. Everything is [shot]gun." In a slightly down season by his lofty standards, McGuire rushed for 1,047 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2015. Louisiana-Lafayette kicks off the 2016 season with a home game against Boise State on September 3.
Aug 4 - 4:02 PM

NFL.com 's Chad Reuter notes in an evaluation that Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire "presents foot quickness, vision and forward lean."

McGuire has 3,174 career rushing yards -- posting 1,047 yards in 2015, 1,264 in 2014 and 863 as a true freshman in 2013 -- and 35 career rushing touchdowns. "His natural hands make him a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield," Reuter wrote. McGuire has 100 career catches for 1,145 yards and eight scores. Last year was a mess for the Cajuns, but McGuire had 15 rushing touchdowns and 34 catches for 304 yards anyway. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom sees the Cajuns returning to a bowl game and McGuire challenging his 2014 production.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 5:46 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore WR Gary Haynes has been issued a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules.

No further details are available as to how Haynes managed to navigate into HC Mark Hudspeth's doghouse. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder will sit out the season-opener against Boise State, but Hudspeth indicated that he will be available for the Ragin' Cajuns' showdown with McNeese State on September 10. Playing as a true freshman last season, the former three-star recruit caught 25 passes for 174 yards.
Jul 28 - 3:05 PM

LSU graduate QB Anthony Jennings transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jennings made the reported move official late last week. His arrival brings a fascinating subplot to ULL's starting QB competition. When Brooks Haack transferred to Northwestern State, sophomore Jordan Davis appeared to have locked up the gig prematurely. But now Davis has a real fight on his hands. The Ragin' Cajuns like their signal-callers dual-threat and creative. When he's right, Jennings is that. Jennings, however, struggled with accuracy at LSU.
Jul 18 - 7:42 PM

LSU graduate transfer QB Anthony Jennings is reportedly in the early stages of transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette.

As a graduate set to earn his degree later this summer, Jennings would be eligible to participate immediately. Stuck behind Brandon Harris on the depth chart after losing a competition last season, Jennings' departure is not a surprise. He accrued a 12/8 TD/INT during his time with the Tigers, mostly as a sophomore.
Jun 29 - 5:33 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire "might be this year's Kenneth Dixon."

"While his athleticism and toughness stand out on film, McGuire's most impressive trait might be his receiving ability with strong hand-eye coordination to pluck the ball out of the air and quickly create," Brugler wrote, adding that the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder will often line up in the slot and is not just a catcher of dump-offs and screen passes. Dixon's fans might be feeling a bit of deja vu right now, as everything the analyst wrote could easily have applied to the Louisiana Tech standout. For his part, McGuire is coming off a 2015 season in which he rushed for 1,047 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 304 yards. He logged 45 catches as a sophomore in 2014. "There isn't a clear-cut No. 1 senior running back prospect in the 2017 draft class," Brugler noted, "but McGuire is certainly a strong contender."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 3 - 4:17 PM

LSU granted graduate QB Anthony Jennings a release from his scholarship.

Jennings intends to transfer. Penalty free, at that, as a graduate. Stuck behind Brandon Harris with the Tigers, Jennings will presumably now look for a school with a weak projected starter. "Anthony did a lot of really good things for our program," HC Les Miles said in a released statement. "As a freshman, he came in for an injured Zach Mettenberger and led us to a last-minute win over Arkansas and then he helped us to eight wins the following year as a sophomore. This is an opportunity for Anthony to put himself in a position to help another team have success."
Mar 10 - 10:26 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB Jalen Nixon (foot) will miss the start of spring drills.

Nixon's currently recovering from a recent foot surgery. He'll miss the start of spring practice at the very least and it's possible he'll be held out of spring work altogether depending on how his recovery progresses. The 6-foot-2, 226-pounder's in a tough spot here, as the sometime-quarterback has been working to transition to running back full-time for the 2016 campaign. Work this spring would probably have helped to smooth that transition. Last season, he rushed for 406 yards (6.7 YPC on 61 carries) while scoring five touchdowns.
Mar 4 - 4:31 PM

The NCAA has ruled that UL-Lafayette will be forced to forfeit 22 games (including two bowl wins) from 2011-2014 due to coaches falsifying ACT scores for five recruits.

It should be said upfront, while this is obviously a stinging blow to the program, current HC Mark Hudspeth is free of blame. No, the man who's brought all this about is former assistant coach David Saunders, whom the NCAA determined "violated NCAA rules by arranging fraudulent college entrance exam scores for five prospects." In addition to vacating 22 contests (including New Orleans Bowl wins in 2011 and 2013), the NCAA has levied additional penalties, including a two-year probation period as well as tightened recruiting restrictions.
Mar 3 - 1:04 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB Elijah McGuire will join the Ragin' Cajun basketball team for the remainder of the season.

McGuire announced last week that he would return to school after briefly considering NFL declaration. Following that, it's a bit odd that the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year now wants to dabble in a different sport, but to each their own. McGuire was a standout prep guard at Vandebilt Catholic High School. He has football coach Mark Hudspeth's blessing. "Eli ... feels like he can be an asset to the men’s basketball program ... Eli and our basketball program has our full support," Hudspeth said. McGuire has 3,174 career rushing yards, posting 1,047 yards in 2015, 1,264 in 2014 and 863 as a true freshman in 2013. Had he declared for the NFL, McGuire may have been a fifth- or sixth-round pick.
Jan 18 - 1:51 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB/QB Jalen Nixon will transition to running back full-time in 2016.

Said HC Mark Hudspeth, "[Nixon] loves playing for the Ragin’ Cajuns. I really hope he’s going to be an asset to us back there [running the ball], because he’s a very talented young man. I’m sure it will take a little while to get comfortable there, but he’s an athlete." Nixon started four games at quarterback in 2015, ultimately finishing with 828 passing yards and a 7/5 TD/INT ratio. The 6-foot-2, 226-pound junior also rushed for 406 yards (6.7 YPC average) and five touchdowns on 61 carries. Expect those rushing numbers to increase in 2016, as he'll be toting the rock full time and leaving the quarterbacking to redshirt sophomore Jordan Davis and freshman Chris Weaver. Those two will be duking it out in the spring for starting rights.
Jan 14 - 10:35 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB Elijah McGuire announced he is returning to school for the 2016 season.

McGuire "tested the waters" and requested an evaluation from the advisory board before announcing his return. McGuire is a very intriguing, yet overlooked, prospect and should receive plenty of attention heading into next year. He produced over 1,000 yards rushing in two straight seasons.
Jan 11 - 1:45 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette senior G Donovan Williams accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Bowl.

Williams started each of the past two seasons for the Ragin' Cajuns after transferring over from Blinn College. Star ULL RB Elijah McGuire appreciated his service.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 8 - 7:48 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior RB Elijah McGuire is "testing the waters" over a potential declaration into the 2016 NFL Draft, says Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth.

McGuire requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. "He is submitting his name," Hudspeth said. "He is gonna do that, and evaluate that, and sort of see where he falls." McGuire has rushed for over 1,000 yards in two straight seasons and won last year’s Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award. CBS ranks McGuire as the No. 15 RB prospect for 2017.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 07:03:00 PM


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