Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang notes that Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire's "square frame and powerful, downhill running style make him a favorite for many."

McGuire is just one plant attempting to fight for light in the overstuffed rain forest that is the 2017 running back class. The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder might just have the chops to meet the sun. Rang writes that in addition to his power, he possesses "vision, quickness and burst, as he demonstrated on what turned out to the game-winner [at the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday]." Both Rang and Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline came away from the Shrine Game practice week impressed with what they saw from McGuire, who could well find himself selected on Day 2 in the draft. And if not Day 2, early on Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 8:47 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Points were an endangered species through the first three quarters, as the East and West squads were tied at 3-3 entering the fourth quarter. That's when McGuire finally (finally) broke through, scampering in for a touchdown from 18 yards out to boost the West team to a 10-3 advantage. That would stand as the final. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called the 5-foot-11, 208-pounder one of the "big winners" of the Shrine practice week, noting that "if a team needs a situational ball carrier that’s a legitimate threat catching the ball in the short or long field they can look to McGuire in the middle rounds."
Jan 21 - 6:01 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette hired West Georgia HC Will Hall as offensive coordinator.

Hall is a rising star in the coaching community. He posted a 31-9 at West Georgia following a 25-11 stint at West Alabama. In conjunction with this move, Ragin’ Cajuns football coach Mark Hudspeth also reshuffled his staff. Jorge Munoz moved to wide receivers coach, Michael Desormeaux moved to running backs, Marquase Lovings moved to defensive ends and Levorn Harbin moved to defensive tackles.
Source: Sun Herald
Jan 18 - 4:50 PM

The NCAA has denied Louisiana-Lafayette senior QB Anthony Jennings' request for an additional year of eligibility.

As Jennings' request for an extra year had nothing to do with an injury, it was always going to be a shoot-the-moon scenario. No such luck. The quarterback's argument was that he played so sparingly in 2015 with LSU -- appearing in only two games and posting no statistics in that space -- that it should have been treated like a redshirt year. The NCAA is not buying that argument. Jennings transferred over to Louisiana-Lafayette after that 2015 season and started for the Rajin' Cajuns this past campaign. As he has been nixed on the additional year of eligibility, that officially puts Jennings' collegiate career to rest. "I wanted to wish him the best for the future and thank him for his time here as a Ragin’ Cajun," said HC Mark Hudspeth. "He has been a class act."
Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette senior QB Anthony Jennings completed 8-of-20 passes for 95 yards and an interception while rushing for 19 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-21 loss to Southern Miss in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Jennings scored his second touchdown on a three-yard run with 5:10 remaining in the contest. The run itself was not noteworthy, but the way it came about was a different matter. Southern Miss was nursing a comfortable 28-14 lead as they milked the clock in the fourth quarter, when Golden Eagles QB Nick Mullens decided to get frisky, tossing up a third-down deep ball down the right sideline which ricocheted off a pair of players only to wind up in the waiting hands of a Ragin' Cajuns defender. Jennings scored a short time later to draw his crew to within 28-21, but their final attempts to tie the score proved ineffectual. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound quarterback was unable to find the statistical click in 2016, managing just an 11/13 TD/INT ratio in 13 games. He did add nine touchdowns on the ground, though his rushing totals overall -- 341 yards, 2.4 YPC -- aren't particularly inspiring.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Southern Miss (6-6, 4-4 in Conference USA) will play Louisiana-Lafayette (6-6, 5-3 in Sun Belt) in the New Orleans Bowl on Saturday.

The Eagles were installed as 3.5-point favorites. Southern Miss started 4-1, but enters the bowl game on a 2-5 downswing. This will be QB Nick Mullens' (2,926 yards, 22/10 TD/INT rate) last chance to throw to junior WR Allenzae Staggers (73 catches for 1,000 yards). Southern Miss ranks No. 86 in S&P+ defense, however, and figures to have problems containing ULL RB Elijah McGuire. The Ragin' Cajuns started only 2-4, but went 4-2 down the stretch to qualify for the postseason.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 02:26:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette freshman RB Raymond Calais underwent shoulder surgery.

"He’s gonna have a little shoulder surgery after exams to clean it up. So he might even miss spring ball. But he’ll be fine," said HC Mark Hudspeth. Due to his surgery, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound freshman will miss out on a New Orleans Bowl showdown with Southern Miss later this month. In nine games this season, Calais had rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

McGuire has been one of the most consistent ball carriers over the last three seasons, but his best year was his sophomore campaign in 2014, totaling 1,264 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground on just 166 carries. Not only can McGuire win on the ground but he's also an adept receiver, totaling 129 catches for 1,387 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. he is absolutely one to watch and turns 23 in June.
Source: Shrine Game
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries in Saturday's 30-3 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns improved to 6-6 and gained bowl eligibility. McGuire notched a personal milestone in the victory, too, as his 110 yards rushing bumped him over 1,000 for the regular season. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound senior scored his lone touchdown on Saturday via a one-yard run with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter. Through 12 games, he has now rushed for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns. He has surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in each of his last three seasons. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that the scouting community views him as a potential mid-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 05:54:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette junior WR Gabe Fuselier will transfer.

According to HC Mark Hudspeth, Fuselier has left Louisiana-Lafayette in order to find a program that will offer him more on-field opportunities. In six games played this season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior has managed just eight catches for 84 yards. His most notable (though still modest) campaign with the Ragin' Cajuns came in 2015, when Fuselier logged a 37-357-1 receiving line over the course of 12 games.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 07:58:00 PM

Louisana-Lafayette senior QB Anthony Jennings completed 17-of-26 passes for 210 yards while rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 33-26 win over Georgia Southern.

Jennings failed to throw for a touchdown, but did scoot into the end zone from 10 yards out six seconds before halftime. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound LSU transfer has thrown for 1,652 yards (62.4% completions) with a 9/7 TD/INT ratio through nine games. In that space, he has also rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire has made the first round of Senior Bowl cuts.

"He’s a tough running back with the ability to make defenders miss and create yardage," Pauline wrote. The Ragin' Cajun star has 672 yards rushing and five touchdowns while struggling with injuries in the first seven games. "McGuire needs to show more productivity catching the ball out of the backfield but scouts have pegged him as a middle round pick," Pauline wrote.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 02:59:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette HC Mark Hudspeth says he's optimistic that senior RB Elijah McGuire (foot) will be 100-percent healthy for Saturday's game against Texas State.

We aren't. Or rather, we no longer trust Hudspeth, McGuire or the ULL program to give accurate health updates on their players. This don't-ask-don't-tell practice is within their legal right -- some coaches argue that it is actually their legal right to outright withhold injury information about college athletes due to confidentiality laws -- but since McGuire has been severely limited for several weeks running now despite consistently optimistic progress reports, it's best for fantasy owners to roll with better options if they have them until McGuire proves that he's himself again.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 08:55:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire (foot) rushed for 43 yards on 10 carries in Wednesday's 24-0 loss to Appalachian State.

McGuire struggled to find open running lanes, posting a long run of just 13 yards while averaging a ho-hum 4.3 YPC. Normally a workhorse, the 5-foot-11, 208-pound senior has been hampered by a foot injury suffered in Week 4 vs. Tulane. He has yet to outright miss a game. After posting two rushing efforts of more than 135 yards in the Ragin' Caguns' first four games, McGuire has only gone for a combined 63 in the two games since. He will try to get things back on track against Texas State a week from Saturday.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 12:03:00 AM

The Winston Salem-Journal reports that Louisiana-Lafayette senior RB Elijah McGuire (foot) is expected to be "at or close to 100 percent" for Wednesday's home game against Appalachian State.

A foot injury sustained against Tulane limited him to six carries for 20 yards at New Mexico State a week-and-a-half ago. Fortunately, ULL is coming off a bye. The coaching staff said over the weekend that McGuire looked great in practice, so we wouldn't expect him to be limited. The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-3, 1-1) roll out the red carpet for Appy State at 8 p.m. this evening on ESPN2.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 05:32:00 PM


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