2017 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team

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2017 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns wordmark.svg
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
2017 record5–7 (4–4 Sun Belt)
Head coachMark Hudspeth (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorJorge Munoz (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorCharlie Harbison (3rd season)
Home stadiumCajun Field
(Capacity: 36,900)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy +   7 1         11 2  
Appalachian State +   7 1         9 4  
Arkansas State   6 2         7 5  
Georgia State   5 3         7 5  
New Mexico State   4 4         7 6  
Louisiana   4 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   4 4         4 8  
Idaho   3 5         4 8  
South Alabama   3 5         4 8  
Coastal Carolina *   2 6         3 9  
Georgia Southern   2 6         2 10  
Texas State   1 7         2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for postseason play due to FCS-to-FBS transition rules
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team represented the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Ragin' Cajuns played their home games at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana, and competed in the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by seventh-year head coach Mark Hudspeth. They finished the season 5–7, 4–4 in Sun Belt play to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place.

On December 3, head coach Mark Hudspeth was fired.[1] He finished with a seven-year record of 51–38. However, due to NCAA sanctions in 2016 because former assistant coach David Saunders arranged fraudulent college entrance exams for recruits, his official record was 29–38.[2] On December 15, the school hired Billy Napier as head coach.[3][4]

Previous season[edit]

The Ragin' Cajuns finished the 2016 season 6–7, 5–3 in Sun Belt play to finish in fifth place. They were invited to the New Orleans Bowl where they lost to Southern Miss.

Offseason[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
SchDarren Archie
#11 DB
Brandon, MS Brandon HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Karson Block
LB
Mission Viejo, CA Atascadero HS/Saddleback 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Lavante Espon
OL
Greenville, MS Washington HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 315 lb (143 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Kadon Harrison
#19 QB
Port Arthur, TX Memorial HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Bennie Higgins
#15 DE
Greenwood, MS Greenwood HS/Mississippi Delta 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 223 lb (101 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Zi'Yon Hill
#39 DT
New Iberia, LA Catholic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 280 lb (130 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Ja'len Johnson
#40 DB
Morgan City, LA Central Catholic HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Andre Jones
#50 DE
Angie, LA Varnado HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Levi Lewis
#17 QB
Baton Rouge, LA Scotlandville Magnet HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Ryheem Malone
#13 WR
Houston, TX Bellaire HS/SMU 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 1,852 lb (840 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Elijah Mitchell
#15 RB
Erath, LA Erath HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Earnest Patterson
#22 WR
Brenham, TX Brenham HS/Blinn College 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 155 lb (70 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Julius Perkins
#20 LB
Houston, TX Summer Creek HS/Blinn College 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Chase Rogers
#80 TE
Bay St. Louis, MS St. Stanislaus HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 248 lb (112 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Carlos Rubio
#65 OL
Alexandria, LA Alexandria Senior HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (110 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Bralen Trahan
#24 DB
Lafayette, LA Acadiana HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Staten Wade
#70 OL
Texarkana, AR Reedley HS/Arkansas 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 285 lb (129 kg) - Feb 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 4, 2018.

Preseason[edit]

Award Watchlist[edit]

Award Player Position Year
Lou Groza Award Stevie Artigue K SR
Wuerffel Trophy Grant Horst OL SR

Sun Belt Media Day[edit]

Preseason Standings[edit]

Sun Belt Conference Predicted Standings
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st Place)
1 Appalachian State 136 (7)
2 Troy 127 (2)
3 Arkansas State 122 (1)
4 South Alabama 98
5 Louisiana 95 (1)
6 Idaho 84
7 Georgia Southern 82
8 Georgia State 48
9 Louisiana-Monroe 46
10 New Mexico State 41 (1)
11 Texas State 31
12 Coastal Carolina 26

Preseason All–Conference Team[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Ja'Marcus Bradley So
QB 3 Jordan Davis Jr
RB 4 Jordan Wright So
WR 6 Michael Jaquet So
QB 7 Andre Nunez Jr
QB 8 Dion Ray So
RB 9 Trey Ragas Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 10 Matt Barnes Sr
TE 11 Raynard Ford Sr
WR 13 Ryheem Malone Jr
RB 15 Elijah Mitchell Fr
QB 16 Jake Arceneaux Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 17 Levi Lewis Fr
WR 18 Devin Scott Sr
QB 19 Kadon Harrison Fr
WR 20 Jarrod Jackson So
WR 21 Keenan Barnes Jr
WR 22 Earnest Patterson Jr
RB 23 Darius Hoggins Sr
WR 24 Tydrell Wright Jr
RB 25 Raymond Calais So
WR 26 Lenard Calloway Jr
WR 28 Chris Collins Jr
WR 29 Jalen Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 30 Maurice Britton Fr
TE 31 Alex Allen So
TE 33 Carlos Robinson So
WR 35 Leon Duncan Sr
WR 36 Leroy Franklin Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 39 Ashton Johnson So
TE 47 Andre Landry Fr
OL 50 Robert Hunt So
OL 52 Craig Smith Sr
OL 60 D'Aquin Withrow Sr
OL 61 Cole Prudhomme So
OL 63 Spencer Gardner Fr
OL 64 Shane Volt Fr
OL 65 Carlos Rubio Fr
OL 66 Rico Robinson So
OL 67 Ken Marks So
OL 69 Caden Cunningham So
OL 70 Staten Wade So
OL 71 Akkai Ward Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Grant Horst Sr
OL 73 David Hudson Fr
OL 75 Kevin Dotson So
OL 77 Adrian Goodacre Jr
OL 79 Kordell Brewster Jr
TE 80 Chase Rogers Fr
WR 83 Pat Hughes Fr
WR 84 Cameron Howell Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Calif Gossett Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 87 Chris Turner So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Levarious Varnado Sr
DE 3 Joe Dillon So
DE 4 Trev Miller Sr
DB 6 Corey Turner Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 7 Travis Crawford Sr
DB 8 Simeon Thomas Sr
DB 9 Kamar Greenhouse So
DE 10 Jarvis Jefferies Sr
DB 11 Schdarren Archie Fr
DB 13 Vince Thomas Jr
DE 15 Bennie Higgins So
DB 16 Denarius Howard Fr
DB 17 Damar’ren Mitchell So
DB 18 Darrell Miller Jr
DB 19 Troy McCollum Sr
LB 20 Julius Perkins Jr
LB 21 Alonzo Brown So
LB 22 Tanner Wiggins Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 23 Tracy Walker Sr
DB 24 Bralen Trahan Fr
DB 25 Deuce Wallace So
LB 26 Brayden Bailey Jr
DB 27 Caleb Glenn Fr
DB 29 Koa Haynes Jr
LB 30 T.J. Posey Sr
DB 31 Lorenzo Cryer Jr
DB 33 Jamarus Williams Jr
LB 35 Chaiziere Malbrue Jr
DB 37 Blair Brooks So
DB 37 Errol Brown So
LB 38 Terik Miller So
DT 39 Zi’Yon Hill Fr
DB 40 Ja’Len Johnson Fr
LB 41 Brijuan Dace Fr
LB 43 Jourdon Quibodeaux Fr
LB 45 Shay Laporte Jr
DE 46 Mustafa Mitchell Jr
LB 48 Noah Fontenot Fr
DE 50 Andre Jones Fr
LB 51 Ken Jones Fr
DT 53 Christian Cederquist Jr
DE 54 Hunter Bergeron Fr
DE 55 Tommy Whitted Jr
DE 56 Terrence Jones So
LB 58 Justin Middleton Jr
LB 59 Jacques Boudereaux So
DT 62 Daniel Chapman Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 76 Kenndall Baker Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 90 Kevon Perry Sr
DT 92 Taboris Lee Sr
DT 93 Darryl Johnson So
DT 94 Andarious Jones Sr
DT 95 Rodrick Stephens Jr
DE 96 Malcolm Rollins Fr
DT 98 Ladarrius Kidd Jr
DT 99 Trav’Vontae Booker So
DB Jeremiah West Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 27 Sam Geraci Sr
K 36 Stevie Artigue Jr
K 38 Calvin Linden Jr
LS 49 Paul Boudereaux Fr
LS 57 Jackson Ladner Jr
P 88 Seth Kootsouradis Redshirt.svg Fr
K 89 Gabe Pontiff Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Michael Desormeaux (Louisiana)
    Assistant Head, Wide Receivers
  • Levron Harbin (North Alabama)
    Assistant Head, Defensive Line
  • Charlie Harbison (Gardner–Webb)
    Co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs
  • Marquase Lovings (Howard)
    Assistant Head, Running Backs
  • Mike Lucas (Liberty)
    Assistant Head, Recruiting Coordinator, Linebackers
  • Jorge Munoz (Bethany)
    Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
  • Mitch Rodrigue (Nicholls State)
    Run Game Coordinator, Offensive Line
  • Reed Stringer (Delta State)
    Assistant Head, Tight Ends
  • Troy Wingerter (Louisiana)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Ryan Trichel (Southeastern Louisiana)
    Director of Player Personnel
  • Tom Fratcher (Henderson State)
    Assistant Player Personnel Director

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: December 30, 2017

Schedule[edit]

Louisiana announced its 2017 football schedule on March 1, 2017. The 2017 schedule consisted of five home and seven away games in the regular season. The Ragin' Cajuns hosted Sun Belt foes Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State, and Texas State, and traveled to Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Idaho, and South Alabama[5]

The Ragin' Cajuns hosted one of the four non-conference opponents, Southeastern Louisiana from the Southland Conference, and traveled to Tulsa from the American Athletic Conference and Southeastern Conference members Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:00 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana*ESPN3W 51–4818,289
September 93:00 p.m.at Tulsa*ESPN3L 42–6617,758
September 1611:00 a.m.at Texas A&M*SECNL 21–4598,412
September 234:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe
ESPN3L 50–56 2OT18,318
October 74:00 p.m.at IdahoESPN3W 21–1614,198
October 126:30 p.m.Texas State
  • Cajun Field
  • Lafayette, LA
ESPNUW 24–713,106
October 196:30 p.m.at Arkansas StateESPNUL 3–4721,943
November 43:00 p.m.at South AlabamaESPN3W 19-1412,742
November 1111:00 a.m.at Ole Miss*SECNL 22–5051,618
November 184:00 p.m.New Mexico Statedagger
  • Cajun Field
  • Lafayette, LA
ESPN3W 47–3416,058
November 254:00 p.m.Georgia Southern
  • Cajun Field
  • Lafayette, LA
ESPN3L 24–3412,993
December 21:30 p.m.at Appalachian StateESPN3L 14–6323,411
Schedule Source:[6]

Game summaries[edit]

Southeastern Louisiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
19–17–3 1981 SELA, 7–0
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 21 14 01348
Ragin' Cajuns 21 14 7951

at Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

  • Date: September 2
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 18,289
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [1] [2] [3]
Game information

at Tulsa[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 1992 ULL, 27–9
Louisiana at Tulsa – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 10 13 12742
Golden Hurricanes 10 28 72166

at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 17,758
  • Referee: Jeremy Parker
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [4] [5] [6]
Game information

at Texas A&M[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–5 2006 TXAM, 51–7
Louisiana at Texas A&M – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 0 21 0021
Aggies 7 7 171445

at Kyle Field, College Station, TX

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C); cloudy
  • Game attendance: 98,412
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [7] [8][9]
Game information

Louisiana–Monroe[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
27–24 2016 ULL, 30–3
Louisiana-Monroe at Louisiana– Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Warhawks 9 14 7131356
Ragin' Cajuns 0 13 921750

at Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 91 °F (33 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 18,318
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [10] [11][12]
Game information

at Idaho[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2016 IDA, 23–13
Louisiana at Idaho– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 7 7 7021
Vandals 7 3 3316

at Kibbie Dome, Moscow, ID

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C); indoors
  • Game attendance: 14,198
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400944848] [13] [14]
Game information

Texas State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2016 ULL, 27–3
Texas State at Louisiana– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bobcats 0 0 707
Ragin' Cajuns 14 0 3724

at Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

  • Date: October 12
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 13,106
  • Referee: Jeremy Parker
  • TV: ESPNU
  • [15] [16] [17]
Game information

at Arkansas State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
23–20–1 2016 ULL, 24–19
Louisiana at Arkansas State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 3 0 003
Red Wolves 14 20 31047

at Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR

  • Date: October 19
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 73 °F (23 °C); mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 21,943
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV: ESPNU
  • [18] [19] [20]
Game information

at South Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 2016 ULL, 28–23
Louisiana at South Alabama– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 7 0714
Ragin' Cajuns 3 16 0019

at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

Game information

at Ole Miss[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2014 MISS, 56–15
Louisiana at Mississippi– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 0 10 01222
Rebels 21 14 7850

at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. CST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C); sunny
  • Game attendance: 51,618
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV: SEC Network
  • [23] [24] [25]
Game information

New Mexico State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2016 NMSU, 37–31OT
New Mexico State at Louisiana– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Aggies 7 10 14334
Ragin' Cajuns 14 17 31347

at Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 16,048
  • Referee: Ted Pitts
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [26] [27] [28]
Game information

Georgia Southern[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2016 ULL, 33–16
Georgia Southern at Louisiana– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 14 3 10734
Ragin' Cajuns 0 7 31424

at Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C); clear
  • Game attendance: 12,993
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [29] [30] [31]
Game information

at Appalachian State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2016 APST, 24–0
Louisiana at Appalachian State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ragin' Cajuns 7 0 0714
Mountaineers 14 21 141463

at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C); partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 23,411
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV: ESPN3
  • [32] [33] [34]
Game information

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "UL fires head football coach Hudspeth, citing inconsistent play, declining support". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ "Louisiana-Lafayette hires Billy Napier as football coach". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  4. ^ "UL-Lafayette hires former Alabama assistant Billy Napier as football coach". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  5. ^ "Ragin' Cajuns Announce 2017 Football Schedule" (Press release). University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Athletics. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 5, 2017.