The Louisiana football team came into the 2019 season with high expectations and a nice group of returning players from their 2018 team that won the Sun Belt West Division.
So far, the Ragin’ Cajuns have answered many of the questions they had coming into the season with a high flying offense and stout defense, leading them to a 5-2 start.
The rushing attack was expected to be a strength of the team, and Louisiana’s experienced offensive line and three running backs have met expectations.
Louisiana is averaging 286.9 rushing yards per game, which ranks them third in the country, and 38 points per game, which ranks them 15th.
Trey Ragas has a slight edge on his teammate Elijah Mitchell for the team lead in rushing yards with 598 and seven rushing touchdowns on 71 carries, averaging 8.4 yards per run, which is second in the country. He is only behind the third running back on the Ragin’ Cajuns, Raymond Calais, who leads the nation with 9.4 average yards per rushing attempt.
Mitchell is tied for ninth in the country with 11 rushing touchdowns. The three running backs have tallied a combined 1,641 yards and 22 touchdowns in only seven games.
It’s easy to understand why their rushing attack is the strength of the team.
Starting quarterback Levi Lewis is having an efficient season, completing over 64% of his passes with 1,292 passing yards and nine touchdowns to three interceptions. His favorite target, Ja’Marcus Bradley leads the team with 439 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 29 receptions.
The Louisiana defense is having a great season in 2019 as well.
Even though the offense is putting up big numbers, the defense is holding teams to an average of 20.8 points per game. They have five interceptions and 17 sacks in the seven games played this season.
Senior linebacker Jacques Boudreaux leads the team with 54 total tackles this season, and each position has shown improvement this season.
After losing the first game of the season to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the Ragin’ Cajuns bounced back to win four straight. After losing to Appalachian State at home, Louisiana bounced back to win on the road against rival Arkansas State.
With a 5-2 record and 2-1 conference record, Louisiana is on top of the Sun Belt West Division midway through this season, and their rushing attack and defense is a big reason for that.
The 5-2 start to the season for the Ragin’ Cajuns is their best since 2013, when they also started 5-2 and finished 9-4 with a New Orleans Bowl victory.
The team will look to continue rolling when they play in their homecoming game against the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, following the bye week.