Freshman running back Emani Bailey (20)

Freshman running back Emani Bailey (20) runs the ball during pre-game warmups as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Cajun Field on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

This season, the Ragin’ Cajuns had yet another incredible year with Coach Billy Napier at the helm, accounting for 10 wins including a victory over nationally-ranked Iowa State.

For the Cajuns, this is the first time in program history in which they were nationally ranked, reaching 15th in the country to end the season. A feat that Coach Napier believes could become the new norm here in Cajun country.

Opening the 2020-2021 season in Ames, Iowa, the Cajuns battled the Iowa State Cyclones. In a hard-fought 31-14 win, fans knew immediately the Cajuns were due for a historic season after overpowering a Power 5 squad with national recognition.

Following the season-opening win, the Cajuns went on to lose only one regular-season game — coming against a new rival: Coastal Carolina.

On the season, stud quarterback Levi Lewis led the team with a 60% completion percentage along with 19 touchdowns through the air and five rushing. Lewis’ ability to escape the pocket and gain yards rushing is a very underrated portion of his game.

True freshman Kyren Lacy, the leading receiver on the Cajuns squad, finished the season with 28 receptions, four touchdowns and 364 yards receiving. One of the most efficient receivers in the conference, Lacy made quite the impression putting up incredible numbers in his first season and put the country on notice.

Through the run game, the Cajuns flourished with a balance of Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas all season — each eclipsing 750+ yards respectively. Go to running back — Elijah Mitchell — finished the season with 878 yards rushing with a solid eight touchdowns.

New Orleans native and senior back Trey Ragas led the team in rushing touchdowns with a whopping 10 touchdowns on nearly six yards per carry.

Mitchell and Ragas have both declared for the NFL draft, hoping to fulfill their lifelong dreams of playing professional football.

Defensively, the Cajuns held opponents to an average of 22 points per game while the offense averaged a monstrous 34 points per game.

The Ragin’ Cajuns scored a total of 49 touchdowns in the 2020-21 season while holding opponents to only 30 scores. The defense held their own and in turn, it made the offense thrive significantly.

At the linebacker position, the Cajuns were led by star junior, Lorenzo McCaskill, who finished the season with a team-high 83 tackles. McCaskill, a Detroit native, has shown the ability to make highlight plays and put his team in positions to win each ball game.

Accounting for a majority of the team’s sacks, Zi’Yon Hill wreaked havoc at the defensive line position giving offenses trouble all season. Hill earned All American Honorable Mention for this year’s campaign.

Return specialist Chris Smith had himself an incredible season, earning First Team All American honors by CBS and numerous other sites. The redshirt sophomore was electric all season, boasting 572 kick return yards and two touchdowns.

The balance of star-studded talent on both the offensive and defensive end of the field left the Ragin’ Cajuns in a good position to win week in and week out.

On the recruiting trail, Head Coach Billy Napier has been getting it done in hopes to continue this winning Louisiana culture in Lafayette.

The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns are nowhere near their peak as Napier is instilling a winning tradition in the bayou state.

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