The Ragin’ Cajuns have been playing impressive football all year. They are currently 7-2 overall for the season and are ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt for the West division. And with these achievements as a team, it is only right to assume that there are some standout players who will start to get recognized for their performance.
Senior Offensive Lineman Robert Hunt has accepted an invitation to the 2019-2020 Reeses’s Senior Bowl. This premier college showcase is coached by NFL coaches and scouts and will take place in Mobile, Alabama, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The 6-foot-5, 322-pound offensive lineman is an integral part in helping the Ragin’ Cajuns become the nation's third-best rushing attack with 288 yards per game and the nations 13th highest total of offense, 491.1 per game.
The invitee list for this specific senior bowl is usually curated by a watch list earlier in the season. Hunt was not found on that watch list and was never added to it.
Jim Nagy, who is one of the executive directors for the Reese’s Senior Bowl and is an ESPN NFL draft analyst, tweeted on how the decision to invite Hunt came solely from being so impressed with his highlight tape.
“Robert Hunt was the only player in the initial 81-man Reese’s Senior Bowl invite list that our staff didn’t see play live in a game,” Nagy tweeted. “That’s how much we liked his tape!”
This makes Hunt the first Ragin’ Cajun to be invited to the postseason all-star game since former Louisiana defensive back and now Detroit Lion player Tracy Walker.
In company with Hunt are senior defensive back Michael Jacquet III and senior wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley.
Jacquet has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 18, 2020, in Pasadena, California in the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Von Hutchins, a southeast scout for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, tweeted his excitement to see Jacquet compete in the bowl.
“Former WR with size, length, and fluidity,” Hutchins tweeted. “@NFLPABowl likes his upside at CB and looking fwd to @Who_wantsMike competing in 1on1s in #Pasadena”
Jacquet has turned into a dominant defensive force for Louisiana in this recent season. He is fourth on the team with 30 tackles, recording two interceptions in the season against Liberty and Texas State and adding four interceptions to his career total. Jacquet also recorded his first career sack and forced fumble against Mississippi State, with three pass breakups against Liberty, Ohio and Arkansas State.
Bradley is known for being one of the top wide receivers in the Sun Belt conference. And his performance has not gone unnoticed.
The Louisiana wideout has been invited to the 95th East-West Shrine Bowl that is to be played on Jan. 18, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Tropicana Field. It is the longest-running college football all-star game in the country and will be broadcasted live via the NFL network.
Bradley has been having a successful season. He currently has 510 receiving yards, ranking him 8th in the Sun Belt Conference, and he achieved one of the best receiving seasons in 2018, in which he caught a team high 10 touchdowns and added 608 yards. This season Bradley has 5 touchdowns, bringing his career total to 18. Bradley has 36 receptions on the year and is one touchdown away from breaking into the Ragin’ Cajuns top 5 for career touchdowns.
Earlier in the season, Bradley was the second-highest graded wide receiver in college football with a grade of 88.6 right behind LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
Louisiana Head Football Coach Billy Napier spoke on Bradley’s consistency at the beginning of the season.
“He’s a tremendous practice player and he’s a very consistent guy,” Napier said. “I mean you know what you’re getting out of him every day, and that consistency and that discipline and those practice habits led to great production last season,” Napier said.
These three Louisiana players are not only focused on their individual awards but are still looking to contribute to the Ragin’ Cajun team for the remainder of the season as their eyes are set on returning to the Sun Belt Championship.