Led by First Team selections Elijah Mitchell, Joe Dillon and Rhys Burns, our Louisiana football squad totaled 10 selections to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Teams.
Quarterback Levi Lewis led the way representing the Second Team alongside running back Trey Ragas, Max Mitchell, O’Cyrus Torrence, Zi’Yon Hill and Eric Garner. Senior quarterback Levi Lewis is expecting a stellar year in his final season of eligibility. The Ragin’ Cajuns are also expecting a strong one-two punch of Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas out of the backfield this season.
In total, Louisiana piled 10 players selected as preseason all-conference, tying Appalachian State for the most in the conference.
Stud running back Elijah Mitchell eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark season, making him one of six players in school history to achieve this feat. Along with this incredible amount of yardage, Mitchell also reached 16 touchdowns on the season, landing him on the First-Team All-Sun Belt honors in the 2019-20 season.
Electric punter Rhys Burns saw himself on the Second Team All-Sun Belt last season with a 44.2 yards per punt total. A native of Melbourne, Australia, the NCAA has seen an influx of talent from down under in the punting game. Burns expects himself to sit atop all punters this season as First Team All-Sun Belt.
O’Cyrus Torrence and Max Mitchell will be in charge of taking over offensive line duties after the Cajuns lost two premier linemen to the NFL Draft. Robert Hunt and Kevin Dotson played a pivotal role in allowing the rushing game to be so sound last season. The Miami Dolphins snagged Hunt early in the second round followed by Dotson being selected later by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On the defensive side of the ball, star linebacker Joe Dillon will lead the way, looking to follow up an incredible season last year. Dillon led last year’s squad with 8.0 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss, earning him Second Team All-Sun Belt. The redshirt senior will be looking to put his name on draft boards this upcoming season.
With a revamped offensive line in Torrence and Mitchell, a solid two-man rushing game in Mitchell and Ragas, a signal-caller who has the experience and talent to succeed in Lewis, alongside a killer defense, it appears the Ragin’ Cajuns are locked and loaded for another standout season.
Several publications such as Street & Smith’s, Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele’s predict the Ragin’ Cajuns will win the West division of the Sun Belt Conference for the second year running, according to the Daily Advertiser, bringing back a ton of talent with some new faces as well.
The season will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Ames, Iowa, against the Iowa State Cyclones.