Napier, 11 Ragin Cajuns earn Sun Belt All-Conference honors
Led by First Team All-Sun Belt selections Kevin Dotson, Robert Hunt and Raymond Calais, 11 members of the Louisiana Football team were named to Sun Belt All-Conference teams.
Head coach Billy Napier was also voted as the Sun Belt's Coach of the Year, the third Louisiana coach to earn the distinction and the first since 1993 when Nelson Stokley was named the Big West Conference's top coach. Napier is the first Ragin' Cajuns coach to win the award in the Sun Belt era.
The 11 individuals are the most that Louisiana has placed on All-Conference squads since 1995, while the 13 overall selections are the most in program history.
Napier has led Louisiana to unprecedented heights during the 2019 season, guiding the Ragin' Cajuns to their first, 10-win season in program history and a second-straight trip to the Sun Belt Championship Game after clinching the league's West Division title with a 53-3 victory over Troy.
Along the way, the team has broken numerous school records on top of its win total, including the most points in a season (466) and the most total offense in a single season (6,004), while coaching the team to top-15 national rankings in total offense (500.3), rushing offense (274.2), scoring offense (38.8) and scoring defense (17.8).
Both Dotson and Hunt were huge in Louisiana's success on offense this year, helping pave the way for a unit that ranks eighth in the country in total offense (500.3), 12th in scoring offense (38.8) and sixth in rushing offense (274.2). The pair was pivotal in Louisiana breaking the record for most rushing touchdowns in a season (40) and has enabled a record-breaking season for quarterback Levi Lewis by allowing just 1.17 sacks per contest, good for eighth nationally.
Calais earned his First-Team nod as a return specialist after he led the league in kick-return average with 30.6 yards in 15 attempts. In the team's first meeting with Appalachian State on Oct. 9, Calais returned four kicks for 109 yards, while his season-long return of 60 yards came against South Alabama on Nov. 16.
The senior from Breaux Bridge also garnered Third Team recognition as both a running back and for all-purpose yards. On the ground, Calais has rushed for 818 yards and six touchdowns, while he leads the team and ranks eighth in the Sun Belt in all-purpose yards with 112.2 yards per game. He will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 18.
Louisiana's Second Team All-Conference selections include Elijah Mitchell (Offense), Ja'Marcus Bradley (Offense), Zi'Yon Hill (Defense), Joe Dillon (Defense), Michael Jacquet III (Defense) and Rhys Byrns (Special Teams).
Louisiana's Third Team All-Conference selections include running back Trey Ragas and placekicker Stevie Artigue.
Earning Sun Belt Honorable Mention honors from Louisiana is linebacker Jacques Boudreaux, linebacker Chauncey Manac, wide receiver Jarrod Jackson and tight end Nick Ralston.