Last Modified: Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:18 PM
No longer the league’s doormat, Louisiana-Lafayette now has the Sun Belt spotlight all to itself.
The Ragin’ Cajuns were picked as the favorite to win the conference’s title in the preseason coaches’ poll that was released Saturday. And it wasn’t even close.
Lafayette was the unanimous choice by the league’s coaches, getting 11 first place votes.
That gave the Cajuns 121 points, far outdistancing second-place Arkansas State (102) and South Alabama, which came in third at 98.
Troy was selected fourth and Louisiana-Monroe was fifth.
Last year the Cajuns finished 9-4, winning their first Sun Belt title since 2005 in the process. They also won their third straight New Orleans Bowl.
Hopes are once again high as quarterback Terrance Broadway returns for his senior season to run the offense.
Last year he threw for 2,419 yards and 19 touchdowns while connecting on 166 of 266 passes with 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 442 yards and eight touchdowns.
Also back for his senior year is Alonzo Harris, the club’s leading rusher last fall. Harris had 942 yards and 14 touchdowns while being named First Team All-Sun Belt.
ULL opens the season on Aug. 30 against Southern University at Cajun Field.
Sun Belt Coaches Poll
(1st Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Louisiana-Lafayette 121 (11)
2. Arkansas State 102
3. South Alabama 98
4. Troy 84
5. ULM 78
6. Texas State 70
7. Appalachian State 47
8. Georgia Southern 44
9. Idaho 29
10. Georgia State 27
11. New Mexico State 26
Posted By: Brian On: 7/21/2014
Title: ULL SUNBELT
Nice read, thanks for covering this school too.