Posted: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM by UL Sports Information
With their collegiate football careers just weeks behind them, Ragin' Cajuns seniors Melvin White and Cordian Hagans will each take part in all-star games. White will play in the 88th annual East-West Shrine on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. while Hagans will take part in the second annual Casino Del Sol College All-Star game on Jan. 11 in Tucson, Ariz.
"What a great honor it is to have two of top defensive players selected," Louisiana head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Cordian and Melvin were two of the reasons why we enjoyed the success that we did the past two years and it is good to see them get a great opportunity like this to showcase their skills to start their professional careers."
White, a 6-3, 191-pound cornerback from Freeport, Texas, was the cornerstone of the Cajuns secondary this past season. He started all 13 games, finishing third on the team with 60 tackles (47) solo while leading the squad with 10 pass breakups.
A starter in his final 26 games as a Cajun, White ended his career making 155 tackles (118 solo) with 12.5 tackles for loss (-43 yards), two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two fumbles caused and 19 pass breakups.
White will play for the East team in the game and be coached by legendary NFL coach Jerry Glanville. The game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. EST and is being televised nationally by the NFL Network.
Hagans, a 6-5, 280-pound defensive lineman from Snellville, Ga., finished second among the Cajuns defensive linemen with 41 tackles (19 solo), adding 8.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and five quarterback sacks (-21). He had five or more tackles in a game four times, including a career-high nine stops at North Texas.
A two-year regular, Hagans played in 26 career games, making 59 tackles (25 solo) with 10.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
The inclusion of White and Hagans in the all-star games extends the recent success of Louisiana players. Last year, both Dwight Bentley and Ladarius Green played in the Senior Bowl prior to being selected in the NFL Draft.