May 12, 2014 5:54 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - Five members of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team signed free agent contracts following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Linebacker Justin Anderson, wide receiver Daryl Surgent, defensive lineman Brandon McCray and tight ends Jacob Maxwell and Ian Thompson each signed individual deals. Anderson reached a deal with the New York Giants, Surgent with the Kansas City Chiefs, McCray with the New Orleans Saints, Maxwell with the Detroit Lions and Thompson with the Houston Texans.
Anderson, Surgent and Maxwell each earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2013, helping the team to a third consecutive 9-4 record that was culminated by a win in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
Anderson, from Foley, Ala., recorded 131 tackles on the season for the Ragin' Cajuns with 11 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Anderson earned Sun Belt Conference and LSWA Defensive Player of the Week honors after making a career-high 16 stops with a pair of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries in a win at WKU.
Surgent, an Alexandria native, caught 31 passes for five touchdowns as a senior for the Ragin' Cajuns and excelled in special teams, ranking 15th nationally in kick return average (26.6). Surgent became the 15th player in school history to record 100 career receptions and was one of four active players in 2013 to record a touchdown four different ways (rushing, receiving, kick return, punt return).
McCray, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound prospect, will vie for a spot in Rob Ryan's defense in New Orleans after playing in 13 games for the Ragin' Cajuns. The versatile member on the defensive line, McCray battled injuries for much of the season and recorded 13 stops, including two for loss. He had a season-high four tackles in the season-opener at Arkansas and added three in a win against Troy.
Maxwell, a native of Pearl River, caught 12 passes as a senior for the Ragin' Cajuns and earned honorable mention All-SBC notice in his final season. Maxwell opened the season with a career-high six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown at Arkansas and added a 24-yard TD to help the Cajuns put away a win at WKU.
Thompson, a native of Kernersville, N.C., caught 10 passes for 66 yards for the Ragin' Cajuns as he split time with Maxwell at tight end. Thompson played in all 13 games for the Cajuns with six starts. He recorded a pair of catches in games against Kansas State, Texas State, Arkansas State and New Mexico State with a season-long grab of 21 yards against ULM.