Dec 13, 2012 11:30 PM by Steven Albritton
With the Cajuns playing in their second consecutive New Orleans Bowl, it's not the only thing to celebrate for seniors on this years team.
"From Saturday to Saturday, I'm going to get my degree and finish my college football career in my hometown. I'm playing there for the second time. It doesn't get any better than that," Senior offensive lineman Leonardo Bates said.
For Bates, the last five years have had all of the ups and downs, with both losing and winning seasons. He became a full time starter two years ago and knows he has an opportunity to do something special with his teammates, to finish off their careers the right way at UL.
"We have a chance to have back-to-back nine and four seasons. If we do that, I've completed my goal for when I stepped on this campus to leave this program better than when I found it," Bates said.
Head Coach Mark Hudspeth is urging his seniors to cherish these final days of their career. He says these are the times they will never forget from their time on campus.
"Embrace every moment because this is something that so many people would love to be a part of. Embrace every practice. Embrace those moments in the locker room with your teammates and embrace this game. You're going to take those shoulder pads off here in about nine days and that'll be the last time you put those back on," he said.