ORLANDO (KATC) – Elijah Mitchell sits 22 yards away from helping the Cajuns make team history.
Mitchell has run the ball for 978 yards this season, just shy of becoming a second Louisiana football player to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark.
The last time UL had two 1,000 yard rushers was 2008. Then quarterback, now tight ends coach, Michael Desormeaux and Tyrell Fenroy each rand for a thousand yards. The duo did it in both 2007 and 2008. But a running back only duo has never happened at UL. That’s something that will likely change Saturday.
“Biggest compliment I can give those guys is the fact that they are great teammates,” said head coach Billy Napier during Thursday’s press conference. “They really play well without the ball, they do really well on special teams, certainly coach Juluke has done a good job balancing that. Sometimes when they (coaches) get those skill players in your position group it can be a little bit of a challenge and he’s doing a good job and those guys are doing a good job in that regard.”
Trey Ragas sits at 1,167 rushing yards, Mitchell is at 978, and the third back in the stable Raymond Calais has rushed for 724 yards. Together the group is one of the most accomplished groups in Cajun history with more than 4,200 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving and returns) and 31 touchdowns.