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Louisiana offensive line likes the pressure of being the best

Posted at 9:57 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 23:51:24-04

LAFAYETTE (KATC) – Louisiana’s offensive line may be the team’s best unit. That’s saying a lot.

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense has plenty of talent, and for most the running backs come to mind first. Trey Ragas, Raymond Calais, and Elijah Mitchell combined for 2,951 yards, 28 rushing and 5 receiving touchdowns last season. It is the best running back group in the Sun Belt. But is it the best unit on this Cajuns team?

Probably not.

That belongs to Louisiana’s offensive line.

The Cajuns line features five senior starters with 130 starts between them. The group started all but one game together in 2018 and coaches are also high on sophomore Spencer Gardner who they call a ‘sixth starter.’ He played in 13 games in 2018.

It’s a talented group, who by all indications has played very well in the spring. But with talent and hype comes expectations. In the team’s final media availability before the Vermilion & White game, assistant offensive line coach D.J. Looney says the line is OK with all of that.

“It’s a welcomed expectation,” he said. “Those five guys and anybody in that room have a higher expectations than anybody. Higher than coach Sale, higher than myself. They better expect to play well and expect to dominate.”