Coach: Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette Players to watch:
**Sophomore RB Trey Ragas (5-11/227)
A native of New Orleans, Ragas led the Sun Belt Conference with 1,141 rushing yards in 2018, a majority of which have come after contact, and 8 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 227-pound Ragas rushed for 813 yards and 9 touchdowns as a freshman in 2017.
*Junior WR Ja’Marcus Bradley (6-1/195)
Bradley has pulled in 10 receiving touchdowns this year. He has 38 receptions for 557 yards, that’s almost 15 yards per catch. He was one of the most valuable players on the 2018 Ragin’ Cajuns team.
Senior Safety Corey Turner (6-1/204)
Turner emerged this year as a clear leader in Louisiana’s secondary. He’s an excellent communicator that brings a physical skill set to the game.
*Junior DE Bennie Higgins (6-0/266)
At left end Bennie Higgins is 266 lbs edge-rusher who is tasked with playing a two-way go in the pass rush. It’s his job to manipulate passing lanes to force QB into hesitation. The defense is designed to spill the run from the middle to the edges — where Higgins wraps them up.
Coach: Willie Fritz
Tulane Green Wave Players to Watch:
**Sophomore DE Patrick Johnson (6-2/256)
Johnson has had breakout sophomore campaign where he finished with 10.0 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and 46 tackles. His 10.0 sacks are tied for ninth nationally and are the most among all sophomores nationally.
Senior WLB Zachery Harris (6-0/225)
Harris, a New Orleans native, totaled a single-season career-best 87 tackles. His 87 tackles also led the team and ranked 10th in the AAC. His 10.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the squad. Harris totaled 10 or more tackles in three games this season and had 5 tackles for loss.
Senior CB Donnie Lewis (6-0/195)
As a senior in 2018, Lewis established himself as one of the league’s best cornerbacks. Lewis led the AAC and ranked third nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.7 per game. He also had a team-leading three interceptions and ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 54.
Senior FS Roderic Teamer (6-0/210)
Another New Orleans native, Teamer tied his single-season high for tackles with 67. He finished second on the team in tackles, had six pass breakups and one interception. He finished with 10 or more tackles twice and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the East Carolina game.
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Tulane 41, Louisiana 24