UL Lafayette Preview 2006 - Offense
UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Preview 2006 - ULL Offense
What you need to know ...
Expect more of the same from the nation's seventh best rushing
team with running, running and more running. The passing attack
will produce a bit more if QB Jerry Babb doesn't miss time like
last year, but there won't be too much fun 'n' gun with Tyrell
Fenroy leading a loaded backfield that gets to run behind
Brandon Cox and one of the Sun Belt's best lines. The passing
game is a question mark with the top two receivers gone from an
attack that cranked out a mere three touchdown passes. Depth on
the offensive line will be a concern early on.
Passing Jerry Babb,
74-119, 859 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Tyrell Fenroy
179 carries, 1,053 yds, 12 TD
Receiving: Derrick Smith
22 catches, 250 yds, 2 TD
Star of the offense: Sophomore RB Tyrell Fenroy
Wide receiver, offensive line depth
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior WR
Unsung star on the rise: Redshirt freshman RB Deon
Best pro prospect: Senior OT Brandon Cox
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Cox, 2) Fenroy,
3) QB Jerry Babb
Strength of the offense: Quarterback, running game
Weakness of the offense:
It's a fantastic situation with Jerry Babb returning for
another season as the unquestioned leader of the team. He's able
to do it all with an accurate arm and great running skills, and
now he has to add more pizzazz to the passing game while cutting
down on his interceptions. While Babb has Sun Belt Player of the
Year potential, Michael Desormeaux is the one who'll keep
defensive coordinators up at night because of his running
skills. The team can win with either one under center.
The key to the unit: Being accurate is nice
considering this is a running team, but Jerry Babb and Michael
Desormeaux have to bomb away more after combining to throw a
mere three touchdown passes last season.
Quarterback Rating: 6
- Jerry Babb, Sr. - 74-119, 62%, 859 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT, 65
carries, 400 yds, 6.2 ypc, 4 TD
One of the most accurate passers in school history, Babb
struggled through last season thanks to a shoulder injury
suffered against UCF in the fourth game of the year. He's back
and ready to be one of the Sun Belt's top all-around players
with good size, a nice arm, and great rushing skills. He has 24
career interceptions to only 21 touchdown passes, but he has
rushing for 1,130 yards and 13 scores over the last two seasons.
- Michael Desormeaux, Soph. - 62-117, 53%, 597 yds, 0
TD, 5 INT, 87 carries, 487 yds, 5.6 ypc, 3 TD
Thrown in the mix after Jerry Babb went down, Desormeaux was
fantastic at running the ball highlighted by a 174-yard day in
the 39-36 loss to Arkansas State. He didn't throw a touchdown
pass, but he improved his passing becoming more accurate as he
got more comfortable. He'll see time on special teams and will
be used a bit as a change-of-lace quarterback behind Babb.
ULL finished with the nation's seventh best rushing
attack thanks to the mobile quarterbacks, but the running backs
also had some say in the matter with Tyrell Fenroy having a
terrific freshman season. He leads a deep group of backs with
several different options from the power of Chester Johnson,
who's back from a shoulder injury, to the quickness of Josh
Harrison and Abdule Levier. Deon Wallace was a top recruit a few
years ago and will also play a big role. The fullback situation
is solid with 240-pound Chancellor Roberson and true freshman
Matt Desormeaux, brother of quarterback Michael, to pave the
The key to the unit: Keep Tyrell Fenroy fresh. That
shouldn't be a problem with so many good backs, but it'll be
tempting to keep feeding the number one back the ball.
Running Back Rating: 7.5
- Tyrell Fenroy, Soph. - 179 carries, 1,053 yds, 5.9 ypc,
12 TD, 6 catches, 37 yds, 6.2 ypc
Fenroy became one of the Sun Belt's best players as a true
freshman finishing up his season with four straight 100-yard
games rushing for 569 yards and ten touchdowns during the span.
He's a slashing back with a great burst once he gets in space. A
proven workhorse, he should be in for another 1,000-yard season
if he can stay healthy and if there's a little bit of a passing
game to take the pressure off.
- Fullback Chester Johnson, Sr. - 2 carries, 1 yard
The leading rusher in 2003 is finally back after missing most of
2004 with a shoulder injury and then played four plays last year
before having more shoulder problems. He's not a true fullback
at 5-10 and 205 pounds, but he can be a powerful runner with
nice hands as a receiver. He'll be a perfect complement to the
speedy Tyrell Fenroy.
- Abdule Levier, Jr. - 46 carries, 213 yds, 4.6 ypc, 5
TD, 1 catch, 4 yards
The 200-pound junior showed some flashes last season with a
92-yard, two touchdown day against Northwestern State and 57
yards against Arkansas State. He's not the speed back Tyrell
Fenroy is, but he can move.
- Josh Harrison, Jr. - 64 carries, 265 yds, 4.1 ypc, 4
TD, 1 catch, 16 yards
Harrison grew into a role over the second half of last year
turning into a strong back in Sun Belt play. He'll line up at
fullback, but not to block, and should be used as a quick change
of pace. He's 5-7 and 175 pounds and can cut on a dime.
- Chancellor Roberson, Soph. - 1 carries, 3 yds, 1 catch,
The team's one true fullback, Roberson is 240 pounds and can
block. He didn't see too much time last season and will be used
more and more in power situations.
- Deon Wallace, RFr.
The former high school superstar ended up redshirting last
season and now will be a key part of the tailback rotation. He's
a little bit bigger than Tyrell Fenroy with similar speed.
UL Lafayette doesn't throw the ball all that often, and it
won't be inclined to start chucking it around with this corps
after losing top targets Bill Sampy and Kevin Robbins. 6-6
Jordan Jackson has all the skills to dominate, but he has to put
it all together and finally come up with a breakout season.
Derrick Smith is a nice number two type of target, but he might
have to be the number one early on. Corey Fredrick is a nice
backup, and Jason Chery shows promise after converting over from
running back last season. Several young players will push for
time including true freshmen Louis Lee and
The tight ends are fine, and now they need get the ball thrown
their way a bit more.
The key to the unit: A number one target has to
emerge early on and there most be some semblance of a deep
threat now that Bill Sampy is gone.
Receiver Rating: 4
- Derrick Smith, Soph. - 22 catches, 250 yds, 11.4 ypc, 2 TD
Smith is the leading returning receiver after catching a
team-high two touchdown passes on his 22 catches. He's a decent
and a solid kickoff returner, and now he has to do
more. He started off last season as one of the team's top
targets over the first four games, and then he fell off the map
with a mere four grabs over the final seven outings.
- Jason Chery, Soph. - 7 catches, 54 yds, 7.7 ypc
The former running back got his feet wet making a catch in seven
games. However, he didn't do much of anything with his biggest
grab a 16 yarder against Arkansas State. He has the quickness
and the potential to be a dangerous playmaker when he gets the
ball on the move, but he'll have to prove he can handle being a
number two receiver.
- Tight end Erik Jones, Soph. - 4 catches, 46 yds, 11.5
He has the hands and the route running ability; now he needs to
be used. The 6-4, 235-pound sophomore didn't get enough work
last season making a grab here and there while turning into a
- Jordan Jackson, Jr. - 1 catch, 9 yds
A fantastic disappointment so far, Jackson hasn't been able take
what he can do on the practice field and use it in a game. Even
so, he's neck-and-neck with Derrick Smith for a starting spot.
At 6-6 and 220 pounds, Jackson is a huge target who'll provide
plenty of matchup problems on the outside.
- Corey Fredrick, Sr. - 21 catches, 293 yds, 14 ypc
Fredrick had a big opening four games with 11 grabs, and tore up
MTSU and Troy for 141 yards on eight catches, and did next to
nothing else the rest of the way. He has decent size and nice
- Tight end Kevin Belton, Sr. - 2 catches, 6 yds
The veteran is mostly a blocker and can make a few
short-range catches. He's not the prospect Matt Ulm is and will
have to fight hard for playing time.
- Tight end Matt Ulm, RFr.
Ulm will get every shot at winning the starting tight end job.
At 6-4 and 245 pounds, he's the biggest option and has the hands
to quickly grow into a top target.
Offensive LinemenThis should be
the league's best line if JUCO transfer Junior Ramos turns into a force
at center. The guards will be fine with Tim Falter and Will Chance ready
to grow into stars, and Brandon Cox and Jesse Newman certain All-Sun
Belt performers at tackle. This group will dominate in the ground game
and will have nice stats in pass protection because the team doesn't
throw all that much. The question is depth needing to get several
inexperienced players meaningful time.
The key to the unit: Give up around nine sacks like
last year and hope for Tim Falter, Junior Ramos and Will Chance to be
rocks on the inside.
Offensive Line Rating: 5.5
- OT Jesse Newman, Jr.
Newman got into better shape and should be even better on the move at
305 pounds. He earned second team All-Sun Belt honors last season
growing into the role on the left side as a true sophomore. He didn't
allow a sack all year.
- OG Tim Falter, Soph.
The 6-4, 310-pound sophomore saw a little bit of starting time as a
freshman and now should be solid getting the job on the left side all to
himself. He's a strong run blocker who should flourish next to Jesse
- C Junior Ramos, Jr.
The JUCO transfer comes over from Compton College in Los Angeles and
will take over in the middle for Greg Hodges. He's a 6-3, 295-pound
physical blocker who spent time early in his football career on the
- OG Will Chance, Jr.
Chance had a decent first season in a part-time starting role splitting
a job with Tim Falter. Now the 295-pound junior will take over on the
right side full-time and should be great if he progresses like he did
- OT Brandon Cox, Sr.
Cox finally lived up to his potential having a fantastic season at right
guard. He's 6-7, 330 pounds and became a next-level caliber run blocker.
His pass protection skills are still a question mark as he doesn't have
the feet to handle the speed rushers, but he's dominant if he gets his
hands on a defender.
- T Zach Leger, Jr.
One of the most experienced reserves, Leger is a decent-sized backup
on the right side behind Brandon Cox. He won't see too much time with
Cox tough to get off the field and will be groomed for the 2007 starting
- G Lanier Coleman,
At 315 pounds, Coleman is the team's biggest guard and will push for
time behind Will Chance on the right side. He's not as quick as Chance
and doesn't have the same upside.