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2020 Louisiana Preview: Wide Receivers

After a big season last year in the passing game, Billy Napier is now tasked with replacing JaMarcus Bradley and Bam Jackson

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Anytime you have a receiver rack up 906 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season, it’s going to be incredibly hard to replace. JaMarcus Bradley had a career for the ages in Vermilion and White, while Louisiana will also lose a key piece of the offense in Jarrod “Bam” Jackson. Now, Billy Napier and his staff have the tough task of replacing those guys. Counting receivers and tight ends, 29 players are on the roster for 2020.

Impact Players Returning:

Peter Leblanc and Jamal Bell look to build off a solid performance in 2019. Leblanc, a New Iberia, La native, had 344 yards and 4 touchdowns in his true freshman campaign and looks to expand his role in 2020. Bell was a yard gainer but not a touchdown scorer, gaining 445 yards but only one touchdown on the season. More players from last season that could make an impact in 2020 include: Jalen Williams, Pearse Migl, Neal Johnson, Brian Smith Jr, and Calif Gossett.

Players Returning with No or Limited Action in 2019:

Damani Burrell

Johnny Lumpkin (injury)

Hunter Bergeron

Cassius Allen

Devon Pauley

Freshman Impact Players for 2020:

Kyren Lacy is poised to jump right into a top position in the WR depth chart for the Cajuns. Lacy, a Thibodaux, LA native, dominated in high school with 864 yards and 18 touchdowns. Ranked as the 8th best receiver in the state by 247 Sports, Lacy also excelled on the basketball court. Turning down offers from Miami, Virginia, Louisiana Tech, and Houston, Lacy committed to the Cajuns in December 2019.

Golden Eke is another name to look out for in this offense. Transferring from Oklahoma, Eke didn’t play football at OU. He instead spent two seasons on the Sooners’ track team, competing in the long jump, triple jump, and the 60-meter dash. His speed and versatility can prove to be an offensive weapon for Levi Lewis and Billy Napier.

Errol Rogers Jr comes to Louisiana from its own backyard. Graduating from Lafayette Christian Academy, Rogers was ranked as the 16th best receiver in Louisiana by 247 Sports. Rogers is another player with explosive speed and strength.

Other Receivers on Roster:

Dravyn Guilbeau

Joe Lombardi Jr (son of Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi, great grandson of Vince Lombardi)

Christian Sabatini

Rhett Guidry

Peyton Aucoin

Dalen Cambre

Dontae Fleming

Amir McDaniel

Kaleb Carter

Trevor Russell

Pat Hughes

Reginald Johnson Jr

Leroy Franklin

Jacob Bernard

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