UL football vs. Coastal Carolina in Wednesday night game: Five things to know

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser


WHAT: No. 21 UL (3-0, 2-0 in the Sun Belt) vs. Coastal Carolina (3-0, 1-0)

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. (central) Wednesday

WHERE: Cajun Field (41,426)

TV: ESPN with Chris Cotter (play-by-play), ex-Clemson OL Eric Mac Lain (analysis) and Lericia Harris (sideline reporting)

RADIO: KHXT 107.9 FM and KPEL 1420 AM with Jay Walker (play-by-play), Gerald Broussard (analysis) and Cody Junot (sideline reporting)

COACHES: Billy Napier (21-10 at UL) vs. Jamey Chadwell (11-16 at Coastal Carolina)


LAST MEETING: UL 48, Coastal Carolina 7 last Nov. 7

LAST OUTINGS: UL 20, Georgia Southern 18 on Sept. 26; Coastal Carolina 52, Arkansas State 23 on Oct. 3

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2 Number of Group of Five programs ranked ahead of the Cajuns (No. 10 Cincinnati, No. 18 SMU) 

2 Also the number of touchdown throws Levi Lewis needs to pass Roy Henry for third place on UL’s all-time leaders list with 41, trailing only Jake Delhomme (64) and Terrance Broadway (49)

12 Catches this season by the Cajuns’ top receiver to date, Peter LeBlanc; it is twice as many as any other teammate

23 Passing yards Lewis needs to pass Chris Masson (4,757 from 2008-11) for sixth place on the UL’s career leaders list

36 Total tackles this season by UL linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill, including a career-high 14 against Georgia Southern

210 Team-high rushing yards, in two games, by Cajuns running back Elijah Mitchell

723 Total passing yards through three games by Lewis, an average of 241 per game

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* UL needs a win not only to stay undefeated but also to maintain its high national profile

* Coastal Carolina seeks to remain undefeated itself and, with a win, perhaps replace the Cajuns as the Sun Belt’s only ranked team

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* UL injuries: WR Dontae Fleming (undisclosed “lower body”), expected top play; backup Mike ILB Kris Moncrief (undisclosed “upper body”), expected to play; RB/KR Chris Smith (ankle), probable; WR Calif Gossett (Achilles tendon), doubtful; WR Brian Smith Jr. (broken hip), doubtful; DL Dalvin Hutchinson (undisclosed; coming off knee surgery), out; Nickel S Brandon Bishop (broken tibia), out; TE Christian Sabatini (undisclosed “lower body”), out; DL Malcolm Rollins (undisclosed “upper body”), out; DL Kendall Wilkerson (broken leg bone, dislocated wrist from offseason car accident), out

* Seven starters out for the Georgia Southern game for COVID-19 issues (testing or contact tracing) are back on UL’s depth chart released Sunday night: RB Elijah Mitchell, OT Max Mitchell, NG Tayland Humphrey, OLB Joe Dillon, OLB Chauncey Manac, CB Asjlin “A.J.” Washington, S Cameron Solomon. So are reserve QB Jaiave Magalei, backup K Kenneth Almendares and reserve DL Sonny Hazard.

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* Cajuns out for the season or long-term: WR Jamal Bell (PCL knee surgery), WR Cassius Allen (knee surgery)

* When he spoke with media members Sunday night, UL coach Billy Napier was not sure how much – if any – reserve running back and top kicker returner Chris Smith would play Wednesday. Napier said Smith was “in the process of recovering” from an ankle injury sustained against Georgia Southern and that in practice he had been “modified … in what he’s been doing and how much volume he’s doing.”

* Napier revealed last week that cornerback Mekhi Garner, who started the last two games with A.J. Washington out, underwent sports hernia surgery during the offseason

* The Sun Belt has announced its championship game will be played Dec. 19 and be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The conference earlier had said it would be played Dec. 5, 12 or 19, but now postponed games – including UL at Appalachian State – are being played the weekend of Dec. 4-5.

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