Ragin' Cajuns running back Trey Ragas picked for all-star bowl that won't be played
UL running back Trey Ragas was picked Monday to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
But he can’t go.
The prestigious postgame game for senior NFL prospects that had been scheduled for Jan. 23 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bowl, first played in 1925, is announcing all-star selections throughout December to recognize outstanding seniors anyway.
A fifth-year senior, Ragas has an option to return to UL in 2021 because all FBS players have been granted an extra season. But the East-West Shrine selection also affords him an opportunity to participate in virtual training sessions in preparation for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ragas has 660 yards and nine touchdowns on 117 carries this season. He scored three touchdowns in No. 17 UL’s 24-21 win Friday night at Appalachian State, including two rushing and one on a throw from quarterback Levi Lewis.
Ragas also was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association state Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The Archbishop Shaw High product from New Orleans ran for a career-high 1,181 yards in 2018.
Ragas is the second Cajun named to a high-profile all-star game this season. His fellow standout senior running back, Elijah Mitchell, previously accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama.
Two former Cajuns, offensive lineman Kevin Dotson and receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley, played in last season’s East-West Shrine Bowl. Dotson, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The undrafted Bradley made his NFL debut in Cleveland’s win last over Tennessee on Sunday.