Fresno State's Ben Wooldridge is 2nd QB transferring to Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
UL’s quarterbacks room has gotten a bit more crowded.
The Ragin’ Cajuns picked up a commitment Wednesday from Ben Wooldridge, a transfer from Fresno State. Wooldridge was the backup last season, losing out on the starting job to Washington transfer Jake Haener.
“I want to thank Fresno State for all of the opportunities I had there and the staff or supporting me through this decision,” Wooldridge wrote on Twitter, where he also thanked UL coach Billy Napier “for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the (Cajuns).”
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Wooldridge from Foothill High in Pleasanton, California, is coming as a preferred walk-on.
He is the second FBS transfer to join the Cajuns this month. His commitment comes less than a week after Maryland transfer Lance LeGendre moved to UL. LeGendre backed up Terrapins starter Taulia Tagovailoa as a redshirt freshman last season.
Wooldridge appeared in two games as a redshirt sophomore last year, going 8 of 16 for 117 yards including 3 of 4 for 37 yards in the second quarter of an Oct. 29 win at Colorado State and 5 of 12 for 80 yards in a Nov. 7 win at UNLV.
He redshirted as a freshman in 2018 and appeared in three games with 4-for-6 passing with a touchdown against Nevada in 2019.
“I knew that camp was going to be a battle and I love competition,” Wooldridge told the Pleasanton Weekly after entering the transfer portal in December. “I thought I won the job and all the stats showed that, but they went with (Haener).”
LeGendre and Wooldridge will battle with returning backup Chandler Fields for playing time behind returning senior two-year starter Levi Lewis.
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Fields shared time as UL’s No. 2 last season with 2019 backup Jaiave Magalei, who entered the transfer portal and was removed from UL’s roster shortly before LeGendre committed to the Cajuns last week. Clifton McDowell, another UL reserve scholarship quarterback last season, announced in December he was transferring to Kilgore (Texas) College.
The Cajuns added two scholarship QBs during the NCAA’s early signing period in December, Zy McDonald of Ridgeland High near Jackson, Mississippi, and Hunter Herring of Ouachita Christian School in Monroe.
The Cajuns also received a preferred walk-on commitment earlier this month from Notre Dame High quarterback Parker Seilhan, who received an offer from Nicholls in June.
Herring and McDonald enrolled early and will take part in spring practice.
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