Montrelle Johnson, Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, transferring to Florida

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Montrell Johnson

Former De La Salle running back Montrell Johnson is headed to Florida to be re-united with former Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Billy Napier.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Johnson shined as a true freshman for ULL, rushing for 838 yards on a 5.2 per carry average with 12 touchdowns. He was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. He is a fast, powerful and elusive runner with good vision. He will run through arm tackles.

The second leading rusher for UL this past season is not the only running back defection. Emani Bailey also transferred to TCU.

Despite Johnson’s success this season, he experienced an up-and-down involvement in the Cajuns offense. Late in the season, he had only five carries against ULM and eight for just eight yards against Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference championship game.

Former Ragin Cajuns running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, who joined Napier in Gainesville, was instrumental in convincing Johnson to join them. Juluke also factored in prominently in the commitment Saturday of Jennings running back Trevor Etienne in the 2022 signing class

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Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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