ULM’s Gore tallies career-high 89 yards, Louisiana’s Ragas makes NFL debut in week 14

Published 2:09 pm Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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Kansas City Chiefs running back and ULM alumnus Derrick Gore amassed 89 yards of total offense and scored his second touchdown of the season in Week 14 of the National Football League (NFL) season.

Fellow running back Trey Ragas—of the Oakland Raiders via Louisiana—made his NFL debut, compiling 15 yards on two receptions and a carry.

Seattle Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett out of South Alabama found the end zone for the third time this season to highlight a combined 28-yard effort through the air and on the ground.

Buffalo Bills running back Matt Breida out of Georgia Southern (3 Rushes, 12 Yards) and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Penny Hart out of Georgia State (1 Reception, 16 Yards, 2 Tackles) also contributed offensively.

On the defensive side of the ball, nine Sun Belt alums accumulated 21 tackles, three passes defended, an interception and a tackle for loss. An eight-tackle effort, including a tackle for loss, by New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis out of Arkansas State headlined the defensive performances, along with a two-tackle, one-interception day for Green Bay Packers defensive back Chandon Sullivan out of Georgia State.

Defensive back Shemar Jean-Charles (App State, Green Bay Packers), defensive back Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina, San Francisco 49ers), defensive lineman Raymond Johnson III (Georgia Southern, New York Giants), defensive back Kindle Vildor (Georgia Southern, Chicago Bears), defensive lineman Christian Ringo (Louisiana, New Orleans Saints), defensive back Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama, Washington Football Team) and linebacker David Mayo (Texas State, Washington Football Team) also added to the defensive stat sheet.

On special teams, former App State punter Sam Martin tallied 130 yards on three punts for the Denver Broncos. Former Georgia Southern kickers Tyler Bass of the Buffalo Bill and Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and 5-for-5 on extra points, while each contributing a tackle.

Colby Gossett (App State, Atlanta Falcons), Kendall Lamm (App State, Tennessee Titans), Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Tennessee Titans), Ty Nsekhe (Texas State, Dallas Cowboys) and Mario Addison (Troy, Buffalo Bills) also saw game action in Week 14.

Forty-nine Sun Belt alumni—representing all 10 football programs—earned NFL roster spots entering the 2021 season, with 29 on active rosters, 11 on 16-man practice squads and five on injured reserve lists during Week 13. Twenty-two Sun Belt alumni appeared, while three had bye weeks in Week 14.

Sun Belt football alumni dot 23-of-32 NFL rosters.

App State
* Ronald Blair – DL, New York Jets
^ Akeem Davis-Gaither – LB, Cincinnati Bengals
^ Darrynton Evans – RB, Tennessee Titans
Colby Gossett – OL, Atlanta Falcons (1 G)
Shemar Jean-Charles – DB, Green Bay Packers (1 G, 1 Tackle)
Kendall Lamm – OL, Tennessee Titans (1 G)
Sam Martin – P, Denver Broncos (1 G, 1 GS, 3 Punts, 130 Yards)
* Ryan Neuzil – OL, Atlanta Falcons
* Josh Thomas – S, Buffalo Bills

Arkansas State
Demario Davis – LB, New Orleans Saints (1 G, 1 GS, 8 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Pass Defended)
* Aaron Donkor – LB, Seattle Seahawks
J.D. McKissic – RB, Washington Football Team (N/A)
* Forrest Merrill – DL, Los Angeles Chargers
* Kirk Merritt – WR, Miami Dolphins

Coastal Carolina 
* Anthony Chesley – DB, Indianapolis Colts
Tarron Jackson – DL, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
Josh Norman – DB, San Francisco 49ers (1 G, 1 GS, 3 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended)

Georgia Southern
Tyler Bass – K, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 GS, 2-for-2 FG, 3-for-3 XP, 1 Tackle)
Matt Breida – RB, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 3 Rushes, 12 Yards)
Raymond Johnson III – DL, New York Giants (1 G, 1 Tackle)
Younghoe Koo – K, Atlanta Falcons (1 G, 1 GS, 3-for-3 FG, 2-for-2 XP, 1 Tackle)
^ Jerick McKinnon – RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Kindle Vildor – DB, Chicago Bears (1 G, 1 Tackle)

Georgia State
Penny Hart – WR, Seattle Seahawks (1 G, 1 Reception, 16 Yards, 2 Tackles)
^ Wil Lutz – K, New Orleans Saints
Chandon Sullivan – DB, Green Bay Packers (1 G, 1 GS, 2 Tackles, 1 Interception, 1 Pass Defended)
Albert Wilson – WR, Miami Dolphins (Bye Week)

^ Kevin Dotson – OL, Pittsburgh Steelers
Robert Hunt – OL, Miami Dolphins (Bye Week)
* Michael Jacquet – DB, Jacksonville Jaguars
* Elijah McGuire – RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Elijah Mitchell – RB, San Francisco 49ers (N/A)
Trey Ragas – RB, Las Vegas Raiders (1 G, 2 Receptions, 6 Yards, 1 Rush, 9 Yards)
Christian Ringo – DL, New Orleans Saints (1 G, 2 Tackles)
Tracy Walker III – S, Detroit Lions (N/A)

Derrick Gore – RB, Kansas City Chiefs (1 G, 9 Rushes, 66 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 2 Receptions, 23 Yards)
* Josh Johnson – RB, Seattle Seahawks

South Alabama
* Kawaan Baker – WR, New Orleans Saints
Gerald Everett – TE, Seattle Seahawks (1 G, 2 Receptions, 15 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Rush, 13 Yards)
Jeremy Reaves – DB, Washington Football Team (1 G, 1 Tackle)

Texas State
Aaron Brewer – OL, Tennessee Titans (1 G)
David Mayo – LB, Washington Football Team (1 G, 1 GS, 2 Tackles)
Ty Nsekhe – OL, Dallas Cowboys (1 G)

Mario Addison – DL, Buffalo Bills (1 G)
Steve McLendon – DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (N/A)

* Practice Squad
^ Injured Reserve

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