Ten Sun Belt players to watch this college football season

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Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) points during the first quarter against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement / June 10, 2014)


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Louisiana-Lafayette’s Terrance Broadway leads a solid group of players in the Sun Belt Conferenceheading into the 2014 season.

Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette

The Buzz: Broadway was fourth in the Sun Belt last season in total offense with 2,861 yards after passing for 2,419 and rushing for another 442 yards. He was second overall in the league in pass efficiency with a 153.3 rating while leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to a share of the conference championship with Arkansas State. He’ll more than likely be the league’s top quarterback heading into the 2014 season.

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Rashon Ceaser, WR, Louisiana-Monroe

The Buzz: Ceaser led the Warhawks in receptions (65) and receiving yards (964) while finishing the season tied for first in receiving touchdowns with five. He also was second in the conference in punt return average (10.5) and seventh in the league in all purpose yards (1,098) which helped him earn second-team, all-Sun Belt honors last season.

Michael Gordon, RB, Arkansas State

The Buzz: Arkansas State led the league in rushing offense thanks, in part, to Gordon who led the team with 754 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground last season. Four times in 2013 he rushed for more than 100 yards in a game including a season-high 184 yards in a 38-21 win over Texas State on Nov. 16.

Alonzo Harris, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

The Buzz: Harris finished third in the conference in rushing last season after putting up a career-high in carries (199), rushing yards (942) and rushing touchdowns (14). Along with freshman Elijah McGuire, the pair combined to rush for more than 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Ragin’ Cajuns, making ULL the second-best rushing team in the conference last season.

Rocky Hayes, DB, Arkansas State

The Buzz: Hayes is considered one of the best ‘all-around’ athletes in the Sun Belt after spending the first two seasons at Arkansas State playing both offense and defense. Last season, Hayes finished with 46 total tackles including 3.0 tackles for loss with a team-high three interceptions. He also finished second in the conference in passes defended with 13.

Qushaun Lee, LB, Arkansas State

The Buzz: The junior defensive star led the Sun Belt with 134 total tackles last season one year removed from putting up 100 tackles in his sophomore year. He was tied for third on the team in tackles for loss (6.0) while forcing two fumbles last season. Seven times in 2013, he registered double-digits in tackles including 15 in the Red Wolves’ 23-20 win over Ball State in the Bowl.

Robert Lowe, RB, Texas State

The Buzz: As the Bobcats primary running back, Lowe rushed for a team-best 945 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Along with teammate Chris Nutall, the duo rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 15 total touchdowns making them the second-best rushing duo in the league behind Arkansas State’s Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire.

J.D. McKissic, WR, Arkansas State

The Buzz: McKissic once-again was Arkansas State’s primary receiver last season leading the team in receptions (82), receiving yards (662) while finishing tied for first in receiving touchdowns (4). He also led the team in punt returns (17 for 145 yards) and kick returns (21 for 629 yards) making him one of the more versatile players in the conference last season.

Joseph Peterson, LB, Georgia State

The Buzz: Peterson led the team in tackles (103) and was third overall in the Sun Belt while only playing in 11 games last season. Five times last season he registered double-digits in tackles including the final four games of the season for the Panthers. He anchors a group of five returning starters on defense for a Georgia State team looking to improve on a winless 2013 season.

Tyler Roberts, DL, Troy

The Buzz: The defensive end registered 49 tackles last season including 8.5 tackles for loss. He ranked fifth in the conference in sacks (5.5) and will be the league’s top returning performer in that category when the season starts.

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