In his first year as the McNeese State University football squad’s starting quarterback, Cody Orgeron led the Cowboys to a 7-5 record last fall.
The rising senior, son of 2019-20 national champion LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, completed 58% of his 348 pass attempts for 2,628 yards, 24 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in his 12 games.
He also used his legs for 482 yards and three touchdowns on the ground over the course of the season.
He’s set to battle it out in camp with transfer QB Walker Wood, the former Kentucky signal caller who signed with McNeese in February. Wood has two years of eligibility remaining.
Perhaps Orgeron’s best performance of the season came in a 40-31 loss at Central Arkansas on Oct. 12. In front of 11,000+ fans, Orgeron tossed for a career-high 344 yards and four touchdowns on 26-of-41 passing.
UCA’s defense sacked Orgeron six times and picked off one pass in the win over McNeese.
He redshirted the 2016 season, served as the third-string QB in 2017 and appeared in all 11 games — starting three of them — in 2018.
A few months away from the tentative kickoff of his senior season — pending the COVID-19 status come August, of course — Orgeron is poised to see yet another uptick in production under first-year coach Frank Wilson.
While leading rusher Justin Pratt (704 yards, 4 TD in 2019) is gone, the McNeese offense returns weapons such as running back Elijah Mack (533 yards, 4 TD) and incoming senior receivers Cyron Sutton and Trevor Begue.
Sutton (67 catches, 950 yards, 9 TD) and Begue (55 catches, 827 yards, 10 TD) were Orgeron’s top two targets a season ago.