Louisiana Ragin' Cajun head football coach Mark Hudspeth and Senior softballer Christi Orgeron were both honored yesterday as part of the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Awards.

Huspeth was honored as the Outstanding College Coach for the state of Louisiana, while softball All-American Christi Orgeron was recognized as the Outstanding Female Amateur from New Orleans.

In his first season as Ragin' Cajun head football coach, Hudspeth led UL to a 9-4 record and their first bowl appearance in over 40 years. The Cajuns went on to win the R & L Carriers New Orleans Bowl 32-30 over San Diego State.

Louisiana's football team also set a school and Sun Belt attendance record with an average of 29,171 per game. The mark (no pun intended) was a 11,788 increase from the previous year.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Sugar Bowl with this award,” Hudspeth mentioned. “It is the culmination of a year of hard work by the coaches, players and staff at the University of Louisiana and I look forward to working together again this year to take the program to even greater accomplishments."

Orgeron dazzled in her Senior year, capping off an incredible career with the Cajuns. The former Mount Carmel product led the nation in RBI for the second straight season with 94, while finishing her career sixth on the NCAA all-time list with 288 runs batted in. Already having been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, the New Orleanian has another honor to add to her awesome resume.

“I would like to thank the Sugar Bowl for selecting me as the Female Athlete of New Orleans,” Orgeron noted. “The honor is a tribute to my coaches, teammates and all the Cajun fans that have supported me throughout my journey. This is special recognition and I am excited to represent UL with such a great honor.”