Louisiana running back TJ Wisham had quite a Saturday when the Ragin ‘Cajuns hosted the State of Texas.
Wisham was the first Louisiana football player to be crowned Reunion King at half-time in the Ragin ‘Cajuns game against the Bobcats. Then, as the final seconds of the fourth quarter rolled by, Wisham scored his first collegiate touchdown to put an exclamation mark on UL’s 45-0 win.
Wisham’s number was called several times as the Ragin ‘Cajuns moved into scoring position, but he couldn’t quite get into the end zone. On one play, he thought he had a touchdown, but officials sentenced him to the Texas state 2-yard line.
Wisham took another transfer in the next game, but the Bobcats’ defense stopped him behind the line of scrimmage to force a fourth try. His team were up by several touchdowns, but Louisiana coach Billy Napier opted to go and gave the returning king one more blow.
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Aligned in the shotgun, Wisham took over and found a hole created by his offensive line. Two Texas state defenders tried to tackle him, but Wisham would not be denied this time. Watch his first college touchdown below.
Members of the Ragin Cajuns offensive assaulted Wisham in the end zone, and back on the sidelines, another member of the team presented the running back with his homecoming scepter. The touchdown ended a huge day for Wisham, who at first was reluctant to be on the court back home.
“At first it was kind of a question about it, it was in the middle of the season, do I want to go all the way?” he said earlier in the week. “But then it was obvious after those initial thoughts, because of the immense honor of simply being nominated.”
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During the homecoming ceremony, Wisham escorted reunion queen Brianna Franklin, captain of the Louisiana volleyball team. Once the ceremony was over, the running back was unable to remove his crown and set off fast enough while sprinting to join his teammates in the locker room.
Wisham served on the UL Student Athlete Advisory Committee and traveled to Puerto Rico for the missionary work of the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. In August 2020, he participated in the organization of a march in Lafayette to raise awareness of police violence and social injustice in which around 150 UL athletes participated.
“He’s going to be successful in life,” Napier said of Wisham in the days leading up to the second leg. “He’s going to make a difference in people’s lives. He’s made me better and has certainly been a stable voice among our players and in our team.”
Wisham is in his fourth season with the Ragin ‘Cajuns after starting his college career in the Army.