After what Derik Keyes went through to get one more year on the field, you better believe he's ready to make the most of another chance to play football at UL. The senior strong safety gained an additional season of eligibility by completing 80 percent of his degree requirements by the end of the 2007-08 academic year.

While Keyes has struggled with a hamstring injury in fall camp, the Lafayette High grad remains determined to help the Ragin' Cajuns improve on defense after a frustrating 2007 season that ended with a 3-9 record.

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Joshua Parrott jparrott@theadvertiser.com August 20, 2008