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ULM Warhawks - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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ULM Warhawks - 2013 Schedule

Date

Opponent

 

Home / Away

8/31/13

Oklahoma

 

A

9/7/13

Grambling

 

H

9/14/13

Wake Forest

 

A

9/21/13

Baylor

 

A

9/28/13

Tulane

 

H

10/3/13

Western Kentucky

 

H

10/12/13

Texas State

 

A

10/19/13

OPEN

10/26/13

Georgia State

 

H

10/31/13

Troy

 

A

11/9/13

Arkansas State

 

H

11/16/13

OPEN

11/23/13

South Alabama

 

A

11/30/13

Univ. of La. Lafayette

 

A

 

Notes on the ULM Warhawks

They Move the Chains: Quarterback Kolten Browning headlines eight starters back on offense. The senior was the conference leader in total offense a year ago, rushing for 500 yards and passing for over 3,000. Browning loses his favorite receiver in Brent Leonard (104 receptions), but Je'Ron Hamm and Tavarese Maye have big play ability. The two seniors combined for 118 receptions last season. At running back, Jyruss Edwards returns as the starter after missing eight games to injury last year. When healthy, the senior back is one of the best runners in the conference. Protecting Browning will be four of the five starters from a year ago including Josh Allen, a second-team All-Sun Belt center. The Warhawks offense is loaded and has the potential to have a record setting season.

Blitz Patrol: The secondary struggled at times in 2012. Speed is the key to the Warhawks defense as they led the league in sacks and interceptions last year, but when they got beat, they got beat bad. Five of the returning seven players on defense come from the secondary. Safety Isaiah is projected as the biggest star as he is a preseason all conference pick. Junior Ray Stovall is listed as the only returning starting linebacker, but LB Cameron Blakes started two years ago. Only one projected starter is an underclassmen and he started last year as a freshman. Defensive tackle Kentarius Caldwell is a preseason all conference selection and will give the Warhawks a major presence up front. The ULM defense is poised to be much improved.

Cleats to Fill: R.J. Young will be missed after leading the team in tackles last year, however Blakes (6-1,233) tallied 50 tackles two years ago and was a starter early last year before his injury. Junior Stovall and Senior Austin Moss are being counted on give the Warhawks a nice stable of linebackers.

Unsung Heroes: The unsung hero just might be Justin Manton. He didn't "wow" anybody last season, but he's the teams kicker and punter. In other words, he is the special teams. When kickers and punters are affective, they're hardly talked about at all. Coach Berry believes Manton has the potential to play at the next level. If Manton has a good season, he could be the difference maker between a good season and a great year.

Former Aces: Former Ouachita star Cameron Blakes has the potential to be the defensive MVP of the team. In the return game, former West Monroe Rebel Tyler Cain is explosive and very dangerous in the open field.

National Ink: All eyes are on the Warhawks this season as they are the co-favorites to win the Sun Belt conference championship. With games at Oklahoma, Wake Forest, and Baylor, comparisons will be drawn to the "Shock in Little Rock." The Warhawks have a veteran team and a favorable schedule to win the conference and make a bowl game. Browning is receiving some well deserved preseason recognition. He is on the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List, and the CFPA Offensive Awards Preseason Watch List. Browning is also the Sun Belt conference preseason Offensive Player of the Year and listed as the first team quarterback.

Must-See Matchup: A season opening date with Oklahoma is the game to circle on your calendar. Last year's Arkansas team had a higher preseason ranking than the Sooners do this year. Oklahoma is still obviously the favorite, but ULM is not scared and could put OU on "Upset Alert." The first game of the season should tell fans exactly how good this Warhawk team is.

Postseason Prospects: ULM finished the season 8-5 last year. By earning the school's first ever bowl berth in division one football and selling out Malone stadium for the Baylor game, the Warhawks obtained two of their goals. This season they set their sight on conference championship and bowl victory. Two goals that are certainly obtainable in 2013 with so many returners back. A nine or ten win season is not a far fetched dream.

Coach Talk: "I think last year's group matured faster than what I thought it would. Obviously now that leads us in to this year where we have a significant group of experienced players coming back. They have gone through a lot of adversities, not just individually but also together. I think that's really galvanized this team in terms of what their expectations and how they got there. That bodes well for us this season."
— ULM Head Coach Todd Berry

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