limited ULM's offensive approach in the loss to ArkansasState
when an early deficit forced the Warhawks to go to
their passing attack for most of the game.
But it's no
secret the Warkhawks are going to have to get more
out of their running game as the season progresses
"We've got to lean on our front a little bit
more," said offensive coordinator Steve Farmer, who also carries the title of
assistant head coach. "We got to get a little more production out of our o-line
and our tight ends to open up some running lanes for our running backs.
biggest thing we talked about yesterday when we talked to the kids. The theme
of the week is to play more physical. You've got to do that in order to be a
successful football team."
averaging a mediocre 120 rushing yards a game after two outings, but the main
problem is that the leading rusher is quarterback Kolton
run for a net 108 yards, 50 more than running back Frank Goodin
has heading into the home opener against Southeastern
Louisiana.Goodin is 816 yards away from becoming the career leading
rusher for the Warhawks.
Goodin had only six carries against ArkansasState
for 14 yards.
"We got away
from the run pretty quick," Farmer said. "But there was not a lot of success on
the runs we attempted. And then the score got lopsided in a hurry."
• QB Kolton
Browning was named the Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week after accounting
for 350 yards of total offense in the loss at ArkansasState.
The redshirt freshman was 19 of 31 passing for 267 yards and two touchdowns and
also led the Warhawks in rushing with 83 yards on 18
• ULM hopes to build on a 25-7 record in home openers
in Malone Stadium. The Warhawks have won three of the last four such contests by an average score
• Junior LB Jason Edwards
will go for a third consecutive game in double digits in tackles when the Warhawks host Southeastern Louisiana.
He had 11 stops in the opener against Arkansas
and 13 against ArkansasState. His 12.0 average
per game is tied for seventh in the country.
Scouting The Offense:ULM ranks near the bottom of the Sun Belt in
total offense with only 120 yards rushing and 169.5 yards a game passing. QB Kolton Browning, however, bounced back from a 7 of 17
passing performance in the opener against Arkansas
to go 19 of 32 against ArkansasState in his latest game.
RB Frank Goodin has gotten off to a slow start, but
WR Luther Ambrose has eight receptions for 109 yards.
Scouting The Defense: The Warhawks
played the Razorbacks tough for three quarters before fading, but they were
stunned early by the Red Wolves the following week. They are giving up 320
yards a game passing, most among Sun Belt teams, and are next to last in the
league in total defense, giving up 486.5 yards a game. LB Jason Edwards leads
the league in tackles with his average of 12 a game.
Quote To Note: "I know everybody is tired of hearing it, but
it is the reality. I deal with realities. I don't deal with falsehoods, and
that's the reality. We've just got to grow them up."-Coach
Todd Berry, on the youth of his ULM
This Week's Game: Southeastern Louisiana at ULM,
Sept. 25-After back-to-back trips to the state of Arkansas and losses to
the Razorbacks and Red Wolves, the Warhawks are due
for a little respite. Competing at the FCS level, the Lions are 1-2, but their
losses are by a combined seven points. They lost their opener by six at Tulane
and are coming off a one-point loss at home to Lamar.
Keys To The Game: Get the running game going. The Warhawks have rushed for 240 yards in two games and face a
defense that is holding opponents to 91 a game on the ground. The offense needs
to come through in the red zone, where it has only two scores (both touchdowns)
in four trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Players To Watch:
QB Kolton Browning-After struggling
at Arkansas, Browning came alive with 350
yards total offense in the loss to ArkansasState. He leads the Warhawks in rushing with 108 yards on the season.
RB Frank Goodin-Goodin entered the season
looking like a sure bet to leave with the school's all-time rushing record. But
he has gotten off to a slow start with just 58 yards rushing through the first
two games. He needs to have a big game to get back on track.
DE Ken Dorsey-After a quiet three years, the junior is showing up in many
different categories through the first two games. Among his nine tackles are
2.5 for losses, and he has forced and recovered a fumble and gotten credit for
a quarterback hurry in addition to his 1.5 sacks.
• CB Nate Brown (leg) sat
out the game against ArkansasState but is probable for Southeastern
Louisiana. He had a streak of 15 consecutive starts snapped when
he sat out the last game.
• LT Justin Roberts should
also return this week. Roberts had started 23 straight games before the injury.