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September 23, 2010

Yahoo! Sports Inside Slant - ULM Warhawks

Yahoo! Sports Inside Slant - ULM Warhawks

Circumstances limited ULM's offensive approach in the loss to Arkansas State 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.

"That's the 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."

ULM is averaging a mediocre 120 rushing yards a game after two outings, but the main problem is that the leading rusher is quarterback Kolton Browning.

Browning has 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 Arkansas State 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 Arkansas State. 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 runs.

 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 of 40-7.

 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 Arkansas State. His 12.0 average per game is tied for seventh in the country.

Series History:   Southeastern Louisiana leads ULM 25-10 (last meeting, 1985, 19-17 Southeastern Louisiana).

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 Arkansas State 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 team.


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 Arkansas State. 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.

Roster Report:  

 CB Nate Brown (leg) sat out the game against Arkansas State 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.


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