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September 12, 2012
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With the Warhawks flying high on cloud nine following their season opening win. ULM had good reason to be there having set several new high marks for offensive performances under Head Coach Todd Berry. The ball hogging Warhawks held the ball for 39:19, completed 42 passes on 68 attempts, for 412 yards, totaling a new high of 550 yards.
After a performance like this, Todd Berry made sure his team literally jumped off Sunday during a brief practice session. The third year head coach at ULM had his players jump off a sheet with the words "Cloud Nine" written on it.
"I told the guys that I wanted everyone to make sure they jumped off cloud nine before they left the practice field," Berry said. "We don't have a team full of Heisman Trophy winners, but we are not the void of talent. The thing that has to happen is that you have to be the same guy you were last week. That's the guy that gives us a chance to win. Getting caught up in all the distractions, you are not going to be the guy that we need to have big wins."
While both offensive and defensive sides of the ball drew praises for their efforts, everyone in the Warhawk program acknowledged the need for more improvement and to learn from their mistakes.
"We know that we have to have good practices to win," redshirt freshman Mitch Lane said. "We can't take plays or days off and expect to be a good team and be successful."
The shift of focus has turned to this week's game against Auburn. Despite their 0-2 record, this team has the attention of the ULM coaching staff.
"This is a very, very good football team, and anyone that thinks differently, hasn't watched the tapes," Berry said. "They have tremendous athletes, well coached, and have played two really good football teams and had some bad breaks. We've all had them as coaches and as players, but we are entering a hostile environment, and a program with a great legacy. We went in there two years ago and just got tore up. We have to find ways to overcome situations that arise on Saturday."
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