The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the ULM Warhawks.
No. 110: ULM Warhawks
Spring Game: April 21
ULM Spring Status
There wasn’t any defense, and it was a third 4-8 season in the last four years, but there’s actual reason for excitement.
The offense perfect up, the coaching staff is in place, and there are real playmakers returning on offense and experience coming back on D. It’s going to take a whole lot of tweaking and an overall redo on the defensive side, but if nothing else, the team’s going to be fun.
However, after going 1-6 to close out last season, the consistency has to be there. It starts with that D, and it starts this offseason.
ULM Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Defensive end. Who’s the star pass rusher going to be? Caleb Tucker led the team with 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss for a line that couldn’t get into the backfield enough. The Warhawks have the offensive stars, but who’s going to rise up on the D line? Kerry Starks came up with a decent freshman year, but the new recruiting class has to play a role.
ULM Biggest Issue
Stopping the passing game. The lack of a pass rush was a problem, but that wasn’t the only reason the secondary was among the worst in the country. ULM finished with the third-worst pass defense in college football, getting torched for 32 touchdowns with just nine picks. Three starters are back, though, to make a dent and improve.
ULM Biggest Positive
Caleb Evans and the offense. Just about everyone of note back for the explosive attack, with ever key running back returning, everyone who caught a pass except for No. 2 target Brian Williams, and with four starters back on the line. The excitement, though, is over Evans, who rose up as last year went on finishing with 2,868 passing yards and 17 scores with 579 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Be shocked if this isn’t among the Sun Belt’s most dangerous attacks.
Really, Why Are The ULM Warhawks Ranked Here?
The defense still has to prove it can play, but with eight starters back from the group that had to deal with Florida State to close out the season, at last it’ll be experienced. However, the offense should be good enough to hang with everyone in the Sun Belt – get ready for a whole lot of shootouts again.