Preview 2018: ULM Warhawks. Exciting? Yes, But Can ULM Win?

Preview 2018: ULM Warhawks. Exciting? Yes, But Can ULM Win?

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Preview 2018: ULM Warhawks. Exciting? Yes, But Can ULM Win?

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Best ULM Offensive Player

QB Caleb Evans, Jr.
One of the nation’s most exciting offensive playmakers, the 6-2, 210-pounder finished completing 61% of his passes for 2,868 yards and 17 scores with just six picks, and ran for 579 yards and 13 touchdowns.

A total yardage machine, he accounted for 400 or more five times, with 515 yards of total offense coming in the shootout loss to Arkansas State. With the receiving corps has has returning, the numbers should be astronomical. Even though his team didn’t do a lot of it last season, the guy’s a winner.

2. WR/KR Marcus Green, Sr.
3. WR RJ Turner, Jr.
4. RB Derrick Gore, Sr.
5. OT Trace Ellison, Jr.

Best ULM Defensive Player

LB David Griffith, Sr.
Not all that big at just 6-1 and 209 pounds, he’s part safety and part linebacker who flies all over the field. The team’s second-leading tackler came up with 76 stops with two sacks and eight tackles for loss, doing most of his toughest work in the open field. Forgetting about his size, he’s incredibly durable from his spot on the weakside.

2. S Wesley Thompson, Sr.
3. DT Mason Husmann, Soph.
4. LB Chase Day, Sr.
5. CB Corey Straughter, Soph.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DE Donald Louis, Jr. 
Injuries were a huge part of the ULM season on the defensive line, but the 6-3, 273-pound Louis was able to gut it out throughout the season. He’s a big presence on the front with 32 tackles, but he only came up with one sack and wasn’t enough of a difference-maker. He’s hardly a speed rusher, but he has to get to the quarterback far more for a defense that has to generate more pressure.

Key Game To The ULM Season

Troy, Sept. 22
It’s an interdivisional game in the new Sun Belt format, but it’ll also be a tone-setter.

ULM hasn’t faced the Trojans since 2015  – a 51-14 Troy win – but this year, it’s the Sun Belt opener before going on the road for the next two conference games. This will once again be a great Troy team that’ll be deep in the hunt for the conference title. A ULM will will instantly change the expectations, especially with a relatively light schedule over the back half.

2017 ULM Fun Stats

– Penalties: Opponents 85 for 787 yards – ULM 64 for 531 yards
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Opponents 232.8 – ULM 169.8
– ULM scored 59 or more four times. The preview 50+ point game was on September 28, 2012, beating Tulane 63-10.

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