2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The ULM Offense
The O has to score when it gets the chance. The Warhawks only came up with points 73% of the time when getting inside the 20, and only scored touchdowns 55% of the time. It might not seem like too much of a drop-off, but 2017 O scored 83% of the time in the red zone and scored five more touchdowns. ULM missed on two deep drives in the 31-28 loss to Louisiana, and was empty twice in the 35-27 loss to Troy.
Biggest Key To The ULM Defense
Start coming up with more interceptions. This program just doesn’t pick off passes. The 2014 defense came up with 11 interceptions, but over the last four seasons, ULM has come up with a mere 25. Last season, the D picked off three passes in the first two games, and got two over he last ten outings. Overall, the pass defense won’t be that bad, but after going 0-4 over those last ten games when giving up two touchdowns or more, the secondary has to use its experience to be stronger.
Key Player To A Successful Season
RB Austin Vaughn, Sr.
Or junior Kayin White. Someone has to rise up and take over the running game from Derrick Gore, who wasn’t used enough, but he still managed to lead the team with 662 yards and six scores averaging more than five yards per carry.
There should be more of a running back by committee thing happening with a whole lot of promising options, but it’s the 5-8, 218-pound Vaughn who has the upside to be a No. 1 guy and take the heat off of QB Caleb Evans.
Key Game To The ULM Season
at Louisiana, Nov. 30
If the Warhawks can get by Arkansas State – they get a week off to prepare for the Red Wolves – they should be good enough to be in the race to win the West. That’s not happening without a win over the Ragin’ Cajuns on the road to close out the regular season. ULM has lost four in the last five in the series, including a 31-28 bowl-crusher to close out last season.
– ULM Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 ULM Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:18 – ULM 27:40
– Sacks: ULM 34 for 222 yards – 22 for 143 yards
– Interceptions Thrown: ULM 12 – Opponents 5