Warhawk Inside Slant

With the bulk of last season's Warhawk team
returning, the expectations are high that 2012
is the season that finally breaks the drought of
non-winning seasons and bowl appearances.
The task of accomplishing this though is tough
with three of the non-conference games coming
against bowl teams from a year ago, and entering
the 2012 season in the top 25 rankings.
Coach Todd Berry had a slight set back in his
second year leading the Warhawks, thanks largely
to a series of season ending injuries. The
injury bug saw ULM slide backwards from a 5-7
record to 4-8, with three of those losses coming
by a touchdown or less.
Only 25 yards of rushing offense
were lost from the 2012 season. Those came
from Luther Ambrose, who tallied that total on
eight carries.
177 receptions were made by key
returning receivers that include
Brent Leonard,
Tavarese Maye,
Jyruss Edwards, and
Colby Harper
Junior quarterback
Kolton Browning's 2,483 total offensive
yards in 2011 was the third best in school
history, surpassing Steven Jyles for the
position. Browning now holds the second
(2,552 - 2010) and third positions.
Pre-Season Game Ball Goes To:
Strength &Conditioning coach Joe Girardi -
looking up and down the roster, the Warhawks are
without a doubt bigger, faster, and stronger as
they enter the 2012 season. Girardi was
thrust into the position is the spring with the
departure of John Grieco for the Oakland
Raiders. While none of the players sing
Girardi's praises, all are quick to admit that
they are in the best shape of their playing
Keep An Eye On: LB
Tevyn Cagins. The freshman linebacker
has already turned heads in fall drills and
continues to show his quickness and great ball
hawking skills that landed him a ULM offer.
Look for him to possibly make his way into the
mix this season.
Quote To Note:
"I'm all healed up and feel 100% for the
first time in years."
-RB Jyruss
Looking Good: Losing just one
offensive lineman from last year has this year's
group primed and ready to be the best in a
while. Look for the additional year of
seasoning to payoff big for
Ben Risenhoover,
Colby Mitchell, and
Dillon Jordan.
Still Needs Work: Special teams,
especially place kicking, has struggled
throughout fall drills. Although there
will be no rush for any kicks, accuracy will
still need additional tuning before the season.
Roster Report:
S Khari Usher will miss 6-8 weeks
with a leg injury
The Warhawks have added brothers
Kameel and Kenzee Jackson. Both will have
to sit out for the 2012 season after
transferring from Texas A&M Commerce and
Oklahoma respectively.
2012 signee Tyren Hill did not
qualify and has enrolled at Nicholls State.