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Warhawk Inside Slant

Kolton Browning was the surprise of the
spring at ULM when he emerged as the No. 1
quarterback ahead of returning starter
Trey Revell.
The redshirt freshman from
Mabank, Texas, strengthened his grip on the spot
in fall camp and will get the starting nod when
the Warhawks open their season against Arkansas
in Little Rock.
"I'm excited to watch Kolton play,"
first-year Head Coach Todd Berry said. "I really
am. I've been around a few quarterbacks in my
day and I thought in the spring he had a pretty
good spring. There was good competition, really,
between two guys to begin with, and it ended up
really being three.
"That competition carried over, and it seemed
like every day Kolton came out he was becoming
that much better and was separating himself
more."
What intrigues Berry, who coaches
quarterbacks in addition to his head-coaching
duties, about Browning is Browning's
"fascination with the game."
"Just watching those light bulbs come on
every day in his head is really kind of fun as a
coach," Berry said. "That's kind of where
Kolton's at right now."
Berry is very aware of the challenge Browning
faces against the Razorbacks.
"I'm anxious to watch him play," Berry said.
"We'll see if he's ready to handle all the
energy that's going to be there in Little Rock."
NOTES, QUOTES
Senior RB
Frank Goodin goes into the season well
within striking distance of two school rushing
records. He has 2,505 rushing yards for his
career. Calvin Dawson (2004-07) set the record
with 3,378. Goodin, who rushed for 1,126 yards
last year, is currently No. 4 on the list, 313
yards behind third-place Joe Profit (1967-70).
Goodin also has 22 rushing touchdowns, eight
short of Dawson's record 30
Several Warhawks will go into the
opener at different positions than last year.
Among those listed as starters at their new
positions are sophomore DE
Keavon Milton (from tight end), redshirt
freshman P
Aaron Munoz (from quarterback) and redshirt
freshman LS
Madison Tharp (from wide receiver).
ULM's
two-deep depth chart features 23 players who are
either freshmen or sophomores.
Series History: Arkansas leads ULM
8-0 (last
meeting, 2008, Arkansas 28-27).
Scouting The Offense: ULM has one of
the Sun Belt's top rushers in senior Frank
Goodin but will be going to Little Rock with a
new starter at quarterback in redshirt freshman
Kolton Browning. Junior WR
Luther Ambrose (34 receptions, 455 yards) is
the leading returning receiver. The offense has
stressed the running game in recent years, but
new coach Todd Berry and his spread attack could
change that approach.
Scouting The Defense: ULM went to a
3-3-5 scheme defensively last season and
improved its numbers considerably. The Warhawks
held foes to 347 yards per game in total offense
in 2009 after giving up 445 the year before. The
top four tacklers are gone, but returnees
include S
Darius Prelow (62 tackles, 12 pass
breakups), CB
Nate Brown (two interceptions) and LB
Theo Smith (57 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks).
Quote To Note:
"I'm a little jealous of
everybody that got to play this
past week. But I think it was
good for us in terms of our
players having the opportunity
to watch some games and talk
about some situations that
happened in those games."
-Coach Todd Berry, on ULM's delayed start to the season.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
This Week's Game: ULM at Arkansas
(Little Rock), Sept. 11-The Warhawks were idle
as Arkansas was beating Tennessee Tech 44-3 in
its opener. The last meeting between the two
teams two years ago came down to a missed field
goal, with the Razorbacks escaping with the
28-27 victory. Senior RB
Rodney Lovett, now a
backup, led the Warhawks with 66 yards rushing
and junior WR
Anthony McCall, currently No. 1 on
the depth chart, led in receiving with six
catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Keys To The Game: Establish a
running attack to shorten the game. The more ULM
can keep Arkansas QB
Ryan Mallett off the field
the better shape the Warhawks will be in. The
Warhawks must avoid giving the Razorbacks a
short field to work with via turnovers.
Players To Watch:
QB Kolton Browning-The redshirt freshman won
the starting job in the spring and has
solidified his spot in fall camp. Browning comes
out of Mabank, Texas, where he threw for 3,156
yards as a senior.
RB Frank Goodin-Goodin is coming off a
campaign that saw him rush for 1,126 yards,
putting himself in position to challenge for the
school rushing record if he stays healthy. He
needs to have a big game against the Razorbacks
to give his team a shot at the upset.
CB Nate Brown-The entire secondary will face
a huge challenge in going against Arkansas QB
Ryan Mallett (21-of-24, 301 yards passing in the
opener). Brown had two interceptions in 2009.
Roster Report:
Senior Trey Revell, who started 10
games at quarterback last year, has switched to
tight end.
Sophomore LB Antonio Hoskins has
left the team for personal reasons. He was No. 2
on the depth chart at the time. True freshman
Kentarius Caldwell took his spot behind junior
Ken Dorsey.
RB
Jyruss Edwards, a redshirt
freshman, is listed as Goodin's backup on the
depth chart.
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