Warhawk Inside Slant - Arkansas Edition

Just as Head Coach Todd Berry started his career
at the helm of the Warhawk program, his third
season begins at War Memorial Stadium against a
nationally ranked Arkansas Razorback team.
In that 2010 game,
ULM fell 31-7 but not before putting a big
scare in Bobby Petrino's team. The
Warhawks managed just 16 yards of total offense,
but trailed just 7-0 at the half.
ULM has
grown up and matured since that date, allowing
the Warhawks to be in a better position to
compete in 2012. Provided this team can
remain healthy, they should be ready to find
themselves in the top half of the Sun Belt
Conference standings.
16 players return from the 2010 team
that faced Arkansas.
2010's game saw 55,705 in
attendance. That total was the 15th
largest crowd at War Memorial Stadium.
The Razorbacks boast seven Louisiana
players, including three from ULM's back yard -
David Hurd (West Monroe),
DeQuinta Jones (Bastrop), and
DeMarcus Hodge (Neville High - Monroe).
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: Freshmen
Jamal Danley (RT),
Tony Cook (WR), and
Trey Caldwell (DB) - the freshman trio
have all made names for themselves and are
listed on the 2-deep depth chart. Look for
all of them to be in the mix for snaps during
the season.
Quote To Note:
"I'm all healed up and feel 100% for the
first time in years."
-RB Jyruss
Looking Good: Running backs
Jyruss Edwards and
Centarius Donald look physically in better
shape and both have looked even better in fall
camp drills. Look for the back duo
to take a load off the passing game, as the
offenseive line is ready to open holes for the
establishment of the running game.
Still Needs Work: Special teams,
especially place kicking, has struggled
throughout fall drills. Punting has made
drastic improvements with both
Connor Fryoux and
Caleb Gammel pushing one another to
continually improve.
Roster Report:
Khari Usher will miss 6-8 weeks with a leg
injury, look for him to return just in time for
Sun Belt Conference action.
No other significant injuries
reported throughout fall camp