Warhawk Inside Slant - Auburn Edition

The Warhawks entered War Memorial Stadium to
kick off the 2012 season against the eighth
ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. After
falling behind 28-7, the Warhawks looks like
they were going to run the series record to
0-10. Late heroics by junior quarterback
Kolton Browning and senior receiver Brent
Leonard though managed to propel ULM
into the national spotlight with an overtime,
come from behind 34-31 win.
Now ULM Head Coach Todd Berry has the tall
task of re-focusing his team's efforts to
another SEC team, Auburn. The
Warhawks are 0-8 versus the Tigers, but had a
near upset in 1996. The then Indians, led
Auburn through most of the contest before
falling late.
ULM has scored just 74 points
against Auburn in eight contests, averaging nine
points per game, and been shut out twice.
In the last meeting, eventual
Heisman Trophy winner Cam Netwon set a school
record with a 94 yard TD pass to Emory Blake.
The Tigers boast five Louisiana
players, including a pair with ties to ULM -
Senior receiver
Travante Stallworth was a high school
teammate of current Warhawk
JeRon Hamm at Leesville High.
DeAngelo Benton is from neighboring city of
Bastrop, La.
Week one Game Ball Goes To: Sure the
easy pick is quarterback
Kolton Browning, however he would not have
been able to accomplish his highlight feats
without the solid blocking performance by the
ULM offensive line.
Keep An Eye On: Redshirt Freshmen
Mitch Lane. Lane excelled at the Hawk
position last week against Arkansas and an equal
performance will be need this week at Auburn.
Quote To Note:
"Excuse me, I'm having an out of body
-ULM Head Coach
Todd Berry following the
Arkansas game.
Looking Good: Tight ends
Keavon Milton and
Kevin Steed each had a few receptions, and
Steed even managed to haul in a touchdown pass.
The tight end duo also made key blocks on the
offense line to keep plays alive.
Still Needs Work: Defensive
secondary. The Warhawks allowed several
big pass plays that ended with, or setup,
Razorback scores.
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.
Brent Leonard was helped off the
field in the overtime period, he was fine
following the game, and was suffering from
having the wind knocked out of him.