2011 ULM Offensive Preview

2011 ULM Offensive Preview

Finishing 5-7 (4-4) under new ULM head coach Todd Berry has fans optimistic about this years recruiting class and next years 2011 season. Warhawk Nation takes a look into the future at the running back, receiver, quarterback, Tight End, and offensive line positions.

2010 Final Stats

Points Per Game - 20.8

Passing Yards Per Game - 226.7

Rushing Yards Per Game - 120.3

Points Allowed - 32.4

Departing Running Backs

Frank Goodin - 131 Rush 438 Yards 3 TD's

17 Rec 138 Yards, 1 TD

Zach Rhodes - 12 Rush 49 Yards 1 TD

1 Rec 56 yards

Rodney Lovett - 3 Rush 11 Yards

3 Rec 7 Yards 1 TD

Analysis: Graduating will be the schools 3rd ranked all time rusher in Frank Goodin and utility player Zach Rhodes. Juco transfer Rodney Lovett had a very productive career and did so by keeping a low profile and being a team player.

Returning Players: Pick your poison. ULM is loaded at the RB position in 2011. One returner will be slasher Jyruss Edwards. Playing at 190lbs in his Freshman season, Edwards should report back next season close to the 200 mark and easily improve on his 4.5 yards per carry mark.

Jyruss finished 2010 with 84 carries for 375 yards and scored 4 touchdowns with a long of 33.

Bruiser time. Arkansas Razorback transfer Mitchell Bailey is a dark horse to come in and take over as the straight ahead between the tackles runner.

At 6'0 and 218 pounds, Bailey will benefit from the Warhawks off season conditioning program and add even more bulk to his frame for the 2011 season.

More Beef. Caldwell product Centarius Donald got his feet wet in 2010 with 21 carries for 66 yards and caught 2 passes for five yards.

The 6'0 208 pound Donald should return for his sophomore season close to 220 pounds or better and challenge Bailey for playing time.

Other Warhawk backs include Florida native Carl Elie (5'8 196) for his Junior campaign, and Monterrell Washington (5'11 200) for his sophomore season. Monroe native Greg Hudson (5'9 196) appears on ULM's official roster as well. None of those backs recorded a carry in 2010.

Commitments:

The Warhawks already have another bruiser on the radar in verbally committed running back Devontae McNeal of Quitman, TX. McNeal was third in the state of Texas in 2010 rushing for over 2,300 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns.

McNeal will get a chance to come and steal some playing time in Coach Berry's reward system offense.

Departing Wide Receivers

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That's right, just like the running back position, the Warhawks are even more loaded at the wide receiver position.

It's hard to believe that one of the fastest players to ever wear the maroon and gold will be entering his senior season. Luther Ambrose will return for his final season after leading the Warhawks in receptions (65), yards (752), and touchdowns (6) in 2010.

Luther Ambrose

Maye I have some more Electricity. Yes you Maye. Tavarese Maye was a sleeper coming out of Petal Mississippi in 2009 but busted onto the scene in 2010.

With a 38 inch vertical jump and 4.4 speed, Tavarese quickly showed ULM coaches his hands were a magnet for the football. Rarely dropping a pass, Maye finished his Freshman season with 43 catches for 505 yards and scored three touchdowns. All of those numbers were good for second on the team.

Tavarese Maye

Maye will be one of Kolton Browning's favorite targets in 2011.

Mr Cool. Senior to be Anthony McCall just goes with the flow. McCall had another solid season with 33 receptions for 479 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The 6'1 187 pound McCall isn't going to blow by you but he is physical when the ball is in the air and wins the one on one battles for the football.

McCall

Sure handed walk-on Brent Leonard has put in the hard work on special teams and in practice and worked his way into a permanent role in the ULM offense.

Leonard grabbed 33 passes in 2010 for 377 yards and finished second on the team with three touchdowns. The 6'1 176 pound Leonard will also benefit from Coach Greco's offseason work out program and have an even more productive junior season.

Brent Leonard

The Warhawks were looking for that big physical target and they found it late in the season in 6'3 209 pound true freshman Je'Ron Hamm. The Leesville, La native had a break out game against North Texas with 3 catches for 56 yards including a 48 yard scoring strike.

Luke Russell (1-7), Julian Griffin (0-0), Tim Taylor (2-19), Zarrell Sanders (9-83), and transfer Colby Harper will jockey for playing time as well.

Luke Russell

Commitments

The Warhawks have picked up a verbal commitment from Ouachita high school product Justin Ginyard. Ginyard is another physical wide out (6'2 210) that ULM is looking to land. Primarily used to block down field for the Lions, Justin caught six touchdowns in 2010.

Departing TE's

ULM will lose a sure handed and even better blocking TE in Alvin Jordan. Originally part of the 2007 class, Jordan came to the Warhawks as a three star #42 ranked MLB. Jordan had 10 grabs for 88 yards in 2010.

Returning Players

The Warhawks will be a little thin at the TE position and definitely look to land one in this years recruiting class.

Keavon Milton

6'4 260 pound Keavon Milton made the move back to the position for the seasons final contest against ULL and caught a one yard touchdown pass.

Kevin Steed (4-22) and Ty Kittle both saw action this season but are not looked upon to be apart of any blocking schemes. Steed 6'4 217 will probably see more action at the WR position unless he can bulk up in the off season. At 220 pounds Kittle has a chance to get some snaps in at the TE position if he can add some weight.

Departing Offensive Lineman

West Monroe product Andrew Stout was the lone senior on a very young and inexperienced offensive line in 2010.

Returning Players

Left Guard Justin Roberts will return for his senior season and look to anchor the ULM offensive line in 2011.

Roberts stands 6'4 304

Also returning for his senior season will be right tackle Anthony Montgomery. The 6'4 302 pound Montgomery started in 11 of the Warhawks 12 contest.

Senior to be Anthony Montgomery

Journeyman Patrick Dvoracek will be back for his junior campaign as well. The 6'4 305 Dvoracek originally signed with Utah State before bouncing to Trinity Valley and eventually signing with the Warhawks as part of the 2010 class.

Patrick started seven games at the left tackle position in 2010.

On signing day ULM got the signature of one of the top centers in the nation in Cedar Hill Texas lineman Josh Allen. The 24th ranked center paid immediate dividends for the Warhawks starting 8 games at the position before his season was cut short due to injury.

Returning for his sophomore season Josh Allen

ULM's right guard position was held by only one Warhawk in 2010 and that was Jonathan Gill. Jonathan (6'3 306) was the 23 ranked center in scout.com's 2008 class.

Jonathan Gill

ULM got a gem when they signed Northeastern Oklahoma juco lineman Ryan McCaul. The 6'5 285 pound McCaul was asked to do it all in 2010. The senior to be started 5 games at the Left Tackle postion, 3 at the Left Guard position, and four at the Center position.

Ryan McCaul

One to watch next season will be Freshman Jon Fisher from Oxford, Ms. Fisher started one time at the right tackle position but saw valuable playing time down the stretch. Look for Fisher to push hard for one of the starting positions in 2011.Joining Fisher will be fellow freshman Jeremy Burton, Demiere Burkett, and Christian Lyrse.

Commitments

ULM has gathered a verbal commitment from Rowlett, Tx offensive guard Dillon Jordan for the 2011 class. The 6'4 275 Jordan was the 6th commitment for the Warhawks.

Dillon Jordan

Departing Quarterbacks

Florida State high school quarterback Trey Revell did not see the field in 2010 for the Warhawks but did finish with over 2600 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns for his career.

Returning Players

Red Shirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning was better than advertised in 2010 for the ULM Warhawks. Easily one of the programs highest rated players out of high school, Browning has already started re-writing the ULM record books.

Browning finished the season 234/378 (62%) for 2,552 yards, 18 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He was also the teams second leading rusher with 385 yards on 171 carries and four more scores. His 171 carries were the highest total for a quarterback since Steven Jyles ran it 150 times back in 2005.

Browning will have offseason surgery for a broken bone in his foot that hampered him the final 5 games of the season.

Returning for his junior season will be 5'11 190 pound Cody Wells. Cody has throw for 829 yards and six touchdowns in his career. He is also the holder for extra points and field goals.

Also showing on the ULM roster is Ian McCoig from Georgetown, Texas. The 6'2 232 pounder did not throw a pass in 2010.

Committed

The Warhawks have gained two verbal commitments at the quarterback position for this February's signing day. Earnest Carrington from Atascocita high school in Texas and Brayle Brown out of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Chaz Carrington

Brayle Brown

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