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Pluggin The Line: Kendal Mouton
After giving up 150 rush yards a game in 2006, the Louisiana Warhawks know they must do a better job stopping the run this year. Leading the charge to plug up the middle will be big DT Kendal Mouton and his buddies.
WarhawkNation: Last year you guys gave up around a 150 yards rushing a game. Is that something you talk about trying to cut down this season?
Kendal Mouton: One of our main goals coming into camp this year was stopping the run. We know it starts up front. As a unit we have to stay with our technique, get to the ball, make plays in the backfield, and disrupt the offense any way we can.
WarhawkNation: Last year we had a young Defensive Line. Talk about how one year of experience will make a difference.
Kendal Mouton: I know for one it helped me a lot and it helped the whole group of guys as well. You can tell at practices we are jumping around trying to confuse the offense, we all know our assignments so it was definitely a learning experience last season. Now the coaches are letting us have more freedom to put our own spin to our technique to whatever feels most comfortable.
WarhawkNation: How much of getting good pass rush is talked about?
Kendal Mouton: As a whole unit we have to get more quarterback hits, sacks, and hurries. We have to get pressure up the middle so we can get these defensive backs more picks. We want to give the offense as many opportunities as possible. It is definitely one of our goals that we talk about everyday. We have got to get pressure.
WarhawkNation: Talk about getting coach Manny Michel back and what he means to you.
Kendal Mouton: Oh man its great to have Coach back. When he wasn't here we were still working hard because that's what we like to do, but we didn't have the intensity that Coach Manny brings to the table. When he came back he brought that fire and intensity back and it let us know why we are playing. Seeing what he was going through made me take a step back and just be thankful that I have my health and I am able to come out here and play football and do what I love to do.
WarhawkNation: Talk about going against those big Hog Mollies the Offensive Line everyday in practice.
Kendal Mouton: I love going against the Offensive Line, especially Adam Hill. Adam and I have been battling since we went to the same high school. We still compete with each other and push each other to get better every day. We are good friends but we know when we are out here we got to put it on each other, lol.
WarhawkNation: Tell us how dirty it is down in the trenches where the big boys play.
Kendal Mouton: It's a whole different game down there. It's not scoring touchdowns, making big catches, but powering down on your opponent and making sure you put the whooping on him first or he will put it on you. If you don't control the line of scrimmage in the game of football, you will have no shot of winning. As a defensive line unit we try to control the line of scrimmage as far as the run and the pass game goes. We have to be quick to get off our blocks and get after the quarterback.
WarhawkNation: Last year you became a starter midway through the season. You got to ULM late and didn't play until game four. Do you feel you have settled in at ULM?
Kendal Mouton: I definitely feel at home here at ULM. I had an opportunity to go to other schools but I feel that God put me here because this is place for me to be. This coaching staff, these players, this Warhawk family is a real family, and I fit right in here. It's really a blessing to be here at ULM.
WarhawkNation: Let's talk food. Ever put the hurt on any buffets in town?
Kendal Mouton: LOL, I do. You know I am the biggest one out there and I like to eat. I watch me weight a little bit but every once in awhile I will go treat myself and get kicked out of some buffets sometimes, lol.