The preseason awards poured in but through the first four games of the 2007 season the ULM wide receiver core had struggled out of the gates. That all changed last night in a decisive 30-13 win over rival Arkansas State.
Whether it was a slip, or a drop, or missed timing play, the ULM Warhawks just could not get the passing game going. All fingers usually point to the quarterback but that is not always the case. After last nights performance against ASU, it seems the ULM offense has found it's rythmn.
Quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster had his best performance of the season completing 15/22 passes for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. He couldnt have done it alone and the ULM wide receivers played a huge role in a big victory.
Darrell McNeil, LaGregory Sapp, and Kenneth "Zeek" Zacharie all turned in solid performances with the big stat of no dropped balls. McNeil and Sapp both played their high school ball right here in Monroe, La. If you watched the game you would see that they were playing with a chip on their shoulders as they fought for extra yardage, lowered their shoulders, and broke several tackles.
A good stat to look at is a receivers "YAC" or yards after catch and there was plenty of that last night. McNeil (5 rec 72 yards) scored on a pair of touchdowns. The first coming on a 4 yard quick slant over the middle that he caught and then muscled his way into the end zone. The second touchdown came on a perfectly timed seam route that saw McNeil split the LB's and Safety and scoot 26 yards for the score.
TE Zeek Zacharie(3 rec 49 yards) had the catch of the night on fly pattern right down the middle of the field. Lancaster lobbed it up and Zeek caught the ball over his left shoulder with 2 ASU defenders draped on him. Sapp(4 rec 62 yards) would take a 5 yard crossing pattern and turn it into a 29 yard scamper to the one yard line. That would set up a Calvin Dawson one yard touchdown run.
Not only did the ULM receivers have a big night they did it against 2 of the best safeties in the nation in Tyrell Johnson and Khayyam Burns. Both were selected to the first team all SBC preseason team earlier this year.
It wasn't all about catching the ball as those guys did a fantastic job of blocking all night for one of the nations best running backs in Calvin Dawson. Getting down field and holding those blocks allowed Dawson to extend the nations longest 100 yard rushing streak to 10 games. Guys like Marty Humphrey(S'port, La), Aaron Stringfellow(Monroe, La), and Justin Waller don't get all the glory in the papers but they do with their teammates.