Crystal Ball: 2008 - 2009 ULM Class

Luther Ambrose Scored His First College TD

ULM had its best recruiting class ever in 2008 and it looks like 2009 could top that class. When we look at what ULM has on its roster coming back and the talent that is waiting in the wings, there is plenty to get excited about. Lets take a look into the 2009 Offensive crystal ball.

Offensive Line:

Returning Starters: 4

Doug Stroud (6'6 330), Ryan Dercher (6'5 305), Brett Thompson (6'3 285), Justin Roberts (6'5 295)

Key Losses: Larry Shappley

Losing all but one starter on the offensive line, ULM will return 4 of its starting 5 next year but don't think for a second that those four spots are safe. The Warhawks are loaded with talent on the offensive line. Guys like Jonathan Gill (6'3 328), Adam Bertrand (6'3 348), and Daniel Hanson (6'2 295) will push for playing time and could work their way into the starting lineup. As we saw this season, Steve Farmer doesn't play favorites pulling Keating Helms for Brett Thompson at center and moving Justin Roberts into the left guard position.

Also returners Josh Andrews (6'5 325), Cade Burks (6'5 290), Andrew Stout (6'2 290), will took to join the push for PT.

Looking to 2009: The Warhawks have already picked up a big commitment from Richardson, TX center Andrew Russell. Andrew (6'3 315) is another big pick up that will bring a physical presence to the center position. ULM has their eye on a couple more big bodies to add to this years class. Matt Sheppard and Eric Walker are two names to keep a close eye on.

Quarterbacks:

Returning Starter: 0

Key Loss: Kinsmon Lancaster will have exhausted his eligibility for ULM opening the door for a new era at the quarterback position.

At the time moving Lancaster from a slash role to the starting quarterback was the Warhawks best option. Looking at the current and future roster, ULM will have options in 2009, and a quarterback battle will be the hot topic in the spring.

Junior Trey Revell (6'4 210), red shirt Freshman Cody Wells (6'0 190), and Jonathan Morvant (6'2 215), along with SMU transfer Zachary Rhodes (6'2 210) will have all been on campus for a year and know the ULM offense but knowing the offense and transforming that knowledge to the playing field will be the key. Morvant has been running the scout team but could turn into an asset to the Warhawks on the defensive side of the ball or WR position.

Enter the class of 2009. The Warhawks have already secured 3 verbal commitments from 3 of the nations best. Kolton Browning (6'3 185), Aaron Munoz (6'2 185), and Charlie Moore (6'3 190) are the future of ULM but will not have the luxury of participating in spring drills and won't arrive on campus until the summer. As talented as they are, history tells us an incoming freshman needs more time to learn the offense but there have been exceptions. Look at Drew Tate at Iowa, Terrell Pryor at Ohio State, Bo Levi Mitchell at SMU, and Ryan Mallett and Michigan as recent examples. Moore looks to come in as more of an athlete for ULM with the option of WR or defensive back.

Running Backs:

Returning Starter: Frank Goodin

Returning for his junior campaign in 2009 with be Frank Goodin. Frank has yet to put up the numbers the ULM offense needs but that is due to an inexperienced offensive line. When he has gotten loose Goodin has shown the ability to run by you or through you. Spelling Frank has been junior college transfer Rodney Lovett who will return for his senior season.

The game breaker Luther Ambrose gave ULM fans a taste of what 4.29 speed looks like when he returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown against ASU. Putting 10 yards of separation between him and the nearest defender, if he's even, he's leaving. Ambrose will need to pack on 10-15 pounds in the off season to become an every down Reggie Bush type scat back but fans have every reason to be excited about the next three years.

ULM has another weapon it will red shirt in Carl Elie from Immokalee HS in Florida. Elie (5'10 200) will make his debut in 2009 and look to take some carries away from Lovett in the backfield.

Looking to 2009: The Warhawks are hot on the trail of O.P. Walkers running back Tyrone Duplessis. Tyrone fits the size and speed (5'9 195 4.4) that ULM likes to use in it's spread offense.

Wide Receiver:

Returning Starters: J.J. McCoy, Anthony McCall, Darrell McNeal

Key Loss: Marty Humphrey

In one word, experienced. The Warhawks will have three go to guys that know the system and will make life easier on whoever the new quarterback is. Dubbed the "Mac Attack", these three have the skills to run underneath routes, slants, and go routes. Looking to join the group will be red shirt freshman Julian Griffin (6'3 200). Griffin will give the Warhawks a big target down field that can go up over smaller defensive backs and pull down the big play.

Looking to 2009: ULM has not picked up any verbal commitments to date but have several offers that are waiting to be jumped on. Ouachita's Brandon Williams, Belle Chase's Otis Peterson, Logansport's Jacarri Jackson, O.P. Walkers Jordan Sullen, and South Grand Prarie's Will Adams are just some of the names that are on the Warhawk radar.

*Bonus Tidbit: There is a possibility ULM will use a red shirt on academically ineligible and 1st team ALL SBC WR LaGregory Sapp. Stay tuned for more on that situation.

Tight End:

Returning Starters: Alvin Jordan, Mitch Doyle

Key Loss: Zeek Zacharie

The Warhawks will lose their best offensive player in All Conference TE Zeek Zacharie. While Jordan and Doyle have seen time at the TE spot, they are more blocking tight ends than receiving. ULM will look to a red shirt Freshman to fill those shoes by the name of Keavon Milton (6'5 240) from Canton Texas. Justin Waller will also look to get into the mix.

Looking to 2009: Still in the early recruiting process for TE.

Coming soon, WarhawkNation will break down the defensive side of the ball.

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