One of the smallest players on the football field has been one of ULM's biggest problems the last two times these teams have met. Middle Tennessee scat back Desmond Gee does it all for the Blue Raiders and can hurt you in a variety of ways.
Standing just 5'8 and weighing 165 pounds, the versatile Gee is often hard to spot behind big offensive lineman. By the time defenders do see him, all that's left are the tail lights.
Many Warhawk fans are still thinking about what could have been in the 2007 campaign. Finishing 6-6 (4-3), ULM was less than a minute away from defeating MT last year when Bradley Robinson returned a kickoff 89 yards to tear out the hearts of the ULM faithful and evidently knocking the Warhawks out of bowl contention.
The kickoff however would have been mute had the Warhawks been able to contain Gee. Desmond tallied over 200 total yards in the game (203) and scored two touchdowns.
The first on a 42 yard screen pass that was executed to perfection. MT quarterback Joe Craddock rolled all the way right and threw back across the field to Gee who had a convoy of blockers and led to a touchdown.
The second was even more impressive. Craddock lofted a perfect go route pass. Gee turned on the jets and caught the ball in stride for a 66 yard touchdown. Desmond finished the night with 4 catches for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned four kickoffs for 71 yards.
This was not the first time Gee has tormented the Warhawks. In 2006, his Freshman season, Gee caught a 54 yard touchdown pass in a 35-21 Blue Raider victory. Gee caught 6 passes that night for 109 yards and finished with 142 total yards.
While Middle Tennessee has a new weapon this year in Freshman wide out Malcolm Beyah (26 -462 5 touchdowns), Gee still leads the team with 94 all purpose yards a game.
It's evident both programs have not had the season's they had hoped for, but that doesn't mean Warhawks fans don't want some revenge from last years loss. The Blue Raiders did again this year, only the victim was visiting FAU. With no time left on the clock quarterback Joe Craddock tossed a 32 yard jump ball that Malcolm Beyah leaped up and caught. The Blue Raiders won 14-13.Maybe the sting of Desmond Gee burning the Warhawks led to ULM getting a scat back of their own. When the two teams kick it off Saturday afternoon the Blue Raiders will get their first look at ULM's version of Desmond Gee. True Freshman Luther Ambrose (5'10 165) is the reining Louisiana 100 meter champion with a time of 10.2. Ambrose has been worked into the lineup slowly but hasn't disappointed.
Ambrose has 10 catches on the season for 146 yards and a touchdown(69 yards). As a returner he is equally dangerous returning 17 kicks for 413 yards (24.3avg) with a 91 yard touchdown return against Arkansas State. Luther is second on the team averaging 70.4 all purpose yards a game.
There are many play makes on both sides of the ball for both teams but if you want to see electricity keep your eyes on #2 for MT and #22 for ULM.......if you can.