ULM quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster took his share of bumps and bruises this season. Every time he got knocked down he managed to pick himself back up again. Warhawk Nation takes a look at the career of Lancaster. Kinsmon is one of the last athletes that can say they played at ULM as an Indian and a Warhawk.
When Lancaster arrived at ULM in 2005, he was a skinny athlete that the then Indians used as their version of "Slash". Kinsmon rushed for 212 yards, passed for 54 yards, and caught 9 passes for 62 yards. He finished 2005 third on the team in total offense.
In 2006 ULM said good-bye to their all time passing leader Steven Jyles. As expected Lancaster went through some growing pains and finished the year with 1,789 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, but 14 interceptions. Despite his struggles Lancaster still managed to show signs of brilliance and almost pull upsets against BCS opponents.
In week 2 against Kansas, Lancaster took it to the home Jayhawks hooking up with tight end Zeek Zacharie for two touchdowns. The sophomore completed 21/41 passes for 371 yards, 2 touchdowns, and added 30 more yards rushing and another score. A missed extra point forced ULM to go for a 2 point conversion that failed and allowed Kansas to escape with a 21-19 win. His 407 total offensive yards rank 10th all time for most offense in one game.
Lancaster would lead the Warhawks to a near upset on the road at Kentucky later that season. A safety in the third quarter would force ULM to go for two after scoring on a Lancaster one yard run with :54 seconds remaining in the game. The conversion failed, Kentucky would recover the onside kick and win 42-40. Kinsmon finished the game with 213 total yards and the team rushed for 351 yards on 57 carries.
In the seasons final contest against rival Louisiana-Lafayette, Kinsmon came out firing and led the Warhawks to a 39-20 romp on the road. The sophomore tossed touchdown passes of 24 and 64 yards. He finished with 244 yards on 12/18 passing and added 29 rush yards.
2007 would be a season to remember for Lancaster and ULM fans forever. The Warhawks would become bowl eligible for the first time in school history. A 89 yard miracle kick off return at the hands of Middle Tennessee would keep the Warhawks from going bowling. In that same game Lancaster had his second 400 yard game. The Junior finished with 402 yards of total offense, passing for 264 and 2 scores and rushing for 138 yards. That single game performance ranked 12th all time at ULM.
ULM would finish the year strong winning their last three games and pulling the biggest upset off in school history by beating the Alabama Crimson Tide 21-14 in Tuscaloosa. Lancaster played a flawless game by not turning the ball over and making good decisions throughout the game. His numbers were not overwhelming as he finished 14/24, 161 yards and one touchdown but the key stat was zero turnovers. Lancaster finished his junior season with 1,866 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added 398 rush yards on one touchdown.
In 2008 Kinsmon Lancaster would come full circle as one of the Sun Belt's best quarterbacks. The season didn't go the way Warhawk fans had hoped it would but Lancaster quietly put together his best season and set several records in the process.
Lancaster and ULM both went out winners this past Saturday night when they defeated the FIU Panters 31-27. Kinsmon tossed two touchdowns in the win and ran for another. For his senior season he completed 60% of his passes for 2,040 yards, 18 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions. His 18 touchdown passes lead all Sun Belt quarterbacks and are the highest for any ULM quarterback since Raymond Philyaw tossed 22 back in 1995. His 18 touchdown passes also put him tied for 4th all time with Stan Humphries for most touchdown passes in a season. Kin also rushed for 614 yards and four more touchdowns.
Kinsmon finished his ULM career with 5,695 pass yards, good for 5th all time at ULM. His 502 completions rank 4th all time while his attempts place him 5th. Lancaster's 186 completions this year move him into 10th place all time ahead of Steve Jyles 181 he set in 2002.
Lancaster threw 38 touchdown passes in his career which is the fourth best total in the history of the program. He moved past Doug Pederson's total of 33 he set from 1987-1990.
Being a dual threat quarterback led to Lancaster putting up some pretty impressive total offensive numbers. In 2008 Kinsmon posted 2,654 total yards of offense which ranks 6th all time among ULM quarterbacks. For his career Kin posted a total of 7,306 yards. That total ranks 3rd all time in the history of the program behind Jyles 10,234 yards he posted from 2002-2005 and John Holman's 7,802 yards from 1978-1982.
Lancaster also put up 48 total touchdowns through the air or on the ground which places him 4th all time at ULM.
Check out the photo collection below that follows Kinsmon Lancaster's career at ULM.