ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie is hoping for a break in the wet weather but he has prepared his team to play through the rain if needed on Tuesday night.
The Warhawks (3-2, 2-0) play host to Arkansas State on Tuesday in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Northeastern Louisiana has experienced plenty of precipitation lately and rain could be in the forecast again for the big date.
“We’ve been practicing in the inclement weather and the wet weather,” Weatherbie said Monday during the Sun Belt Conference’s weekly media call. “We are prepared for it if it is raining out there. We don’t have a whole lot of hand in that. All we can do is pray about that. The good Lord will take care of the rest of it.”
The Red Wolves are 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Sun Belt.
“Arkansas State was picked No. 2 coming out of preseason,” Weatherbie said. “They are a very good football team. They should have beaten Troy, which was picked as the No. 1 team in the conference. They’re a great football team.”
With ULM playing on a non-traditional weeknight, Weatherbie made a final pitch to fans to support the Warhawks in their TV appearance.
“I think it’s vital that we get the stands filled,” Weatherbie said. “We’re trying to maroon it out. What a great way to showcase northeast Louisiana, to showcase the Sun Belt Conference, to showcase ULM and Arkansas State and what we’re all about. It’s a great opportunity that lies ahead for us and we need to have the support of the community to come out and be a part of that. I think they’ll see a great football game.”
ULM hasn’t played since Oct. 3, when it scored a 48-35 win over Florida International to improve to 2-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Warhawks currently share first place with Troy.
“You always have to give them a little bit of time off when you have an opening,” Weatherbie said. “ But I felt like we got a lot accomplished in preparation.”
Tail feathers: ULM’s 13 rushing touchdowns rank fourth nationally. ULM’s school record of 28 was set in 1951 and matched in 1992. ULM’s top total since joining the Sun Belt in 2001 is 19. … If ULM beats Arkansas State, it will give the program three straight wins over Football Bowl Subdivision teams for the second time in school history. ULM topped Idaho, Florida Atlantic and Florida International in 2004. … Aaron Morgan has six sacks through five games to tie his total from a year ago. … ULM beat Arkansas State in its last two games played at Malone Stadium. Darrell McNeal has enjoyed success against the Red Wolves with 13 catches for 221 yards and three TDs in his last games against ASU.