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Six games were decided by a touchdown or less, so for the close
gaffes to Northwestern State and Florida International that the team
will look back on as the reason it couldn't come up with a winning
season, the Indians also got their fair share of close wins. When
you have a quarterback like Steven Jyles, you can pull off several
close games. But now Jyles, as well as the team's nickname, are both
UL Monroe will have to undergo several changes with Kinsmon
Lancaster taking over for longtime starter Jyles, the entire
defensive line has to be replaced, the top receivers are gone, and
the nickname has gone from the Indians to the Warhawks. All those
changes aren't going to help ULM get over the hump this season and
win the conference title.
However, this is the Sun Belt, and wacky things tend to happen. The
offensive line should be among the league's best and the secondary
should be outstanding with two pro prospects in corner Chaz Williams
and safety Kevin Payne. Now the team has to win all the close games,
and not just a few of them.
Head coach: Charlie Weatherbie
4th year: 11-23
14th year overall: 56-87
Best ULM Players
1. FS Kevin Payne, Sr
2. CB Chaz Williams, Jr.
3. OT Kyle Cunningham, Jr.
4. OG Aaron Schutz, Soph.
5. NT Ricky Williams, Jr.
6. QB Kinsmon Lancaster, Soph.
7. CB Quintez Secka, Sr.
8. S Josh Thompson, Soph.
9. RB Calvin Dawson, Jr.
10. OG Joseph Joseph, Jr.
at Arkansas State
at UL Lafayette
2005 Results: 5-6
2005 predicted wins
at Wyoming L 38-0
Georgia L 44-7
at Fla Atlantic
at Arkansas L 44-15
at MTSU W 34-31
at North Texas W 24-19
This is the fourth year under head
coach Charlie Weatherbie and it's a transition season. While he got the
team in range to win the title last year, a season-ending 54-21 blowout
by UL Lafayette ruined New Orleans Bowl dreams. It's going to be at
least a year before the Warhawks will field the strongest team over the
last several years, so Weatherbie and his staff
will have a tricky task of blending the young backups with the decent
veterans. With only six senior starters, every game has to be about
improving with an eye towards the future.
Of course, ULM isn't going to just pack it in and not play. Since UL
Lafayette and North Texas appear to be the league's best teams going
into the year, and the Warhawks don't play them until the end, there's a
chance to be in the thick of things up until late November.
Can ULM fill in the gaps and stay alive long enough to have a shot at
the end? Probably not with too many tough road games, but it'll come up
with a few big wins and should show glimpses of what it'll be in 2007.
The Schedule: It's
not that there are seven road games that's a killer, it's that the
Sun Belt away dates are at Arkansas State, Troy and UL Lafayette.
The Warhawks can't win the conference title unless they win two of
those three. On the plus side, MTSU and North Texas have to come to
Malone Stadium. Can the team survive four road games in the first
six?? There aren't two home dates in a row to put together a run.
Offensive Player: Junior OT Kyle Cunningham. The team needs
quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster to quickly grow into the team's best
player, but he'll get time to work with a good line in front of him
led by guard Aaron Schutz and Cunningham. Each will get a look from
an NFL camp in the near future with the 6-4, 285-pound Cunningham
showing enough potential to be the league's best lineman.
Defensive Player: Senior FS Kevin Payne. The former running back
and now punter has also turned into a next-level caliber safety.
He's big, fast, and learning the ins and outs of being a top
defensive back. Junior corner Chaz Williams could also be considered
the team's top defender.
player to a successful season: Sophomore QB Kinsmon Lancaster. He
has the speed, the moves and the arm, no he has to prove he can be a
consistent passer and has to become Steven Jyles-like at making
season will be a success if ... UL Monroe wins six games. This
isn't as good as last year's team, and it's still a year away from
big-time success, but it's good enough to beat Alcorn State, Florida
Atlantic, and come up with a few home wins against teams like MTSU,
FIU and North Texas. It'll take a few road upsets to get to six
wins, so five victories might be the ceiling.
game: Oct. 7 at Arkansas State. ULM needs at least two Sun Belt
road wins to realistically be in the hunt for a winning year. After
beating the Indians 31-27 last year, ULM has to pull the same feat
off on the road before going on a road trip to Troy.
Fun Stats: The
Last Time UL-Monroe…
- Third quarter scoring: Opponents 110 - UL Monroe 35
- Sacks: UL Monroe 18 for 128 yards - Opponents 9 for 70 yards
- Punt return average: Opponent 11.8 yards per return - UL Monroe 3
yards per return
…played in a bowl game…never
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1999 (Middle Tennessee State)
…was shutout…2005 (Wyoming)
…scored 50 points…2002 (Utah State)
…won a conference title…1992 (Southland)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…1993 (Robert Cobb)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2002 (Bryant Jacobs)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2002 (Mack Vincent)
…had a first-round draft choice…1971 (RB Joe Profit, 7th overall,