2007 UL Monroe Preview - Offense

Posted May 16, 2007

Preview 2007 UL Monroe Warhawk Offense

UL Monroe Warhawks

Preview 2007 - Offense

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What you need to know:
The best offense in the Sun Belt gets 11 starters back led by RB Calvin Dawson working behind a terrific line with several all-star candidates. QB Kinsmon Lancaster has a year of starting experience under his belt, and he has all his top targets to get the ball to including LaGregory Sapp and tight end Zeek Zacharie. While the attack will spread it out and allow Lancaster to use his mobility and big-time arm to find the right receiver, it'll be Dawson who carries the workload when things get tight.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Kinsmon Lancaster
142-250, 1,789 yds, 7 TD, 14 INT
Rushing: Calvin Dawson
213 carries, 1,210 yds, 11 TD
Receiving: LaGregory Sapp
43 catches, 796 yds, 3 TD

Star of the offense: Senior RB Calvin Dawson
Player that has to step up and become a star: Sophomore WR Aaron Stringfellow
Unsung star on the rise: Redshirt freshman RB Frank Goodin
Best pro prospect: Senior C Adam Hill
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Dawson, 2) QB Kinsmon Lancaster, 3) OT Kyle Cunningham
Strength of the offense: Experience, offensive line
Weakness of the offense:
Backup quarterback, backup running back


Projected Starter: The former high school receiver turned into a passer last season as junior Kinsmon Lancaster threw for 1,789 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 333 yards and five scores. Yeah, he threw 14 interceptions, but five came against Arkansas and he tossed just one over the final four games. While he's only 5-11 and 202 pounds, he's tough, fast, and has a good enough arm to get the passing game going.

Projected Top Reserves: It'll be up to true freshman Trey Revell to step in if something happens to Lancaster, and he'll make things interesting. He's not as fast as Lancaster, but he's a good runner who tore off 1,357 yards in high school to go along with 5,417 passing yards. Oh yeah, and he's 6-4, 204 pounds with a cannon for an arm.

While Revell is the number two, 5-8 walk-on Al Lewis was one of the stars of spring ball after completing seven of nine passes for 68 yards and a score in the spring game. He can move a little bit and showed enough to deserve consideration as the number three in the mix.

Watch Out For ... Lancaster to be in the hunt for All-Sun Belt honors. If he plays like he did late last year, and is able to keep his mistakes in check, he'll be a difference maker who can win games by himself.
Strength: Athleticism. Lancaster and Revell can both run well enough to design plays around. They're both among the Sun Belt's most athletic all-around quarterbacks.
Backup experience. While Revell has the potential to be great, everyone will be holding their breath every time Lancaster takes a shot. Revell simply wasn't consistent in spring ball.
Outlook: Lancaster had a great year even though he was still getting comfortable with what he was doing, and having to fill the shoes of Steven Jyles. He has the arm to push the ball down the field more, and he should be terrific when he gets into shootouts.
Rating: 5

Running Backs

Projected Starter: Troy QB Omar Haugabook might argue, but there wasn't a better player in the Sun Belt last season than senior Calvin Dawson, who ran for 100 yards or more in six of the final seven games finishing with 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns. He ripped up Alabama for 118 yards, Kentucky for 179 yards and three scores, and Troy for 118 yards and a touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, he also caught 21 passes for 155 yards and was the team's top kickoff returner. He has decent speed and a little bit of power, but his strength is his workhorse ability. He was the offense over the second half of last season.

Projected Top Reserves: While true freshman Frank Goodin is only 5-9 and 192 pounds, he's a hard-nosed runner who has a nose for the goal line. He's extremely quick with good enough hands to be a regular in the passing game.

Freshman Tay Ogletree is another quick back who'll be able to make plays in all areas if needed. While he's not the runner Goodin is, he's strong enough to potentially get five-to-seven carries a game.

Watch Out For ... Dawson to be a marked man from day one. Yeah, you know he's coming, but can you stop him? Defenses are going to put everyone but the waterboy up on the line to stop him.
Strength: Quickness. There might not be a to of warp speed, but everyone can move through the line and everyone zip through the holes created by the offensive design.
Backup experience. Goodin and Ogletree are promising, but if Dawson goes down, it'll be asking a lot to replace his production.
Outlook: Dawson is a special Sun Belt runner who'll be a lock for 1,000 yards if he stays healthy. He's carries-eater doing a great job of getting into the feel of the game. Goodin and Ogletree need to combine for about 500 yards to keep The Franchise fresh.
Rating: 6


Projected Starters: The big concern going into last year was who was going to replace Drouzon Quillen. The answer became junior LaGregory Sapp, who turned into a surprisingly consistent target, and the team's leading receiver, catching 43 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns averaging 18.5 yards per catch. He's a big 6-3 and 200 pounds with fantastic deep speed at the X. Now he has to start scoring more.

At the inside Z position will be sophomore Aaron Stringfellow, who caught seven passes for 79 yards in a limited role as a true freshman. .He's not huge at 5-11 and 186 pounds, but he'll be tough on the short-to-midrange patterns.

Sophomore Darrell McNeal will serve as the hybrid of tight end, fullback, and big receiver at the H/Y position. The former quarterback completed three of four passes last year for 117 yards and a touchdown, and was third on the team with 25 catches for 276 yards and two scores. He's 210 pounds and is good at finding ways to get open.

The team's number two receiver, behind Sapp, was tight end Zeek Zacharie, a 6-3, 230-pound junior who made 30 grabs for 405 yards and two touchdowns. While he was consistent from start to finish, both his scores came against Kansas in the second game of the year. He's more like a big wide receiver than a bruising blocker, but he's getting stronger for the running game.

Projected Top Reserves: While McNeal has turned into too strong a receiver to get off the field, he'll split time with junior Marty Humphrey, a 6-1, 187-pound possession receiver who saw his production fall off the map with only eight catches for 113 yards after a 20-grab 2005. He's experienced enough to find a role in four-wide sets.

Former corner J.J. McCoy has turned into a strong backup receiver making 16 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. He's extremely quick at the inside Z position behind Stringfellow.

6-3, 219-pound sophomore Josh Boudreaux came to ULM as a quarterback, and now he's an outside receiver playing behind Sapp. He's too good an athlete not get get on the field.

Helping out Zacharie at tight end will be junior Mitch Doyle, a 6-5, 275-pound blocker who can make a few short-range catches. He made 11 grabs for 19 yards and a touchdown, but he'll mostly be used to help spring Dawson and the running game.

Watch Out For ... Sapp and Zacharie to continue to be a great complement to one another. Zacharie will come up with everything short, and Sapp will stretch the field to open things up.
Strength: Experience. Almost all the key receivers from last year are back with several options to spread the field and let Kinsmon Lancaster work.
Scorers. For all the passing the team did last season, there were only ten touchdown passes with Sapp leading the way with just three. Yes, Calvin Dawson is the scoring option in the offense, but it would be nice if Zacharie, and maybe some of the inside receivers, were more dangerous in the red zone.
Outlook: The Sun Belt's top passing game should be every bit as productive with everyone of note returning. LaGregory Sapp and Zeek Zacharie are all-stars who have to build on last year and combine for more than 80 catches. The rest of the targets have to start making more big plays and take advantage of the single coverage.
Rating: 5

Offensive Linemen

Projected Starters: The star of a very good, very strong offensive front is senior left tackle Kyle Cunningham, a former defensive tackle who is a terrific all-around blocker and a tremendous pass protector.

Next to him on the left side is 6-3, 310-pound junior Aaron Schutz, who was out this spring with a back problem but should be all back full by fall. A top recruit for the program a few years ago, he's developed into a mauler of a run blocker.

While Cunningham is the team's best lineman, senior center Adam Hill is a close second. He's 6-3, 310 pounds, and a terrific quarterback for the front line. A rock for the last three years. he's on a string of 34 straight starts.

The right side is a big of a question mark needing junior Larry Shappley and senior Patrick Avinger to come back strong. Shappley got knocked out late last year with a knee injury, but is expected to be all back full by the time the season starts. The 6-5, 290-pound junior is a great athlete who became terrific as last year went on. Avinger could move to center if needed, but will be more than fine at guard despite being a slightly undersized 275 pounds.

Projected Top Reserves: With Schultz out this spring, 6-6, 345-pound redshirt freshman Doug Stroud saw time at guard, but he'll likely end up at left tackle behind Cunningham after he's back from an injury of his own.

275-pound Kyle Kersten is an athletic junior who can play either tackle spot, and will have to be at the ready on the right side if Shappley can't go.

Watch Out For ... the line to be the best in the Sun Belt. There are better individual linemen out there, but the Warhawks have a veteran front that's tremendous in all areas.
Strength: Chemistry. This group works well together doing a great job of pounding away when it has to, while doing a great job in pass protection allowing a mere 13 sacks last year
Top backups. While several players saw time throughout spring ball thanks to Shappley, Schutz and Stroud all missing time, there's still not quite enough backup experience to be comfortable if the starting five isn't 100% going into the year.
Outlook: ULM was third in the league in running and first in sacks allowed (and fifth in the nation), and now the key parts are back. Kyle Cunningham, Adam Hill and Aaron Schutz are all-star candidates who'll do a little bit of everything right and win games with their blocking. They're tempo setters allowing everyone time to work and giving Calvin Dawson and the running game room.


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