College Football Preview: The 2014 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Louisiana-Monroe looks for better results with a healthy roster.
2014 College Football Preview
The 2014 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have the experience and talent to make an impact in the Sun Belt.
Overview: Louisiana-Monroe has enough weapons on both sides of the ball to challenge for the conference crown. The problem is the Warhawks had the weapons in 2013 as well but injuries played a big part in their 6-6 record so can this team stay healthy and reach their potential?
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Offense: The most notable loss is QB Kolton Browning who threw for nearly 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns on 56.8% despite missing two games with an torn quadricep five games in. Brayle Brown threw for 645 yard in relief but had a 1/6 TD-INT ratio and completed 52% of his throws and might be the top guy for now but there are several freshmen that will be given a look. Centarius Donald slides in to the top RB spot with DeVontae McNeal backing him up while leading receiver Rashon Ceasar (65-964) returns. The O-Line lost ALL SBC center Josh Allen but return three starters.
Defense: For the second straight season the defense returns nine starters with the five top linemen back. At linebacker the Warhawks lose leading tackler Cameron Blakes but next four were solid contributors. The weakness of the front seven was a lack of getting to the quuarterback while the run D was inconsistent at times. If this group can generate a pass rush the secondary that returns nine of their top eleven should prosper given the wealth of experience.
Special Teams: Justin Manton and his booming leg averaged 45.8 Yards on 80 punts while going just 5-9 on fied goals. Cortney Davis will bring back kicks and Ceasar will handle punts with both scoring in 2013 but others will get a look.
Outlook: The Warhawks are experienced especially on defense so we should see some better across the board numbers. Whoever is under center will have dependable production around him so I ask is this championship caliber talent? If other teams falter a bit it could be but more realistic is a finish in the upper half of the conference.