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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 2016 Preview

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks look to Matt Viator to begin the rebuilding process in 2016.

Overview: The Warhawks offense will be asked to carry most of the load with most of the defensive starters gone but that’s a lot to expect from a team that that was outscored 36-21 last season.

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: The offensive side of the football has the most experience but at 21 points per contest in 2015 I think that being the strength of the Warhawks is relative. ULM quarterback Garrett Smith is back after passing for over 2,000 yards with 17 touchdowns and eleven picks. The good news for Smith and the Warhawks is Ajalen Holley (60-709) and Marcus Green (63-698) return as the top receiving options. Viato liked to run at McNeese State and the good news is UL Monroe returns their top three runners in Kaylon Watson, Ben Luckett and Smith who combined for over 1,100 yards might have another option in Tyler Cain who adds speed to the backfield. A veteran offensive line is a plus but let’s not forget ULM struggled to score last year.

Defense: The defensive side of the football gave up yards and points in bunches in 2015 and loses most of their experience so ULM has plenty of voids to fill. The defensive line loses four of their top five with Colton Moorehead bringing back 13.5 tackles at DE. Caleb Tucker and David Griffith gave the linebacking crew eleven TFL and 4.5 sacks but the Warhawks are losing their top three in this unit with over 220 tackles going with them. The UL Monroe secondary has experience with eight of their top ten back but the issue for this group is the guys in front of them will be very young and getting help from a decent pass rush doesn’t look to be in the cards.

Special Teams: Alex Prince is getting an opportunity to snag the open punting job with ULM getting back Craig Ford at placekicker and returner Marcus Green although punt returner is an open position.

Outlook: Viator knows how to win and I’m confident in saying he will win more then two games and possibly four as I scan the schedule but even though there are some wins to be had the fans shouldn’t expect too much, too soon.

Schedule:

9/3                 Southern

9/10               @ Oklahoma

9/17               @ Georgia Southern

10/1               @ Auburn

10/8               Idaho

10/15             Texas State

10/22             @ New Mexico

10/29             @ Arkansas State

11/5               South Alabama

11/12             @ Georgia State

11/19             @ Appalachian State

12/3               UL Lafayette

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