College Football Preview: The 2015 Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Preview
2014 Record: 4-8
Todd Berry and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will be leaning on their defense to carry the team in 2015.
Overview: The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks return many of the parts that made this team tough defensively but as the saying goes, you still need to score to win and getting the offense up to an even plane with the ‘D’ will be job number one for Todd Berry.
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Offense: Finding a quarterback will be a priority with Pete Thomas taking 3,181 passing yards to graduation so will backup Brayle Brown with 24 passes in 2015 be the man or will one of the five other QB’s on the roster emerge? Whoever is under center will be throwing to Rashon Ceaser (77-872) and Ajalen Holley (57-873) and probably three star recruit Markis McCray most of the time. The Warhawks were not a good rushing team in 2014 and with Centarius Donald gone DeVontae McNeal’s return from injury is a welcome sight as he becomes the top option along with Kaylon Watson. However the offensive line lost three starters and some new faces will be plugged in.
Defense: The defensive line gets back four of their top six with Gerrand Johnson and Lorenzo Jackson combining for 25 TFL and 9.5 sacks. The linebacking unit returns their top three and they were effective against the run and pass with Hunter Kissinger, Michael Johnson and Cody Robinson combining for 32.5 TFL and 14.5 Sacks with three interceptions. Safety Mitch Lane leads a veteran secondary with a team high 71 stops in 2014 along 4.5 TFL, three interceptions and four passes defended. The defense is ahead of the offense once again for the second straight year.
Special Teams: UL Monroe lost Justin Manton who handled kickoffs, punts and placekicking chores and he was above average at each which leaves ULM with three question marks. Tyler Cain and Rashon Ceaser will once again bring back kicks and punts respectively.
Outlook: Minus injuries the defense is the strength of this team and will be asked to shoulder much of the load. The offense lost a few pieces from a unit that struggled a season ago so if the Warhawks can do some scoring it’s very possible to improve on their 4-8 mark of last year but enough to become Bowl eligible is iffy.