Press Credential: ULM Warhawks

What can Florida State expect to see Saturday in the season opener against ULM? Here is everything you need to know about the Warhawks, straight from the weekly Press Credential.

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ULM sophomore quarterback Kolton Browning completed 234 of 378 passes for 2,552 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this past season for the Warhawks.

ULM by the Numbers:


ULM is the only FBS or FCS team to open its season with a ranked opponent in each of the past four seasons: No. 10 Auburn (2008), No. 2 Texas (2009), No. 14 Arkansas (2010) and No. 6 Florida State (2011).


Two straight years the Warhawks have led the Sun Belt Conference in rush defense. That's also the number of seasons Troy Reffett has been the defensive coordinator.


Over the past seven seasons, the Warhawks have averaged a third-place finish in the Sun Belt.


Five Warhawks have already earned their undergraduate degree. Eight others are on track to graduate in December, and five more are on track for a spring graduation.


The Warhawks return 19 starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the football. ULM also returns all four specialists from last season.


ULM has recorded at least one sack in 23 of 24 games over the past two seasons.

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Sophomore quarterback Kolton Browning averaged 244.8 yards of total offense per game this past year. It was the third-highest average by a freshman in the NCAA.


The defense allowed only 300.2 total yards per game in ULM's victories last season.


Although this matchup will be played at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, ULM has a winning percentage of .818 at Malone Stadium over its past 11 home games. The Warhawks have won nine of their last 11 games in Monroe.

John Crist is the editor-in-chief of, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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