With a little over two weeks until the annual Spring Football game, coaches and fans got a good look at some up and coming play makers for the ULM Warhawks in 2008.
While a lot of players stepped up and made plays today, two Warhawks really showed off their skills. Robert Williams, a 180 pound shifty tail back got loose on several runs and showed some break away speed on a 63 yard touchdown run. Williams took the inside hand off, disappeared behind the offensive line and jetted out, putting 10 yards between him and the nearest defensive back. (Below: Robert Williams)
Lewis was one of the stars last year in the spring game playing quarterback. This year he has settled down in the receiver role and made several nice catches and runs after the catch. Al showed great concentration on a 37 yard touchdown reception in which he was interfered with but still managed to make the catch and get into the end zone. (Below: Al Lewis)
Starting tail back Frank Goodin didn't get a lot of carries, but when he did, they counted. Goodin ripped of a nice 20 yard run using great vision and body control that made several would be tacklers miss. Unfortunately for Frank, he ran into a beast in Aaron Morgan during goal line drills and was dropped for a safety. (Below, Morgan with the Safety)
On the day the ULM receivers really had success catching and holding onto the ball, not many drops. At one point in the scrimmage, ULM receivers had 15 catches and only 2 drops. Alvin Jordan, Zeek Zacharie, Matthew Stafford, LaGregory Sapp, J.J. McCoy, and Darrell McNeal, all got into the action. Kinsmon Lancaster and McNeal hooked up for a nice touchdown pass and catch. Lancaster hit McNeal at the 33 and D-Mac did the rest, splitting the defense and racing all the way untouched for the score. (Below, McNeal TD)
The Offensive line had it's moments and its growing pains. ULM running backs were able to find holes and exploit them for big gains but it seemed in passing situations, the Warhawk defensive ends and tackles were able to get pressure quickly resulting in several would be sacks.
On the defensive side of the ball, Line backers Chance Payne and Cardia Jackson made several big plays. Early on Jackson picked up 2 sacks and an interception that he stole away from Zeek Zacharie. Payne made a great defensive play where he was able to tip the ball away from the would be defender. Chance also was in on many tackles and recovered a fumble.
A new face in the secondary in juco transfer Troy Giddens made his presence felt when he leveled running back Robert Williams on an sideline tackle. Freshman Preston Fuller was see making several big tackles and stepped in front of a Antron Mason pass and picked it off, returning it to the 10 yard line. (Below: Fuller)
Kickers Scott Love and Radi Jabouri looked to be in mid season form as they both performed very well today. Love punted the ball deep with plenty of height on the ball forcing the punt returners to call for a fair catch. Jabouri hit on all of his extra points and made all but one fg attempt.
Look for more Spring Updates Soon and make sure you check out the photo galleries from Saturdays action.