Spring Preview: Quarterback For 2009?

In one week the ULM Warhawks will break for spring practice and there are many off season questions that need to be answered. Warhawk Nation waste no time answering the biggest question for it's subscribers and that is who will be the quarterback in 2009?

The Candidates:

Name: Trey Revell

Classification: RS Junior

Height/Weight: 6'5 218

Most often the most popular player on the team is the back up quarterback. For some of the ULM faithful that has been the case the last 2 seasons. The most experienced quarterback on the Warhawk roster in 2009 will be Trey Revell and the leader going into spring to win the starting job.

Gifted with ideal size (6'5 218) and rocket arm, Trey also has exceptional speed and showed that on a long 57 yard qb keeper against rival Louisiana-Lafayette in 2008. Revell finished with 92 yards rushing on 7 carries that day.

As a sophomore Revell was called upon when starter Kinsmon Lancaster went down on the road against North Texas. Down by 4 scores Trey led a furious second half come back tossing three touchdown passes on 14/29 attempts and 196 yards.

In two years Trey has appeared in 14 games including 2 starts. He has completed 33/67 (49%) passes for 364 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Rushing for 214 yards on 29 carries, Trey averages 7.4 yards every time he runs the football.

For Trey to win the job he must show that he can handle the pressure of being the starter and show that he can make the right reads at the line of scrimmage. He won't have to do it alone as the Warhawks have a ton of weapons to help out but Trey will have the pressure of getting the ball to those weapons.

Warhawk Nation prediction:

Revell has been in the ULM system for three years now and has the most in game experience of any other quarterback. He has all the physical tools to be successful but the separation between him and the next guy is very small. Trey will have to earn the job and prove that he can keep it or there are capable quarterbacks waiting in the wings. It is Trey's starting job to lose this spring.

Name: Zach Rhodes

Classification: RS Junior

Height/Weight: 6'2 210

Zach Rhodes transferred to ULM from the University of Southern Methodist in 2008. Rated a top 100 quarterback by Scout.com coming out of high school Rhodes is the fastest quarterback on the roster (4.38) and for that matter one of the fastest players on the ULM roster.

While Zach has yet to take a ULM snap he does one thing going for him and that is he arrived last spring and has a full year of learning and understanding the ULM offense under his belt.

Rhodes does not have any ULM game experience but he does college experience. As a sophomore Zach appeared in seven games for the Mustangs. Zach completed 8/15 passes for 81 yards, one int, and one touchdown. Against Central Florida Rhodes led an 11 play 74 yard drive tossing a 26 yard touchdown pass. Rhodes also rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries.

Warhawk Nation Prediction:

Rhodes could be Revell's biggest competition this spring. With ULM simplifying the offense and looking to run more of an option offense this fits right into Rhodes wheel house. If Zach can prove he is ready to be a leader and show it in the spring his speed could be a dangerous weapon running the option with Frank Goodin and Luther Ambrose waiting on the pitch.

Name: Cody Wells

Classification: RS Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6'0 190

Cody Wells came to ULM from Spain Park high school in Alabama where Cody led his team to the state championship game before falling short. At 6'0 Cody is a bit short for an ideal quarterback but that didn't stop Kinsmon Lancaster (5'11) from re-writing the ULM record books.

Cody does not have any game experience but was the 3rd string quarterback in 2008 and got plenty of reps on the practice field with the ULM offense. Wells knows the ULM playbook inside and out, dressed for every ULM game and traveled with the team for all away games so he knows the process.

Unfortunately knowing the process and in game experience are two different things. Cody will have his work cut out for him this spring as he competes with 5 other quarterbacks for the starting job.

Warhawk Nation Prediction:

Cody is going to have work that much harder this spring to win the starting job. Wells must show the coaching staff that he is ready to lead the Warhawks in 2009 and that starts in practice. Cody is a step behind Revell and Rhodes at this point but never underestimate the underdog. Wells might not have the physical attributes some of the other quarterbacks on the roster have but he is mentally tough and ready to battle.

Name: Jonathan Morvant

Classification: RS Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6'2 215

If there is one quarterback on the ULM roster that is most determined, it's Morvant. Jonathan came from Acadiana high school and all he did was win. The difference in high school and college though are night and day.

A southpaw, Morvant too has good speed but his physicality is his biggest asset. Not afraid to lower his head and pick up the extra yardage is not a problem for the 6'2 215 pounder. For Morvant to have a shot at the starting quarterback role he must prove that he can control his arm and make precise passes.

If quarterback does not work out for Jonathan he has the potential to excel in so many more positions. Wide receiver or defensive back (bandit) could be calling his name.

Warhawk Nation Prediction:

Morvant is the long shot of the four quarterbacks that will compete in the spring. Jonathan has the size, weight, and all the physical tools to handle the grind of an option quarterback but will have to prove himself has a passer as well.

Names: Aaron Munoz, Kolton Browning

Classification: True Freshman

Aaron Munoz (6'1 180) and Kolton Browning (6'2 185) round out the quarterbacks that will be on the 2009 ULM roster.

Aaron Munoz comes to ULM from Pace high school in Florida while Kolton Browning is from Mabank high school in Texas. Both are exceptional athletes that can hurt you with their arm or legs. While they are both very talented, they are also still in high school and will not have the luxury of participating in spring drills.

There is a huge jump from high school to college that both will soon experience. Learning the ULM playbook and offensive scheme will take time, and that will not be on their side as they try to win a spot.

Warhawk Nation Prediction:

Both are young and in experienced but in this day and age in college true freshman are called on all the time to contribute early or even start at the quarterback position. They are both long shots but should ULM start to struggle at the quarterback position these two will be chomping at the bits to show what they can do.

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