The ULM Warhawks will return to Malone stadium this weekend for their home opener against visiting Texas Southern. It will be the fourth SWAC team in the past four seasons that the Warhawks will have faced, and the first meeting for the two schools.
The Tigers have a big athletic dual threat quarterback in Junior Arvell Nelson. Nelson (6'5 228) completed 12/27 passes for 127 yards in last weeks loss to Prairie View A&M and rushed for 7 yards on five carries with a long of 19.
Nelson will look to get LSU tranfer Ricky Dixon more involved in the offense this week after just having 2 receptions for 8 yards in the opener. TSU will also bring in 6'4 220 quarterback Gino Simoni in their two quarterback system.
When asked about this weekends opponent, ULM defensive end Aaron Morgan had this to say. "Playing a guy that is mobil this week prepares us for some of the quarterbacks in our conference that run the spread".
"Texas Southern likes to spread you out a good bit and throw the ball a lot. Our emphasis will to be to get to the quarterback quickly so he can't make those down field throws".
When the Tigers do run the football they look to sophomore running back Joseph Warren (5'10 175). Warren had just 28 yards on 8 carries but provides a safety valve for Nelson out of the backfield with 4 catches for 31 yards.
Defensively the Tigers played a lot of man coverage against Prarie View A&M, and held the Jaguars to just 91 yards passing.
"For us we should have some opportunities to win some of those one on one battles", said ULM tight end Alvin Jordan. "We have a lot of talented wide receivers and TE's that can take advantage of that. As a team we left a lot of points on the board at Texas and it was our own fault, not necessarily anything Texas did".
Coach Weatherbie reflects on Texas and this weeks opponent Texas Southern. "I thought we did some good things when we didn't give Texas any gifts. We turned it over a couple of times and that hurt us and when we got down into the red zone we didn't capitalize and you can't keep trading 3 points for 7 points".
"Texas Southern runs to the football very well and up front looked very physical on film. "We have to be able to execute and eliminate some of the things that hurt us in Texas".
ULM has outscored its previous three SWAC opponents 167-62.
ULM is 24-7 in home openers.
The 20 points scored against Texas are the most ever for a SBC school against the Longhorns.
It wasn't until week six against Oklahoma in 2008 that Texas allowed 20 points in a game to an opponent. That included FAU(10), Arkansas(10), UTEP(10), Rice(10), and Colorado(14).
True freshman Cameron Blakes, Grant Clayton, and Salanoa Galeai saw playing time against the Longhorns.
Preston Fuller has been moved to the #2 "Hawk" position backing up James Truxillo and Troy Giddens has moved into the backup safety position.
ULM quarterback Trey Revell was not sacked against Texas. That is just the second time in the last 40 games Texas did not register a sack.