ULM Offensive Line Meshing Well

A question mark entering the year, ULM's offensive line has held up well and shown improvement through the first two games of the year.

A question mark entering the year, ULM's offensive line has held up well and shown improvement through the first two games of the year.

The Warhawks (1-1) have allowed just one sack overall and kept quarterback Trey Revell clean in the opener at Texas. Only two teams in 40 games against the Longhorns accomplished that feat.

As a unit, the offensive line has a grade of 75.9 with 153 knockdowns according to statistics supplied by ULM sports information. Of ULM's 14 total offensive linemen on the roster, 11 have seen action for the Warhawks.

Of the nine linemen who played in both games, all performed better the second time out. Starting right tackle Justin Roberts is off to a fast start with a team-best 27 knockdowns and 84.5 grade through 115 snaps. Right guard Jonathan Gill scored 83 in both games and ranks second with 24 knockdowns.

"(The offense has) grown in terms of being able to get off the ball quicker," said left tackle Mitch Doyle, who improved from 78 to 86 and boosted his knockdown total to 19. "The linemen especially, we were able to process plays quicker. Since we're in the no-huddle, we usually have one to two seconds to process our alignment, our assignment and our technique."

First-year line coach Vance Vice said he's working to keep things simple and is pleased with the way the unit is progressing. The Warhawks played Texas Southern without left guard Brett Thompson. West Monroe product Andrew Stout stepped in and logged 71 snaps after playing just nine at Texas.

"Now it's just second nature to get the job done," Doyle said. "We're going as hard as we can every play."

Among the challenges for ULM this week is Arizona State senior defensive end Dexter Davis, who stands fourth in school history with 27.5 sacks. Davis ranked third in the Pac-10 in 2008 with 11.

"They've got a defensive end who's an All-American," ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie said. "I know there are a lot of people excited about him."


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