WarhawkReport.com grades the Warhawks against Arkansas State
WarhawkReport.com grades the
Warhawk's performance in the ESPN2 on the Bayou game against the
Arkansas State Red Wolves.
A - Conference Championship Material B - Solid
Performance C - Not Quite Ready for
the game D - Very Disappointing F - Complete Disaster
- The wet ball was frustrating sure, but ULM did manage to rack up 150 passing
Trey Revell threw just three completions for 83 yards, but had a passing
score to receiver LaGregory Sapp . For just the second time in his ULM
career, redshirt freshman
Wells went under center to fill in for an injured Revell. Wells was
5-9 passing for 67 yards, including a 39 yard completion to
Luther Ambrose, which setup the one yard Frank Goodin TD dive.
tried to come in and manage the game, and manage the clock," Wells
said of coming into the game. "We had it in our minds that we
could move the ball, luckily our defense played great."
A wet and nasty ball didn't deter the Warhawk running attack.
Frank Goodin scored his ninth TD of the season, moving him into
a sixth place tie for single season scores. His 97 rushing
yards moves him closer to moving up the career rushing list, needing
just 394 more for fourth place.
"Coming into the game, it was raining , so my mind was already
set on running the ball," Goodin said. "If you can run,
you can do anything."
Receivers/Tight Ends - Despite a soaked ball, senior receiver
LaGregory Sapp made a spectacular catch on the second play of
the game to give ULM the early 7-0 lead. The score was his
first of the season. Other receivers didn't have quite as
strong of a performance, as the Warhawks completed just eight passes
for 150 yards. Senior
Darrell McNeal continued his consecutive games with a reception,
pushing the streak to 28 games.
"It felt good, just before the
play I knew the ball was coming my way due to their coverage,"
LaGregory Sapp said of his TD reception. "I knew I caught it,
but I thought they were reviewing the spot," he added of the Coach's
Challenge called for by Arkansas State Head Coach Steve Roberts.
For the third time this season, the Warhawk offensive line held
opponents at bay, as they didn't allow a quarterback sack. The
line hung strong through all of their run blocking assignment, and
helped the offense control the temp of the game and move the ball as
Overall Grade: A+
- NFL scouts filled the Malone Stadium press box for the game.
One of the key players they were in attendance to watch was senior
Aaron Morgan. He didn't disappoint them, as he picked up
his seventh sack of the season, one shy of tying 10th place all-time
in ULM history and ninth place all-time in the Sun Belt. No
one played a bigger role though than DE
Troy Evans. Evans had a pair of late fourth quarter sacks
that forced the Red Wolves into a fourth and long situation for the
final play of the game.
"Coach got us out there on the edge, and
to put our best pass rush on," Troy Evans said. "It was just
one of those moments of the game where you got to make a play and
someone has to step up to help the team."
Overall Grade: A
Cardia Jackson is going out with a bang in his final season.
Jackson led the team with 14 total tackles, but his nine solo
tackles moved him into second place in the NCAA among active
players. Fellow senior
Josh Thomas picked up his second career sack in the game, as he
hit ASU QB Corey Leonard for a 13 yard loss.
Theo Smith looked strong and was credited with a QB hurry,
nearly sacking Leonard for a safety.
"I told the guys don't give
up big plays and wrap up," Cardia Jackson said of his speech to his
teammates before the final drive.
Defensive Backs -
Nate Brown intercepted his first interception at ULM and broke
up two passes. Sophomore
Darius Prelow was definetly the star in the secondary though, as
he was involved in what seemed like every play throughout the night
and was credited with three pass breakups. None of his
breakups were bigger than in the fourth quarter when was able to bat
ASU's final hail mary down, securing the Warhawk victory.
Teams - Blocking upfront during the kicking game allowed kicks to be
blocked. First was a PAT, in which the Arkansas State
defenders halted kicker
Radi Jabour's perfect streak this season. Jabour was again
blocked late in the fourth quarter on a 22 yard field goal attempt.
These two plays along could have been the difference in the game,
had the Red Wolf prayers been answered on the long final pass play.
Team Performance: Until all three phases of the game
are clicking on all cylinders, ULM will still find themselves
vulnerable. The defense won the game for the Warhawks, while
the offense limited the Red Wolf opportunities by taking care of the