Warhawks ready for record yearFeature Sports, Sports Monday, August 26th, 2013
The Warhawk football team is coming off their best season since making the move to the FBS level. Even though they lost in the Independence Bowl, it was the greatest accomplishment in program history.
The 2013 team looks to build on that success.
“We ended the year last year that loss at the bowl game. That wasn’t us at the bowl game,” said senior quarterback, Kolton Browning.”.
A few of Browning’s 2012 accolades include: 2012 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year, 2012 Maxwell Award Watch List, 2012 All-Louisiana Second Team, 2012 All-Sun Belt Second Team. His name has also been on multiple 2013 “watch lists” for quarterback awards this off-season.
Browning is more than capable of handling the pressures that come with being the quarterback for a successful football team.
“If I don’t go out there and back up these awards that people think I should be up for than it means nothing,” he said. “I just want to go out there and play my game and my teammates will help me get those awards if I get them.”
Head Coach Todd Berry is beginning his fourth season with ULM. He is coming off of a career season for himself also, being named the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
His teamed enjoyed a taste of national attention in 2012 after knocking off the eighth ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in Little Rock.
“We came close last season to having a pretty special season,” said Berry. “This group is very very hungry to try to build off of last year. With the maturity that we have, we have those kind of opportunities.”
The offensive line returns as one of the most experienced in the country. They are the backbone to the offense and the success the amount of success they will have.
Senior center, Josh Allen, and fellow senior left tackle, Jon Fisher, are the captains of the line.
“We all have a lot of experience under our belts,” said Allen. “We have a lot of chemistry. I trust every single one of them to do their job.”
This season boasts exciting home games both at home and on the road.
It all begins on August 31, when the Warhawks make the trip to Norman, Oklahoma for a matchup with the Sooners. Other non-conference away games include Wake Forest and Baylor.
There will be five games played in Malone Stadium. Non-conference Louisiana foes Grambling State and Tulane will make the trip to Monroe.
Sun Belt Conference games will be a little different than usual due the addition of Georgia State and Texas State. The season will be capped off with a much anticipated meeting with the Ragin’ Cajuns from Lafayette, in Lafayette.
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