Thursday, September 15, 2011

Week 3 Players To Watch: Louisiana Monroe Warhawks

It's tough to assess the players to watch on a team like Louisiana Monroe because when matched against Florida State, a team we more closely resemble, compared to them matched against Grambling State, their second opponent, the results are like night and day, obviously. For the sake of making it interesting though, I'm just going to throw out the offensive stats against FSU (they were shutout) and try to analyze them based on their performance last year and against Grambling State last week. But enough already, I'll get to it.

Offense: Centarius Donald (Soph. RB 6'1, 216, #5)

ULM RB Centarius Donald

Ok, so that's not really his picture for those who weren't sure. It's just a centaur because of the obvious similarities in his name and I'm pretty sure he was named after one. Anyways, the Centaur, who is only a sophomore, has emerged as the go-to guy in the ULM backfield early on this season after only rushing for 66 yards as a freshman. As we've learned in the past, bigger backs tend to give us fits (Zach Line, Wisconsin's backfield, ugh, Terrance Ganaway), so containing Donald will be critical in keeping their offense off the field. Florida State accomplished that in their shutout of the Warhawks/Indians/Jindals, as the Centaur only rushed for 16 yards on 7 carries. However, the Centaur used his lower body horse strength to power him to 144 yards and a TD on just 12 carries the following week, which proves to us what we already all knew- it's tough to tackle a half man/half horse. Look for ULM to try and control the clock and keep the ball out of our hands with a heavy early dose of the Centaur, Jyruss Edwards (who leads the team in carries) and also QB Kolton Browning on the ground as well. Of course, if we take an early lead, that whole game plan will probably go flying out the window.

Defense: Darius Prelow (Sr. Safety, 6' 211, #37)

Prelow, a 2nd team All-Sun Belt performer last season, was second on the team last season in tackles (74), interceptions (2), and led the team in passes defensed with 9 and pass break ups with 7. So far this season he's already equaled his interception total with 2, has a sack and two passes defensed, so he seems to have picked up right where he left off a year ago. He didn't just accumulate all these stats against lowly Grambling, as he has a tackle for loss and a pick in both games so far this season, and he tallied a sack against FSU. Obviously I haven't seen much of ULM this season or any season for that matter, but I think it's safe to say that Prelow, a veteran safety, will be all over the field for this team and could create problems for Pachall, who despite being immensely talented and is off to an outstanding start, still has never faced a 3-3-5 defense that he will see this weekend from the Warhawks.


Travis said...

The "Jindals". Love it! Maybe North Dakota could appease the NCAA and go from Fighting Siouxs to the Fighting Jindals? Do they have and Indian Gov?

Travis said...

Let's be sure to take Tom Brady's advice and get all "lubed up", er hydrated, before the 1pm kickoff!

Lyle Lanley said...

ULM also has a WR named Je'ron Hamm. You probably know him better as De'ron Draper