2012 OUTLOOK: ULM looks to be able to move the football because of its depth and talent at the skill positions on offense. The defense must replace leading tacklers Jason Edwards and Darius Prelow and has some other holes to fill. But if the right answers are found, the Warhawks should contend for the Sun Belt title.
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE
QB Kolton Browning leads a contingent of returnees that includes RBs Jyruss Edwards and Centarius Donald and WRs Brent Leonard, Tavarese Maye, and Colby Harper. Three veteran starters -- Josh Allen, Ben Risenhoover, and Jonathan Gill -- return up front. Injury problems at tight end hurt last year's running game, but the Warhawks will have veterans Keavon Milton and Kevin Steed back this time.
SCOUT THE DEFENSE
Both ends, a linebacker, and half the secondary must be replaced from a unit that played pretty well for most of the year. The emergence of redshirt freshman Garrand Johnson at nose tackle has allowed Kentarius Caldwell, who played there last season, to move back to end. LB Austin Moss' play in the spring is key development. Coach Todd Berry likes the speed in the secondary, and the Warhawks are bringing in a big class of defensive backs in their 2012 signing class.
SCOUTING THE SPECIAL TEAMS
PK Justin Manton was only 6-of-14 on field goals last season and only 2-of-10 from beyond 30 yards. The Warhawks are looking for a new punter with sophomore Conner Fryoux the leader going into the fall. Redshirt freshman Caleb Gammel will compete for both positions. Jyruss Edwards (kickoffs) and Tyler Cain (punts) are experienced return men.
LB Jacob Tyson -- Tyson is a local product from West Monroe High and should fit in with the Warhawks' 3-3-5 scheme.
DB Tryen Hills -- Hills, from Boutte, La., got three stars from Rivals.com. At 6-1, 180, the has the size to cope with bigger receivers.
DB Linzy Pipkins -- Pickens played only one season of high school football, but he broke up seven passes and had an interception for Mansfield (Texas) High. He is an outstanding athlete with good speed who also played basketball in high school.
--C Joseph Allen is moving back to his original position after starting at guard in 2011 because of need here. He had eight starts at center as a true freshman in 2010.
--DE Kentarius Caldwell returns to an outside spot up front after starting 12 games at nose tackle as a sophomore last year.
--OG Elliot Hilliard moves from the defensive line to the offensive interior. He was No. 2 on the depth chart behind returning starter Jonathan Gill coming out of spring.
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