What OU should know before taking on Louisiana-Monroe

BY foxsports • August 28, 2013

Oklahoma is home against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 31.

Most of us know ULM beat Arkansas last year in its season opener, but here's a bit more you might need to know about the Warhawks starting with the name of the school, itself.

We are ULM: According to the weekly football release, ULM kindly requests you not call the school anything but ULM. All the time. Not Louisiana-Monroe. Not Monroe. Not La.-Monroe, LAM, La.-Mon, UL Monroe, UL-M, LMU or anything else.

It's just an FYI. Here are a few more FYI's for you: In addition to playing in the Sunbelt Conference, …

ULM was founded in 1931 and has an overall record of 284-372-8. ULM won the 1987 I-AA title. The Warhawks went 6-2 in the conference last year and have 18 starters returning.

Let's move on by looking back to …

A year ago, ULM began the season with a win at then-No. 8 Arkansas, 34-31. ULM went on to close losses against Auburn, 31-28 and Baylor, 47-42.

"I've already talked to them about it," OU coach Bob Stoops said of telling his team about how good ULM is. "We're very aware of it." Folks are mostly aware because of …

QB Kolton Browning. Browning comes into his senior season with 60 career touchdown passes and ranked in the school's all-time top-10 list in seven categories. He has 36 career starts and threw for a career high 412 yards against Arkansas last year.

It's a good offense. Browning led the team to 20 or more points in …

All but one game. The Warhawks went 8-5 last season. ULM averaged 33.8 points per game and scored 30 or more in six-consecutive games midway through the season.

The Warhawks can score and because of it played in their first bowl game as an FBS school as they qualified for the …

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. The Warhawks lost to Ohio University, 45-14. Ohio U was quarterbacked by Norman (Okla.) North graduate Tyler Tettleton. ULM is led by an another Oklahoman …

Coach Todd Berry is originally from Miami, Okla. He graduated from Tulsa University in 1983. Berry is 17-20 overall at ULM. His 8-5 record last year is his best mark since leading Illinois State to an 11-3 mark in 1999. In addition to coaching at Illinois State for four seasons, Berry was also at Army for four seasons. Twice at Army, Berry won only one game, which is the same number of wins ULM has against ranked schools …

ULM is 1-23 all-time vs. ranked teams. However, all of those games were on the road. That's hardly fair. ULM will get its 25th shot against a ranked team Saturday. The Sooners are No. 16 to start the season. OU will start a freshman at quarterback. ULM has a senior as well as having …

Seven players getting some preseason attention. Browning is getting a lot of love. He's on the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Watch List as well as the Maxwell Award Watch List. Browning is the Sun Belt Conference preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Among them are - wide receiver Je'Ron Hamm is on the preseason all-conference team and is a Biletnikoff Award Watch List player. Safety Isaiah Newsome is a Jim Thorpe Watch List Player and a preseason All-Conference pick. There are a few others who have gotten a lot of attention, too ..

Tim McGraw and Stan Humphries are probably the most notable ULM alumni. McGraw is a country singer. Humphries played quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.

Humphries led the team to the 1987 I-AA title and was part of the most-succesful team in school history. Last year was good with eight wins making it …

The most wins since 1993.
In that year, the Warhawks were playing 1-AA. Last year, ULM had five wins in a row at one point, its first five-game winning streak since the 1993 season.


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