When Texas A&M football is defending against ULM
Let’s start off by looking at the offense for Louisiana Monroe. As I said, since Bowden has arrived, the Warhawks have gone to a no-huddle, up-tempo attack. This is one respect in which ULM will look very different than the Aggies’ week 1 opponent, New Mexico. The Lobos tried to hold the ball and play a little bit of keep-away from the potent offense for Texas A&M football. It appears that the Warhawks, should they bring the same kind of play to this game as they have thus far, will move much faster.
Despite the no-huddle and up-tempo nature of the ULM offense, the Warhawks have not exactly put up huge numbers, even in their two wins. Against Army, ULM recorded just 298 total yards, and notched only 384 against FCS Lamar. The deficiency in their output comes mostly from a lacking pass game. ULM has yet to break 100 passing yards thus far this season, garnering 91 in their first game and 99 in the second game. They throw a lot of screens and short stop routes to soften up defenses for deep shots, but have had little success in connecting on those so far.
For however anemic the passing offense is, the rushing offense has been rather impressive. The Warhawk ground game has racked up 492 rushing yards on 72 carries so far—that’s 6.83 yards a pop, which is a great mark. Of course, to give the disclaimer once more, this has not been against the best competition, but it’s tough to do on a high volume of carries such as they have done.
The Warhawks use a two-quarterback system, rotating between sophomore Hunter Herring and senior Jiya Wright. Both QBs are dual-threats, but Herring is the main man behind center for ULM. Neither have been stellar so far, but as the Aggies have struggled against mobile QBs in the past, it’s something the defense will have to be watching out for.