||LOUISIANA-MONROE at ARKANSAS
6 p.m. CT
Little Rock, Ark.
War Memorial Stadium (53,727)
|LIVE TV: FSN
[Bob Rathbun, play-by-play; Tim Couch, analyst; Jen Hildreth, sidelines]
Todd Berry is in his first season at ULM and ninth overall with a record of 29-60 (.326). The Warhawks' offensive coordinator is Steve Farmer and the defensive coordinator is Troy Reffett.
Bobby Petrino is in his third season at Arkansas with a record of 14-12 (.538) and eighth overall with a record of 58-31 (.652). The Razorbacks' offensive coordinator is Garrick McGee and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LOUISIANA-MONROE HAS THE BALL
Over the past five seasons, the Warhawks have rushed for over 200 yards as a team 17 times. Junior wide receiver Luther Ambrose is the second fastest man in college football entering the 2010 season. The speedster, who has been electronically timed at 4.28 in the 40-yard dash, finished third at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 100m dash with a time of 10.12 seconds. Frank Goodin has moved into second place on the ULM career rushing touchdown list with 22 after running for 13 last season. If the depth chart holds true to form, redshirt freshman Kolton Browning will start under center for the Warhawks against Arkansas.
The Razorbacks' defense is tied for second in the SEC in scoring defense (3.0) and tied for 11th nationally. The unit ranks fourth in the league in total defense (187.0) and 16th in the nation. Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette tied for the team lead in sacks with 5.5 last season. He was the team leader in quarterback hurries, totaling eight in 13 games played. In the first game of 2010, Bequette added two more quarterback hurries to lead the team. Anthony Leon recorded four tackles for loss, including two sacks, against Tennessee Tech and led the team with eight total tackles in his debut at LB.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ARKANSAS HAS THE BALL
In the first season running the 3-3-5 defense under new coordinator Troy Reffett, the Warhawks put together the second best turnaround in the NCAA as a unit. The Warhawks tallied 27 sacks last season, more than doubling their total from the previous year. Darius Prelow finished the season second in the Sun Belt and 26th in the NCAA averaging 1.09 pass break ups per game. The Warhawks received a nice surprise at the start of fall camp when nose tackle Bryan Glenn was granted a sixth year of eligibility.
The Arkansas passing offense (323.0) ranks third in the SEC and 17th nationally. UA's total offense (519.0) ranks fifth in the league and 20th in the NCAA. Ryan Mallett's completion percentage in the season opener against Tennessee Tech of 87.5 ranked as the second-highest single-game total in SEC history (min. 20 att.). It was also the highest by any quarterback in the nation on the opening weekend of college football (as of 9/5). 4Joe Adams touched the ball seven times in the 2010 season opener for an average of 20.7 yards per touch. His 138 receiving yards were tops in the SEC and 10th-highest in the NCAA on the opening weekend (as of 9/5).
ULM had to look to the wide receiver corp to find its punter and deep snapper for 2010. The Warhawks lost both of their projected starters at the positions late due to academics and were forced to scramble to fill the void. Aaron Munoz, who was moved from quarterback to wide receiver in the spring, will handle the punting duties, and Madison Tharp will handle the deep snapping duties. Radi Jabour he has hit 75% of his attempts from 40-49 yards, while he is 50% from 20-39 yards.
Alex Tejada opened the year with four touchbacks, including three straight, against Tennessee Tech. Last year, it took nine games and 54 kickoffs for the Razorbacks to record a touchback. Tejada set the Arkansas record for PATs in a season last year with 58. Freshman Zach Hocker opened his collegiate career with a perfect 6-for-6 night on PATs vs. Tennessee Tech. His six made point-after-touchdowns were the fourth-most in the SEC over opening weekend.
Record: ARK, 8-0-0
The 17th-ranked Razorbacks head into Little Rock to battle the ULM Warhawks at War Memorial Stadium... Arkansas is 1-0 after a 44-3 defeat of Tennessee Tech, while ULM is taking the field for the first time in 2010...Arkansas leads the all-time series with ULM 8-0. The Razorbacks have outscored the Warhawks 327-121 for an average margin of victory of 25.8 points per game...Arkansas is 26-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference...Arkansas entered the 2010 season ranked No. 17 in the AP preseason poll... The mark is the highest preseason ranking for the program since 1990 (No. 14).