Monday, August 22, 2016
MONROE, Louisiana -- The countdown begins today with the Southern Jaguars.
The 2016 season opener marks the first ever meeting between ULM and Southern. ULM is 6-0 all-time against SWAC schools, including a 3-0 records against Southern’s archrival Grambling. The Warhawks last faced a SWAC opponent in 2013 when they beat Grambling 48-10 inside JPS Field at Malone Stadium.
A look at 2016: Coming off last season’s disappointment, Odums returns a relatively talented roster by SWAC standards. Tillery led the conference in rushing with 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Jaguars return seven total starters on offense including Howard, who finished third in the SWAC in passing with 2,292 and 16 touchdowns to four interceptions. New defensive coordinator Trei Oliver has a capable pass rusher to work with in Tiller, who led the SWAC with 10 sacks. Johnson was an all-conference selection last season at defensive back. Southern was once again prohibited from going through spring practice this offseason due to NCAA sanctions related to poor APR scores.