Saturday, July 23, 2016

UAPB seeks to reverse slide

PINE BLUFF, Arkansas -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff is counting on a host of newcomers to contribute as it seeks to escape the Southwestern Athletic Conference's Western Division basement.

With only 12 returning starters (6 offense, 4 defense, 2 specialists), the Golden Lions are the league's least experienced team.

Entering his 10th season, coach Monte Coleman is the SWAC's longest-tenured head coach. Coleman is working to right the ship as UAPB has struggled to a 7-27 mark since winning the conference championship in 2012.

First-year offensive coordinator Ted White has implemented the spread in an effort to boost a stagnant offense which ranked ninth in the SWAC in scoring (19.5 points per game), eighth in rushing (130.4 ypg), seventh in passing (186.6 ypg), eighth in total offense (317 ypg) and dead last among 10 teams in third down conversions (26.5 percent).


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