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UL Monroe
2004 Season | Team Page
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Coach: Charlie Weatherbie
2004 record: 5-6 (3rd season, 6-17)
Sun Belt finish: 4-3 (4th)
2004 I-A offensive rankings:
Rushing: 75th (139.8 ypg)
Passing: 60th (213.2 ypg)
2004 I-A defensive rankings:
Rushing: 79th (177.5 ypg)
Passing: 56th (210.6 ypg)
Date Opponent
Sept. 1Northwestern State
Sept. 10at Wyoming
Sept. 17at Georgia
Sept. 24at Florida Atlantic
Oct. 1Arkansas State
Oct. 8*Arkansas
Oct. 15Troy
Oct. 29at North Texas
Nov. 5FIU
Nov. 12at Middle Tennessee
Nov. 19UL Lafayette
*Little Rock, AR
Depth Chart: Offense
6 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
WR18Drouzon QuillenJr.85Vincent MitchellSr.
WR9Joe MerrittJr.4RoShon JacobsJr.
WR6Larry DavenportSr.31Marty HumphreyFr.
LT75Kyle CunninghamSo.64Anthony WashingtonFr.
LG62Brent GregstonSo.64Joey ZimmerJr.
C55Patrick AvingerSo.66Dorian BeckwithSr.
RG79Adam HillSo.57Patrick FrazierFr.
RT77Joseph JosephSo.72Nick SilvaJr.
TE1Joey TrappeySr.41Jeremy HammockSr.
QB15Steven JylesSr.10Kinsmon LancasterFr.
RB33Mason DenhamSr.22Calvin DawsonFr.
Depth Chart: Defense
6 returning starters in red
Ps. No. Player Yr. No. Player Yr.
DE99Alnecco ShineSr.97Christiaan CambridgeJr.
DT89Marbrae WilsonSr.98Micah BoudreauxFr.
DT93Dilandos JohnsonSr.53Ricky WilliamsSo.
DE42Brandon GuillorySr.91Lamont FinleySr.
LB44Harry BradleyJr.49Josh AlexanderJr.
LB32Jason SchuleSr.51Jeremy MollFr.
CB38Eddie WebbSo.19Darrius BattlesSo.
CB24Chaz WilliamsSo.7M.J. RachalFr.
SS17Chris FreemanJr.5Austin WillisJr.
SS2Jared FrostJr.14Kevin PayneJr.
FS23Shelton WilliamsSr.34Josh JenkinsSr.
Special Teams
Ps. No. Player Yr.
K81Ragan WaltersSo.
P13Joel StellySr.
KR9Joe MerrittJr.
PR33Mason DenhamSr.

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The UL Monroe Indians believe they are a program on the rise in the Sun Belt Conference. Last year, in coach Charlie Weatherbie's second season, the Indians finished 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the Sun Belt. ULM won five of its last seven games, a significant improvement over the 1-11 swoon of 2003.

OFFENSE

With six returning offensive starters, Louisiana-Monroe should have the horses needed to improve on its 19.2 points-per-game average from a year ago.

Second-year offensive coordinator Todd Berry was hampered in his play-calling last season by three freshmen on the starting offensive line. The unit allowed just nine sacks, but that was due to a quick-strike passing attack and the nifty feet of quarterback Steven Jyles.

A starter since his freshman season, Jyles should complete his career as the most productive quarterback in school history. With 6,752 passing yards, he is already the career passing leader in the young Sun Belt Conference. But he isn't just a passer; Jyles set a ULM rushing record for quarterbacks with 587 yards on the ground last season. Whether by land or through the air, Jyles accounted for 20 total touchdowns last season.

Wide receiver Drouzon Quillen is one of the most talented players on the roster and should be even more productive after catching 44 balls for 758 yards last season. Quillen sat out the '03 campaign after tearing an ACL but bounced back nicely after recovering from the injury. At 6-foot-6, Quillen is a nightmare matchup, especially in the red zone.

Senior tailback Mason Denham missed spring practice with a knee injury, which opened the door for redshirt freshman Calvin Dawson to do his thing in the backfield. Dawson is a speedy back who can run with power. It's likely that he will emerge as ULM's featured back at some point this season.

DEFENSE

The Indians lost their defensive coordinator (Bob Trott took a job with the Cleveland Browns) and their two best playmakers in senior free safety Chris Harris and linebacker John Winchester. Kim Dameron, who came over from Stephen F. Austin, will replace Trott.

A veteran defensive line with depth should be a team strength, especially with senior end Brandon Guillory returning. Guillory tied for third in the Sun Belt with six sacks last season.

Junior Harry Bradley ended spring practice listed alongside Jason Schule as the starters at linebacker. Bradley surged past Josh Alexander, who is the most experienced linebacker on the roster. Schule is a former running back who moved to linebacker last August and wound up earning a starting job.

The secondary is also young, but brash sophomore cornerback Chaz Williams is a rising star. He's the leading returning tackler and had two fumble returns for touchdowns a year ago. Free safety Shelton Williams could be more physically talented than Harris, although replacing Harris' leadership will be a challenge.

SPECIALISTS

Joel Stelly is one of the best punters in the country. He ranked first in the Sun Belt and sixth in the nation with a 45.1-yard average last season. Placekicker Ragan Walters lost his job for a spell last season, but returned to kick the game-winning field goal in ULM's season-ending victory over rival UL Lafayette.

FINAL ANALYSIS

After a four game turnaround in '04, Weatherbie hopes to continue his current pace of improvement. After losing their defensive coordinator, maintaining last season's 5-6 record will be the priority for the Indians' coaching staff. Anything beyond that would be a fantastic finish for UL Monroe.

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