Texas football kicks off the 2022 season this Saturday under the lights of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium against the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe. Year 2 under Steve Sarkisian gets underway at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on Longhorn Network.
The University of Louisiana-Monroe is located in Monroe, LA, 100 miles east of Shreveport. The university has a total enrollment of roughly 9,000, making it the eighth largest university in the state.
The Warhawk football program has been absolutely abysmal since its inception in 1975. The program has made just one bowl game, a loss in the 2012 independence bowl. The Warhawks have a record of 143-259-2 with just three winning seasons in its 46-year history.
Terry Bowden, former Auburn head coach, and son of Bobby is entering his second season as the leader of this notorious football program. Bowden led ULM to a 4-8 season in year one, improving on their 0-10 finish in 2020. The 66-year-old is hoping to take another step forward this season as he looks to rebrand the Louisiana Monroe football program.
This 2022 Warhawk team returns 13 starters from their 4-8 squad a season ago. With that said, returning production is not always a good thing, especially when you ranked 115th in offensive yards per game and 112th in defensive yards per game.
Chandler Rogers and the key UL-Monroe players to watch in the opener vs. Texas football
Coach Bowden’s team was the least penalized team in the country last season. Expect them to be disciplined and well-coached in all aspects of the game; however, there will be a very noticeable talent discrepancy between the two squads.
I expect Texas, who is favored by more than five touchdowns, to cruise in this contest. With that said, ULM does offer some players who could push back against the Longhorns.
Let’s take a look a the three most important Warhawks on Saturday night.