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  The Colby Suits era at Louisiana-Monroe is over. ULM's starting quarterback announced on Twitter Monday that he has opted out of the season's final three games and placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal. The Warhawks sit at 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. Suits is the 15th player to leave the program since spring practice ended in March. Suits started all eight games in 2020, completing 151-of-248 attempts for 1,537 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. The sophomore threw for a career-best 377 yards against Texas State and was the fifth-ranked passer in FBS following a 334-yard performance against Georgia Southern. - The News-Star

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Colby SuitsLouisiana-Monroe
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  Louisiana-Monroe is proving why 2020 is the wrong year to have a bad season. The Warhawks have lost 15 players to coronavirus-related opt-outs, the transfer portal and other departures since spring practice ended. ULM fell to a program-worst 0-7 overall record and 0-4 in the Sun Belt Conference following a 31-13 loss to Appalachian State on Saturday. "Those are all new things obviously that have added to it, coupled with the fact we're not playing well," ULM head coach Matt Viator said. "We still have plenty of guys to play, but it's affected the way we practice. Numbers always do that, whether it's injuries, quits or opt-outs."

Wide receiver Zach Jackson and defensive end Ivin White Jr. placed their names in the transfer portal last week, joining running back Kayin White, offensive lineman Chance Billington, cornerback Tajhnick Bishop, linebacker Rashaad Harding, safety Logan Wilson and cornerback Jordan Oliver. Harding, Wilson, wide receiver Brandius Batiste and defensive tackle Ed Haralson opted out of playing this season due to COVID-19. Running back Jakyle Holmes, wide receiver C.J. Fletcher, running back Javin Myers, defensive end Brandon Nettles and defensive tackle Dayonte Roberts are no longer on the team. - The News-Star


(DS#999 DE) Sr/2021 DE Ivin White Jr.Louisiana-Monroe
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  Sophomore Sir'Darrius Ellis made the most of his first career start. With Mason Husmann out with an injury, Ellis stepped in at nose tackle and made eight tackles, tied with defensive end Ty Shelby for third on the team. Ellis also contributed on special teams. On fourth-and-3 at the ULM 43-yard line, Ellis stopped C.J. Wright short of the sticks on fake punt with 7:35 left in the second quarter. A Monroe-native, Ellis joined the team as a walk-on out of Ouachita Parish High School. His brother, Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Justin "Jellybean" Ellis, starred for Neville High School and Louisiana Tech. - The News-Star

(DS#999 DT) So/2023 DT SirDarrius EllisLouisiana-Monroe
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  The 2020 season hasn't been kind to a Louisiana-Monroe football team still seeking its first win. The Warhawks were dealt another blow on Monday. Cornerback Corey Straughter announced on Twitter that he will have season-ending wrist surgery. Straughter suffered the injury during August camp. In three starts, the preseason All-Sun Belt selection made four tackles with one pass breakup. - Monroe News-Star

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Corey StraughterLouisiana-Monroe
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  Louisiana-Monroe has settled on a starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener. "We think it's been a really good competition between the two of them," Viator said during his Monday press conference. "Really a lack of spring and then just only one scrimmage with limited plays, we haven't seen enough I think is no. 1. No. 2 we have confidence in both guys, and the third thing is in normal years with injury, then you throw in COVID-19 also, I think it's smart to play multiple guys early in the season because you just never know who you're going to have what particular week."

Suits, who has been in ULM's system the longest, was the favorite to succeed Caleb Evans. A December signee, Hunt started as a freshman at Division II Central Missouri and last year at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. In ULM's only scrimmage of August camp, Suits directed the lone touchdown drive and finished 9-of-15 for 65 yards with a nine-yard score to wideout Malik Jackson. While Suits directed the first-team offense, junior Jeremy Hunt completed 8-of-13 passes for 61 yards with the second team. - The News-Star


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Colby SuitsLouisiana-Monroe
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Josh Pederson, Louisiana Monroe,...Pederson caught at least one pass in each of the 12 regular-season games in 2019. He had six receptions for 85 receiving yards at Florida State, including a 33-yard TD catch from Evans late in the first half. Pederson heads into the 2020 season with 67 career receptions for 824 yards (12.3 avg.) and 11 TDs. - Louisiana Monroe Football

(DS#12 TE) rSr/2021 TE Josh PedersonLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Corey Straughter, ULM,...Straughter, a 5-10, 183-pound senior, ranked among the NCAA FBS leaders in interceptions (tied for seventh with 5) and passes defended (tied for 14th with 15) last season. His name appears on watch lists for three major national awards, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Football Writers Association of America National Defensive Player of the Year), Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and Bednarik Award (Maxwell Football Club defensive player of the year). - ULM Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Corey StraughterLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - TJ Fiailoa, ULM,...Fiailoa, a 6-4, 302-pound junior, started the first four games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending leg injury against South Alabama. As a sophomore in 2018, he was selected All-Sun Belt Third Team after producing a winning grade in all 12 regular-season games. - ULM Football

(DS#93 OG) rJr/2022 OG T.J. FiailoaLouisiana-Monroe
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  08/27/20 - Josh JohnsonrSr/2021, Louisiana-Monroe, 5-09, 208 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Josh Johnson, ULM,...Johnson, a fifth-year senior who ranked second in the Sun Belt and 13th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing while averaging 108.2 yards per game last season, previously was listed among the top preseason candidates for the Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) and Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year). An All-Sun Belt Second-Team selection as a junior, Johnson also finished among the NCAA FBS Top 20 in yards per carry (10th at 6.46) and rushing yards (tied for 18th with 1,298). His 1,298 rushing yards ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total in ULM history. In addition, Johnson led the Warhawks in all-purpose yards (1,420) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (11) and scoring (66 points). His eight runs of 30-plus yards ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA FBS. He also had 13 receptions for 122 yards (9.4 avg.). - ULM Football

(DS#31 RB) rSr/2021 RB Josh JohnsonLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE - Josh Pederson, ULM,...Pederson, a fifth-year senior who has been named to the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl Top 250, set career highs for receptions (43), receiving yards (567) and touchdown receptions (9) last season. - ULM Football

(DS#12 TE) rSr/2021 TE Josh PedersonLouisiana-Monroe
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  07/27/20 - Josh JohnsonrSr/2021, Louisiana-Monroe, 5-09, 208 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Josh Johnson, ULM,...An All-Sun Belt Second-Team selection, Johnson also finished among the NCAA FBS Top 20 in yards per carry (10th at 6.46) and rushing yards (tied for 18th with 1,298). His 1,298 rushing yards ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total in ULM history. In addition, Johnson led the Warhawks in all-purpose yards (1,420) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (11) and scoring (66 points). His eight runs of 30-plus yards ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA FBS. He also had 13 receptions for 122 yards (9.4 avg.). - ULM Football

(DS#31 RB) rSr/2021 RB Josh JohnsonLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Corey Straughter, ULM, Sr.,...ULM senior cornerback Corey Straughter, who ranked among the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision leaders in interceptions (tied for seventh with 5) and passes defended (tied for 14th with 15) last season, has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually since 1986 to the nation's best defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Last week, Straughter was listed among the top preseason candidates for the Bednarik Award, presented to college football's defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. - ULM Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Corey StraughterLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DB Corey Straughter, ULM,...Straughter, who ranked among the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision leaders in interceptions (tied for seventh with 5) and passes defended (tied for 14th with 15) last season, has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually since 1993 to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America and Charlotte Touchdown Club. Straughter's name appears on watch lists for three major national awards, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Paycom Jim Thorpe Award (nation's best defensive back) and Bednarik Award (Maxwell Football Club defensive player of the year). - ULM Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Corey StraughterLouisiana-Monroe
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  07/22/20 - Josh JohnsonrSr/2021, Louisiana-Monroe, 5-09, 208 (DS#31 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Josh Johnson (Sr.), ULM,...An All-Sun Belt Second-Team selection, Johnson also finished among the NCAA FBS Top 20 in yards per carry (10th at 6.46) and rushing yards (tied for 18th with 1,298). His 1,298 rushing yards ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total in ULM history. In addition, Johnson led the Warhawks in all-purpose yards (1,420) while ranking second in rushing touchdowns (11) and scoring (66 points). His eight runs of 30-plus yards ranked tied for eighth in the NCAA FBS. He also had 13 receptions for 122 yards (9.4 avg.). - ULM Football

(DS#31 RB) rSr/2021 RB Josh JohnsonLouisiana-Monroe
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  2020 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Corey Straughter, ULM,...ULM senior cornerback Corey Straughter, who ranked among the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision leaders in interceptions (tied for seventh with 5) and passes defended (tied for 14th with 15) last season, has been named to the Bednarik Award Watch List. The Bednarik Award has been presented annually since 1995 to college football's defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. - Louisiana Monroe Football

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Corey StraughterLouisiana-Monroe
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