OU football: Sooners should beware, Louisiana-Monroe no slouch

Warhawks are not intimidated by traditional powerhouse programs.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2013

Monroe also returns its entire backfield, including Jyruss Edwards, who rushed for more than 400 yards despite missing the final five games with an injury.

They've also got Berry, the Miami, OK, native and Tulsa alum who has coached the Warhawks since 2010.

Berry's offense has been unconventional at times. In the loss to Baylor last season, Monroe used both Browning, a left-hander, and backup Cody Wells, who is right-handed, on the field simultaneously.

While Wells is gone, Berry has made the package a regular part of his offense since he coached at UNLV from 2007-09.

Bob Stoops said last week that the Sooners were preparing for the possibility of the two-quarterback look and said Monroe's offense showed some similarities to the West Virginia offense that gave Oklahoma fits a year ago.

The Warhawks are used to playing such games on the road. Since Berry arrived in 2010, Monroe has played at Arkansas (twice), Auburn (twice), Florida State, Iowa, LSU and TCU.

“It's really grown up our football team,” Berry said during a recent appearance on the Tim Brando Show. “You mentioned Kolton Browning, who's a four-year starter, but we've got multiple guys that are four-year starters. They've played in a lot of these games. They recognize the challenges that it brings. I think we're more competitive now than we were four years ago. In the process now, we have high expectations of ourselves.'”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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