BBD Writer Eric Samulski
It was a pretty epic year for Lousiana-Monre, which didn’t become an FBS school until 1994. They beat Arkansas at the start of the year and had Auburn on the ropes before falling just short. Now, they look to add to their record season by taking out Tyler Tettleton and an Ohio team that started the year 7-0 and beat Penn State. However, Ohio has been riddled with injuries and has taken a nose-dove to close out the season. Louisiana-Monroe has faced enough strong competition that I don’t see them being scared by a weakened Ohio unit.
Brent Leonard WR 6’2” 185 #18 Senior
A solid possession receiver, Leonard put together a pretty remarkable senior campaign. He was named First Tam All-Sun Belt after catching 97 passes for 1,042 yards and ten touchdowns. At 6’1” he doesn’t have the size that Nix covets, but he’s a reliable receiver who can move the chains, much like David Nelson. With mid-4.5 speed, he’s not going to break any long plays, but there are always solid mid-major receivers who come into the NFL and make an immediate impact. Leonard could be one of those guys.
Keavon Milton TE/OT 6’4” 290 #80 Senior
Milton is an extremely intriguing prospect because of his size and athleticism. At almost three hundred pounds, there is nearly no chance that Milton sticks at tight end in the NFL. Much like Lee Smith, Milton will likely be viewed as an offensive tackle prospect. However, Milton has twenty pounds on Smith and has the quick feet that Smith lacked. It may take a while to teach him proper technique, but a guy with this kind of size/agility can be a major asset on the offensive line.
Kolton Browning QB 6’1” 195 #15 Junior
Je’Ron Hamm WR 6’3” 222 #86 Junior
Josh Allen C 6’3” 300 #66 Junior
Kentarius Caldwell DE 6’2” 265 #91 Junior
Isaiah Newsome FS 5’11” 200 #25 Junior
Tremayne Scott DE 6’3” 260 #90 Senior
An prospect who was gaining notice coming into the season, Scott injured his foot early in October and hasn’t been able to play since. There is a slim chance that he might see the field during the bowl game, which would be good news for NFL scouts since he’s the only draft prospect on the team. Some of lineman might find homes as undrafted free agents, but Scott has enticing athleticism and has clocked 40 times in the high 4.6s, which is very good for a player who can realistically bulk up to around 270 pounds. He’s versatile enough to play OLB in a 3-4 or add that weight and play DE in a 4-3.
Tyler Tettleton QB 6’0” 200 #4 Junior
Eric Herman OG 6’4” 320 #77 Senior
Jon Lechner OG 6’5” 335 #66 Junior
Skylar Allen C 6’3” 290 #65 Senior
Matt Weller K 5’11” 200 #49 Senior
Projection: Louisiana-Monroe 30 Ohio 23