LA CROSSE, Wis. -

In his first season at UW-La Crosse, Trent Cummings started four games at quarterback for the Eagles.

Individual results included a 160 passing yard average per game to go along with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

As for the team, the Eagles picked up their first win of the season in his first start. UW-L ended up going 3-1 in the games Cummings started.

It's a small sample size, but those four games in 2013 have given hope for what UW-La Crosse's offense in 2014 might be able to accomplish.

"I don't think there is any unnecessary or unwanted pressure, anything like that," said Cummings following UW-L's scrimmage against Aurora. 

"I put pressure on myself to be the best player that I can be. I put the same amount of pressure as everybody else on the offense. I expect the best. I expect the best effort. And I expect people to make plays and I know we can do that. I'm more confident than ever and I'm excited for the season.

At a position that expects leadership, Cummings has taken control in fall camp.

"I love the guy. He's been such a great leader for us," said senior wide receiver Tony Bilderback. "As a team we put all of our trust in him and we're really excited about this season. We've got really lofty goals."

Cummings, a Minnesota State transfer, will try to lead a turnaround for a UW-L football program that has gone 10-20 over the past three seasons.

"I want us to play with a chip on our shoulder and I want us to be confident and play with a lot of passion, a lot of pride, and a lot of intensity. And I think we are more than capable of doing that. I know we have a lot of weapons on the outside and as far as up front I feel safer than ever."