UW-La Crosse, who returns more starters than any other team in the WIAC, could have a breakout season on offense.
The Eagles return quarterback Trent Cummings, who has plenty of weapons to throw to, including 6'4" wide receiver Tony Bilderback.
"I have all the trust in the world in that guy and I know that if I throw it up there, he's going to come down with it," said Cummings, a junior. "He's the first in the weight room, last to leave."
Bilderback, who has battled injuries in the past, used to play two sports for the Eagles, running track in addition to football. Now, he's solely focused on the gridiron.
"Doing two sports is tough in college. You hear that coming up as a high school kid and you think you can do it. It just wasn't for me," Bilderback said. "Football had my heart and track didn't."
"I'm proud of the guy and I have all the trust in the world in Tony. He's a great player," Cummings said.
"We want to have that number one offense in the conference, and not only the conference, but the nation," Bilderback said.
"We got a long ways to go but we're taking it day-by-day, doing what we can to get better every day."
A week into practice, UW-L held a scrimmage Sunday afternoon against another Div. III program: Aurora University of Chicago. For Cummings, it was a refreshing change of pace.
"It was fun out there today. It's good to see a different team in another color jersey. It gives us something different than what we've been looking at for the past week in fall camp. We're getting a little tired of each other so it was nice to see another team and they played great, they pushed us, but I thought we played pretty well today for our first real test of live action."
The Eagles open the season Sept. 6 at the University of Dubuque.