A tradition of winning
As the 2017 college football season begins, the McNeese Cowboys prepare to continue its great success as a program. Coming off 12 straight winning seasons, there’s no reason to believe the Cowboys won’t finish 2017 without another winning season.
Some expect a possible national title run for the Cowboys. The team was ranked #24 in 2017 Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top 25 Poll. Find out more at mcneeseports.com.
Southland Conference and Louisiana Newcomer of the Year, Quarterback James Tabary, is back to lead McNeese’s powerful and balanced offensive attack. He’ll have his top five favorite targets coming back at wide receiver, including Darious Crawley and Kent Shelby, who combined for over 1,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
On the ground, Tabary will also be joined by the team’s top two rushers, Ryan Ross and Justin Pratt, who combined for over 1,000 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.
And former LSU center Andy Dodd is expected to help lead the McNeese offensive line.
On defense, defensive lineman Jammerio Gross, who led the team in tackles last season with 59, returns. Also coming back will be fellow defensive lineman Chris Livings, who led the team in sacks with eight.
With both of their starting linebackers – Ashari Goins and Christian Jacobs – returning, as well as their playmaking defensive backs – Andre Fuller, Jermaine Antoine and Damion Morgan – the Cowboys defense looks ready to slow down its opponents this season.
If the Cowboys are going to be successful, they will need to win the close games. Last season, three of their five losses came by eight points or less. These games may be the difference between a possible national title run or a season full of unmet expectations.
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