La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) UW-La Crosse will enter this season with the benefit of having a senior quarterback.
Houston, Minnesota native Andy Sires returns this season as the unquestioned leader on offense.
Sires is coming off a season in which he completed 58 percent of his passes in 9 games.
He threw for 8 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions.
But he's also taken his lumps.
It wasn't all his doing.
UW-L quarterbacks were sacked a whopping 45 times last year.
Just three days in to training camp and already the Eagles have noticed a different guy.
"He's really blossomed the last 8 months. People have really criticized him the last two years for various things. But at the same time it's hard to judge when you're on your back 80 times in two years. I think when he's had a chance to make plays on tape, he has. We have to give him that chance," said head coach Joel Dettwiler.
"I have a lot of confidence, for one. Last year I got a lot of work under my belt, which was good. There were a lot of ups and downs and a lot of learning moments. I feel like I really focused on that in the off season. This group has really taken a step forward," said Sires.
Sires averaged 178 yards passing per game last season.
The Eagles open the season at home against Dubuque on September 7th.
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