ULL, ULM named Sun Belt preseason favorites

Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe have been voted

co-favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference in the league’s annual

preseason coaches’ poll.

Both programs went to bowl games last season. The Ragin’ Cajuns

won their second straight New Orleans Bowl, while the Warhawks lost

to Ohio in the Independence Bowl. ULM is led by quarterback Kolton

Browning, voted the preseason offensive player of the year.

Two-time defending Sun Belt champion Arkansas State was picked

third, while Western Kentucky, led by new coach Bobby Petrino, was

picked fourth. Hilltoppers linebacker Andrew Jackson was voted the

league’s preseason defensive player of the year.

Troy finished fifth in the poll, followed by first-year Sun Belt

program Texas State in sixth, South Alabama in seventh and Football

Bowl Subdivision newcomer Georgia State in eighth.