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.