LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — McNeese State returns 16 starters from a team that was two points away from finishing 5-2 in the Southland Conference a season ago.
One-point losses to Southeastern Louisiana and league co-champion Central Arkansas left the Cowboys at 3-4.
Coach Matt Viator says it's important not to "overreact to what happened," and just work to improve.
The Cowboys' offense will rely on senior quarterback Cody Stroud, a third-year starter who already is sixth on the school's career passing list. He had 19 touchdown passes and only five interceptions last season.
The secondary is the strength of an experienced defense.
McNeese State upset Middle Tennessee to begin 2012, and opens 2013 at South Florida on Aug. 31.
Predict finish: Fourth in the Southland Conference.
AP college football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org/
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