UNH learning about the Cowboys

By Tom Annino - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The UNH Wildcats are finding out what many Cowboy fans have known all along…

This McNeese team is pretty good.

The University of New Hampshire will play their first game ever against McNeese State in round one of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, November 28th.

So how much do the Wildcat players know about McNeese?

"It's tough to tell right now.  They're a team that we don't know too much about because we've never faced them," UNH quarterback R.J. Toman said.  "But at the same time looking at film, it's going to be a team that if we do have success, it's going to be in a game where we execute all of our assignments and play eleven as one."

"We know they have a very good team," UNH running back Sean Jellison said.  "They're very fast.  They're physical.  They're a good caliber team.  We've played some good teams and they're right up with Villanova and William & Mary.  So it's going to be a tough game."

"They're a very athletic, very fast defense, a defense that likes to fly around and hit people," Toman said.  "They play very hard.  It's a team that we need to prepare for this week."

Both teams will have their season on the line, so both teams are studying up about what each brings to the table.  The Wildcats' head coach believes his team can have some offensive success if they execute properly.

"If we hang onto the football and do the job offensively and secure it, I think we'll be able to move the ball offensively," UNH head coach Sean McDonnell said.  "I've got great faith in what we do with our kids and our coaches.  I think we'll be fine.  I think with special teams, if we continue to kick the ball the way we've been doing it with Tommy Manning and our kickoff cover team and return team, we'll be fine."

As for the other side of the ball, McDonnell says it might be a different story.

"The biggest thing is on defense.  We've got to find a way to slow them down and get some turnovers," McDonnell said.

Kickoff from Cowboy Stadium is at 2pm.

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