Urbana looks to get back on track

Published 08/25 2014 04:37PM

Updated 08/25 2014 06:35PM

URBANA, Ill. - The Urbana Tigers are two seasons removed from the best year in program history.  They won the Big 12 title and won a playoff game for the first time in school history.  So last season's 2-7 finish isn't sitting well with them.

"I think the issue last year in 2013 was we just didn't know how to handle success," said head coach Nathan Watson.  "With that being said we were right there 14 points approximately from the playoffs and a lot of fourth quarter losses."

Watson says this year's team has acknowledged any issues, and it has them better prepared for this season.

"I'm feeling good about it," he said.  "We're healthy.  Our attitudes are outstanding.  Obviously we have some final tweaks we need to do, but I'm feeling pretty good going into week one."

"I feel like a lot of the responsibility is mine since I am a senior now," said lineman Cedrick Fry.  "I can't let my team down, and I have to show them the best whenever I can."

One of the things working in the Tigers' favor this season is depth.  Watson doesn't have any two-way players for the first time in his head coaching career, meaning the players should be fresher later in the games.

"It's unbelievable," said quarterback Alex Beckman.  "It keeps everybody fresh.  It makes the fourth quarter a lot easier, and it just gets us ready."

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