Broncho Football is Almost Here

Broncho Football is Almost Here

Fall is near which means UCO football will be back in action. This season looks to be very promising after the Bronchos started last season losing four straight games then bouncing back towards the end of the season winning their last five which included their Live United Texarkana Bowl game against Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Last year’s bowl game victory was the first in 12 years.

UCO will go into the season ranked fifth in this year’s MIAA Coaches Media Polls, and ranked sixth in the MIAA Preseason Poll.

The Bronchos are returning some key starters this season, which will help keep the chemistry going for the team.

Senior quarterback T.J. Eckart will look to be the starter this season after putting up some great number and clutch performances in the last seven games last year. Eckart, after earning third-team All-MIAA, threw 16 touchdown passes while accumulating total yards 2,137 yards last season.

The senior quarterback also won Most Valuable Player in last year’s bowl game where he threw for 293 yards with two touchdowns.

Senior kicker Seth Hiddink will return to the field this season with recent recognition for the Fred Mitchell Award watch list.

Hiddink put up great stats last season with 17 field goals made out of 23 attempts. With 50 consecutive extra points and 43 field goals, Hiddink has set two school records in his three years at UCO.

Junior running back Clay McKenzie comes to the 2016-17 season with first-team All-MIAA honors, Offensive Player of the Year, and first and second-team All-Region recognition after filling in as starter last season.

McKenize finished the season with 1,902 all purposed yards where he rushed for 1,499 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 403 yards and two touchdowns in receiving.

He looks to be the number one rushing option for the Bronchos these next two season.

The come back player to watch this season will be junior running back Jake Gandara. Gandara, who was the starter for week one, was injured in the first game last season Fort Hays State.

He had came off of a stellar 2014 season where he rushed for 1,121 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gandara is now healthy from last year’s knee injury and back practicing with the team, preparing for another great season.

The Bronchos will start their season on Thursday, Spet. 1 in St. Charles, Missouri where they will play Lindenwood University. UCO’s first home game will be Thursday, Sept. 8 against Pittsburg State University who is ranked No. 3 in the Coaches’ and Media 2016 MIAA Preseason Polls.


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