Since taking over the Marquette football program in 2010, Dave L’Huillier has led the Redmen to playoff appearances in each of his first two seasons.
Last season, Marquette won the Great Northern Conference Title for the first time in 35 years. The Redmen are working hard, in preparations to make sure that their success on the field continues.
“We want to be competitive in our conference and try to get enough wins to get us into the playoffs and hopefully make a little run” said L’Huillier. “We had a really good off-season training program. The Kids worked hard in the spring and summer.
We had a good core group that was there almost every single day, so I am excited for the season and getting to our first game.”
“As a lineman being on the team now for a couple of years, its really important for us to keep the tradition (playoffs) alive,” said offensive lineman Joe Iwanicki. “We didn’t have the best program a couple years back.
“We are slowly building upon it and we don’t want to disappoint the people of Marquette this year.”
Marquette does have a few question marks defensively; the team returns just four defensive starters. Offensively the Redmen feel that they can win the battle in the tranches, with their experience on the offensive line.
“Our strength this year is our offensive line. We’ve got a good group of guys that are coming back,” L’Huillier went on to say.
“Joe Iwanicki is third year starting offensive lineman. Ryan Frazier is a third year starting offensive lineman. “We have a couple of other guys that started last year, so the strength is going to be our offensive line.
“Obviously its going to take us a while to get caught up, but I am really happy with how the guys have performed so far.”
“We have been together for four years now. We’ve been a very strong line and we are mostly seniors this year,” said Iwanicki. “We (the offensive line) will be our strong suit and that’s how we are going to win games- pounding it in the lines.”
Marquette opens up Week 1 at home against Detroit Denby.