As we look ahead to the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference campaign, the media days kick off on Monday in New Orleans, La.
Several programs will have head coaches and student-athletes available, while commissioner Karl Benson will also talk about where the conference stands and what's in store for it moving forward.
Here's a look at the 2013 Sun Belt Media Days schedule, complete with an overview of the student-athletes who will be participating.
Where: New Orleans, LA
When: Monday, July 15, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CT
Watch: ESPN3 (1 p.m. CT)
|10 a.m.||UL-Lafayette||Head coach Mark Hudspeth/Student-Athlete Andre Huval|
|10 a.m.||South Alabama||Head coach Joey Jones/Student-Athlete Romelle Jones|
|10:30 a.m.||UL-Monroe||Head coach Todd Berry/Student-Athlete Kolton Browning|
|10:30 a.m.||Troy||Head coach Larry Blakeney/Student-Athlete Corey Robinson|
|11 a.m.||Georgia State||Head coach Trent Miles/Student-Athlete Ulrick John|
|11 a.m.||Western Kentucky||Head coach Bobby Petrino/Student-Athlete Luis Polanco|
|1 p.m.||Arkansas State||Head coach Bryan Harsin/Student-Athlete Steven Haunga|
|1 p.m.||Texas State||Head coach Dennis Franchione/Student-Athlete Isaiah Battle|
|1:30 p.m.||Appalachian State||Head coach Scott Satterfield|
|1:30 p.m.||Georgia Southern||Head coach Jeff Monken|
|2 p.m.||Idaho||Head coach Paul Petrino|
|2 p.m.||New Mexico State||Head coach Doug Martin|
|3 p.m.||State of the Sunbelt Conference||Commissioner Karl Benson|
|3:30 p.m.||Media availability||Commissioner Karl Benson and Sun Belt ADs|
Andre Huval, C, UL-Lafayette
Andre Huval was named to the Rimington Trophy fall watch list this summer for the second consecutive year. The senior played in all but 12 offensive snaps for the Ragin' Cajuns last season, leading a unit that allowed just 13 sacks. Huval was a second-team All-Sun Belt selection last year.
Romelle Jones, DL, South Alabama
As a junior in 2012, Romelle Jones posted 18 tackles, two tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry in 12 games (six starts). Jones was presented with the Male Perseverance Award by the athletic department at the annual Pete Tolbert Night of Champions this year.
Kolton Browning, QB, UL-Monroe
Kolton Browning had a huge season for the Warhawks last season, throwing for over 3,000 yards with 29 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. The reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year set school records in passing yardage and completions and tied the school record with 29 passing touchdowns.
Beyond that, Browning rushed for 488 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranked 21st in the nation in total yards per game (294.8). To open the 2012 campaign, he passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns (one interception) while rushing for 69 yards and a touchdown in the thrilling 34-31 overtime victory over Arkansas.
Corey Robinson, QB, Troy
Last season, Corey Robinson passed for over 3,000 yards with 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions. Troy's all-time leader in passing yards, total offense and passing attempts ranked 19th in the country in passing yards per game and 30th in total offense per game in 2012. He also ranked 21st in completion percentage (66.2).
Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State
After starting at three different positions in 2011, Ulrick John started 10 of 11 games at left tackle for the Panthers last season. John will be looking to build on the experience he racked up in 2012 to put together another quality campaign in 2013.
Luis Polanco, G, Western Kentucky
In his first two seasons at Western Kentucky (one of which he redshirted), Luis Polanco watched the Hilltoppers go a combined 2-22. In his last two seasons starting at left guard, the Hilltoppers have posted a combined 14 wins and went to their first bowl game in program history in 2012.
Now, headed into his senior season, Polanco looks to help Western Kentucky rise even more.
Steven Haunga, G, Arkansas State
Steven Haunga should form a formidable trio with center Bryce Giddens and left tackle Aaron Williams in 2013. A projected all-conference selection, Haunga enters his senior season hoping to guide the Red Wolves even further after a 10-3 campaign and victory over then-No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl last season.
Isaiah Battle, WR, Texas State
Isaiah Battle posted 26 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season at Texas State. The 5'11", 200-pounder had two huge games in particular. Against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 22, he racked up six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown, as well as 59 rushing yards. Against UTSA on Nov. 24, he posted seven catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
The Bobcats will be looking for more of that as they transition from the WAC to the Sun Belt.
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