ULM's Trey Revell sounds like a quarterback who is ready to make a name for himself. The Warhawks are 42-point underdogs headed into the season opener at No. 2 Texas on Saturday. Few give ULM a chance to even keep it close, much less win against Colt McCoy and Co.
"I'm really liking the matchup," Revell said Tuesday as he addressed the media. "I want to see what I can do against Colt McCoy. I want to see what the hype is about and where I'm at, ranked against a Heisman hopeful. You've got to be prepared and be sharp."
Revell, who made two starts as understudy to Kinsmon Lancaster the past two years, is anxious to step onto Jamail Field for his first start as ULM's unquestioned starting quarterback. Asked if he's nervous about the game, Revell said, "I wouldn't say nervous. I'm ready. I've been thinking about it all summer. If you're scared, go to church. That's a saying that's been said my whole life. I'm not nervous at all. I'm just ready. I'm ready to see the horns."
Texas sold a school record 84,100 season tickets this year and will lure another intimdating crowd for its opener. For Revell, a big stage means a big opportunity.
"We want to go out there and show everybody what we can do," he said. "Everybody is wanting to see what Texas has got this year and see how they'll rank against Florida or Oklahoma. We want to see what we can do. There will be a lot of people watching on Pay-per-view and a lot of people at that game. Why not go out there and showcase our talents?"
Revell owns some experience playing in big stadiums. He saw action at Clemson in 2007.
"I've played in a couple of big venues," Revell said. "It's a great place to play. It makes you step your game up. It's amazing how a bunch of fans will do that. You get down there and there are 90,000 people watching you. You've got to have your game on."
Fans in the WarhawkNation will have their eyes on Revell as he begins his first year as ULM's starter. Revell said there's no apprehension on his part about the new role.
"I've been waiting a long time," Revell said. "It's a good feeling knowing that you're going to open up against Texas. I've made two other starts, but it's my turn now."
Texas returns six starters on defense, along with two cornerbacks who split time starting. The Longhorns led the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg) and total defense (342.9 ypg) last year led the nation with 47 total sacks.
"They do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback," Revell said. "They line up against you and say, ‘We're Texas. Let's see what you've got.'"