Wara Era Over, UW-Oshkosh Still Setting Bar High for 2013

By Ryan Rodig | ryan.rodig@wearegreenbay.com

Published 09/26 2013 09:00PM

Updated 09/27 2013 11:22AM


*First WIAC Championship in 36-years.

*Advanced to the NCAA DIII semifinals.

*A 1st Team All-American Quarterback and Gagliardi Trophy finalist.

The 2012 UW-Oshkosh football team put up a resume that will be a tough act to follow, but the 2013 Titans seem up to the task.

"I think offensively especially we have a lot of guys that came back from this team," says quarterback Nate Olla.  "(We have) A lot of seniors on the offense this year so we all just kind of want to do our own thing and make our own legacy."

Olla, a 5th year senior, is ready to lead the offense after tearing his ACL following a move to wide receiver a year ago.  It's an opportunity to start at quarterback he thought may never come.  Thursday Olla was reminded of the words his head coach told him after he missed his freshman season due to an injury.

"Coach (Pat) Cerroni sat me down and said stick with it, I'll have my chance."

"It was very important for Nick to be here," said Cerroni.  "Because they didn't want to have some freshman being their quarterback in their final year so it all worked out on that side of the ball."

Wara may not be under center any more for the Titans but he is back on the sidelines as an assistant coach for Oshkosh, helping tutor Olla and the younger QB's.

"Our relationship is just changed a little bit and it has to because he's obviously a coach so it has to be different," said Olla.  "He's done a great job of just giving insight and I've learned a lot from him and enjoy working with him."

The pressure on Olla will be eased by proven playmakers like senior running back Cole Myra and senior wide receiver Caleb Voss who combined for nearly 3,000 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.

"If you don't think Caleb Voss  or Cole Myhra think they're the best players in the nation, that's where you're wrong," said Cerroni.  "That's how competitive they are.  They really feel like it is their turn and they want to be the guy."

"Knowing what we did last year, the seniors mentality is how are you going to be better," said Myhra.

The 2nd team All-American can think of at least one way.

"It'd be great to get to the national championship."

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