If you include the abbreviated COVID spring season of 2020-21, the Truman State football team has gone 22-6 the last three years. Bulldog head coach Gregg Nesbitt puts that in perspective.

The dean of Great Lakes Valley Conference football coaches enters his 13th season leading his alma mater. Nesbitt has guided the Bulldogs to a pair of America’s Crossroads Bowl victories, including a win over Hillsdale, Michigan to cap last season. While he is proud of that accomplishment, Nesbitt wants a different taste of postseason football.

Quarterback Nolan Hair is among seven starters returning on offense. Nesbitt wants the former Blair Oaks signalcaller to continue to improve and says he will be pushed to do so by another player in the quarterback room.

All 11 starters return for the Bulldog defense, including linebacker Ulysses Ross, who was second in the GLVC in tackles for loss (14.5) as a freshman. The St. Louis product looks forward to the season.

Truman finished 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the GLVC. The Bulldogs were picked 2nd in the GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll behind Indianapolis. One key loss was the transfer of running back Cody Schrader to Mizzou. We’ll have more on that on an upcoming sportscast.