Truman looks to back up strong 2011
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
One team in the Metro that saw its fortunes change radically in 2011 was Truman. The Patriots were winless in 2010 but improved on that with a 5-5 mark in the regular season and a trip to the Class 5 playoffs.
This season Truman has opened practice with good numbers and high enthusiasm. Gone are some key players from last year’s playoff team but coach Jeff Floyd likes the way his team has performed this past offseason to get ready for 2012.
“It’s been an exciting offseason,” Floyd said. “Last offseason was good for us. We made really good progress in the weight room, improved our numbers a little bit and this offseason we just kind of built on that. Our numbers in the offseason were good and this summer with our kids working out.”
This year’s senior class spent a lot of time on the field during the tough 2010 campaign and they are starting to see the fruits of that labor now. Floyd said this group has shown good leadership and an understanding of what they are trying to do on the field.
“We’ve got a good senior class numbers wise,” Floyd said. “A lot of those guys have played for us. They were a part of the 0-10 year so they’ve been on the field a lot and have good experience. They have a pretty good knowledge of what we are trying to do offensively and defensively.”
Even though the team made a major leap in wins last season the senior class wants more.
“We are excited,” Patriots senior Demetric Dinwiddie said. “We are motivated to improve our season this year. We went 5-5 but we want to do better. Our team is young and we are excited for this year.”
Truman will find out how much they have improved the first week of the season when they play Blue Springs South.
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