The Truman State University football team approaches the 2016 season with new faces. Of course, this year’s crop of freshmen arrived early for training camp, but the ‘Dogs are also seeing some new faces in the coaching staff. Jason Killday was named the new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Bulldogs, while Chris Symington steps in as the new offensive line coach for the team.

The new coaching staff joins a Bulldog team coming off a 4-4 conference record in 2015. The ‘Dogs finished in a tie for fourth place in the GLVC last season and recently received a fourth place ranking for 2016 in the GLVC coaches preseason polls. However, Killday and Symington say numbers and statistics are not the most important factors right now. The coaches say their philosophy is to take things one day, one week and one game at a time. They say hopefully by doing this, the Truman offense will have a turn around that makes the team a force to be reckoned with in the GLVC.

“Our defense is awesome,” Symington says. “They’re really good every year. That’s what Truman has been known for. What Jason [Killday] and I are trying to do is bring the offense up to that level. If we can do that, if we can get our offense up to the level of our defense … then that’ll be hard to stop.”