When Gregg Webb became the head football coach at Truman in the off-season, he expressed the desire to stick with the job for the long haul, even though he knew it would be a lengthy process. The key, he decided, would be creating buzz during over the off-season.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
His first impression of that process came during summer workouts. It provided mixed results.
"I told our kids that we are a lot further than we would be if nobody showed up," Webb said. "But we're a long way from where we could have been if everyone had shown up every day."
Webb and his coaching staff have trimmed the Patriots' roster to players he believes show both a toughness to play football and a commitment to the program. That approach has left fewer numbers than he would like but with a group he feels is prepared to work.
Truman finished 1-9 in 2012.
"We've made some great progress, and the kids that are here are great kids, all of them," Webb said. "We just need more like them."
Sophomore Dean Clemons will take the reins at quarterback in Webb's run-first offense with Trevon Sorrells playing the oft-used fullback. Alex Fogliani leads a largely inexperienced offensive line that includes four juniors.
"If our offensive line can mesh together a little bit — and there's some tough kids there — they have potential," Webb said. "That's going to be the key to our team. The offensive line can help every other part of our team by getting us first downs, running minutes off the clock and keeping our defense off the field."