Truman State football picked second in the GLVC

The Truman Football team earned the second spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference football coaches poll that was released by the league office as part of the third-annual GLVC Football Kickoff.

The University of Indianapolis (Ind.), Truman and Saint Joseph's (Ind.) were the top three choices by league coaches in the survey.

2014 GLVC Preseason Poll Points (1sT)

1. Indianapolis 64 (8)*

2. Truman State 56

3. Saint Joseph's 50 (1)

4. Missouri S&T 38

5. McKendree 32

6. Southwest Baptist 28

7. Lincoln 27

8. Quincy 15

9. William Jewell 14

Truman came within the final minute of the regular season of earning a share of the GLVC Championship with Indianapolis last year.

The Bulldogs completed their first year as a GLVC member with a 7-4 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in conference play that was good for a tie for second.

Truman head coach Gregg Nesbitt returns for his fifth season in, fielding 16 returning starters, led by a trio of first-team All-Conference seniors in running back Garrett White, lineman Nic Abbate and linebacker Matthew Bell.

The Bulldogs will open up fall camp on August 14.

They will kickoff the season on the road at Drake (Iowa) on Sept. 6 before playing at home for the first time on Sept. 13 against Langston (Okla.). Truman will host the Greyhounds on October 18 and will end the regular season at Saint Joseph's on November 15.

The Greyhounds enter their third campaign as a football-playing member in the GLVC with an undefeated 15-0 conference mark. UIndy finished the 2013 season 10-2 overall and earned its second consecutive NCAA Divison II Playoff appearance.

Saint Joseph's College garnered the third spot in the preseason poll with 50 points while picking up the other first-place vote. Cory Sanders is in his third year in Rensselaer, Indiana and welcomes back a Pumas squad that is coming off an 8-3 campaign that included a 6-2 record in league action, good for second place.

Earning 38 points in the poll to lock down the No. 4 position is Missouri S&T. Following a 6-5 season in his inaugural year in Rolla, Missouri, Tyler Fenwick returns to the sidelines looking to build on the Miners' 5-2 league record from last year.

Courtesy Truman State University