ADA, Oklahoma (KTEN) - The Ada Cougars are looking to improve on a disappointing 2021 season where the finished 3-7.

"It's different from last year," said Ada senior fullback Caden Gallagher. "Last year there were days that were dead and nobody wanted to be here and this year it's not like that. Everyone wants to be here everyday, everyone is bringing new energy and just grinding everyday."

It wasn't a conventional offseason last year for Ada, hiring head coach Brad O'Steen midway through the summer. Now that O'Steen has had a full offseason, his players feel much more confident heading into the 2022 season.

"I'm way more comfortable this season because this year in March we already had a full offense playbook installed and last year in mid-July, we didn't even know who our coach was going to be," said Ada senior lineman Caden Balthrop. "This year is a lot more comfortable and we feel a lot more comfortable on the field."

This is a very athletic group too, they know it and are going to try to use it to their advantage on every play.

"Offensive skill wise, we're very talented," said O'Steen. "Defensively we bring back a big group, I think we're talented in a lot of spots on defense."