SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) - If there was pessimism around the Austin College football program, it would be understandable because its been a tough stretch. Austin College had to deal with a shortened season in 2020 followed by a 1-8 record last year. However, the 'Roos are not concerning themselves with the outside noise.

"Well you don't hope," said Austin College head coach Loren Dawson. "You've got to go to work and you have to figure out what you can do that is in your circle of control and you have to make it better. Last year was definitely not acceptable record wise and we are working hard to change that."

"You've got to look at it, put it behind and learn from it," said Austin College defensive back Jarrett Pleasant. "Always remember that feeling, and I think that's something we did. We learned from it and we put it behind and it pushed us in the offseason."

This is not your typical composition of a team, with only seven seniors on the roster, there will be plenty of underclassman that will get some early experience.

At least for those younger players, there is a consistent face at the top of the program with head coach Loren Dawson heading into his 13th season as the 'Roos head coach.

"Coach Dawson is a real player oriented guy, he wants everybody to feel a part of the team and to have value," said senior running back Kennon Magers.

Austin College fans will also be excited about a new turf field in Sherman, as players on that field try to improve the program's outlook in 2022.

"It's a whole new culture," said wide receiver Traelyn Marsh. "I would say that we're striving to make a difference in the Austin College program. We know we have had a couple down years the last year but we are coming back stronger than ever."