Troy Trojans aiming to cure defensive problems
The Troy Trojans are trying to rebuild from a disappointing
season, especially on defense.
Coach Larry Blakeney said at Saturday’s media day the Trojans
are better and deeper than the team that went 3-9 after winning
five straight Sun Belt Conference championships.
”We’re not there yet. We aren’t close,” Blakeney said after
his team scrimmaged in front of a couple hundred fans at Veterans
Memorial Stadium. ”But I think we are better as a team. We
understand team better than we have in a while. The team concept is
what really glues you together when you start into a season and try
to accomplish a championship and a bowl.”
The Trojans finished 113th nationally in total defense last
season and allowed 38-plus points seven times. That’s a big reason
they fell to their first losing season since 2005 and the worst
record of Blakeney’s 21-year tenure.
Blakeney said there’s more depth across the board on
Linebacker Brannon Bryan said chemistry is another noticeable
”A lot of guys would run through a brick wall for each other,”
Bryan said. ”I’m not sure last year there was a whole lot of that.
We want to play for the guy next to us.”
Blakeney signed a recruiting class heavy on defense. That
includes Southern California transfer cornerback T.J. Bryant and
junior college cornerback Zach Miller, a likely starter.
The offense, meanwhile, returns 10 starters and quarterback
Corey Robinson is closing in on a number of Troy’s career passing
marks. Robinson sees positive signs so far in preseason camp.
”It’s been the most grueling offseason I’ve been a part of at
any level,” Robinson said. ”I definitely feel like we’ve worked
hard enough to get back on top.”