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Posted Nov 29, 2013


2013 Troy Trojans ... Head Coach: Larry Blakeney


Troy Trojans

2013 Record: 6-6
8/31 UAB W 34-31 OT
9/7 Savannah St W 66-3
9/12 at Arkansas St L 41-34
9/21 at Mississippi St L 62-7
9/28 at Duke L 38-31
10/5 South Alabama W 34-33
10/12 at Georgia State W 35-28
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 at WKU W 32-26
11/2 ULM L 49-37
11/7 at La-Lafayette L 41-36
11/16 at Ole Miss L 51-21
11/23 OPEN DATE
11/29 Texas State W 42-28
at Troy 42, Texas State 28
Basically … Troy became bowl eligible as Deon Anthony threw two touchdown passes and Jordan Chunn ran for two one-yard scores on the way to a 35-14 lead. Texas State scored first on a seven-yard Ryan Carden touchdown catch, and quarterback Duke DeLancellotti ran for two short scores, but Troy took the lead midway through the second quarter and put it away on a 25-yard Chandler Worthy catch.
- Troy QB Deon Anthony completed 4-of-5 passes for 164 yards and two scores, and Corey Robinson completed 17-of-22 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.
- The two teams combined for 17 penalties
- Troy RB Jordan Chunn ran 13 times for 83 yards and two scores.
- Texas State QB Duke DeLancellotti completed 11-of-31 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 17 times for 72 yards and two scores.

at Ole Miss 51, Troy 21
Basically … Bo Wallace accounted for four touchdowns, throwing two to Laquon Treadwell from 25 and 23 yards out in the first quarter. Wallace ran for a 29-yard touchdown in the second as Ole Miss cranked up a 44-7 lead after three. Jaylen Walton ran for a four-yard score in the first and took a pass from Barry Brunetti from 43 yards out in the third. Troy got two-yard touchdown runs from Jordan Chunn and Daron White in the fourth.
- Ole Miss cranked up 751 yards of total offense with 382 on the ground and 369 through the air.
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 17-of-26 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran nine times for a team-leading 66 yards and a score in just over a half of play.
- Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 24-of-36 passes for 258 yards with a pick.
- Troy WR Chandler Worthy caught seven passes for 133 yards.

at Louisiana-Lafayette 41, Troy 36
Basically … Terrance Broadway threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, including a two-yard run early in the fourth to stretch the lead for good. After Troy came back with a three-yard Eric Thomas touchdown catch, the ULL defense held on as Trevence Patt knocked away a Corey Robinson pass in the end zone on the final drive. Elijah McGuire ran for a 38-yard touchdown for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the first quarter, and took a pass 60 yards for a touchdown for a 21-3 lead, but Troy came back helped by a 65-yard Camren Hudson pick six and three Will Scott field goals.
- Louisiana-Lafayette QB Terrance Broadway completed 8-of-13 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 14 times for 63 yards and two scores.
- Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 25-of-44 passes for 271 yards and a score.
- Troy RB Brandon Burks ran 15 times for 126 yards.
- Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire ran seen times for 82 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass 60 yards for a score.

Troy 35, at Georgia State 28
Basically … Corey Robinson threw three touchdown passes including a 54-yarder to Chris Williams with just over three minutes to play to give Troy the lead for good in a back-and-forth game. Georgia State battled well with Ronnie Bell throwing four touchdown passes with three in the second half, hitting Albert Wilson for scores from eight and 38 yards out. Down seven with under ten minutes to play, Troy tied it up on a three-yard Jordan Chunn touchdown run, and then it was Robinson coming through in the final minutes.
- Troy threw two picks, and the team turned it over three times total and committed nine penalties, but the team got out alive. It was way too much of a struggled against a mediocre team, but with a road game at WKU up next, the Trojans couldn’t afford the gag. The defense came up with a strong game against the run, but the secondary was torched; WKU will be more balanced.
- Georgia State came close and battled well, but at the very least, the team is improving. Ronnie Bell threw four touchdown passes, but he was under constant pressure and didn’t get anything from the ground game to help out. Albert Wilson continues to be special, making seven catches for 153 yards and two scores. It’s still a winless season, but the Panthers are getting closer. The emergence of a stronger passing game is about to pay off.

at Troy 34, South Alabama 33
Basically … Troy pulled out the thrilling win in the final moments as Corey Robinson found Eric Thomas for a 20-yard touchdown with just seven seconds to play to tie it, and the Will Scott extra point won it. The Trojans seemed like they were in control with a 24-7 lead helped by a 62-yard touchdown catch by Thomas from Deon Anthony, but USA roared back with Bryant Lavender catching a 56-yard touchdown pass, and Ross Metheny running for a score before coming up with what seemed like the game-winner on a 65-yard scoring play to Jereme Jones with just 48 seconds to play. Robinson marched the Trojans 66 yards in 41 seconds for the victory.
- Just when it seemed like Troy was going to collapse in painful fashion, giving up 20 fourth quarter points, Corey Robinson came up with a brilliant finish. Deon Anthony might provide a little more mobility under center, but Robinson is still the main man completing 20-of-26 throws for 210 yards and two scores.
- South Alabama has to shake this off quickly. The Jaguars cranked up 630 yards of total offense, and it had the game in hand in the final moments in thrilling fashion, but the secondary couldn’t close. The 11 penalties were too many, and it took a while to get things going on O, but the team showed it’s going to be in the Sun Belt title hunt all season long.

at Duke 38, Troy 31
Basically … Duke jumped out to a 21-7 lead on two Brandon Connette touchdown passes and a three-yard scoring run, but Troy kept on coming with Corey Robinson bombing away, hitting Eric Thomas for a 12-yard touchdown and a 40-yard play to Wilson Van Hooser to tie it up at 28 early in the third. Connette added his second touchdown run to answer, and Ross Martin nailed a 34-yard field goal in the final seconds to finally put the game away.
- How even was the game? Duke came up with 514 yards of total offense, and Troy came up with 512. Each team threw haymakers, and neither defense could come up with anything big until the fourth quarter when the two teams traded field goals.
- Corey Robinson found his accuracy and early season groove again. While he threw a pick, he completed 35-of-45 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns, spreading the ball around extremely well. He kept Troy alive.
- Robinson still needs help from the ground game that hasn’t shown up on a consistent basis. Jordan Chunn ran for two scores, but for the most part, there wasn’t anything big with the longest run just 16 yards. Duke didn’t have to worry about the ground game, but that didn’t help against Robinson.
- If the Duke defense is going to continue to give up big plays, yard, and points in chunks, Brandon Connette has to continue to ball. He completed 20-of-28 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns. He had to do everything.

at Mississippi State 62, Troy 7
Basically … The Mississippi State offense exploded, but it was the defense that kicked things off with a Jamerson Love interception return for a touchdown in the first few minutes. Up 10-7 in the second, it was all MSU with 52 unanswered points with Dak Prescott running for two scores and throwing for two in a 35-point second quarter. Jameon Lewis made it a laugher with a 50-yard touchdown catch late in the second and an eight-yard touchdown run in the third.
- Now that was how the Mississippi State offense is supposed to look. It hasn’t operated like this year with Dak Prescott moving the chains well, hitting all the right throws, and moving the chains with both his legs as well as his arm. The passing game was explosive and the ground attack effective and deep.
- As accurate as he was to start the year, Corey Robinson is better than he showed, completing just 15-of-25 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown with a pick six that killed the game before it could get started.
- The Troy defense couldn’t get off the field. Prescott ground out drives as MSU had the ball for over 36 minutes by converting third down after third down. The Trojans didn’t have an answer for Prescott.
- MSU didn’t allow Troy to establish a running game. By the time it really tried, it was too late. The Trojans finished with just 47 yards on the ground with Brandon Burks running for 43 of them with most coming on one big dash.

at Arkansas State 41, Troy 34, Sept. 12
Basically … Fredi Knighten ran for a 13-yard touchdown with just under four minutes to play to hold off a mistake-prone, but explosive Troy. Corey Robinson led the Trojans to 614 yards of total offense with two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions and the team lost four turnovers. Michael Gordon ran for scoring dashes from 11 and 64 yards out in the third, and Chandler Worthy caught a 53-yard scoring play to help Troy tie it, but the Red Wolves scored too quickly. Robinson got down to the ASU 26, but his final throw was picked off.
- The Red Wolves did everything possible to get to Robinson. There were only two sacks, but the nine tackles for loss helped counteract so many big plays.
- Michael Gordon was a key to the ASU offense with 115 yards and two third quarter touchdowns, including a 64-yarder, on just eight carries. David Oku also added two rushing scores.
- Robinson spread the ball around, but Eric Thomas and Bryan Holmes made the most noise, combing for 12 passes for 242 yards and two score. In all 12 players caught passes.
- It’s not like the Arkansas State defense slowed things down, but Qushaun Lee did his part with 12 tackles. He helped stop the Troy ground game, but the secondary was torn up.

at Troy 66, Savannah State 3, Sept. 7
Basically … Corey Robinson took target practice throwing two touchdown passes in the first quarter to Eric Thomas and finding him for a 50-yarder in the third for an easy win. Troy rolled up 531 yards of total offense, while the defense only allowed a 40-yard field goal at the end of the first half and gave up 147 yards of offense.
- How hot is Corey Robinson? After the opener against UAB and this easy win, he has completed 47-of-51 passes in his first two games.
- Speaking of efficient, Eric Thomas caught three passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns.
- The seven penalties were completely unnecessary against a team like Savannah State. Everything else was good in the light scrimmage, including a defense that’s starting the season off relatively well. The run defense has to be tested, but as long as Robinson and the passing game can control the clock, the D will be rested.

at Troy 34, UAB 31 OT
Basically … Will Scott nailed a 30-yard field goal in overtime to give Troy the win after UAB fumbled the snap on its field goal attempt. Troy QB Corey Robinson set the NCAA record for completion percentage in a game with a minimum of 30 attempts, hitting 30-of-32 passes, but UAB was able to keep pace with Austin Brown throwing three touchdown passes and Jamarcus Nelson returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Down 31-17 in the fourth, Troy scored 17 unanswered points with a one-yard Deon Anthony touchdown run forcing overtime.
- Corey Robinson’s record-setting day: 30-of-32 for 319 yards and one score. He had one more incompletion than running back Deon Anthony, who missed on his one halfback option attempt.
- Lost in Robinson’s amazing day was a fantastic performance from UAB receiver Jamarcus Nelson who caught ten passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for a score.
- UAB got picked apart by Robinson and still had a shot to pull off the win. The Blazers were awful on third downs and committed 13 penalties, but again, it was right there to get out alive if it could’ve come up with one key stop or executed in overtime.
- The Troy defensive backs were active and effective. They broke up several passes and came up with a nice fourth quarter to help get the team back into the game.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited The Trojan offense should be the Trojan offense again after leading the Sun Belt in both total offense and passing. There are plenty of major changes and replacements needing to be made, but quarterback Corey Robinson is back with 10,258 passing yards and 61 career scores under his belt. Eric Thomas is a terrific receiver who should be one of the Sun Belt’s biggest producers, while tight end Jim Teknipp will play a bigger role. There are playmakers waiting in the wings, and Robinson should make everyone better.

Why To Be Grouchy The offensive line isn’t starting from scratch, but it’s not far off. Tackle Terrence Jones is the lone holdover from a front five that was fantastic in pass protection and paved the way for 167 rushing yards per game. Gone is leading rusher Shawn Southward and top target Chip Reeves, while the defense that finished last in the Sun Belt has to replace six starters including leading tacklers Kanorris Davis, Brynden Trawick and Brannon Bryan.

What Needs Working On Pass rush. The defense has been an issue for several seasons, and losing so much talent won’t help the continuity. The team only came up with a mere 13 sacks, and the trickledown effect kicked in with the secondary struggling and opposing backfields doing anything they wanted. Inexcusably, there weren’t any tackles for loss against Arkansas State and just 50 on the year. Leading sacker Tony Davis is gone, but he only came up with three sacks – he can be replaced.

Non-Conference Games: UAB, Savannah State, at Mississippi State, at Duke, at Ole Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 7-5
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Savannah State, South Alabama, at Georgia State, ULM, Texas State
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: UAB, at Arkansas State, at Mississippi State, at Duke, at WKU, at Louisiana, at Ole Miss

Schedule Analysis: Beating UAB in the opener could be the key to a winning record. There are some must-win, relatively easy games against Savannah State and South Alabama to go along with a road game at Georgia State, but the biggest Sun Belt dates – Arkansas State, WKU and Louisiana – are all on the road. Throw in the non-conference road games at Mississippi State, Duke and Ole Miss, and it’s going to be hard to get on any sort of a run.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Trojans have to be better on defense - but you've heard that before. The program has had way too many problems on a regular basis when it had to come up with a key defensive stop. There's no pass rush, finishing last in the league in tackles for loss and 113th in the country in sacks, and the pass defense hasn't helped the cause. Turnover margin was a huge issue last year, finishing last in the Sun Belt hurt mostly by coming up with just six interceptions.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Running back. After rocking with the Sun Belt's best recruiting classes over the last few years, there weren't too many openings. Guard Taylor Edwards was a good get, and some decent defensive backs were signed, but the best players are for the offensive backfield with the signing of Tim Longmire out of Tallahassee and fullback Josh Anderson, who could've gone to a much bigger school.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 102. That Class Was Heavy On ... The Trojans came up with the Sun Belt’s best recruiting class last season and is scheduled to bring in another whopper. The defensive line has been worked on over the few seasons, and now it should be about the skill spots with several running back prospects ready to come in to beef things up after all the top running options are scheduled to be gone after next year.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 83. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive ends. Enough of that … Larry Blakeney and the coaching staff appear to be sick of having a poor defense. Last year’s class was the best in the Sun Belt by far, and this year’s class could be even better, at least on the defensive front. With fantastic gets in JUCO transfer Tony Gillsepie, a 6-2, 315-pounder who’ll be planted in the middle of the line right away, and speed-rushing JUCO end Marty Stadom for the outside. JUCO transfer safety Brynden Trawick is a 6-2, 210-pound hitter who’ll be the immediate Sherriff of the secondary. 6-7, 200-pound Dallas Tidwell will be an interesting quarterback to develop for well down the road.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 79. That Class Was Heavy On ... Greg Jenkins to Brett Moncrief. The Trojans are now known for their high-powered offense and huge passing numbers, and they got a couple of stars to keep the production rolling. Greg Jenkins is an athletic JUCO transfer with the ability to step in and take over Levi Brown's old starting spot right away. Adding to the receiver talent is Brett Moncrief, a 6-3, 205-pound JUCO transfer who looks the NFL part. He could've gone to Ole Miss or Mississippi State, but chose Troy. On defense, the recent struggles in the secondary were addressed with seven corners signed including Dionte Ponder, a ready-made playmaker with big-time upside.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 85. That Class Was Heavy On ... Ready made defensive linemen. The Trojans had the Sun Belt’s best offensive line last year by far, but three starters are gone. While there’s depth and potential with the returning players, this class made sure the front five is loaded with four JUCO transfers, led by tackle Tyler Graves. The defensive side got some fantastic tackle prospects with JUCO transfer Riley Flowers good enough to play just about anywhere.


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