2007 Troy Preview - Offense
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What you need to know:
Spread it out with four wide receivers, let Sun Belt Player of
the Year Omar Haugabook throw to the open guy, hope it all
works. This isn't an explosive attack, and it won't be for a
while with a mixed bag of talents on the front line trying to
fit the puzzle. The running backs are fine with the return of
Sean Dawkins helping out Kenny Cattouse, and Gary Banks and
Mykeal Terry lead an inexperienced receiving corps that'll be
fine. But it's all up to Haugabook. He's the difference between
a second straight Sun Belt title and a losing season.
Passing: Omar Haugabook
241-393, 2,401 yds, 21 TD, 17 INT
Rushing: Kenny Cattouse
168 carries, 810 yds, 4 TD
Receiving: Gary Banks
68 catches, 603 yds, 8 TD
Star of the offense: Senior QB Omar Haugabook
Player that has to step up and become a star: Junior OT/OG
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore WR Cornelius Williams
Best pro prospect: Junior WR Gary Banks
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Haugabook, 2) Banks, 3)
RB Kenny Cattouse
Strength of the offense: Haugabook, running backs
Weakness of the offense: Offensive line
Projected Starter: Former JUCO transfer Omar
Haugabook was the big pickup of the Sun Belt season, and he
didn't disappoint adding some desperately needed pop to the
passing game completing 61% of his passes for 2,401 yards and 21
touchdowns. However, the senior had big, big problems
with interceptions throwing 17 with 16 in 11 games. While not
known for being a runner, he turned it up a notch in the final
two games of the year with 111 yards against FIU and 92 in the
New Orleans Bowl win over Rice. With his experience and
all-around skills, he'll be the lead runner in the Sun Belt
Player of the Year race. He won it last year.
Projected Top Reserves: Walk-on Tanner Jones
has pushed himself into the number two job showing off a
variety of skills. The 6-2, 200-pound redshirt freshman is a
good runner with a nice arm, and now he has to progress enough
to be considered the main main going into next year.
Jonathan Chandler isn't all that big and isn't the best
of runners, but he has a decent enough arm and skills to compete
all year for the number two spot.
Watch Out For ... a battle all season long for the
backup job. It's not even close to being solidified with a mad,
year-long scramble on to see who'll replace Haugabook next year.
Strength: Haugabook's leadership. After the way he
rallied the team, and the season, with the Sun Belt title and a
bowl win, this is truly his team now. He's good enough to carry
the offense by himself at times.
Weakness: Experienced reserves. There aren't any.
Chandler completed two of two passes for -1 yards in his three
appearances. That's about it.
Outlook: Omar Haugabook is the key to the Sun Belt
season. As long as he stays healthy and is productive, Troy will
be the main contender for the title. He can't press and he must
cut down on his interceptions. Getting the backups quality live
reps (and not just in garbage time) will be a must.
Projected Starters: A decent running back situation got
a whole bunch better with the return of 225-pound senior Sean
Dawkins after missing all of last year with a broken foot
and an injured knee. Part fullback and part halfback, he's a
between-the-tackles runner who brings a linebacker-like
mentality to the running game. He's not going to bust off any
home runs, but he'll get the hard yards.
Also back is leading
returning rusher Kenny Cattouse after running for 810
yards and four touchdowns. It took a while for him to get going,
but he eventually became a major player in the Sun Belt
highlighted by a 172-yard, two-touchdown day against UL
Lafayette and 107 yards and two scores against Arkansas State.
He has good quickness and can run inside or out, but he's not
necessarily a speed back. He can catch a little bit even though
he isn't a consistent runner after the grab.
Projected Top Reserves: 190-pound sophomore
Justin Brooks had a nice first year running for 72 yards and
three touchdowns saving the day against UL Monroe. He has a good
mix of power and speed and will quickly play more of a role in
the rotation, even if he has a hard time beating out Dawkins for
185-pound junior Xavier Moreland was originally
considered just a special teamer and defensive back, but he'll
start to see a little bit of work in the rotation with too much
speed to keep off the field. He's a smart player who'll find
time as long as he learns to be more of an inside runner.
Sophomore Josh Brownell is another good-sized, physical
back who can pound away for a few carries here and there.
Watch Out For ... Dawkins to bring another element to
the mix. With more power and a veteran set of legs, he should
combine with Cattouse to crank out a big rushing year.
Strength: Power. There are several interchangeable
big backs who can all run up the gut and grind out yards.
Weakness: Speed backs. Cattouse can move a little
bit and several young backs can move, and Moreland can flat-out
fly, but there isn't a proven outside-the-tackle runner who can
get to the corner and turn it. That could quickly change if
Moreland turns into a runner.
Outlook: The more Omar Haugabook doesn't have to
run, the better. While he's dangerous out of the pocket, the
more Cattouse and Dawkins can combine for carries (preferably
over 200), the better. It won't be the best running game in the
Sun Belt, and there will be times when there's no production
whatsoever, but it'll be a good enough attack to keep the
pressure off the passing game.
Projected Starters: Two key starters return to the
receiving corps to provide key targets for Omar Haugabook led by
leading receiver Gary Banks and third leading receiver
Mykeal Terry. Terry's the speed receiver averaging 17.7
yards per catch on 27 grabs with five touchdowns. He was
non-existent over the first half of the year before blowing up
in back-to-back weeks catching 11 passes for 293 yards and three
touchdowns in wins over Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State. Now
the junior has to be consistent on the outside.
Banks is a former quarterback, and a former Chicago Cub, who was
surprisingly steady season,
finishing with 68 catches for 603 yards and eight touchdowns.
While he has to the size and speed to make big plays, he was
mainly a possession target averaging a mere 8.9 yards a catch.
Sophomore Cornelius Williams will get the start at the
inside Y position after a great spring. At 6-1 and 180 pounds,
he's a decent-sized receiver who comes from Hoover High in
Alabama wining four state titles. In a limited role as a
freshman, he made six catches for 32 yards.
Also in the starting
mix in four-wide sets will be sophomore Andrew Davis, a
5-9, 165-pound possession target who made 18 grabs for 130 yards
and two touchdowns on the inside. He has the speed to make
deeper plays; now he has to do it.
Projected Top Reserves: Sophomore Justin Bray
and senior Clarence Denmark join Terry on the X as
the speed receivers who'll have to stretch the field a little
bit more. Denmark has never been able to harness his tremendous
speed and become a complete receiver failing to make a catch
last year, while Bray only average 3.9 yards on his ten grabs
with a touchdown.
Senior Gerald Tate is another speed
receiver who hasn't made a whole bunch of speed plays with just
one catch for nine yards last year. Senior Josh Allen
isn't going to start any time soon, but he's a tough veteran
who'll make the hard catch inside every once in a while at the Y
unless 6-3, 180-pound redshirt freshman Austin Silvoy
takes all the work away.
Watch Out For ... more deep passes. Troy averaged a
lousy 9.9 yards per completion with a controlled passing game
that focused on keeping things moving. Now the offense has to
rely on Terry, and some of the other speedsters, to make bigger
Strength: Banks. Everyone inexperienced corps
needs one guy who will always make catches and can always be
counted on for five catches a game. Banks is the guy who'll
always get open when Haugabook needs him to.
Weakness: Experience. Terry didn't do anything
until late in the year and there's no one else of note outside
of Banks who has produced on a consistent basis. The entire
corps will be a work in progress to find playmakers to help out
Banks and Terry.
Outlook: Haugabook will have to make everyone
better. Banks can't be the only target and Terry has to be a
consistent deep threat. More players need to get involved in the
four-wide set and they must start producing yards after the
catch. Basically, there has to be more overall pop, and it
should be there if the untested prospects like Bray and Williams
start to shine.
Projected Starters: Only one true starter returns up front, and
that's junior Chris Jamison at either right guard or left tackle.
He's 6-3 and 285 pounds with good athleticism for a Sun Belt guard, but
he's not an all-star and he's not exactly the type of blocker to revolve
an entire line around. He could move back to his guard spot if needed
having been moved around a bit in spring ball.
For now, 6-6, 292-pound
junior Will Chambliss will handle the guard job while Jamison
will move to tackle. Chambliss is a strong player with good skills, but
now he has to put it all together. He doesn't have the speed or
athleticism to play tackle and is more suited for the inside.
320-pound redshirt freshman Danny Franks will take over for
long-time starter Zach Yenser after being a jack-of-all-trades backup.
He's extremely strong, is one of the team's biggest players, and, of
JUCO transfer Dion Small was moved around in
spring ball and will likely settle in at right tackle bringing decent
feet and experience at Georgia Military Academy. At 6-3 and 280 pounds,
he has good size and should be a fixture. 6-5, 298-pound sophomore
Steven Merkel is a big body at right guard and will have to grow
into the job. On a line full of question marks, he's the biggest X
Projected Top Reserves: Most of the top projected
backups weren't around for spring ball. The real talent comes this fall
when 6-7, 335-pound freshman Jamarr Thompson shows up to battle
for the left tackle job. He's big, extremely mobile, and a great get for
6-4, 300-pound freshman Micah Grimes is another top
tackle prospect who could quickly change the pecking order. He's ready
right out of the box with size, strength and talent.
Windham Rotunda is a 310-pound mauling guard, while 290-pound
freshman Tyrell Curtis will push hard for time from day one at
one of the guard spots, likely on the right side.
Watch Out For ... everything to change dramatically
between now and the start of the season, and changed again by mid-year.
Write the depth chart in pencil.
Strength: Youthful talent. The coaching staff did
a great job recruiting bringing in a nice haul of prospects to
eventually form a tremendous front wall. There's good size all across
Weakness: Experience. How is there going to be any
continuity from one game to the next when there'll be so many changes
and so many variables? It might take a while for things to jell, and
that could be a major problem with Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma State
Outlook: Give it time and things should be fine.
There's size, talent and more size, and as long as the right pieces are
in place by late September, the front five should go from being a major
concern to a plus.
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