College Football Preview: The 2015 Troy Trojans
Troy Trojans Preview
2014 Record: 3-9
The Troy Trojans turn to Neal Brown to turn reverse the fortunes of one of the more accomplished teams in the Sun Belt.
Overview: Former assistant Neal Brown takes over the reins at Troy with Larry Blakeney retiring and he has improved offenses wherever he has been and has some weapons at his disposal at Troy to work with. If he can get his defense to carry some of the load he might have something but that’s going to be a tall order.
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Offense: The Trojans have a great quarterback in Brandon Silvers who threw for 1,836 yards for eleven scores and three picks on a whopping 70.5% completion rate. Granted he didn’t stretch the field and stuck with mostly short stuff but he was more then solid not to mention his 336 running yards. Bryan Holmes is the leading receiver back (34-474) but this was a receiver by committee attack that returns 13 players that had receptions in 2014. Jordan Chunn and Brandon Burks combined for almost 1,100 yards on the ground with Burks showing good hands with 20+ catches. Two lineman are back which is a worry with All Sun Belt RT Terrance Jones gone.
Defense: Ends Jamal Stadom and Tyler Roberts are solid pass rushers with a combined 15 TFL and 9.5 sacks while two of the three top DT return while plenty saw action a year ago so if experience counts for anything a poor run defense should be better. The linebacking unit returns three of their top four but the three combined for 61.5 tackles (I said combined) and more is needed. The secondary has plenty of returning players sprinkled around with FS Montres Kitchens the leader of the group with a team high 70.5 tackles and six interceptions. This unit also gets corner Lamarcus Farmer from UAB so the name of the game for the secondary is to limit big plays.
Special Teams: Ryan Kay averaged around 40 yards and was 10-14 on field goals and Teddy Ruben handled both return duties although 17 yards per kick return leaves a lot to be desired. Expect the Trojans to try some different options in the return game including coverage teams which were not great.
Outlook: The Trojans offense appears to be set and should put up decent numbers especially in the passing game. The defense didn’t stop the run and the unit as a whole gave up big plays. I can see the defense improving which should help add to the win column but not more then that.