Here’s a position-by-position look at the Troy offense. I’ll post the defense on Thursday.
Who’s Gone: NONE
Who’s Back: Starter Corey Robinson, QB #1B, Deon Anthony is also back and so is Dallas Tidwell. Some attention must be paid to freshman Brandon Silvers. After grey-shirting last season, Silvers will likely redshirt this year (the same path Corey Robinson took). Coaches have long since targeted him as Robinson’s long term replacement.
Standout/Most Improved: Offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield has been very pleased with the improvement of both Corey Robinson and Deon Anthony. The one area coaches really wanted to see improvement was accuracy on deep throws. The result? Robinson hooked up with Eric Thomas for a 95-yard touchdown pass in the team’s second scrimmage of the spring.
Sleeper: There is no real sleeper at this position. Robinson and Anthony will get ample playing time and Tidwell will be the backup plan. If there were to be a sleeper attribute category, it would be Anthony’s passing ability. His accuracy has really improved from a year ago.
Who’s Gone: D.J. Taylor, Shawn Southward, T.J. Mitchell
Who’s Back: Daron White opened the spring as the #1 running back by default but I think you will see Brandon Burks, who has been held out lately due to a minor injury, make a push for the starting role in the fall.
Most Improved: Michael Lindsey has made some big plays in the two scrimmages this spring and coaches are hoping that he can continue to improve and be a staple in the running back rotation.
Sleeper: Jarod Lee has impressed coaches this spring by improving his fundamentals. Lee filled in for D.J. Taylor early last season as the H-back.
Who’s Gone: Chip Reeves, Jaquon Robinson, Corey Johnson, Justin Albert
Who’s Back: Eric Thomas, B.J. Chitty, Felton Peyton, Chandler Worthy, Bryan Holmes, Trey Page. Thomas will be the featured receiver this season but overall the receiving corps looks solid even with the loss of Chip Reeves.
Most Improved: Bryan Holmes has turned in a stellar spring. Some think he’s faster than Chip Reeves and he’s showing signs of having the same deep threat capabilities.
Sleeper: B.J. Chitty has two seasons under his belt and may not seem like a proper choice for ‘sleeper’ but he is a guy that hasn’t necessarily turned in a standout season. This could be the year however.
Who’s Gone: Kyle Wilborn, Jerred Fleming, Cody Woodiel, Andrew Phillips
Who’s Back: Even McKissack, Caleb Carbine, Terrance Jones, Antonio Garcia, Chris Hawkins, Dalton Bennett, Tyler Lassiter, Jimmy Arnold
Most Improved: The one name that keeps coming up in offensive line talk is Antonio Garcia. Coaches have been very happy with his spring so far. He’s a redshirt freshman who has a chance to see a lot of playing time in 2013.
Sleeper: Chris Hawkins played in the first four games of the season last year before an injury kept him out. Troy will need to see the 6-foot-3, 294-pounder stay healthy in 2013.