TSU dodges rain in first full practice

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 10, 2001

The Troy State football team had its first two full-squad practices Thursday after dodging rain throughout the day.

The Trojans practiced for two hours in the morning and followed that with another two hour practice in the evening, in soggy conditions. During the two practices, the Trojans continue to implement the new "Trojan Spread" offense

"We are starting to find some receivers" said Troy State head coach Larry Blakeney. "We got lucky with the rain and were able to get some good work in. We really got a lot of work done today with our offensive line."

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The defense also continued to get back into the swing of things.

"The defense looked very sharp today," said Blakeney. "They were very aggressive and were swarming to the ball already."

The Trojans still have some lingering questions about their special teams, and the replacements for punter Matt Allen and placekicker Lawrence Tynes.

"We still have to find a punter and kicker," said Blakeney. "Today was not the most conducive conditions to work on our special teams, both positions will be very competitive and we want it to be fair."

Troy State will have its second day of full-squad practices beginning Friday at 6:30 a.m.

Come Sept 1, all the practices will come to fruition as the Trojans open their inaugural I-A campaign against preseason No. 4 Nebraska.

TROJAN NOTES: Offensive linemen Trent Garmon Oeg) and Rodney Jordan (back) were held out of practices today. They are expected to be back in action soon.