Blakeney pleased with Tuesday workout

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 29, 2001

The Troy State football team continued with its preparations for Saturday’s season-opener against fourth-ranked Nebraska on Tuesday, working for two hours against scout teams in preparation for the Huskers (1-0).

Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney seemed pleased with the workout.

"I thought that our guys are continuing to improve each time out," Blakeney said. "The focus and intensity are starting to become more visible, and that’s important. We’ve got a major challenge ahead of us."

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The team’s offense worked with simulated crowd noise for the second consecutive day in Memorial Stadium in an attempt to prepare for the noise they will face Saturday against an anticipated sellout in Lincoln. Memorial Stadium at Tom Osborne Field seats more than 73,000 fans. The largest crowd the Trojans have played before previously was 31,789 against Central Florida in 1988.

"I don’t think the noise will be a factor," Blakeney said. "We are trying not to make it much of a factor. We know there will be 73,000 screaming folks there, and we’ll have to deal with it, but I think our offense has a good plan to adjust with signals and other small things."


Blakeney announced on Tuesday that defensive tackle Jordan Lesley will likely be redshirted this season. The sophomore played in just one game last season. He was listed as a backup to nose tackle Jose Gamboa but injured his neck last week. Freshman Demarcus Ware has moved into the backup slot behind Gamboa.

Blakeney was a guest on the "Dan Patrick Show" on ESPN radio on Tuesday afternoon, spending eight minutes with fill-in host Chris Fowler, who hosts the ESPN television network’s "College GameDay."