Troy springs ahead

Published 10:56 pm Thursday, March 19, 2009

The time for spring practice has arrived for the Troy University Trojans football team. As the many spring sports prepare for games and meets in their respective sports the Trojans are working to get better inside Movie Gallery Stadium.

Troy’s Trojans opened spring practice Wednesday and will take part in spring drills through the next three weeks. Troy head coach Larry Blakeney is looking for those athletes during the spring that have that desire to start for the Troy Trojans.

“I like what I have seen in the first couple of days and I am excited,” Blakeney said. “The spring gives your guys some time to get some experience at the position he may have to play for the first time as a starting collegian next fall. You get time to expose them to what it is going to be like.”

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He said no jobs will be solidified in the spring, but it is a good time to evaluate the talent.

The Trojans have many holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball and two huge holes to fill on the offensive line. Blakeney said the spring is a good time to see who would be a good fit for those positions.

“We are looking for those guys to try and take those jobs and make them their own,” Blakeney said. “We are also looking for those guys who may not start, but they will be our role guys. We have good speed and probably better size than we have had on defense.”

Blakeney said it is good to have a core group of upper classmen leaders on the field during the spring. One of those leaders is Levi Brown, who is the reigning Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year. Last year he finished third behind Jamie Hampton and Tanner Jones in a tight race for the starting quarterback job. He ended the year as the quarterback that led the Trojans to their third straight Sun Belt Championship after Hampton went down with an injury and he beat out Jones for the starting job.

“The quarterback job is Levi’s to lose and he has gotten off to a good start in the spring,” Blakeney said.

DuJuan Harris and Maurice Greer return to the backfield for Troy along with a trio of redshirt freshmen. The explosive Jerrel Jernigan leads a returning group of receivers including, Cornelius Williams, Austin Silvoy, Andrew Davis, Zack Marcum, Patrick Cherry and Chip Reeves.

The Trojans practiced in shorts the past two days and they will put on the full gear Saturday and practice and practice six days a week for the next two weeks with a scrimmage on March 28 and a scrimmage on April 3.

Troy will practice for two more days on April 7 and April 9 before the spring practice season ends.