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The search begins…

While the Troy Trojans will be looking to find the right personnel to fill in the holes its defense for the upcoming season, there is another position on the opposite side of the ball that is receiving the same amount of attention, if not more.

With the departure of Sun Belt Player of the Year Levi Brown, the Trojans will be looking to find a quarterback that will be able to produce the same kind of numbers that helped rank Troy’s offense top five in the several offensive categories.

There are currently three candidates for the job: red shirt junior Jamie Hampton, junior college transfer Greg Jenkins and red shirt freshman, Corey Robinson.

“All the guys have had their moments (this spring),” head coach Larry Blakeney said.

“Jamie has a measure of experience coming in but there are things they all do well.

“We are trying to find the right situation with all the guys – each has obvious positives,” the coach added.

Hampton first saw action in 2007, completing six of 11 passes for 45 yards, touchdown and an interception and was also the team’s fourth leading rusher with 161 yards on 26 carries in eight games.

In 2008, Hampton won the starting job through the first five games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury to Florida Atlantic.

In those five games, he threw for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns.

The six-foot, 214-pound Robinson was named Mr. Football in Kentucky in 2007 during his season year, after setting a national record with 91 touchdown passes and throwing for 5,872 yards with just four interceptions.

The six-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Jenkins led the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to the JUCO state title in 2009, and finished passing for 1,407 yards with 14 touchdowns.

Blakeney called Jenkins “the best multi-person guy” in the position race.

Along with those three, junior Dantavious Parker was also scheduled to be a part of the mix, before breaking his collarbone during Saturday’s scrimmage.

“We know a lot about him,” Blakeney said about Parker. He is a great kid – wish they were all like him.”

As far as the injury goes, Blakaney said he would be out for the remainder of the spring to give him time to recover, however if it happened during the season, the coach said this would be an injury that Parker would be able to return to fairly quickly.

“Each are great candidates – I like what I have seen so far,” the coach said. “(As far as naming a starter at the end of spring) we don’t have to. But we would like have to have an idea of which direction we would like to go in.”

“We didn’t do it last year, but it’s always good to know where you stand. This is going to be a pretty tight competition,” Blakeney added.