Springing into action
Published 9:57 pm Monday, April 5, 2010
With the spring practice nearing an end for the Troy Trojans, the annual T-Day game took place this past Saturday, giving all the Trojan fans a glimpse what could be for the upcoming season.
The quarterback competition between red-shirt junior Jamie Hampton and red-shirt freshman Corey Robinson took center stage on Saturday as both try to add the word “starter” besides their name.
Both showed off their individual skills at T-Day, as Hampton threw for 205 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while Robins threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
“If I had to make a call, it would be between one of them,” Blakeney said. “Both have had some good moments.” “Jamie has shown some of his experience early on (this spring) but we are trying to get both of them to the point where they are taking care of the football and able to read defenses,” the coach said.
Hampton completed 107 of his 174 passes for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2008 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Florida Atlantic.
“It’s a pretty close race,” Blakeney said. “Field generalship is something that is important. Both need to assert themselves more as offensive leaders – and both have the capacities to do so.”
The other quarterback in competition, JUCO transfer Greg Jenkins, finished the scrimmage completing nine of his 19 passes for 58 yard.
“Greg is a little behind coming from a different offense,” Blakeney said. “He has a lot of attributes with him, a lot like Omar (Haugabook) had – we just have to get him to where he can make all the throws.”
As far as the offensive line goes, the coach said he liked what he saw from the players who will be blocking for whomever will be behind center.
“I think we have a couple of guys that are going to be able to do the job. “Hopefully we will get (Kyle) Wilborn back soon from injury and that should help things out. The left side is doing well, but the right side is still a question mark for us,” Blakeney added.
All in all, Blakeney said there were no big surprises at this year’s T-Day.
“I think in some ways, we got a little big better on defense, which is always good.
“At times it looked like we were making progress and at other times it looked like we were sleep walking – we still have a long ways to go before we are where we want to be.