Anthony gives Troy offense mobile alternative

Published 9:20 pm Friday, August 3, 2012

While Corey Robinson is Troy’s undisputed starting quarterback for the third consecutive year, Hinds Community College transfer Deon Anthony will find himself in the mix.

Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said to even expect to see them on the field at the same time.

“We’ve got a plan for Deon and he’s helping us evolve with that plan,” Blakeney said. “He’s a guy that can do multiple things. Run the ball, certainly, so when we go to wildcat, we’ve got a guy back there that can throw it.”

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Blakeney gave Robinson praise for his improvement over the offseason. Robinson threw for 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last year and continues to climb Troy’s all-time passing list.

“Corey’s our guy and is having a great camp,” Blakeney said. “We may them both out there at the same time. I’m excited about both of those guys.”

Anthony, who was also heavily recruited by Pittsburgh, said the offensive playbook is coming to him a lot easier now that he has spring practice behind him.

“I’m getting a feel for the offense better than when I first came in,” Anthony said. “Going to the film room, learning my plays and learning my reads has been making it easier for me.”

Anthony was a mobile danger at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., passing for 2,202 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also ran for nine scores.

“The defense has more trouble covering everything when you’re a threat running and throwing,” Anthony said. “It makes it easier as a team to score in the redzone, too.”

Coincidentally, Troy is looking for a little help in that area. The Trojans ranked 119 out of 120 in redzone scoring last season nationally.

“I think (Anthony) can help us in the red zone,” Blakeney said. “Running the draw, the power and the movement passing game are things that make him a contributor.”

Troy will open its season on the road against UAB on Sept. 1.