Wilborn takes over at center as Troy makes some moves in several areas

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Troy's Kyle Wilborn prepares to snap the ball in practice (Photo/Wes Johnson)

Troy released its depth chart for the UAB game on Tuesday and several names had been moved around.

Most notably, senior Kyle Wilborn will make the official move from guard to center. Wilborn, who played 10 games last season at left guard before being sidelined due to injury, said he’s happy as long as he’s on the field.

“We’re all mix and matching pieces of the puzzle right now,” Wilborn said. “Anywhere I get to play on the field I’ll be happy. I just love to play.

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Head coach Larry Blakeney said it was a move designed to get the best five guys on the offensive line.

“Kyle is the best player we have anywhere we put him,” he said. “We’ve had some heat problems on the line and Kyle jumped in there and solidified it. He’s got so much more game experience in the middle.”

Another change was the promotion of redshirt freshman linebacker Tyler Roberts to the starting bandit position.

“He’s just a guy that makes plays,” Blakeney said. “He uses his hands and is a smart football player. We’re going to need two at that position and I full well expect Jacoby (Thomas) to compete.”

Shawn Southward was listed as Troy’s top back with D.J. Taylor as his backup. Taylor, however, has not practice in several days and had underwent evaluation after heat related ailments. Khary Franklin is the No. 3 back.

Troy will open the 2012 regular season on the road against in-state rival UAB at 11 a.m. on Sept. 1.