Robinson still day-to-day, Trojans look to Anthony at QB

Published 11:28 pm Monday, October 15, 2012

With Troy quarterback Corey Robinson still recovering and undergoing tests are suffering a concussion that sidelined him in the second quarter of last week’s 31-26 loss to Western Kentucky, the Trojans will now likely lean on reserve Deon Anthony to lead the high-octane offense against Florida International.

Anthony, a junior who has been used in specific situations this season, played the entire second half against Western Kentucky and is looking forward to the opportunity to play a full football game behind center though he admits he’s approaching the week of practice a little differently.

“My mindset totally changes knowing that I’ll probably play the whole game,” Anthony said. “Usually, I’m focused on the specific packages that coach has for in certain situations. Now, my mindset is totally different.”

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Though Anthony will be leading the Sun Belt’s top passing attack, he is confident in his abilities to get the Trojans into the end zone.

“Going this week through practice, I’m going to have time to get the rhythm with certain receivers,” he said. “Usually I go with the 2s (second team) and a little with the 1s, so the rhythm isn’t sharp like it should be. This week, it should be better.”

Eric Thomas, who lead the team in receiving last season and is second this year and also drove the probable starter to Troy’s press conference on Monday, has the same confidence in Anthony.

“It’s really not much difference. We practice with both of them a lot,” Thomas said. “Deon is a great quarterback himself . Deon can make the same throws as Corey too. It shouldn’t be different at all.”

Robinson is listed as “day-to-day” and several players said they have talked to him and expect him to return sooner rather than later.

“He’s doing pretty well actually,” said senior center Kyle Wilborn. “He came over to my house Saturday. He just hung out for a little bit. Obviously, he still has the symptoms. I expect him to come back and be the same old Corey.”

Head Athletic Trainer Chuck Ash said every player goes through a series of baseline test so that when an injury does occur, they can be evaluated and measured on that test.

“We begin testing when their symptoms subside. When their headache goes away, when their nausea goes away, their sensitivity to light, loud noises, trouble concentrating.” Ash said. “There’s a symptoms score that we go by. It has about 30 questions. They fill that out every day. There’s sort of a check and balances to keep them from coming in and sayinf ‘Hey, I feel great. I’m ready to practice.’ They have to prove it.”

Troy (3-3, 2-2 Sun Belt) kicks off with FIU (1-6, 0-3) at noon on Saturday.