Troy football sifts through talent pool to find running backs

Published 11:54 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

There will be plenty of names in the hat for Troy as the football team looks to replace two of its top three rushers from last season.

Gone are Shawn Southward, D.J. Taylor and Justin Albert. Reserve quarterback Deon Anthony rushed for nearly 400 hundred yards last season will return but the Trojans are in search of someone for Anthony and starter Corey Robinson to hand the ball to.

“I feel like we have two guys already who can step in a fill those shoes,” Robinson said of Brandon Burks and Daron White. “They run differently like Shawn and D.J. But they’ll be OK. It’s all about getting those guys as many reps as possible and making them feel comfortable.”

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Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield echoed Robinson’s statements but also said the offense wouldn’t change, the new guys will just have to step up.

“Obviously, we come into each new season with a few wrinkles in our system, but overall we have to stick to our fundamental philosophy,” Edenfield said. “That’s the word ‘fundamental’. The main thing is getting guys enough snaps. We’ve got three guys going right now at the running back position, it’s just one of those processes.”

Along with Burks and White, Khary Franklin is also seeing extended time at the position. Michael Lindsey and Brandon Knight will also get some reps as well.

Franklin carried the ball three times last season for 23 yards. White got three attempts for 11 yards. Outside of those two guys, Troy has little playing experience returning. Burks and White returned kicks for the Trojans last season.