Troy offense could feature Robinson, Anthony in same backfield

Published 11:23 pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

After experimenting with a two-quarterback system last season, Troy football coaches want to find a way to get their play-makers more opportunities to make plays in 2013. That’s why opponents will see starting quarterback Corey Robinson and backup Deon Anthony on the field at the same time this season.

A gadget play here or there may be in the playbook, but coaches see Anthony as an athlete who is able to make plays without throwing in the kitchen sink.

“You’ve got to get the best guy (on the field) and he’s one that can score running it and throwing too,” Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. “He’s not a guy that we’re looking to run it 25 times a game but you can sprinkle him in there and it can really make a difference.”

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Anthony was Troy’s second leading rusher last season as a quarterback with 390 yards and eight touchdowns. He also threw for 856 yards and nine scores.

On Thursday, Anthony practiced mostly at quarterback but did get some work with the running backs. He says he has been attending wide receiver meeting as well and knowing the offense from a quarterback’s perspective has helped him grasp the other offensive positions.

“Mostly, it’s just getting into a rhythm with everything,” Anthony said. “I’ve been going to a lot of meetings to try to see how they see things.”

Robinson, who enters his senior season as the NCAA’s active leader in passing yards, says he has been pushing the idea of putting him and Anthony on the field at the same time since last year.

“He’s such a great player and great athlete that he needs to be on the field and I’ve said that,” Robinson said. “(Coaches) want to get him more snaps on the field whether it’s at quarterback, running back or receiver. I’m all for it.”

It seems early on that Robinson could very well be handing off or even throwing a pass to his backup in 2013 for the Trojans. Anthony did catch a touchdown pass while in junior college at Hinds Community College.

Troy will practice again on Saturday as the team leads up to their T-Day scrimmage April 20.