Offense looking to fine-tune in T-Day scrimmage

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 18, 2013

Heading into the final scrimmage of the spring, Troy defensive players have something to prove. The offensive players are trying to fine-tune and the coaching staff is just hoping to see injury-free execution.

The Trojans will host the annual spring T-Day game on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The scrimmage will pit the offense versus the defense for approximately 80 plays.

Attitudes vary depending on which side of the ball you’re on.

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“There hasn’t been a whole lot of trash talking this year,” senior quarterback Corey Robinson said. “We’re trying to preach togetherness and teamwork. Everyone out here has the same goal, we want to get better.”

The defensive outlook is more competitive.

“We’ve been going back and forth at each other this spring, it’s all about competition,” linebacker Mark Wilson said. “I want to blitz. We didn’t do a whole lot of that last year, so I want to go out there and put the blitz packages that the coaches have put together to work.”

Chances are Troy fans won’t see much blitzing on Saturday from the new-look, Wayne Bolt lead defense but come the regular season, things will likely change.

“We’re going to be very vanilla (on Saturday). I’m hoping that we can get around 80 good plays in and get out of here injury free,” said Troy head coach Larry Blakeney. “I think we’ve found some guys that can play but I’m hoping we’ll find even more.”

The game is part of T-Club weekend that will showcase many athletic programs.

A ground breaking ceremony for the new Trojan Golf Complex renovation will kick off the day at 9 a.m. followed by “The Future of Troy Athletics” on the fourth floor of the Veterans Memorial Stadium Tower at 10 a.m.

The T-Day game will kick off at 11 a.m. with the Troy softball team taking on Western Kentucky in a doubleheader starting at noon. The baseball team is scheduled to play the second game of a three-game series versus Arkansas-Little Rock at 1 p.m.

To cap off the busy day the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame will induct its second class at Trojans Arena starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Trojans are coming off a 5-7 season, and missing out on post-season bowls for this second consecutive season. Troy captured at least a share of five consecutive Sun Belt Conference football championships prior to the 2011 campaign.

Admission to the T-Day scrimmage is free, and the game will be held at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

To cap off the busy day the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame will induct its second class at Trojans Arena starting at 7:30 p.m.