Blakeney: Silvers has edge in quarterback race

Published 9:06 pm Monday, August 18, 2014

Throughout fall camp, one question loomed over the Troy Trojans like an Alabama afternoon thunderhead: Who will be the starting quarterback?

Following Saturday’s second scrimmage, the battle to replace school-record holder Corey Robinson is beginning to take shape.

Troy hasn’t named a starting quarterback, and probably won’t until the first week of the season, but head coach Larry Blakeney said one signal caller has nosed out in front of the others.

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“I would say Silvers has the edge right now,” Blakeney said following Saturday’s scrimmage. “All of them can make plays, it just comes down to who doesn’t make mistakes and not turn it over. We will pare it down some soon. We have two week until UAB, and we will have to be ready to play.”

Brandon Silvers redshirted last fall. In high school, Silvers threw for over 3,800 yards and was rated as the 27th best quarterback of his class.

If Silvers does get the nod, he will follow in Robinson’s footsteps in more ways than one.

Out of high school, Robinson greyshirted when he arrived on campus then redshirted his second season, before taking over the offense in 2010.

Silvers would be traveling the same road.

Silvers was a member of Troy’s scout team last year, and feels ready for the challenge of taking over the high-powered Trojan attack.

“I feel good about my chances,” Silvers said. “I just need to come in every day and keep working.”

During Saturday’s scrimmage, the offense moved in sync throughout the day. Jordan Chunn and Brandon Burks rumbled for yards on the ground, and Silvers, along with Dontreal Pruitt and Dallas Tidwell, picked up yards in the air.

But perhaps the best performance of the day came from receiver Chandler Worthy.

Worthy reeled a handful of passes from Silvers, and used his quickness to rack up a load of yards after the catch. His efforts dew praise from Blakeney.

“Sixteen (Worthy’s jersey number) is key to us,” Blakeney said. “If he can keep making plays like he did today, then he will make them guard him and double cover him and everyone else will be open. Anytime you can make big plays in the passing game, it helps open things up for the running game, as well as the short and intermediate passing game.”

While the offense surged Saturday, the much-maligned Troy defense seemingly took a step backwards.

After controlling the first scrimmage, the Trojan defensive unit had a tough go of it in the second. Linebacker Mark Wilson had to tip his hat to the offense.

“We came out a little flat, but you have to give credit to the offense,” Wilson said. “It is scary how good they can be when they are clicking. Earlier in the week, they were bombs of Baghdad on us. We get great work going against them”