Silvers: I don’t need to think as much, just let it fly

Published 9:26 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To play quarterback at the FBS level, you might assume that a player must possess a computer for a brain.

Quarterbacks are asked to break down defenses, make reads and get the ball to the right skill player in less time than it takes the average person to walk three steps.

But Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers says he thought too much during UAB’s 48-10 whipping of the Trojans Saturday at Legion Field.

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He plans on going back to what brought him to the highest level of college football – his right arm.

“I watched the film on my phone yesterday (Sunday) morning, then watched it with coach and again last night,” Silver said. “I need to make simple reads and try not to think too much. I think I was thinking too much. When I first got here, I was over thinking a lot. I need to go through my reads and if it is not there, check it down or run. Just let it fly, and hopefully Saturday will be different. It will be different.”

Silvers completed 16 of 23 passes, but the connections only brought in 153 yards. Of Troy’s 192 passing yards, 41 came on the first play of the game, and 25 more came on a pass to K.D. Edenfield in the fourth quarter well after the game was decided.

Silvers was also sacked four times.

Despite the rough opening game, Silvers feels the Trojans will be better in Saturday’s home opener against the Duke Blue Devils.

After getting sacked four times last week, he has a plan in case he can’t locate an open receiver.

“I have to get the ball to the playmakers,” Silvers said. “If they drop everyone back, like this week they will probably drop eight, I have to check down and get it to the backs and let them make a play. I just need to learn from my mistakes, get the ball out quicker, make better reads and go get a W.”