Troy continues Fall Camp with weekday practices
Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Compared to the first three days of the Fall Camp, the Troy Trojans’ practice on Tuesday was like a walk in the park. After a high intensity practice during the first three days of camp, Troy head coach Neal Brown and the rest of the coaching staff used day four to review what was taught to their athletes during the first few days of practice.
“Every fourth day we are doing a recovery practice,” Brown said. “We do a three day install both offensively and defensively, and on the fourth day we make every one cumulative.”
Getting the offense and defense up to scheme is the most important thing for Brown and the Trojans, and they used day four to let the team find out what they knew.
A fun, albeit important, part of the practice on Tuesday was that Brown let the offense run a defensive circuit while the defense ran an offense circuit to make sure they are comfortable during a turnover.
“We will do that twice during camp. We have a lot of offensive guys that are on special teams, so they have to learn how to tackle,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, if we turn the ball over the offense is going to have to know how to tackle. One thing we really stress is creating turnovers and when you do, you have the ball, so we are teaching them to secure the ball.”
Tuesday’s practice lasted just over an hour and a half, and a good portion of it was dedicated to special teamwork. Each aspect of special teams was addressed in practice. Everything from blocking to calling a fair catch was worked on Tuesday.
“We want to be great on special teams. Nobody other than the quarterback is off limits to be on those teams,” Brown said. “We want to put a lot of work into it, not only in full groups but also break down fundamentals.
Although the main goal is to get ready for their week one match up in Raleigh, N.C., Troy is also learning the playbook and getting ready to put their work on display in the team’s three scheduled scrimmages during the fall.
Troy co-offensive coordinators Kenny Edenfield and Matt Moore will teach the new offensive system to quarterbacks Brandon Silvers and Dallas Tidwell.
“We are right where we want to be right now. We have had three days of install and our one day of putting everything together,” Edenfield said. “I feel like we have a good base and we are anxious to get things going with our second install. We will repeat day one tomorrow and see what we picked up.”
Edenfield has been impressed with the energy and work ethic of his team over the first few days of practice heading into this weekends scrimmage.
“The guys are working really hard, and we have had good energy,” Edenfield said. “We have had a lot of teaching moments and I am anxious to see us at full speed.”
Troy will have their first of three scrimmages Saturday, and Edenfield expects that the team will have most of their offense up to speed heading into the game.
“We should have most of it in,” Edenfield said. “I would say about 90 percent of the offense is in. One of the things we will do is have a lot of situations leading up to the scrimmage this weekend, so we are ready for them.”
Troy’s first scrimmage will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. followed by the second scrimmage on Aug. 15 at 7:00 p.m., and the final scrimmage will be on Aug. 22 at 10:00 a.m., which will be followed by Fan Day in Trojan Arena that afternoon.