Trojans face quick turnaround

Published 3:56 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

After a 45-21 win over Coastal Carolina, the Troy Trojans have a quick turnaround this week to host Georgia State in front of a national audience on Thursday evening.

The Trojans claimed their fourth straight win Saturday to improve to 4-1 on the season.

“We had a solid win on Saturday versus Coastal Carolina; we took care of business in all three areas,” said head coach Neal Brown. “That was a big win for us. It gets us to 4-1, 2-0 in the Sun Belt and 1-0 in our division, which is carrying a lot of weight with the new format.”

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The Trojans now get set to play their sixth game without a bye, and this week’s contest against the Panthers comes on short rest.

“It’s a huge game as we approach the midpoint of the season,” Brown said. “It’s game six in a long spell. It is a divisional game; a national TV game and I hope we have an energized crowd here on Thursday night.”

Getting guys healed up from Saturday’s contest will be the biggest issue facing the Trojans this week. The Trojans had their only full practice of the week on Monday. They will do a walk through leading up to Thursday’s 6:30 kick.

“I think we have to be careful,” Brown said. “All these short weeks are different; it’s been a little while since we have played one where we had a bunch of consecutive games in a row. The challenge this week is we are playing the sixth game in a row and it happens to be on a short week. I think we have to be smart in how we practice. We kind of jogged through (Sunday) night, we will have ­­our only real … ‘work day’ (Monday). We will walk through tomorrow, run throu­­­gh on Wednesday and be ready Thursday night to play.”

The challenge just doesn’t affect the players. Coaches also have a quick turnaround when it comes to implementing the game plan.

“From a game plan standpoint, you always want to add some wrinkles, but it’s got to be easy wrinkles,” said offensive coordinator Matt Moore. “It can’t be changing scheme and changing philosophy and stuff like that.”

It’s for that reason that coach Moore believes a short turnaround may be harder on the coaches than the players.

“You always think you don’t have enough time even on a normal week, and now you’re doubling everything up,” Moore said. “You’ve basically only got one padded practice and you’re trying to make sure you get everything taken care of. You want to keep practice as short as possible. I think for the players it just happens so fast. As long as they get rest, you know, they don’t worry about the game plan anyway. They’re going to do whatever you tell them to do.”

The players welcome the quick turnaround, especially when it comes in front of a national audience on ESPNU.

“That’s always exciting, knowing we’re going to be on ESPN,” said receiver Luke Whittemore. “There aren’t many games on Thursday, so a lot of football fans will be tuning in. We’ve gotten some recognition because of the Nebraska win and the last couple of games. We know people might be turning the channel and they see Troy, they want to tune in. We’re looking forward to putting on a show for them.”

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.