Offensive injuries continue to mount for Troy

Published 7:05 pm Monday, November 19, 2018

Injuries have played a factor during the second half of the season for the Trojans and injuries began to pile up once again Saturday.

The Trojans enter Saturday’s pivotal showdown with Appalachian State shorthanded, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Receivers Damion Willis, Deondre Douglas and Sidney Davis are all either questionable or doubtful to play in Saturday’s contest.

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“We will know more about Damion Willis’ availability as we move further into the week,” said had coach Neal Brown. “I think he’s questionable. Deondre Douglas got reinjured, we tried to play him a little bit, he wanted to play on Senior Day. He was a shell of himself and kind of reinjured his foot a little bit, I would say he is doubtful.”

Douglas injured his foot in the win at South Alabama and spent the next couple weeks preparing for Saturday. After getting hit out of bounds, Douglas reinjured the same foot.
“He got rolled up on a tackle on the sideline,” Brown said. “He feels OK today. We’re going to see how he moves around. He’s questionable, doubtful, I don’t know. It’s really hard to say until we go out there and run around a little bit toward the middle of the week.”

Davis injured his ankle in the win on Saturday. He will also be monitored throughout the week.

The Trojans did have some good news on Saturday. Cornerback Marcus Jones, who also got injured against South Alabama, made his return to the lineup on Saturday, but on offense.

“He did both last week,” Brown said. “I wasn’t sure if any of those wideouts were going to play. We already made the decision that we were going to redshirt Demontrez Brown and Daniel Crowell, so they’re already at their four-game limit. It was more out of necessity than anything. He was great about it. He’s a good teammate. We wanted to manage his reps and get him back in the flow slowly. We’ll have him in a reserve role on offense, but he’s going to go back and play defense this week.”

The Trojans and Mountaineers play for the Sun Belt East Division title on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.