Troy set to open camp

Published 6:43 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Football is back on the campus of Troy University. The Troy Trojans under first-year head coach Chip Lindsey will open up fall camp on Friday morning when they hit the practice fields.

Troy’s fall camp will consist of 11 practices and two scrimmages beginning on Friday at 9 a.m.

Nine of Troy’s 10 practices will take place in the morning hours. Troy’s August 15 and 16 practices will begin at 3:40 p.m.

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Troy will hold their first scrimmage on August 10 at 9:30 a.m. as part of Media Day. Troy will then hold Fan Day one week later on August 17. The scrimmage will also start at 9:30 with Fan Day to follow at 1 p.m.

This will be Troy’s first fall camp under their new head coach. Lindsey took over for former head coach Neal Brown, who became head coach at West Virginia earlier this offseason.

Troy will attempt to win double-digit games for the fourth straight season. They rattled off 31 wins over the last three seasons – most among teams in the Group of Five. Troy has also won each bowl game following the last three seasons.

Troy returns seven full-time starters to this team and six others who started at least one game on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Kaleb Barker highlights the returners on offense. He returns to the field after suffering a season-ending knee surgery last season. In his six games last season, Barker completed 73 percent of his passes –the highest completion percentage in team history.

“Our guys at Troy are in a good spot,” head coach Chip Lindsey said during last week’s Sun Belt Media Day. “They’re good kids, good people. They do what we ask them to do, which is really exciting, and therefore I think we’re in a good spot to get ready for 2019.”

On defense, Troy is tasked with returning four players, but they return key starters including Carlton Martial, Marcus Webb, Melvin Tyus and Jarvis Hayes.