Reloading: Todd, Geiger lead new-look Trojan receiving core

Published 6:47 pm Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Troy Trojans entered the 2019 football season in need of replacing lost production at the wide receiver position. In the season opener on Saturday night the Trojans had a combined 212 yards from their two newest playmakers.

Junior college transfers Reggie Todd and Kaylon Geiger grabbed the attention of Trojan coaches and fans when they led the Trojan offense on Saturday night. Geiger led the way in receptions with five, while Todd finished with a team-high 108 yards. Gieger finished with 104 yards. It was the first time since the 2017 New Orleans Bowl that the Trojans had two players break the century mark in a game. Returner Tray Eafford had three catches, while Bret Clark and Khalil McClain each had two. Luke Whittemore finished the game with a 10-yard touchdown catch.

“When we’re playing really good on offense, I think you’ll multiple guys catching balls for us,” Lindsey said. “We lost a lot production there last year. You usually don’t want to sign a junior college player if you don’t think he has the ability to come in and really help you. Both of those guys (Todd and Geiger) showed tonight (Saturday) that they’re a huge part moving forward.”

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The highlight of the night came when quarterback Kaleb Barker found a wide open Todd for a 61-yard touchdown, the first of the season for the Trojans.

“We had a little play that we worked based on some looks that we thought we would get and it worked out,” Lindsey said. “We got the exact look we thought and Reggie got behind them and made the catch.”

“That play just got us excited,” Geiger said. “We worked on it all week and the play executed perfectly. It was a great moment in the game.”

Geiger led the junior college ranks with 70 catches as a sophomore at Navarro College. He had 954 receiving yards and was sixth in the country with 86 yards per game. Having 100 yard receiving yards is nothing new for the transfer, Geiger finished with six 100-yard games at Navarro.

“It was an awesome experience,” Geiger said about Saturday night. “We focused on the win and that’s what we did.”

Even in practice, Barker saw the potential of both Todd and Geiger.

“It was good to connect with them,” Barker said. “It was easy to connect with Reggie on that one ball. Those are guys we are excited about and I think they are going to make plays for us the rest of the season.

“We have an explosive group at wide receiver and it makes my job easy,” Barker said. “We are excited about the future here.”

With Damion Willis and Deondre Douglas no longer on the roster, the new look receiving room gave themselves a goal heading into the season.

“We all have the same goal to come in and do what we can do to get a ring,” Geiger said. “We all agreed on that when we first came.”

The receivers and the rest of the Trojans will return off their bye week to take on Southern Miss next Saturday.