Trojans taking season ‘one game at a time,’ turn focus to Texas State

Published 8:49 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Troy Trojans turned things back in the right direction Saturday with a 48-29 win over the Georgia Southern Eagles and now turn their attention to Texas State.

Head coach Chip Lindsey said the team is continuing to focus on one game at a time as the Trojans’ bowl eligibility hangs in the balance.

“We have to approach it one day at a time, one game at a time,” Lindsey said “We’re focused on improving and getting better and letting the other things take care of themselves. When you’re coaching or playing, you’re dealing with the realities and the reality is we had opportunities in all three of our losses.”

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The three losses to Coastal Carolina, Arkansas State and Southern Miss came by a combined 12 points.

“The mindset is always just to win,” said linebacker Carlton Martial. “We just want to win out and send our seniors out with a good taste in their mouths; a bowl game would just be the extra icing on the cake. We know the ball sometimes doesn’t fall our way; some of these losses have come down to one drive or even one play. We just put together a complete game on Saturday.”

Lindsey said he expects Marcus Webb to continue playing in a  defensive end role Saturday after racing up three sacks against Georgia Southern, leading the Trojans to nine sacks overall.

“He caused a lot of problems for their team,” Lindsey said. “He can be one of the best players in the league when he wants to.”

Webb was named the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week for his effort son the field Saturday and Lindsey also named Webb the defensive player of the week for the team. DK Billingsley was named offensive player of the week after racking up 170 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries against the Eagles.

Lindsey said travelling in the conference is always a challenge and Texas State will be no different.

“Offensively, they’re similar to us,” Lindsey said. “Both quarterbacks last week were throwing over 60 percent and they have a good running back. Defensively, they give a lot of different looks, so they present some challenges just in the way they line up. They have a linebacker that’s right up there with Carlton Martial. They have really good players in the box.”

The Trojans and Bobcats will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday with the game available on ESPN+.