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Troy91
06-15-2005, 08:39 AM
Troy QB ineligible for 2005 season

By Tom Ensey
Montgomery Advertiser



D.T. McDowell started six games for the Trojans last season, but he won't be back this year.
-- Julie Bennett Advertiser

Troy quarterback D.T. McDowell will not be on the team this fall because he failed to meet NCAA academic requirements, coach Larry Blakeney said Tuesday.

McDowell did not accumulate enough academic credits through spring semester to make it possible to become eligible by attending summer school.

A true freshman last season, McDowell started the last six games for the Trojans, but lost the starting job to Carl Meadows in spring practice.

McDowell, who played professional baseball in the Rookie League for the Los Angeles Angels organization last year, could return to Troy, but Blakeney said he didn't know what McDowell would do.

"He's got some choices to make," Blakeney said. "He can go back to baseball, or try to get some hours (at another college) on his own and come back here. He could play junior college or transfer somewhere else."

The Trojans' offense was sporadic with McDowell starting, but the Trojans won four of the six games, losing only to LSU and to Northern Illinois in the Silicon Valley Bowl.

McDowell was a highly recruited baseball and football player out of Tucker High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and chose Troy over Mississippi State on signing day in 2004. He signed with the Angels after the baseball draft and spent the summer playing baseball before reporting to Troy's preseason camp in August.

He completed 42 of 104 passes for 585 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

"I hate it," Blakeney said of losing McDowell. "He's a good player. There are all kinds of excuses and a lot of reasons, but he didn't get it done.

"He's a better student than he demonstrated in the classroom. He's smart and plenty able to do college work. But he never adjusted to the demands of being a college player. It's not easy. Not all of them can handle it."

Meadows transferred to Troy after playing one season at Division I-AA East Tennessee State, which dropped its football program after the 2003 season. Meadows appeared in two games for Troy last season and completed 1 of 4 passes.

McDowell's absence could move Gary Banks, who converted from quarterback to wide receiver last year, back to quarterback. That's not an ideal solution, Blakeney said, because Banks became a valuable receiver.

"Banks has become one of our most dependable receivers in just a short time at that position," he said.

The Trojans signed two quarterbacks who have not yet reported to campus -- Larry Dockery from Compton, Calif., who played last season for Moorpark College in Oxnard, Calif., and freshman Julian Foster from McGill-Toolin High School in Mobile. Blakeney said a couple of walk-on quarterbacks will have a chance to break in.

"We've got a problem and we've got to overcome it," Blakeney said. "We'll try to work it all out."

Troy opens its season on. Sept. 3 at home against Cal Poly.

JaredMc
06-15-2005, 11:41 AM
This is a shame, but we will be ok. Between Carl, the Juco guy, and Jason Grant, I believe we won't hav anything to worry about from the singal caller position.

pkf4troy
06-15-2005, 06:40 PM
I didnt say anything about McDowell last year but I wasnt believeing the hype. Dont get me wrong..... the kid has talent, but when he committed to Troy then went to Angels spring training, my opinion was that his heart wasnt in it. You have to wonder if he will ever be seen in another Trojans jersey. I would hope that we as fans would not dwell on this and back Meadows 100% and more. I want to go to New Orleans this year and feel that Meadows can be one of the guys that can get us there.



On a side note...looks like UABlah will get smashed by the Vols in week one and then get smashed again the next week in MGVS......What the hell is a Blazer anyway?

JaredMc
06-15-2005, 08:24 PM
What the hell is a Blazer anyway?

A UAB coach??
:lol:

BMarkey
06-15-2005, 08:30 PM
A couple of times early last year, I yelled from the stands to give Meadows a chance. I got some strange looks.

Now I wish the coaches had listened to me.

With the QBs, it seems we take one step forward and two steps backward.

Let's go Carl, Jason (didn't he at least deserve a mention in the article?), etc.

Good luck D.T. Hope to see you back some day.

snakeeater
06-16-2005, 06:24 AM
BMarkey,

Grant is still considered a "walk-on" technically. And, according to sources, LB and MF will not mention Jason until he actually shows on campus in a few weeks. There is nothing that would prevent Jason from doing a left turn at the last moment and heading to Kentucky, Alabama, or Miami. :oops:

But, don't worry, I just talked to his father on Tuesday. Kid's working his butt off and excited about reporting in just over two weeks. Driving his Dad nuts. Larry just purchased six season tickets. So, I would say Jason is now committed :lol:

TUTrojan
06-16-2005, 07:41 AM
I can't wait to see what Meadows can do. I also think that kids (like Grant) now have the perfect scenario to come in and lead the program over the next few years!

TU_FANatic
06-22-2005, 12:13 PM
What the hell is a Blazer anyway?

A UAB coach??
:lol:

Close but I think the proper term for a UAB coach is "is fat ugly flamer"