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04-06-2008, 12:54 PM
Troy wraps up spring football (http://www.dothaneagle.com/gulfcoasteast/dea/sports/Troy.apx.-content-articles-DEA-2008-04-05-0007.html)

By Drew Champlin
TROY — There may have been some separation in the Troy quarterback race, but no one was ready to say it after Saturday’s scrimmage.

Sophomore Jamie Hampton was the clear statistical leader, hitting 18-of-27 passes for 182 yards and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Willie McDowell. Tanner Jones hit 11-of-20 passes with an interception for 69 yards and Levi Brown hit 14-of-20 passes for 107 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Tate.

“Each of them did some good things,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. “I think they did separate themselves a little bit, but I don’t want to say anything until I see film.”

04-07-2008, 10:23 AM
Courtesy: Kevin Glackmeyer

The Troy University football team put a wrap on spring practice on Saturday with a scrimmage at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.
The scrimmage lasted just shy of two hours and saw much of the focus on game situations, including goal line, two minute and fourth down.
The scrimmage was also notable for several players who did not take part. Receiver Jerrel Jernigan and running back DuJuan Harris, both sophomores this fall, took the day off as did defensive back Terrence Moore and linebacker Boris Lee on defense.
Several other players who are expected to start in the fall saw very limited duty.
“We chopped down practice for the last two days and worked on a lot of little things we hope will help the quarterbacks,” Trojans coach Larry Blakeney said. “We held a lot of guys out today, not necessarily because they are hurt, and I would have liked to have held out a few more.”
The main focus continued to be in the ongoing battle between junior Levi Brown and sophomores Jamie Hampton and Tanner Jones for the vacant quarterback position. All three had good moments on Saturday, but none threw for nearly as many yards as they did in the T-Day game last week.
“We’ll have to take a look at the film to see exactly what was what, but I thought all three guys did some good things,” Blakeney said. “It is really difficult to get a good read on things because they have on those yellow jerseys and can’t really get into the running part of the offense.”
For the second straight week, it was Hampton that led the way among the quarterbacks. He completed 18-of-27 attempts for 182 yards and a score. He also had 10 rushing attempts for 12 yards, but that included six negative yardage plays that resulted from being touched down in the backfield.
Brown had a solid day as well, hitting on 14-of-20 passes for 107 yards and a score. Jones completed 11-of-20 attempts for 69 yards and threw the only interception of the day, to corner Chris Bowens.
Senior Kennard Burton was the leading receiver, hauling in eight passes for 88 yards. Junior Patrick Cherry (6-57), junior Zack Marcum (5-44), freshman Willie McDowell (5-44) and senior Mykeal Terry (4-39) also had good days catching the ball. McDowell, on a six-yrd pass from Hampton, and Gerald Tate, on an eight-yard throw from Brown, had the only TD catches on the day.
Juniors Xavier Moreland and Fernandus Edwards shared most of the rushing load on the day. Moreland had 14 carries for 47 yards and a TD while Edwards had 11 carries for 47 yards and two scores.
Defensive standouts, in addition to Bowens, included senior Steve McLendon with two sacks and senior Dion Gales with a sack and a pass breakup. Freshman Brandon Boudreaux, and juniors Jeremy Hawkins and Rashad Roussell all had sacks during the scrimmage.
“I think the defense played a little better today, even without some of the guys we held out,” Blakeney said. “It seems as if when they know the deal, they play a little better, and they did that today.”
Special teams were limited to just a few plays. There were no kickoffs and only three punts. Freshman Will Goggans averaged 38 yards on those three attempts. Both freshman Michael Taylor and junior Sam Glusman were two-of-two on PAT kicks and Taylor hit the only field goal, from 42 yards. Both Taylor and Glusman missed on one field goal try.

04-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Courtesy: Troy Athletics

http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/images/17200/hdr_biolarge.gifWillie McDowell # 89 WR - WR
Height: 6-1 Weight: 184
Redshirt Freshman
Previous Affiliations Elmore County HS
Hometown Wetumpka, Ala.
Courtesy: Troy Athletics

Release: 08/07/2007 PREP: Played reciever for Norman Dean at Elmore County High School...As a senior had 35 receptions for 555 yeards.
PERSONAL: Is the son of Willie Charles McDowell and Debra Benson...Was born on December 10, 1988...Has one brother, Joshua (7)...Is majoring in business Administration.

I was very impressed with this kid at practice and Tday. He has good hands and looks taller than 6'1" on the field.

04-08-2008, 10:34 AM
Troy running back Xavier Moreland was wrapped up during the team's
T-Day game March 29.

Troy springs forward
By Matt Nascone, The Messenger The Troy Trojans finished off the spring season with a scrimmage April 5 at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.
The scrimmage was a good end to the spring, according to Troy coach Larry Blakeney.
"First of all, we didn't have any serious injuries occur," Blakeney said. "We got a lot out of the scrimmage and we also got a lot out of the situational work we went through. We practiced about everything that could happen to a team in a real game."
The ongoing battle for the starting quarterback position was the main focus of the afternoon, but no decision has been made on who the starter will be when the Trojans open the season Aug. 28 against Middle Tennessee State.
Blakeney said junior Levi Brown and sophomores Jamie Hampton and Tanner Jones all had a positive day.
"All three of our guys had their moments out there," Blakeney said. "They all made some great throws. Jamie is our best runner, but Tanner and Levi each threw the ball well."
Blakeney said the decision might not rely on raw talent.
"The decision may boil down to the minute things like who takes care of the ball and doesn't turn it over or who has the better completion percentage," he said. "We have a good healthy competition going and I am confident no matter who we put out there, the team will follow him."
As he did in the T-Day game March 29, Hampton led the way statistically. He was 18-for-27 through the air for 182 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 10 times for 12 yards.
Brown connected on 14-of-20 passes for 107 yards with a touchdown. Jones was 11-for-20 for 69 yards with one interception.
Tailbacks Xavier Moreland and Fernandus Edwards toted the rock for most of the rushing yards on the afternoon. Moreland had 14 carries for 47 yards and one touchdown, while Edwards carried it 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Kennard Burton led all receivers with eight catches for 88 yards.
Freshman Willie McDowell and senior Gerald Tate caught the only two touchdown passes of the day.
Defensively, junior corner back Chris Bowens had the only interception of the day, senior Steve McLendon had two sacks, senior Dion Gales had a sack and a pass breakup and freshman Brandon Boudreaux and juniors Jeremy Hawkins and Rashad Roussell each had a sack.
The scrimmage saw a lot of starters on the sidelines as Blakeney did not want to risk injury.
Receiver Jerrel Jernigan and running back DuJuan Harris, defensive back Terrence Moore and linebacker Boris Lee took the day off. Other starters saw only a few series in the scrimmage.
"We held a lot of guys out on defense," Blakeney said. "We didn't want to lose a starter due to injury in the spring and we wanted to get these other guys some time to work."
Other positions that are up in the air is that of kick and punt returner. Blakeney said he still does not know who will get that duty.
Blakeney said improvement would be needed on another area of the special teams.
"Our long snappers need to upgrade their velocity," he said. "They need to get the ball there a lot sooner, and by that I mean five tenths of a second quicker. If they could get that ball there in seven tenths of a second that would be awesome. They need to work on that."
Overall, Blakeney said the day was a success and he can't wait for the recruits to get to campus so they can help the Trojans as well.
"We have a lot of work to do in camp, but we have a good team on campus," he said. "And I hope the guys that are coming can help us out."
But to get on the football field, Blakeney said something else has to happen for each player.
"We have to finish strong academically," he said. "We need all our guys to work hard in the classroom as well so they can be out here to help us."

04-08-2008, 01:36 PM
CLB feels ready good about this upcoming team. Normally he is very laid back; but, this year it seems that he is very confident from the Troy Messenger article.

04-08-2008, 03:08 PM
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Updated: April 7, 2008, 6:17 PM ET

By Adam Rittenberg

More of the Same

Larry Blakeney can't bring back his dynamic quarterback or his innovative play-caller, so the Troy coach has done the next best thing.

He's kept things as stable as possible.

Blakeney started by promoting Neal Brown to replace offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who left for the same post at Auburn. The 27-year-old Brown played for Franklin at Kentucky and worked under him for two seasons at Troy, learning an offense that ranked 16th nationally in yards (452.8 ypg) and 25th in points (34 ppg) last fall.

"That's the reason he is the coordinator," Blakeney said. "We don't want to change. We want to be a system team, we want to be no-huddle, up-tempo, able to run the football and throw the pass to set up the run."

Quarterback Omar Haugabook ran the system to near perfection the past two seasons, winning back-to-back Sun Belt offensive player of the year awards. With top-shelf speed and decent passing skills, Haugabook provided Blakeney a prototype for the future.

Jamie Hampton might fit the same mold. None of the three candidates to replace Haugabook separated himself in spring practice, which ended Saturday, but Hampton's athleticism gives him an edge.

"He has to be one of the top two," Blakeney said. "Speed-wise, Omar was probably a little faster, but Jamie's big and can take those big, long steps and can cut, turn and change directions really well."

Both Hampton and fellow competitor Tanner Jones appeared in eight games last season behind Haugabook. Jones and the third candidate, Richmond transfer Levi Brown, both are traditional drop-back passers.

"They've been good, they've been bad, they've been in the middle," Blakeney said. "We need to get to a point where we can name one and have a backup, and everybody else is getting the crumbs."

Adam Rittenberg covers college football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

Navarre Trojan
04-08-2008, 05:06 PM
"They've been good, they've been bad, they've been in the middle," Blakeney said. "We need to get to a point where we can name one and have a backup, and everybody else is getting the crumbs."

OH, I am rolling in floor!!!! Damn, "now that's funny I don't care who you are!!"