Second Stringers: Troy looking to regain winning form

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The Troy Trojans are looking to make noise during the 2008 season. Troy went 4-6 last year.

“We want a winning season,” Troy head coach Steve Nolan said. “We are not a losing program. We are a winning program.”

The Trojans return sixteen starters (eight on offense, eight on defense).


TROY—The Troy Trojans are looking to make noise during the 2008 season.

“We want a winning season,” Troy head coach Steve Nolan said. “We are not a losing program. We are a winning program.”

Troy had an up-and-down season last year. The Trojans started off with a 56-14 loss to Dublin Coffman, but bounced back to a 3-2 record at mid-point last year. However, Troy lost four of it’s final five to finish 4-6.

“We missed a lot of extra points last year, and that hurt us,” Nolan commented. “We lost to [Vandalia] Butler 28-27, as we missed an extra point at the end of the game. We missed three extra points against Trotwood, who beat us by one point [20-19]. We also lost to Sidney 17-14, which is another game we should have won. [If we would have won those,] we would have been 7-3.”

Troy, however, took home a surprise victory in week nine by upsetting arch-rival Piqua 36-35.

“The idea would be to carry over some of the momentum we gained at the end of last year,” Nolan said. “However, that was nine months ago. It’s easier said than done.”

Troy has all the pieces in order to do just that.

The Trojans return sixteen starters (eight on offense, eight on defense), including quarterback Tyler Wright. Wright, a part-time quarterback in 2007, collected 311 yards rushing and 265 yards passing last year along with six offensive touchdowns.

“We have an excellent quarterback in Tyler Wright,” Nolan commented. “He’s done great at seven-on-seven’s so far. He’s actually probably completed around eighty-percent of his passes during seven-on-seven’s. I would say he is the best quarterback I’ve had here at Troy since 1985 in Aaron Johnson, who played at Navy.”

Troy last their leading rusher last year in Corey Brown (1871 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns), but the Trojans do return FB Chris Basil (293 rushing yards, 1 touchdown) and TB Matt Allen (226 yards, 5 touchdowns). At receiver, Troy returns Alex Carter (injured in week two last year) and Ben McGillvary.

Troy has used a wing-t offensive format for decades, but you can expect the Trojans to throw in some different schemes into the mix this year as well.

“We’re still going to be a wing-t team,” Nolan commented. “However, we’re going to mix it up more this year. We’re going to run some spread formations, which we can do with Wright at quarterback.”

Troy has some issues on the offensive line, as lineman Jake Current (Wisconsin) and T.J. White (Wofford) both graduated.

“We’re going to be a little small on the lines,” Nolan commented, “but we’re going to be quick.”

Troy won their first scrimmage last Saturday against Reynoldsburg two touchdowns to none. Troy’s second scrimmage is this Friday, August 15 against Dunbar. The scrimmage, which is at Troy Memorial Stadium, kicks off at 7:00.

“We’ve looked very good,” Nolan said. “We still have plenty of time to work things out, and we’re going to be competitive.”

Troy kicks off the season at home on August 22 against Chaminade-Julienne.

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