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RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-12-2011 06:27 PM

Exley excels under adversity: Troy team, community rally around tailback
12:25 AM, Oct. 11, 2011

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-- The Troy football family is doing what it can to help a player in need.

Running back Brian Exley, likely the quietest player on the team, had his house in Troy burn last week.

The redshirt freshman was able to salvage his clothes, though they required multiple washings due to the smoke, but his living room and kitchen were complete losses.

"We're trying to support him and trying to help him find some stuff for his place," coach Larry Blakeney said. "It's a tough deal."

Troy's First Baptist Church is working with the Trojans to help Exley. Details were being finalized Monday afternoon. To help, call Judy Morgan at the Troy football office at 670-3682.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-13-2011 10:52 AM

Eric Thomas has been go-to guy at receiver for Troy

By: Drew Champlin
Published: October 12, 2011

TROY – Troy receiver Eric Thomas just gravitates toward the end zone.

Thomas, a 6-foot-1 sophomore receiver, had 105 catches as a senior at national power Evangel Christian in Shreveport, La., with 28 going for touchdowns. Stepping up as Troy’s go-to receiver, Thomas has a Sun Belt and team-best five touchdowns through five games. The Trojans (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) host UL-Monroe (1-4, 0-1) Saturday at 6 p.m.

“I think I (have a knack for finding the end zone),” Thomas said. “I’m trying to get in there all the time. Every time I touch the ball, I think about scoring.”

Troy lost four seniors last year and of the three top returners, two were ineligible and the third, Brett Moncrief, was slowed by a foot injury. That left Thomas as the most experienced returning receiver, and he caught just nine passes as a true freshman last year.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-18-2011 10:05 AM

Offense Struggles in First Home Loss
Troy gives up 35 second half points to the Warhawks as they fall 38-10 in Sun Belt matchup.
Ben Maxwell
10/15/2011 9:53:00 PM

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TROY, Ala. – The Trojans fell for the first time on Larry Blakeney field to ULM on Saturday, 38-10. It was a defensive showing in the first half for both teams however it would be all Warhawks in the second half capitalizing on turnovers to secure their second straight victory over Troy.

“It's disappointing but maybe even predictable watching them on tape coming in,” said head coach Larry Blakeney. “Normally in our business, in this game when you don't win, you got outcoached and outplayed. We certainly got some work to do, it's pretty obvious. I didn't think we played very well at all on offense.We'll go back to work tomorrow and try to figure things out.”

The Trojan defense stood tall in the first quarter forcing the Warhawks to two punts. However, after a promising 39 yard drive on Troy's second series the Warhawk's Cameron Blakes picked off a pass from Trojan Quarterback Corey Robinson at the Monroe 19 yard line. At the end of the first quarter, both teams would be deadlocked at 0-0.

After giving up 45 yards the Troy defense would hold again, claiming a turnover on downs after holding the ULM offense on fourth and one on the Trojan 21 yard line.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-20-2011 08:50 AM

Bryan Willis a bright spot for Troy in secondary

By: Drew Champlin
Published: October 19, 2011

TROY – Despite battling through injuries and losing his starting position, Troy cornerback Bryan Willis never lost his confidence and never stopped preparing.

That’s why he was one of the better players for the Trojans in their 38-10 loss to Louisiana-Monroe last week. The junior started in place of Jimmie Anderson, who missed the game after getting his appendix taken out the day before. Anderson is questionable for Troy’s game at FIU next Tuesday.

Head coach Larry Blakeney said Willis would have started anyway alongside Anderson and ahead of Chris Pickett, a two-year starter.

Willis started as a redshirt freshman in 2009, intercepting a team-high four passes. Last year, he lost his starting spot midway through the year and had seen minimal action this year.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-25-2011 12:24 PM

Tuesday troubles: Troy QB Hampton hopes to break ESPN, Tuesday night jinx
6:45 AM, Oct. 25, 2011

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A. Stacy Long

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TROY -- The gallows humor has sprouted around Troy backup quarterback Jamie Hampton over what has been an auspicious day throughout his career.

Hampton plus a Tuesday night game plus ESPN cameras hasn't been a positive experience for him.

Troy's game at Florida International will be the third Tuesday night game on an ESPN channel of Hampton's career. He left the two previous ones with major injuries.

"I don't know if I want to play," Hampton said. "Just joking."

Hampton said he's already been warned and teammates have brought it up, too. Maybe the Trojans will carefully surround Hampton or at least envelop him in bubble wrap or extra padding.

"My mom is going to be at the game and she told me I better be careful," Hampton said. "The joke with all the guys on the team is that I better not play too much on ESPN."

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 10-26-2011 09:01 AM

Troy Falls in OT at FIU
Troy lost in their third straight conference match on Tuesday to FIU 23-20.
Ben Maxwell
10/25/2011 10:53:00 PM

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Miami, Fla. – The Florida International Panthers (5-3, 2-2) would have to take the Troy Trojans (2-5, 1-3) into overtime before claiming the Trojans' third straight Sun Belt conference loss on Tuesday night in Miami, Florida.

After a quick three and out on their first offensive drive the Trojan attack was back with a drive of 76 yards in six plays that included a 51 yard completion from Troy quarterback Corey Robinson to wide receiver Stanley Arukwe that set up a 14 yard DJ Taylor touchdown run giving Troy the early 7-0 lead.

Troy's defense would continue to hold throughout the first quarter. However on FIU's fourth offensive drive, the Panthers would drive down the field 61 yards in eight plays but after three false start penalties would have to settle for a 32 yard Jack Griffin field goal.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 11-03-2011 07:08 PM

Trojans Face Navy for First Time
Edward Bailey
11/3/2011 3:33:00 PM

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TROY, Ala. - The Troy Trojans find themselves in uncharted waters at the midway point of the season. Having lost three straight contests and slowly falling out of the discussion for the conference crown, Troy (2-5, 1-3 Sun Belt) will look to return to its winning ways when they head to Annapolis, Md. to take on the slumping United States Naval Academy (2-6).

The Trojans and Midshipmen are set to kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) in a game being televised on CBS Sports Network. Trojan fans can also follow the action on the Troy IMG Sports Network.

It is the first-ever meeting between the two programs, and it may be a culture shock given the different playing styles that both teams employ, with Troy's air-based assault clashing against the Midshipmen's smash-mouth running game.

The men of Troy are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to FIU, while Navy will look to cap off its Senior Day by snapping a six-game losing streak. Navy's prolific option attack will look run past Troy's rush defense, but Troy head coach Larry Blakeney expects that his team will be ready for the challenge.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 11-07-2011 10:20 AM

Fumbles Cost the Trojans in Annapolis
The Trojan football team fell to Navy 42-14 in their first ever meeting on Saturday.
Ben Maxwell
11/5/2011 5:59:00 PM

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Annapolis, Md. – The Trojan (2-6, 1-3) football team could not overcome the powerful Navy (3-6) triple option offense or the turnover margin in their 42-14 defeat to Midshipmen in their first ever meeting on Saturday.

In Navy's first drive of the game, running back Gee Gee Greene recorded a 38 yard carry on third down to put the Midshipman in Trojan territory for the first time. The Trojan defense would hold on a later third down bringing up a fourth and one on Troy's 27 yard line. A false start penalty on fourth down would help the Trojan defense by backing up the Midshipmen to the Trojans 32 yard line. Troy's defense would stop Navy's fourth down conversion giving Troy their first offensive start of the day on their own 32 yard line.

After a promising first drive that included a 13 yard rush by D.J. Taylor, a Corey Robinson to Shawn Southward reception for 14 yards and a Southward 14 yard rush, the Trojans would fumble and lose possession setting up Navy's second drive on their own 24 yard line.

On Navy's ensuing drive, quarterback Kriss Proctor connected to John Howell for a 42 yard pass that would go on to set up a 1 yard Proctor touchdown run giving Navy a 7-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 11-09-2011 01:49 PM

Brown Headed to Senior Bowl
Matt Mays
11/3/2011 11:10:00 AM

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TROY, Ala.
– With the Trojans' trip to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy getting ever closer, one Troy football player has received some great news regarding his future this week.

Senior left tackle James Brown has recently accepted an invitation to take part in the 2012 Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

“There is no question that James is a deserving player, young man and all-around student-athlete,” said head coach Larry Blakeney. “He has been a great guy the entire time he's been here with us and he's done everything the right way.”

The Senior Bowl is the premier place for collegiate seniors to show their talents to scouts from all 32 NFL teams. The players are split into North and South teams, taking part in practices in front of scouts all week. The event culminates with the Senior Bowl game on Saturday.

RE: INside The Walls of Troy - trojanbrutha - 11-14-2011 10:04 AM

Turnovers Cost Troy at Home
Troy gave up a total of three turnovers in their 38-33 loss to North Texas at home on Saturday.
Ben Maxwell
11/12/2011 3:31:00 PM

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Troy, Ala. – Troy (2-7, 1-4) suffered three turnovers in it's 38-33 loss to North Texas (4-6, 3-3) on Saturday. The Mean Green managed to capitalize on all three turnovers on their way to victory over the Trojans in Troy's 2011 homecoming game.

Troy's defense would hold North Texas to a minimal gain on their opening drive, the Trojans returned possession to the Mean Green on a fumble on their opening drive. North Texas turned the Trojan error into points on the ensuing drive with a 15 yard touchdown run by quarterback Derek Thompson.

The Trojans quickly answered back on their next offensive series, as Troy capped of a 63-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Corey Robinson. The scoring rush would be his first rushing touchdown of his career.