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                ***** NCAA Football Preview - Troy Trojans *****
 
 By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Football Editor
 
 Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
 
 2012 SEASON IN REVIEW: Although Troy's 5-7 record in 2012 marked a two-game
 improvement from 2011, the program was still an afterthought in the Sun Belt
 Conference, finishing a mere 3-5 in league play. Its performance in the past
 couple of years is a far cry from its dominance in the recent past, as it won
 at least a share of the Sun Belt title every season from 2006-2010.
 
 The Trojans only won back-to-back games only once in 2012, taking down North
 Texas (14-7) and South Alabama (31-10) in late September. They closed out the
 campaign by losing four of five, including the finale at Middle Tennessee on
 Nov. 24, 24-21.
 
 Head coach Larry Blakeney is entering his 23rd season at the helm for Troy,
 having seen the program through the transitions from Division II to I-AA and
 finally to the FBS. At 168-99-1 (70-65 in FBS), he is the third-winningest
 active coach in college football behind Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Bill
 Snyder of Kansas State.
 
 2013 ANALYSIS:
 
 OFFENSE: In terms of moving the ball down the field, no Sun Belt team was
 better than Troy a year ago, as it averaged nearly 500 ypg, but while its 30.6
 ppg was respectable, it was simply a middle-of-the-road number in the
 conference.
 
 Corey Robinson is back for his senior year and is already the most
 accomplished quarterback in Troy history, throwing for more than 3,000 yards
 in each of his first three seasons with a career completion percentage of
 .638. Although he threw a career-low nine interceptions in 2012, his
 touchdown total (12) was also a his lowest output yet.
 
 Robinson missed a game and a half in mid-October with a shoulder injury, which
 paved the way for Deon Anthony to show what he's capable of. After an
 outstanding start versus FIU (29-of-41, 245 yards, 115 rushing yards, five
 total TDs), he earned a timeshare under center even when Robinson returned
 healthy, finishing with 856 passing yards, 390 rushing yards and 17
 touchdowns.
 
 The Trojans plan to split the signal-caller's time once again in 2013, a
 strategy that Robinson is on board with.
 
 "I enjoy doing it (sharing time with Anthony), I honestly do," Robinson said.
 "It's hard for people to believe that I do. It takes a lot of pressure off
 both of us and a lot of pressure off the offense. He brings totally different
 things that I bring. We can run completely different kind of plays. He's a
 great player. We definitely enjoy having him and wouldn't give him up."
 
 At receiver, Chip Reeves (65 rec, 1050 yards, six TDs) has graduated, but Eric
 Thomas (55 rec, 667 yards, seven TDs) has proven enough to take over as the
 club's go-to guy. Chandler Worthy (46 rec, 544 yards, two TDs) is also likely
 to see increased looks.
 
 The production at running back remains a big question mark, as Khary Franklin,
 Daron White and Brandon Burks combined for just 12 touches last year.
 
 DEFENSE: Often finding themselves a part of shootouts, the Trojans' biggest
 downfall in 2012 was their inability to hold off their opponents, surrendering
 30.5 ppg and 443.6 ypg. Only four starters return to the defense, which might
 be more of a positive than a negative considering the unit's relative
 ineffectiveness last year.
 
 Chris Pickett is the top returning tackler, making 61 stops to go along with
 three forced fumbles at the safety position. Linebacker Mark Wilson (44
 tackles), defensive end Tyler Roberts (6.5 TFL, two sacks) and safety Camren
 Hudson (50 tackles) are also back.
 
 Cornerbacks Keion Payne and Chris Davis are among the many first-year starters
 for the Trojans. A pair of junior college transfers -- Marty Stadom and
 Wayland Coleman-Dancer -- will get their shots at cracking the starting lineup
 in the front seven.
 
 SPECIAL TEAMS: Once again, Will Scott will serve as both the team's kicker and
 punter a year after making good on 17-of-21 field goal attempts (with a long
 of 52 yards) and averaging 41.0 yards per punt.
 
 Chandler Worthy piled up 507 yards on kickoff returns last season, although
 with an increased role in the offense expected, his special teams
 opportunities could be limited.
 
 OUTLOOK: Troy has become an afterthought in the Sun Belt just a few years
 removed from being the conference's top dog year in and year out. Robinson,
 who led the Trojans to a bowl bid as a freshman in 2010, is anxious to get his
 team back on top in his final season.
 
 "We're just trying to get some wins," Robinson said."We've put up the numbers.
 We've put up the yards. (Wins are) all I can really hope for ... to get us
 back to a bowl game."
 
 Few teams are as explosive offensively as Troy, and if Blakeney can pull all
 the right strings with his two dynamic quarterbacks, the Trojans should be a
 fun team to watch in 2013. However, if the defense fails to make strides from
 a disappointing 2012 campaign, the squad will be in for a similar fate this
 season as it struggles to break free from the middle of the pack.
 
 
 
 08/23 14:15:11 ET

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