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Trojans look to extend win streak against UAB

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) -

Did you know that in the past seven seasons, the Troy Trojans have had the number one ranked offense in the Sun Belt Conference four times? Troy has also led the Sun Belt in passing offense for five straight years.

In 2013, the Trojans offense averaged 34 points and 463 yards a game, with 322 of those yards coming through the air.

With numbers like those, how is it possible that the Trojans finish 6-6 in 2013?

To put it plainly, Troy's defense was terrible in 2013.

Even though the Troy offense averaged 463 yards a game, the Trojan defense gave up 483 yards a game on average. The defense also allowed 36 points per game on average. Those statistics ranked Troy's defense at 111 out of 124 Division one teams in the NCAA according to CBS sports.

In hopes to strengthen its secondary, Troy has brought in former Carver coach Al Pogue to coach the defensive backs.

If Troy wants to make a run at another Sun Belt Conference title, the defense will have to step up and not allow as many yards on average because the Trojan offense has a lot of question marks surround them this season.

Troy takes on in state rival UAB on Saturday, in a game that has been the Trojans biggest rivalry since they stopped playing Middle Tennessee State.

Here is the good news about the game; Troy is on a three game winning streak against the Blazers and has beaten UAB four times in the past five meetings.

That one loss however still pains (and in some cases infuriates) Trojan fans everywhere. The loss came on a controversial ending in 2010. UAB won on a last second hail marry that was ruled a touchdown, but after a closer look it was clear that the receiver was down at the one-yard-line. The play stood however, and Troy was handed with the painful loss.

Back to the good news. Even though the Trojan defense struggled in 2013, UAB's defense was statistically worse. The UAB finished the 2013 season with a record of 2-10, and the Blazer's defense was ranked 116 out of 12 in the nation according to CBS sports, after giving up 43 points per game on average. The defense also gave up 498 yards per game on average.

Troy currently leads the series with UAB 7-4, with their record playing at UAB standing at 3-3.

One of the biggest questions that will be surrounding the Trojan offense at the start of this season will be who replaces former quarterback Corey Robinson.

The current plan is that Troy will use a duel quarterback approach like they used last year with Robinson and Deon Anthony. This year however it will be between red shirt freshman Brandon Silvers and junior Dontreal Pruitt.

Something Troy fans should remember about having a new quarterback is that the past three times that the Trojans started a season with a new quarterback; the team went 8-5 and won the Sun Belt Conference title. Those three quarterbacks were Omar Haugabook in 2006, Levi Brown/Jamie Hampton in 2008 and Robinson in 2010.

Another question mark is who will be replacing Eric Thomas as the Trojans leading wide receiver. The Trojans will have Chandler Worthy, Bryan Holmes K.D. Edenfield and B.J. Chitty returning, but the loss of Thomas means one of those guys will have to step up to take his role in the Trojan offense.

One player that fans should keep their eye on is JUCO transfer Teddy Ruben, who caught 57 passes for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 for Scottsdale Community College. He could be a big play maker for the Trojan offense in the 2014 season.

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