NEW ORLEANS, LA (WSFA) - For the third straight year, the Troy Trojans made the trip to Sun Belt Media Day with head coach Neal Brown leading the charge, but this year things were different.
The Trojans were no longer picked near the middle or bottom of the Sun Belt Conference standings. No, the Trojans were selected to finish second in the conference, it's highest preseason ranking since 2011.
For several years the Trojans were the cream of the crop in the Sun Belt, winning five straight conference titles from 2006-2010. But then times changed, and the Trojans were left trying to find a way to reach the top of the mountain.
In 2016, the Trojans would start to ascend back towards the top but would still fall short of its ultimate goal of winning a conference title, but now with the 2017 season just weeks away, the Trojans are relishing in the fact that this could be their year.
"The thing we have going right now is 'Don't shy away from the hype,' and that's one thing we need to live up to," said running back Jordan Chunn.
"You can kind of undersell yourself or you can go and meet them head on," said Brown. "That's the approach we are going to take. We're picked to finish second in our league. We won ten games last year. The expectations level has risen in our program. Now we have to go and meet those expectations head on."
"We're not going to sneak up on anymore like we did last year," said quarterback Brandon Silvers. "Just take it one game at a time. It starts Sunday when we have our first practice. Just take it day by day. We're trying to get better everyday."
The Trojans will begin their path to the conference title when it takes on Boise State to kick off the 2017 season on Sept. 2.
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