Larry Blakeney sees improvement in Troy Scrimmage

Three different quarterbacks led the Troy offense on touchdown drives Saturday morning during a 90 minute scrimmage at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium, but it was the defense that stood out on the day.

"The offense was able to make a few plays, but they were not very consistent and we had a lot of drops," head coach Larry Blakeney said. "There were a lot of things that we can work on to perfect, and we need to perfect them quickly."

Defensively, the Trojans seven tackles for loss, including three sacks - one each by Marcus Pittman, Bear Woods and Brandon Lang. Freshman Sam Sellers had the only interception of the day, returning a Jonathan Chandler attempt 10 yards. Unlike the first scrimmage, that was marked by fumbles, that was the only turnover on the day.

The Trojans held their second scrimmage of fall camp without senior running back Kenny Cattouse, who was given the day off. Without him, the ground game struggled, managing just 33 total yards on 25 attempts.

Five different quarterbacks took snaps during the scrimmage, with senior starter Omar Haugabook seeing only limited duty. Haugabook completed eight-of-11 attempts for 84 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Austin Silvoy.

In the battle for the backup job, redshirt freshman Tanner Jones had the edge over true freshman Jamie Hampton on Saturday. Jones completed 12-of-20 attempts for 98 yards and one score while Hampton hit on seven-of-13 attempts for 63 yards and a touchdown.

"Both of those guys had their moments, and the race is still very close," Blakeney said.

Jones' TD pass went to junior Mykeal Terry for 36 yards while Hampton connected with senior John Allen from four-yards out for his scoring strike.

A total of 16 receivers made catches during the scrimmage, led by Allen with six for 30 yards. Silvoy had just three receptions, but led all receivers with 64 yards. Sophomore Xavier Moreland and freshmen Stanley Jones and Jerrel Jernigan had four receptions each on the day.

Woods, a junior, was the leading tackler on the day with six. Senior Josh Maxwell had five tackles while sophomore Boris Lee, junior Sherrod Martin and senior Chris Bradwell had four each. Lee provided the biggest scare of the scrimmage when he went down on a tackle of DuJuan Harris and had to be helped from the field.

"I think it scared him more than anything, I know it sure scared me," Blakeney said. "It looks like a bruised quad. I don't think it is anything serious."

The Troy kicking game also got some work in, with senior Adrian Vera and freshman Will Goggans locked in a battle for the starting job as punter. Goggans averaged 43.4 yards on five punts while Vera averaged 44.4 yards on five. Senior kicker Greg Whibbs was a perfect two-of-two on PATs, but missed one of his two field goal attempts.

"The kicking game is still a concern right now," Blakeney said. "We got a good bit of work in today, but we can't do enough work in that area right now."

The Trojans will take Sunday off before returning to the practice field Monday evening to continue preparations for the season-opener on Sept. 1 at Arkansas. A limited number of tickets for the game at Arkansas, as well as the Sept. 8 game at Florida, remain available through the Troy Athletics Ticket Office.

Fans can also still purchase season tickets for the Trojans' five game home schedule, which opens on Friday night, Sept. 14, against Oklahoma State.

Contact the Troy Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-878-WINS or 334-670-3680 to purchase tickets for the 2007 season.

Courtesy: Troy Media Relations