12 Join Troy Football Program

The Troy University football program welcomed seven junior college players from the December early signing period and five incoming freshmen into the football program at the start of the spring semester.

The ranks of new members to the Troy football program will swell on Wednesday, which is National Signing Day for college football programs across the country.

The Troy coaching staff is expected to announce a number of additional signees on Wednesday. There will be a news conference on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the press box of the R. Douglas Hawkins Tower at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium featuring head coach Larry Blakeney and recruiting coordinator Randy Butler .

They will discuss the 2009 recruiting class in detail at that time. "We had a strong early signing period and are happy with the junior college players who are already on campus, working out and going to class," Blakeney said. "Having those guys here this spring, in addition to the five freshmen who sat out the fall, will give all of those guys a head start on earning playing time this fall.

"We are looking forward to adding to the early group with a solid group of players on National Signing Day." The group of early junior college players included offensive lineman James Brown of Liberty, Miss., and Southwest Mississippi Community College, wide receiver Jason Bruce of Natchez, Miss., and Copiah-Lincoln Community College, offensive lineman Ray Carter of Ambler, Pa., and  Garden City (Kan.) Community College, defensive lineman Emmanuel Dudley of Columbus, Ga., and Northeast Mississippi Community College, defensive lineman Riley Flowers of Geneva, Ala, and Jones County (Miss.)  Junior College, offensive lineman Tyler Graves of  Sumrall, Miss., and Pearl River (Miss.) Community College and defensive back Demarcus Robertson of Sunrise, Fla., and Garden City C.C. Offensive lineman Jimbo Arnold (Belle Glade, Fla.), wide out/tight end Gavin Ellis (Cullman, Ala.), wide receiver Felton Payton (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), quarterback Corey Robinson (Paducah, Ky.) and linebacker Johnny Thompson (Valley, Ala.) all enrolled as full-time Troy students this semester and will begin practicing when the team opens spring drills on March 18. Troy will play its annual "T-Day" game on Saturday, March 28.

This information is courtesy the Troy University Athletic's website www.troytrojans.com.