Silvers stepping up as the new leader for the Trojans

Published: Apr. 3, 2016 at 4:48 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2016 at 7:56 PM CDT
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy quarterback Brandon Silvers is entering his third season as the man under center for the Trojans. Being one of the leaders on the team, Silvers also sees this season as having more responsibility.

"Talking with O-linemen more," said Silvers. "Just talking with receivers more about where I expect them to be and where I think they're going to end up. More communication and just a little more vocal."

"He's getting to a phase where he understands his leadership role," said head coach Neal Brown. "I really thought he started transitioning to that at the end of last year."

Silvers has never been the vocal type, but he now has to be the voice for the Trojans.

"We have two new quarterbacks coming in so I had to," said Silvers. "It's been good for me and we have a few wide receivers coming in, so I had to be a lot more vocal with them."

Silvers said this off-season was probably the most important to date because he had to do a lot of maturing before spring ball started.

"I went from the youngest guy to the oldest guy real quick," said Silvers. "It's been a challenge, but it's been a fun process helping those guys out and guiding them through."

And the players and coaches have noticed the change Silvers has brought to the field.

"He's been a leader on and off the field," said wide receiver Ismail Saleem. "If you have questions about a play or any scenarios throughout the game, he's willing to help you. It doesn't matter what time of the day or anything, he's willing to help."

"He's sitting in the room and he's got two high school seniors and he knows that everything he does, they're watching and I think that's caused him to step up his leadership skills," said Brown.

The "old junior" as they call him will lead the Trojans in their first scrimmage on April 9 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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