TROY, AL (WSFA) - Year four of the Neal Brown era is now underway at Troy as the Trojans opened fall camp on Friday.
"We're in the best shape coming into a fall camp," said Brown. "We're the most healthy we've been in a fall camp. We're the furthest ahead as far as knowing offense, defense, and special teams going into your for and that's the way it should be."
The Trojans will look to build off last year's Sun Belt Conference title, but will have to do so with a new man under center.
Junior Kaleb Barker and redshirt sophomore Sawyer Smith are in a heated battle to be named QB1 for the Trojans.
"If you don't like competition, you need to find somewhere else to go," said Smith. "You probably need to play tic-tac-toe or something. Competition is fun and we both love it."
"Me and Sawyer, we mess around with that a lot," said Barker. "We always joke with each other. We're always on each other's butts every day. We do competitions weekly and we just push each other daily."
The Trojans will also need to fill some spots on defense, but as a whole, this could be one of the better defenses you'll see in college football this season.
"We lost some D-lineman also, but we also brought some guys in that played last year," said defensive back Marcus Jones. "At DB, we have some guys that are returning. We have four. I feel like we're good there. Our linebacker corps is looking pretty good."
The Trojans will hold 24 practices before kicking off the 2018 season at home against Boise State.
Kickoff between the Trojans and Boise State Broncos is set for Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.