TROY, AL (WSFA) - After an eight month quarterback battle, Troy head coach Neal Brown announced on Monday that Alabama native Kaleb Barker would get the nod as the signal caller for the Trojans against Boise State.
"Kaleb Barker will start the season as our starter at quarterback," said Brown. "He won the job from a production standpoint, the ability to make plays with his feet and from an efficiency standpoint in the passing game."
Barker and other Trojan quarterback Sawyer Smith battled all spring and summer long for the right to be the Trojans starter. Brown said Smith will still see playing time in the Trojans' game on Saturday.
"I still have a lot of confidence in Sawyer and the team does too," said Brown. "He will have a significant role in our offense on Saturday."
Joining Barker in the backfield is former Stanhope-Elmore standout B.J. Smith, who will be making his first career start at running back for Troy.
"It's really a dream come true to just know that you're playing college football at the highest level," said Smith. "It really doesn't change my aspect going into games. I'm still going to prepare like I did my freshman year."
The 22nd-ranked Broncos will be the first ranked team to play at Veterans Memorial Stadium since Missouri back in 2004.
This match-up has the potential to be one of the top college football games the first week of the season. Kickoff between the Trojans and the Broncos is set for 5 p.m.