*From Troy Media Relations*
TROY, Ala. – The Troy University football team opened fall camp on Thursday morning with a three-hour session in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The coaches worked the players in a number of different facets in preparation for the 2013 season which is now just 30 days away.
“We saw a lot of energy on both sides of the ball,” head coach Larry Blakeney said. “There are a lot of new faces, and as I’ve told you before, we’ve been excited about plugging this (freshman) class in. This is the first day and it looks like it’s obvious that we’re going to get some help from this class. If everybody can stay well and everybody keeps working and pressing and trying to get better each day we come out here, then I think we have a chance to be a better football team. I like what I saw this morning on both sides of the ball.”
The team worked mostly in 1-on-1 sets to get a feel for where each player is heading into the season, but added several team drills to bring the squad together.
“We’re trying to make sure we have that chemistry before we play and that’s sometimes difficult,” Blakeney said. “But with the pressure that we put on these guys, and they come out on the first day of practice and they’re able to do the things that they’re doing means that they’ve been paying attention in the classroom and that they understand. Now we just need to get things perfected.”
Troy is looking to reclaim the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference after finishing in the middle of the pack the last two seasons. Prior to that, the Trojans rolled off an unprecedented run of five straight Sun Belt titles.
The Trojans will work out in helmets and shorts again Friday morning before moving to shells for Saturday’s practice.
Troy opens the 2013 season on Aug. 31 against UAB in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live by ESPN3 and will kick off at 6 p.m.
Season tickets for Troy's five home games are available and can be purchased by calling the Troy ticket office at 1-877-878-WINS, by logging on to TroyTrojans.com or by visiting the Tine Davis Fieldhouse.