*Courtesy Troy Media Relations*
TROY, Ala. – The Troy football hit the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium in shells for the first time of fall camp on Saturday. The pace of practice picked up tremendously with the opening game just four short weeks away.
“We’re still looking and evaluating,” head coach Larry Blakeney said. “Three days does not a season make. Obviously we haven’t learned how to play full speed the whole time, but we’re working hard on it. It’s sort of a maturation process. By the time we get toward the last couple weeks of preparation, we’ll be a team and understand how to play 60 minutes, because that’s what it’s going to take against UAB.”
The team battled the heat during a shortened two-and-a-half hour session, working in several new drills.
“When you’re tired like this, it’s when you build chemistry,” sophomore offensive lineman Dalton Bennett said. “With these young guys, the coaches brought in a really good class, they’re ready to work just like we are. Everybody’s hungry.”
The defense really shined during the individual workouts and the full 11-on-11 drills, showing tremendous improvement from a season ago.
“Today I thought it went real well,” Bennett said. “I have to give defense some ups today. They’ve gotten a lot better, especially since spring.”
Practice continues tomorrow morning with one more day in shells. The team will practice in full pads beginning on Monday.
The season begins on Saturday, August 31, when in-state-rival UAB comes to town. The game will be broadcasted live by ESPN3 and kicks off at 6 p.m.