Troy Practices in Full Pads for First Time During Camp

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

TROY, Ala. – Monday’s practice featured Troy’s first session in full pads during fall camp, as the Trojans pressed through a three-hour session inside Veterans Memorial Stadium.

On Tuesday, the Trojans will take part in two-a-days for the first time during preseason camp. Troy’s first session will start at 8:15 a.m. and the Trojans will wrap up the day with an evening practice at 6 p.m.

“It’s real hot, but we’ve got to keep pushing every day. Everybody is pushing together as a group and coming together as a family,” Troy senior linebacker Wayland Coleman-Dancer said after Monday’s session. “The offense is going good, the defense is progressing, we’ve just got to keep coming out and getting better every day.”

Troy defensive coordinator Wayne Bolt believes Tuesday’s two-a-day practices will give the Trojans another opportunity to learn and get acclimated to its new defensive scheme.

“I think we’re together and definitely getting better. We got our goal in turnovers for the day. I think the kids are trying. We’ve got a long way to go, but I saw some good hits out there, but running to the football is key. It’s hot out there, but it is hot all over the country.”

Coleman-Dancer says that Coach Bolt’s motivation on and off the practice field is a driving force behind Troy’s defense during fall camp.

“Every day he (Coach Bolt) motivates us no matter where we are,” Coleman-Dancer said of Troy’s new defensive coordinator. “In the film room, in the locker room, in the weight room, he’s always motivating us. He loves us and we love Coach Bolt.”

The Trojans open the season 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.

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