*From Troy Media Relations*
TROY, Ala. – The Troy football team took another step towards its season opener at UAB as the Trojans strapped on full pads for the first time of fall camp on Monday. The Trojans worked out for three hours on an overcast and rainy morning in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Trojans will go through their first two-a-day practice session on Tuesday. Troy will hit the practice field for the first time at 8:15 in the morning and then return at 3:15 p.m.
Troy will hold its annual Fan Day on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. on the west concourse of Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Trojan Warriors Club will be providing free food and drinks to all those in attendance at Fan Day.
Troy has won a share of five of the past six Sun Belt Conference titles and is the only school to represent the league in five bowl games. Troy has 11 more Sun Belt victories than any other school in the league since the Trojans joined the Sun Belt in 2004. The Trojans also have a Sun Belt leading 84 all-conference selections and 38 first team all-conference selections over that same time period.
The Trojans open the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at in-state rival UAB in Legion Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised live by Fox College Sports.
Season tickets for Troy's record six home games are available for purchase by logging on to TroyTrojans.com or by calling 1-877-878-WINS. Fans can also purchase tickets to Troy's six road games through the Troy ticket office.
Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Rowell
“We (defense) got it handed to us a little bit yesterday and bounced back with a good day today. I’m proud of them. We’ve got to keep having good days, keep battling, keep fighting and keep getting better. We think that we’ve got a pretty good unit. They have to come together as a group and do all the things it takes to make a defensive unit and play that way. We are tweaking in that direction a little bit.
On the depth chart
“It’s definitely open right now. It’s just competition; that’s one good thing that we’ve finally got some. We don’t have 11, 12 or 13, we feel like we have 25, 26 or 27 guys that can help us win ball games. There is nothing better than that. To create competition, that makes guys work hard and makes guys fight hard.
On feeling better at this point this year compared to last year
“Yes, definitely. The main issue is the depth; having some more guys that can play. Being able to play more than one group of guys and being decent, that’s number one. Up front we are doing better and again we’ve got more guys and more bodies that can help us win ball games. Some of them are young, some of them are older, and some of them just got here, but we’ve got guys who can play in those positions and we are getting better at that.
On the new transfers that have come in
“They are adjusting well. It is always a little bit of a time period before they settle in comfortably on learning everything because you are throwing a bunch of stuff at them. They all have good backgrounds to draw from, and I think they are catching on pretty good. They are not there yet and haven’t been able to totally cut it loose and feel good about everything yet, but again it’s just day five.
Defensive End Tony Davis
“The offense got us yesterday so we were on a mission today to come out and get our title back today.
On the defensive chemistry
“It’s going pretty good. We are hanging out a lot off the field so we get a chance to get closer to each other so when we come out here we just try and apply it all to the field.
On feeling better about the defense this year compared to last year
“Yes, definitely. We are really deep up front and have a lot guys competing and working hard. I feel really excited about this group.