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Troy Looks to Reload

By Jackson Schroeder
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After being ranked in 2016, Troy is looking to build off that momentum.

Troy is losing big assets on both sides of the ball heading into 2017 including star running back Jordan Chunn and the entire linebacking core. The Trojans’ primary needs are linebackers and offensive weapons, primarily in the wide receiver and running back positions.

Starting off strong, 6-foot- 4, 210 pound Marquis Johnson officially signed with the Trojans and will add length to the receiving core. Staying in the state of Alabama, Troy also signed a quick deep threat receiver in Bret Clark to this athletic roster.

At the running back position the Trojans picked up DeKarlos Billingsley and Terence Dunlap. Billingsley was awarded first-team all-state honors last season at Scottsboro High, where he rushed for over 2,000 yards. Dunlap has a small athletic build and could easily double as a slot receiver. He rushed for over 2,000 yards twice at Maplesville High in Maplesville, Alabama.

Troy added three offensive line recruits early on signing day. The very first scholarship given was to 6-foot-4 240-pound Bubba Hudson out of Terrell County, Georgia. The Trojans added 6-foot-1 314-pound Travius Harris from Rickards High in Tallahasee, Florida soon after.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Trojans’ largest name recruit was three-star defensive end Travon Mathis. Mathis stands 6-foot-2, 275 lbs and was also awarded first-team all-state honors in his senior season due to his 86 tackles, 8 sacks and three forced and recovered fumbles.

The first linebacker addition was Justin Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt is a two-star recruit, but he runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and should add some stealth to linebacker unit. 

Cornerbacks Marcus Jones and Shon Sprallings, as well as defensive backs Kyle Nixon and Tyler Murray, were all added to assist in the rebuilding of the Trojan secondary. Kevin Nixon (Kyle Nixon’s brother) was signed to help render the linebacking core. Both Nixon brothers are three-star recruits and were awarded second-team all-state recognition out of Fort Valley, Georgia.

Jackson Schroeder - Jackson Schroeder is a huge sports fan who intends on staying in the sports broadcasting and journalism field. He is an undergrad journalism major at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a graduate of Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, Georgia. At Savannah Country Day, Jackson played three sports: football, baseball, and wrestling. He has decided to not pursue any sport in college, and take the academic route. Jackson will cover the Sun Belt Conference for Southern Pigskin.