The Troy Trojans capped off the first full week of practices for the 2019 season with the school’s annual Media Day and a scrimmage.
The Trojan defense stood out in the scrimmage and made a number of big plays throughout the day.
“I thought the (defensive) line stood out to me at times,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. “I thought they pushed the line of scrimmage back several times in the scrimmage. I think we have a really good group there playing together.”
Lindsey said both sides of the ball did some positive things in the scrimmage but he was most pleased with the energy of his team despite the blistering heat.
“I really thought our guys played hard and played with great energy,” Lindsey said. “The enthusiasm was really good this morning and we did some good things on both sides.”
The Trojan offensive line had some starters missing in the scrimmage but were able to play better as the scrimmage went on.
“We had a couple of guys missing there but we were able to get a few good runs and protect at times,” Lindsey said. “We were able to get it going a little bit more in the second half of the scrimmage and make some big plays.”
Senior center Dylan Bradshaw pointed to short yardage situations as something the offensive line will have to improve on moving forward.
“We have to do better on third-and-short situations,” Bradshaw said. “We had four or five shots at it today and I think we only got two or three of them. That’s something we have to clean up but I think (pass) protection was pretty good overall.”
During Media Day, former Enterprise head coach David Faulkner – who serves as Director of Player Personnel and High School Relations for the Trojans – got a chance to speak to the media for the first time since coming on at Troy.
“It’s been great and exciting here,” Faulkner said of being a part of the Troy staff. “I’m enjoying my time here and learning things each day and just trying to improve as a coach and play the role that they have for me.”
Faulkner’s primary responsibility is putting together and heading up Troy’s prospect camps in the summer, as well as handling roster management and making sure all incoming recruits are academically eligible before they sign with Troy.
Faulkner’s past relationship with Lindsey was appealing to the former Wildcat but his history with Troy and the proximity to Enterprise were big bonuses in taking the Troy position.
“My wife Christie and I both graduated from Troy and it’s a special place to both of us,” Faulkner said. “Just to have the opportunity to come here and be a part of the football program and the university is something we were really excited about, and with it being so close to Enterprise that gave us the opportunity to leave our family in another place that is very special to us, Enterprise.
“It gave us the opportunity to leave our kids in a situation where they are in a great school system and a great community surrounded by good people, which was a win-win for us.”
Faulkner said he also takes pride in being able to look over and see one of his former players in Bradshaw flourishing at Troy.
“Dylan works very hard and has come in here and developed himself as a player and as a leader and does a great job for our team,” Faulkner said. “It’s a sense of pride to see one of our former Wildcats be able to come in and do that and play such a big role on our team and I’m excited for him.”
Another Wiregrass native is hard at work trying to earn his way onto the field as former New Brockton star Dalton Adkison is hard at work.
“It’s going good,” Adkison said of his first fall camp at Troy. “I’m just trying to get adjusted to a new team and a new offense and learning everything. I’ve already learned a lot so far.”
Adkison transferred from Alabama to Troy during the summer and has already cracked the rotation on special teams, playing on all four special teams units.
“It’s been great and that’s really all I can ask for is an opportunity,” Adkison said of playing special teams. “I’ve been here for about a month and I’m just working to try and get on the field.”
Adkison said that his goal for the season remains to earn a scholarship on the team.
“I want to get on the field and contribute however I can and be a good player for my team,” Adkison said of his 2019 goals. “I want to win a scholarship, though. That’s my main goal.”