The Troy Trojans football team’s spring football practices are officially underway as the Trojans sprint towards the annual T-Day Game.
The Trojans returned to the practice field after missing out on a bowl game in head coach Chip Lindsey’s first year at the helm in 2019.
“I thought overall it was a really good day,” Lindsey said after the first practice on Feb. 25. “It was good to see the new guys out there running around.
“Defensively, I thought we ran to the ball well and competed in the 7-on7 drills; you can tell that some of the guys in here now are going to be able to help us. That was an area of need for us in the secondary and we addressed that.”
The Trojans are starting something new in the spring with early morning practices.
“For us, its getting them up early, getting them activated and getting them rolling,” Lindsey said of the new spring routine. “It makes a lot of things better including class attendance it’s a good change up for us too.
“In the fall, you get used to that schedule and now in the spring we do it a little different. We’ll see how it goes whether we want to do it in the fall, too.”
One storyline that will play out all spring and heading into the fall will be the quarterback battle ongoing for the Trojans as Kaleb Barker will need to be replaced after graduating last year.
“Without watching the film, I thought they all had flashes of doing well,” Lindsey said of his quarterbacks. “For Parker (McNeil), it was the first time going through our install, so I was excited with how well he picked up the communication.
“He made a few nice throws and you can tell he has the arm talent. Gunnar (Watson) was solid and Jacob Cendoya was a bright spot, he’s a walk-on who has some talent, too. We have a competition for sure, and we won’t name a starter until the fall.”
All Troy’s spring practices are open to the public and will continue on March 17, March 19, March 21, March 24, March 26, March 28, March 31, April 2, April 3 and ending with the annual T-Day Game on April 4.
T-Day will be played on Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. with free admission. Troy will also be hosting a Champions Brunch that day, as well.
The Champions Brunch will feature a panel of speakers that will include legendary Troy coach Larry Blakeney, Troy Hall of Famer Sim Byrd and former Troy and NFL player Jordan Chunn. A brunch and mimosas – to fans of age – will also be served and all fans in attendance will receive mini posters that can be signed after the panel.
The cost of admission for the Champions Brunch is $20 and tickets can be purchased by calling (877) 878-9467.