Receiver Deshon Stoudemire makes a leaping grab during Troy’s scrimmage last weekend.

As the Troy Trojans football team eyes this Saturday’s T-Day spring game, the Trojans took to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium for a scrimmage on Saturday, April 3.

As the Troy offense continues to try to find its identity during the offseason, it was the Trojan defense that stood out in the scrimmage.

“Overall I was really proud of how the defesne came out with great energy,” Troy coach Chip Lindsey said after the scrimmage. “I thought those guys really came out with the right mentality. There were a lot of guys playing with a sense of urgency.”

Lindsey said that the scrimmage was more of a situational scrimmage with a concentration on two-minute and four-minute drills along with red-zone offense and defense.

Lindsey called the Troy offense “hit and miss” but said he didn’t feel like they performed poorly either. Lindsey pointed to a talented group of receivers in Dothan grad Jabre Barber, Kaylon Geiger, Tez Johnson and JUCO transfer Deshon Stoudemire as players that stood out in the scrimmage, while Missouri transfer quarterback Taylor Powell seemed to gain the edge in the quarterback competition against Gunnar Watson and Brantley native Jacob Free.

Powell took most of the reps at quarterback with the first offense, while Free mainly worked with the second group. Watson split time with both the starters and second-team. All three threw touchdown passes during the scrimmage. Whoever comes out on top in the race, Lindsey said that the veterans – like Enterprise grad Dylan Bradshaw – on the offensive line will help make life much easier on them.

Lindsey said he wants to see his team shore things up as T-Day approaches.

“I think really I want to just kind of correct mistakes from today and polish up what we’ve been doing from base offense and base defense and then finish with a good T-Day next Saturday,” Lindsey said.

T-Day will take place in Veteran’s Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, with free admission for the public.

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