Early Troy Preview

Early Troy Preview

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Early Troy Preview

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By Trey McCurry.

Clemson will open the 2011 football season against the Troy Trojans on September 3 at 3:30PM at Death Valley. TheClemsonInsider looks ahead to the Troy game with a little background on the Trojans and their program. 

The Troy Trojans

Troy is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans are coming off an 8-5 (6-2 Sun Belt) season in 2010 and have won or shared five straight Sun Belt titles. Troy is led by 21st-year Head Coach Larry Blakeney. Coach Blakeney has led the school from DII status to FCS status to its current standing as one of the top programs in the Sun Belt. In his previous years at the school, he has amassed a 161-82-1 record. Since joining the FBS ranks in 2001, his teams are 69-53 and have made five bowl appearances. The Trojans are 40-11 since joining the Sun Belt in 2004. In their last 10 season openers, the Trojans are 5-5. 

Last season, the Trojans finished 17th nationally in total offense with 453.5 yards per game while averaging 34.1 points per game (20th ranked scoring offense). Troy was 11th in passing offense with 296.9 yards per game and 56th in rushing offense with 156.6 yards per game. The Trojans finished 89th nationally in total defense with 409.9 yards per game while allowing an average of 30.2 points per game (84th ranked scoring defense). Troy was 100th in passing defense with 244.6 yards per game and 73rd in rushing defense with 165.2 yards per game. 

Players to Watch

Corey Robinson             QB     SO

As a true freshman last season, Robinson started all 13 games and was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year as well as second-team All-Conference. On the season, Robinson was 321-505 (63.6%) for 3,726 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He threw at least one touchdown in every game last season and for at least 237 yards in 11 of 13 games last season including a high of 404 against UAB. In the New Orleans Bowl against Ohio, Robinson was 32-42 for 387 yards and four touchdowns en route to being named the New Orleans Bowl MVP. 

Jonathan Massaquoi     DE     JR

In his first year at Troy last season, Massaquoi made an immediate impact on the Trojan defense. In 13 starts last season, Massaquoi was a first-team All-Sun Belt selection recording 76 tackles. He had 20.5 tackles for loss (for 111 yards) and 13.5 sacks (for 97 yards) while recovering three fumbles and forcing one. Massaquoi posted multiple tackles for loss in seven games and had a sack in seven games. He had a season high 4.0 TFL against North Texas while also recording three sacks against the Mean Green. 

Trojans vs. BCS Conferences

  • Since joining the FBS ranks in 2001, Troy is 3-29 against BCS competition.
  • The Trojans are 0-4 against the ACC since 2001. They lost 47-14 at Maryland in 2001, 24-0 at Virginia in 2003, 24-17 at Florida State in 2006, and 35-20 at Georgia Tech in 2006. 

Troy Against Teams from BCS Conferences since joining FBS in 2001

2001

 

2006

@ Nebraska L, 14-42   @ Florida State L, 17-24
@ Miami (FL) L, 7-38   @ Georgia Tech L, 20-35
@ Miss State W, 21-9   @ Nebraska L, 0-56
@ Maryland L, 14-47      
     

2007

2002

  @ Arkansas L, 26-46
@ Nebraska L, 16-31   @ Florida L, 31-59
@ Iowa State L, 12-42   Oklahoma State W, 41-23
@ Missouri L, 7-44   @ Georgia L, 34-44
@ Miss State L, 8-11      
@ Arkansas L, 0-23  

2008

      @ Ohio State L, 10-28

2003

  @ Oklahoma State L, 24-55
@ Kansas State L, 5-41   @ LSU L, 31-40
@ Minnesota L, 7-48      
@ Nebraska L, 0-30  

2009

@ Virginia L, 0-24   @ Florida L, 6-56
      @ Arkansas L, 20-56

2004

     
Missouri W, 24-14  

2010

@ South Carolina L, 7-17   @ Oklahoma State L, 38-41
@ LSU L, 20-24   @ South Carolina L, 24-69
         

2005

     
@ Missouri L, 21-52      
@ South Carolina L, 20-45      

 

Troy in the Bowls

  • Since joining the FBS ranks in 2001, the Trojans have made five bowl appearances

 

Season

Bowl

Opponent

Result

2004

Silicon Valley Classic Northern Illinois L, 21-34

2006

New Orleans Bowl Rice W, 41-17

2008

New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss L, 27-30 (OT)

2009

GMAC Bowl Central Michigan L, 41-44 (2OT)

2010

New Orleans Bowl Ohio W, 48-21

 

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