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Troy Story & A 4-Free Blog

Before we get you some information on the Troy Trojans from the Dothan Eagle's Troy beat writer Drew Champlin, here are some updates from Thursday's practice.

Favre There were some readers that posted in the last blog that we've been writing too much about T.Y. Hilton in the last couple of posts. Well, the GPP's customer service department suggested we make this post a 100% TY--free post. (Yes, I know I got this idea from Sports Illustrated and their No. 4 Brett Favre-free issue) So here's a blog that I wrote during today's practice.

Among the receivers that practiced were Greg Ellingson, Ty Frierson, Wayne Times, Marquis Rolle, Jacob Younger, Ariel Martinez, Rockey Vann, Jairus Williams, Larry McCoy and wait there looks like a 4 practicing, no wait that's No. 84, Elliott Dix (right, thanks Sam Lewis photo) 

Returning kicks were Frierson, Times and Darian Mallary.Dix

Hold on a second, is that a 4 wearing a non-contact orange jersey? No, that's No. 34 Winston Fraser.

OK, time for special teams drills now.....looks like 4 is going in on special teams, nope, that's No. 24 Emmanuel Souarin.

Now wait a minute, OK, here's the 4 we know and remember as he's running hard down the field. Oops didn't see the other 4 on his jersey. That would be No. 44 Scott Bryant (left, thanks Roy Viera photo).

Bryantoso Ok, wait here is 4 on the second team offense delivering a solid block. Ah, Rupert Bryan tricked me, that's No. 54 with the solid block.

However, there was a former Miami Springs receiver that was running routes and catching passes during individual drills and I'm going to let you guess his jersey number. (Hint: it's an even number between 3 & 5)

For those that don't want to read about complete injury updates from Thursday's practice, then now is the time to type some other address into your web browser. You can come back to the GPP, after skipping the following paragraph or just scroll down to get Troy information.

MC's take after practice Thursday on freshman All-American No. 4, who is a former Miami Springs standout receiver:

"We are happy that he is progressing. Whether he’s game ready we won’t know until game time . . . It’s going to be him coming out here [on game day] and the doctor watching him run around and we’ll go from there.”

On to Troy....

Here's Drew's View on the Trojans and what to expect in Saturday's game and Drew Champlin (right) tells me he never woreDrew No. 4 when he played football:

1) How often does Troy run the Wildcat out of their offense and which Trojan runs that scheme the best?

Drew: They've done it more and more as the season has gone along. Troy did it once in the first half with Jerrel Jernigan, but a few more times in the second half with Dantavious Parker. I hesitate to call it the Wildcat with Parker, because he's a legit QB, but he's a guy that can really run the ball. He runs the scheme the best because he can also throw the ball. He'll fight for the starting QB spot next year.

2) What are the strengths of the Trojans offense and where are the Trojans vulnerable on offense?

Drew: Starting QB Levi Brown is very accurate and he's got some weapons that can go deep, like sophomore Chip Reeves. TeBiarus Gill and Josh Jarboe are deep threats, but have been hampered with nagging injuries lately. Of course, there's Jerrel Jernigan who is to Troy what Hilton is to FIU. Other receivers, such as Cornelius Williams and Zack Marcum, are solid guys that can catch and run. The run game has been spotty, but no one has had a breakout game yet because carries are being more divided this year between two guys - 1,000-yard rusher DuJuan Harris and freshman Shawn Southward. Where Troy would be most vulnerable is if guys like Gill and Jarboe continue to be banged up, but I think both will be ready Saturday.

3) FIU has been praising the Troy front seven on defense. If you were FIU coach Mario Cristobal, how would you go about attacking Troy's defense?

Drew: Short, quick passes to speed guys and hope you can break some tackles. Troy's front line can really get to the QB and the linebackers are as good as they come, so I'd be putting pressure on the Tele secondary, which had four new starters this year and isn't that deep.

4) Do your best John Madden or Cris Collinsworth and tell us how FIU finds a way to pull off the upset?

Drew: It happens because FIU feeds off an energetic home crowd (assuming it's energetic), scores very early, maybe on the opening kickoff or a defensive score, and never lets Troy get a feel for the game. Arkansas State went up 10-0 on Troy, but never completely had momentum. Also, FIU must win the turnover battle if it wants to pull off the upset. I'd hate to say a key player or two needs to get hurt for Troy, but I think Troy wins at ULM last year if linebacker Bear Woods was healthy.

5) Your game prediction and final score?

Drew: If FIU was 4-1 or at the least 2-0 in the league and without those injuries, I'd think they had a better shot to pull off the upset. The Golden Panthers will get their points, but Troy's offense is really in high gear. Could be several big plays on both sides. I'll go Troy 34-20.

Will have the GPP's Troy/FIU preview and prediction on here at some point Friday.


Aaapaw GPP LIVE BLOG  for Troy/FIU game begins around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind for the live blog on Cover It Live:

1) Starting last week vs. WKU, I increased the size of the window to its maximum, but the way the blog program works by making the window larger it takes away the scroll button. However, you can still view previous comments by using your arrow keys.

2) Also, there are only 25 spots to be an unmoderated reader/commentator which allows you to post comments without my approval.

If you are 1 of the first 25 to log-on on Saturday AND I think you will contribute some worthwhile comments then I will go ahead and approve you as unmoderated.

After the 25 spots are taken up, I then have to approve each comment from each reader. So if your comment takes a minute or so to show up it's because I'm busy either writing down the previous play for my notes on the game, working on the FIU/Troy notebook for Sunday's paper or posting on the blog at the moment. At that time, I am not able to publish what you posted, but I will eventually get to it.


Ultimate FIU Fan: Pete, probabilities of TY playing on Sat.?

PP: I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but if you asked me for a guess I would say 90% chance that he plays. He looked better today running around and catching passes.

chiapanther: why is freddy pic on basketball page?

PP: Already relayed the message to the FIU athletic department.

pantherpual: Pete we understand that TY Hilton is a prtetty good player but come dude, can you post an article on some of the other players at times?

PP: How about this post above talking about all the other receivers. Plus, Winston Fraser, Scott Bryant, Rupert Bryan, Darian Mallary and Emmanuel Souarin.

zintutor: Pete wouldn't a red shirt be worth giving Junior Mertile if he is behind on rehabing his knee injury?

PP: Both Junior and Dudley LaPorte are eligibile for redshirts since they have played in less than 30 percent of the team's games. Yes, if JM is behind then a redshirt would be the way to go.

Congratulations to Golden Dazzler Vanessa for being chosen as Sports Illustrated's Cheerleader of the Week....quick raise your hand if you enjoy reading the GPP.Daaz................





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Just my hand Pete?


I hear ya FIUer...

u suck

shes smokin...

From the previous blog...CarolinaGoldenPanther posts at 5:52, then inexplicably yet quite timely CANDY CANE posts 17 minutes later?! Hey CANDY, were the beads of sweat creaping down your forehead as you ticked down the 16 minutes till you replied (possibly to yourself, schizophrenic), shutterring frantically hoping to make it to an even 20 minutes. Fail.


You guys, I think you're wrong on criticizing CrazyCane, as much as I dislike him. You can pick whatever team you want to support. You don't have to go to a university to support them and consider yourself a member of that school's fandom, as long as you don't lie about going there.

I consider myself an Ohio State fanatic (as well as FIU fanatic as an alum) due to the fact that my parents both went there and hold/held five degrees from Ohio State between the two of them (two BA, two MA and a PhD). I grew up as a Buckeye, and I will never stop being a Buckeye, I don't care what anyone says. If CrazyCane feels the same way about his Hurricanes, why criticize him?

Living in Charlotte, my newborn son will most likely not go to FIU, and that's fine. But if he wants to call himself an FIU fanatic and part of FIU, why not? My wife and I both hold degrees from there and we're both proud alumni (we even have an FIU flag in front of our house, much to the confusion of VT, SC, UNC and Duke fan neighbors). I'm not personally a fan of CrazyCane the person, but I don't think he's wrong for considering himself a Hurricane fanatic and a Hurricane himself.

Posted by: CarolinaGoldenPanther | October 15, 2009 at 05:52 PM


CarolinaGoldenPanther - the most educated and rational fan on this blog. Thank you.

Posted by: CrazyCane | October 15, 2009 at 06:09 PM


Nothing new, we ALL know Crazy goes by many MANY aliases. Just more proof...

I know sometimes we bash the Athletics department for not doing a good job of advertising for game day.... but this week I have noticed a MUCH bigger effort from them.

I've received many emails. They made a video with McCall and TY asking for people to go. Someone posted last blog there are banners set up around school.


LOL great blog Pete!

Wow FIUFloridaPower&Light, you really rep FIU well with your posts.

Just as good as U do the U


We'll never sell out the Cage for a Sun Belt game. There's just no interest in watching us play Middle South Central Tennessee at Monroe. I mean, I had never heard of any of these schools until we got football, or at a minimum I don't remember them. We just need to do what we need to do to get out of the Sun Belt ASAP, and that's win big and often. Till then, forget about attendance, it'll come by the truckloads when we move.

Unfortunately I've gotta pick Troy over FIU 36-24.



Are you serious??....you have a bright future....

Very classy....ahhhhh to be a student again, those were the days !!!

No, let's get fans in there NOW!! We need to be targeting STUDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's the group we should be focusing on. Students are broke to begin with, they'd rather get in free at a game than spend a lonely Saturday night!

Students will enliven the mood and they're more loyal fans than any other group. We can count on them to pack the cage as long as they have an incentive to go there. And ofcourse as long as they know there's a game, which means on-campus marketing of these games has to improve dramatically and immediately. Free tickets is probably enough of an incentive. We can't start this talk about moving to a bigger conference until we have the fans behind this team. If you think it's embarrassing playing in an empty stadium now, it'll be much worse playing in an empty stadium in the Big East, or ACC, or SEC, or pick a conference. Besides, we're already playing good teams, just outside our conference. Until we show signs of being able to compete with these teams, we shouldn't be asking to switch to a bigger, tougher conference only to get destroyed more often. It's damaging to our already shaky fanbase and to our players.


Something isn't right. I got an email before our home opener against Toledo saying that we could not have the free guest policy in effect since they were expecting many fans to show up. Fine.

About a week and a half ago, I got the same email again. Within the last week, I got an email stating that Scholarships and free parking decals for faculty/staff personnel were going to be given away at this week's game for students during the 4th quarter.


I'm all for giving students initiative to show up to the game. Whether it be to support the team or for their own personal benefit, but why not just bring back the free guest policy?

I agree with FIUer, if we were in a better conference and the big boys are coming into town to play us, fans would have to camp outside FIU stadium to get in.

However, we don't play in a better conference, so you make lemonade with the lemons you are given. The truth is, we are very unlikely to switch to a different conference any time soon because we aren't good enough. We don't bring enough to the table for any BCS conference to sweep in and take a chance on us. As much as I hate to admit that, it's the sad reality.

Did anyone see last night's game: Cincy vs. USF? I couldn't BELIEVE the commentators were questioning whether an unbeaten Big East team should be in the BCS title game (assuming they were the only unbeaten team in the nation).

HELLO! Isn't that what a BCS conference guarantees you??? We're not talking about Boise State, we're talking about a team from a BCS conference! The Big East is so disrespected that it's offensive to the BCS system!

Basically if you are not in the SEC, you get ZERO respect.

Couldn't be more wrong PowerandLight.

It's the fact that the Big East is an 8 team conference that beats up on itself and is a very weak conference. Occasionally you have a strong team here and there, but just look at their "cream of the crop" right now. Who has or will Cincinnati play that is a strong team? USF obviously isn't one, and that's obvious with their year to year performance.

West Virginia is bad, Pitt is average, Rutgers is average.

They scheduled nobody out of conference worth much.

It's a shame, but them losing Miami, Vtech and BC really hurt their credibility and if they were trying to get into the BCS with the slate of teams they have now they'd be denied.

Just the way CFB works, none of those schools are perennial powers or have big booster money to back up their talk about belonging.

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