The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Troy Trojans.
No. 77: Troy Trojans
Spring Practice Starts: March 29
Spring Game: April 21
Troy Trojans Spring Status
After a magical run to an 11-2 season with a win over LSU and a fun New Orleans Bowl victory over North Texas along the way, Troy has become more than just a big-time Sun Belt star under rising star head man Neal Brown.
However,r he’s got some work to do.
Gone is QB Brandon Silvers, the main man who made it all go. Top running backs Jordan Chunn and Josh Anderson are done, and six starters have to be replaced on the defensive side.
There’s still a whole lot of talent returning – four starters are back on the offensive front along with top two receivers Deondre Douglas and Damion Willis – but this might just be a bit of a rebuilding year unless Brown can work some magic.
He’s dealt with worse.
Troy Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. How do you replace a longtime starter like Silvers, who ran the offense for the last four years, and with few others getting a shot at any meaningful playing time? Sawyer Smith saw a little action in 2016, and Kaleb Barker got in a little work last season. For one of the nation’s most efficient passing games, this is the Sun Belt’s most important position battle.
Troy Biggest Issue
Running back. Not having Silvers around is bad enough, but missing scoring machine Jordan Chunn hurts, and not having key backup Josh Anderson around anymore matters, too. Jamarius Henderson averaged close to eight yards per carry, and there are a few new options, but the shoes to fill are large. They new guys have to rise up this spring.
Troy Biggest Positive
The O line should be terrific. It made everything else go, allowing just 55 tackles for loss and 15 sacks on the season. The ground game didn’t have to do too much, but it averaged 4.7 yards per carry with 30 scores – it did its job thanks to the offensive front. Left tackle Steven Rowzee is done, but the other four starters are back, and they’re still young.
Really, Why Are The Troy Trojans Ranked Here?
Okay, so we should all trust Neal Brown a little more and assume the Trojans should be able to fill in the gaps in a hurry. However, five of the top nine tacklers are done, and Silvers really was that good.
The pass rush will still be among the best in the country, the offense will still be fast and fun, and the Trojans will still be deep in the Sun Belt title chase.