Troy Trojans: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Troy Trojans: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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Troy Trojans: CFN College Football Preview 2021

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4. Troy Trojans College Football Preview 2021: Defense

If you’re looking for what Troy might rise up and be the sleeper team in the Sun Belt, here you go. 11 starters are expected to be back along with a few choice transfers to potentially take a good situation and make it amazing.

Basically, if someone made a tackle last year for the Trojans, he’s back and ready to go, starting with the terrific linebacking combination of Carlton Martial, Jayden McDonald and KJ Robertson. They’re veteran hitters who – along with hybrid Richard Jibunor – will get behind the line.

DT Will Choloh isn’t that huge, but the 6-0, 299-pounder is a strong interior pass rusher and tied Jibunor for the team lead in sacks. There’s bulk in the rotation – AJ Pierce is 6-1, 320 – and Jamarcus Chatman will play a role coming over from Florida State, but more pass rush from the ends would be a plus.

The secondary got three picks from junior Terence Dunlap, but the team only came up with eight interceptions on the season. Dell Pettus and Craig Slocum form a decent safety tandem, and NC State transfer Taiyon Palmer is a good get to help the corner situation.

– What You Need To Know: Offense
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