Trojan Football opens Fall camp Tuesday
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Following a successful summer offseason program, the Troy football team opens fall camp next week as the Trojans begin preparations for the 2016 season. Players report to campus on Monday and the Trojans will hit the field for the first time at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Troy practices will remain open to fans and the media and will take place both in Veterans Memorial Stadium and on the grass practice fields behind Trojan Arena.
“Our guys will report on Monday afternoon, and we will have our first team meeting that night,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said. “We hit the field at 9:30 Tuesday morning, and that is the first practice of what we believe is going to be a turnaround season for us. It’s been since 2010 that Troy has been in a bowl game, and our fans deserve it. Our players have put in the work over the summer and going back to last winter.
“The theme is going to be that we have to finish,” Brown said. “We were close last year in a lot of games, but we didn’t get the job done. We lost four games by six points or less, and we’ve got to learn how to finish those games. If we can learn to finish those games, this is a team that can get us back to the postseason, and that is something that we are really looking forward to.”
Per NCAA guidelines, the Trojans will practice in helmets only for two days before moving to shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the next two practices. The Trojans will strap on full pads for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 6, and will take part in their first scrimmage the following Saturday (Aug. 13).
“We are going to be more experienced and the players know what to expect (about camp),” Brown said. “We’ve tinkered some things, but not any wholesale changes. When you are an assistant coach, you are always making notes and making plans about how you want to do it if you get the opportunity to be a head coach. The things we did last year are still the base principals about how we are going to run our organization and how we structure fall camp.
“Our kids bought in last year without question. We redshirted a lot of those kids we signed in our first recruiting class and this year we are expecting to play those kids. A lot of the guys that are coming in this class, the class of 2016, we think can make a significant impact either on offense or defense or on special teams.”
The Trojans will take part in their second scrimmage of camp the following Saturday (Aug. 20) before meeting the fans that afternoon for Troy’s annual Fan Day inside Trojan Arena. The Troy Football Kickoff Party (formally Football Appreciation Night) will take place that evening.