Trojans prep for final scrimmage of camp & Fan Day
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – The official end of Troy football’s fall camp will come Saturday as the Trojans will go through their second and final full scrimmage since they began practice back on Aug. 2. The scrimmage begins at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Stadium and is open to the public. The scrimmage will be immediately followed by Fan Day presented by McDonald’s in Trojan Arena from 2-4 p.m.
On the field, it will be the final “moving day” for players looking to make an impression on the coaches before practice switches from camp mode to game preparation.
“It is going to be our last opportunity in a full tackle situation before we play our home opener,” head coach Neal Brown said. “We are going to do a lot of situations – short yardage, coming off, goal line – for the final time, so I want to see execution on both sides. We want to see who is ready to play – I think last week Sam Letton and Jabir Frye showed that they were ready, and I want to see some of those freshmen offensive linemen make some movements this weekend. We also need some young guys in the secondary to step up.
“What the end of camp signifies is that we close out a lot of fundamental work and a lot of work on who we are going to play,” Brown said. “Now, we move on to getting ready to play a game and that starts with getting some rest and recovery, and then we’ll teach them how to play a game.
Members of the football, volleyball, soccer and cross country teams will be on hand for Fan Day, along with the Troy cheerleaders and T-Roy, to pose for pictures and sign autographs. Team posters will be provided for fans, there will be inflatable games for kids to play on and the Trojan Warrior Fund will be supplying free hot dogs and drinks.
“Fan Day is a great day for our players to understand the impact that they have,” Brown said. “A lot of young fans and families will be there, and it’s a great opportunity for our players to see and engage with the fans who support them.”
Troy opens the 2016 season on Sept. 3 when it plays host to Austin Peay in the first of six home games in Veterans Memorial Stadium.