A look at Troy

The Tigers date with the Troy Trojans was supposed to be an early September Homecoming affair. Yet, when Hurricane Gustav laid its damage upon the Pelican State's capital city, the date was pushed back over two months. This weekend, the No. 19-ranked Tigers will welcome the Trojans in the team's final non-conference game.

The Trojans (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) take on the Tigers (6-3, 3-3 SEC) after earning bowl eligibility last weekend, topping Western Kentucky 17-7.

 

Junior quarterback Levi Brown, who has played sporadically throughout the season, was only able to put together back-to-back starts for the first time in the Trojans game at North Texas on Oct. 25. Brown was handed the reigns after starting quarterback Jamie Hampton tore his ACL in the Trojan's Oct. 7 game against Florida Atlantic.

 

In last week's match against WKU, Brown completed 30-of-46 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

 

Brown, who has thrown nine touchdowns on the season, has now seen an interception suffered in consecutive games, his only two of the season.

 

With the dual-threat that Hampton possessed at quarterback lost, head coach Larry Blakeney has been forced to ride the production of sophomore running back DuJuan Harris.

 

Harris topped the 100-yard mark in his second consecutive game last weekend, rushing for 101 yards on 23 carries. On the season, Harris has totaled 654 yards and seven touchdowns on 131 carries.

 

Through the air, Brown's favorite target has consistently been sophomore Jerrel Jernigan.

 

Jernigan, who is coming off an impressive freshman campaign, has already topped last season's totals en route to leading the team at wide out. The Eufala, Ala. native has hauled in 54 receptions for 666 yards and five touchdowns.

 

Against WKU, Jernigan brought in a team-high six catches for 88 yards, all in the second half.

 

Jernigan's return to the line up puts the Trojans back at full strength offensively, while questions still remain surrounding the defensive unit.

 

Linebacker Donnell Golden and cornerback Chris Bowens both remain questionable for the trip to Tiger Stadium.

 

Bowens, who has recorded 11 tackles on the season from his rotation at the cornerback spot, has missed the past three games as a result of a foot injury.

 

As a unit, the Trojan defense has allowed an average of 22 points and 324 yards a game.

 

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday.


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