To our knowledge, Phinny Troy will be the first Missouri player to use the NCAA's new "grey shirt" system.
Troy, a 6-5, 250 lbs. defensive tackle from SLUH, will sign with Missouri this Wednesday on national letter of intent signing day. Missouri will then rescind his scholarship over the summer. He will then pay his own way for one semester before going back on scholarship in 2004.
During this fall, he can be enrolled, but not as a full-time student. He can also be involved with the program, but in a non-direct basis. For instance, he can lift weights, but he can't do it with the team. Also, he can stand on the sidelines and observe practice, but he can't participate in practice.
Troy would have four full years of eligibility when he goes back on scholarship. It is unknown right now if he would have five years to play four, or just four years to play four.
Troy played both tight end and defensive tackle for the Jr. Bills. On the season, he had 75 tackles (43 unassisted, 32 assisted).
According to Danny Heitert, publisher of the STC Grid Report, Troy has all of the physical characteristics you look for in your defensive linemen at the Big 12 level, "Phinney is 6-5, 250 lbs. and he consistently runs a 4.8 forty."
"He also has the type of frame that he could add more muscle, more mass and not lose any quickness," said Heitert.
"The only thing I don't know is if he has that basic nastiness to play defensive line in the Big 12. He may have it and it just hasn't surfaced yet...that's entirely possible. However, I haven't seen it yet," Heitert said.
"However, he's got all the physical things you look for."
"If you're going to take a chance on a kid at this point, Troy is a very good kid to do it with," Heitert concluded.
Troy is a very good student and academic qualification won't be a problem.