vs. Troy offensive standout Jerrel Jernigan
He is very dangerous and elusive and if you are not focused, he will blow by the defense for long distance scores. He is also a special teams dynamo returning punts and kickoffs.
The Cowboys veteran safety trio of Markelle Martin (the big hitter), Victor Johnson (the speedy one) and Johnny Thomas (a combination of both) should rise up to the challenge. They won't always be on the frontline of defending against Jernigan but they will almost always have the final say and they should take pride in shutting him down.
Jernigan also likes a challenge and likens himself to an offensive Leodis McKelvin, who is now with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
vs. Troy's defense
Middle linebacker Xavier Lamb, at 5-9, 230 pounds, and defensive end "Super" Mario Anderson would figure to be major cogs in trying to control Hunter's progress. Suffice to say this is a huge mismatch and the Troy defensive line is an undersized group that could get mowed down by the OSU offensive line.
Edge: Huge to OSU running game and Hunter
vs. Troy interior offensive line
The Troy offensive line is solid but not overly huge. It's actually a decent matchup for the Cowboys from a size standpoint. Youth and enthusiasm and the hope that these pups have been listening to the master, Bill Young, because the more they listen and follow instructions then the better they will be.
Edge: Slight edge to OSU defensive tackles