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Troy holds second spring scrimmage

TROY, Ala. (Troy Athletics) – The Troy footballteam ran approximately 80 plays during a scrimmage Saturday morning in VeteransMemorial Stadium. It was the second scrimmage of the spring for the Trojans andthe last before next Saturday's T-Day Spring Game.

"It was a beautiful day and thetempo was pretty good," head coach Larry Blakeney said. "I thought the defensedid some good things and we are getting better over there. We've got positionson offense that this upcoming week will be a big move week for them. We've gotto develop more at quarterback and receiver, but I thought our inside receiversand tight ends are going to be good for us."

Redshirt freshman Brandon Silversworked as the No. 1 quarterback on Saturday, while junior college transferDontreal Pruitt took the majority of the snaps with the No. 2 offense. JuniorsDallas Tidwell and Connor Bravard also saw significant snaps on Saturday.

"I still think that Silvers hashad the best spring to this juncture and he is starting to feel moreconfidant," Blakeney said. "Dontreal has great body language, but has a littlebit of a learning curve since he hasn't been here. I thought Dallas made agreat touchdown pass on the wheel route; there are some good things happeningat that position."

Silvers signed with the Trojansback in 2012 and elected to grayshirt that fall before using a redshirt thispast season.

"We're just trying to get betterevery day," Silvers said. "We played a lot better today than we did in ourfirst scrimmage. We were able to push people off the ball and ran the ball alot better."

Despite several starters on thesideline, including defensive tackle Lonnie Gosha and linebacker Mark Wilson,the defense made several big plays during the scrimmage. Redshirt freshmandefensive end Jamal Stadom and junior cornerback Chris Davis had solid days forthe defense.

"We are getting a lot of work inon our tackling," Blakeney said. "There are some things that run through theirminds these days due to the rule changes. If we go in there and tackle like weused to and you get one of those targeting fouls, then you miss a half and thenanother half and then it disrupts the program."

T-Day is scheduled to being at 12:30 p.m. nextSaturday (March 29) in Veterans Memorial Stadium and admission is free. Thefootball program will hold a reunion for all former players and coaches withregistration beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Tine Davis Fieldhouse.


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