Tough season continues for Troy
- Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 07:59
- by Doug Samuels
Troy lost last night in overtime to FIU 23-20. The loss drops Troy to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
This in uncharted territory for the Trojan program, who have won at least a share of the past five league titles.
Since joining the Sun Belt in 2004, Troy has been the staple of consistency, reaching at least 8 wins in six of seven years (and each of the last 5). Since their first season as an FBS school in 2001, Troy has only lost more than 5 games twice. Those two seasons came as an Independent in 2002, and in 2005 as a member of the Sun Belt when they went 4-7.
Offensively, the Trojans are still able to throw it all over place, ranking #16 in the country in pass offense. Defensively they are generally sound, but we noticed their defensive coordinator, Jeremy Rowell, mentioned last night that each game they have given up a couple of big plays.
Troy's defensive end #94 Jonathan Massaquoi really caught our eye last night. In his first season as a DI starter last season, after transferring from Butler Community College, Massaquoi racked up 13.5 sacks. This season he was named Sun Belt pre-season player of the year, which shouldn't come as a huge surprise given his genes. Jonathan's cousins Mohammed Massaquoi and Visanthe Shiancoe are both in the NFL. Troy has a history of sending some great DEs to the league. Give defensive line coach Maurea Crain some credit for getting the most out of these guys.
The Trojans next game will take them to Navy on November 5th. Navy has lost their last 5 straight, and four of those five losses have come by a combined 8 points.
Hopefully Larry Blakeney, in his 21st year with Troy, can get them back on the track.