Hampton stepping into backup role for Troy


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Troy coach Larry Blakeney and offensive coordinator Neal Brown had a plan if one of their two top quarterbacks suffered an injury.

However, they probably didn't think they'd need to put it into action just three days into camp.

Backup quarterback Tanner Jones suffered an unknown injury to his left knee and is out indefinitely, leaving Jamie Hampton as the team's backup quarterback to starter Levi Brown.

"I think he escaped the pocket and stepped wrong," Neal Brown told the Dothan Eagle. "He was sore [Monday] and didn't practice. We don't know how long he'll be out, maybe for a week."

Troy has every intention of redshirting Hampton, who started the first five games of the season before suffering a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus damage after taking a hit while scrambling against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 7.

Levi Brown assumed the starting role two weeks later and has been the starter ever since. But both Blakeney and Neal Brown said that if anything happened Levi Brown, Hampton would be next in line.

But that's not a preferred option since the coaches would like to give Hampton time to fully recover from his injury. Now that Jones is out, Hampton is getting increased reps.