Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Midseason Report: Troy
By Andrea Adelson
Record: 3-2 (2-0, Sun Belt)
The Trojans have dominated Sun Belt play in recent years, but going into the season they were not the preseason favorite to win the league. That honor went to Middle Tennessee, mostly because it returned Dwight Dasher at quarterback. That did not sit well with the Trojans, who knew they had to do a little bit of proving on the field. They did that in a big way last week against Middle Tennessee, beating the Blue Raiders 42-13. They are now in command of the Sun Belt race, hoping for their fifth straight championship. The Trojans will be favorites in the rest of their league games, and it would be a major upset if they failed to win another title. What has been most impressive is the way Corey Robinson has stepped in at quarterback, replacing the departed Levi Brown. Troy leads the league in scoring offense, passing offense and total offense. The defense, which lost eight starters, has started to pick up its play as well behind Jonathan Massaquoi and Mario Addison.
Offensive MVP, QB Corey Robinson: Robinson, a redshirt freshman, beat out veteran Jamie Hampton for the starting quarterback job and has delivered in a big way. He leads the league with an average of 300 yards passing a game, and also leads the league in passing efficiency. It doesn’t hurt when you have all-everything man Jerrel Jernigan on your side, either.
Defensive MVP, DE Jonathan Massaquoi: The first-year starter has done an excellent job on the outside, leading the team with 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also has forced a fumble and recovered two. Massaquoi had his coming out party in a 41-38 loss to Oklahoma State, with eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.