Troy added another key piece to its defense as East Mississippi Community College All-America defensive back Demetrius Cain will join the Trojans for fall camp after signing a grant-in-aid, head coach Neal Brown announced Friday.
Cain earned first-team NJCAA All-America honors last season after finishing 13th in the country with five interceptions from his linebacker spot. The Hazlehurst, Miss., native returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns and finished the year with 168 interception return yards.
He finished the year with 55 tackles, six tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups to help lead the Lions to a perfect 12-0 record and second straight NJCAA National Championship. As a freshman, Cain finished with 63 tackles (second on the team), five tackles for loss, two sacks and three interceptions for a defense that held opponents to just 9.8 points, 142.1 yards of total offense and 59.2 rushing yards.
Cain’s teams have gone a combined 40-0 over his last three seasons – two years at East Mississippi CC and senior season at Hazlehurst High School.
TROY– The Troy women’s basketball team will make the second postseason appearance in program history when it opens the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) on Thursday.
The Trojans will travel to take on Mercer on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at Hawkins Arena in Macon, Ga.
The winner of Troy, the No. 5 seed in the East Region, and Mercer, the No. 4 seed, will advance to the second round of the 16-team tournament where it will face the winner of No. 1 Northern Kentucky and No. 8 Marshall.
If Troy and Northern Kentucky both win, the Trojans would travel to Highland Heights, Ky. However, if Troy and Marshall were to both win, Troy would host the Herd at Trojan Arena on Saturday or Sunday.
Troy women’s basketball junior Ashley Beverly-Kelley has been named to the Mid-Major All-America third team by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Beverly-Kelley, one of Troy’s two first team All-Sun Belt selections, led the Sun Belt in scoring in conference games as she averaged 19.7 points per game in league play. She ranks second in scoring overall at 17.7 points per game and has scored 20-plus points in eight of her last 12 games.
Troy junior pitcher Grant Bennett has been named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Monday.
Bennett struck out 14 batters en route to a 6-1 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday, becoming the first Trojan to fan 14 batters in a game since Mike Felix against New Orleans in 2006. He also had a perfect game until the eighth inning and did not walk a batter in the complete game.
The selection marks the fifth consecutive year that a Troy Trojan has been selected as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (Logan Pierce 2011, Tyler Vaughn 2012, Danny Collins 2013, Jo-El Bennett 2014).
The Troy Trojans have concluded National Signing Day efforts with a flurry of more defensive prospects.
Safety Tron Folsom (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) of Alma, Ga., and cornerback Jawon McDowell (5-10, 167) of Mobile add to Troy's haul in the defensive secondary. All told, the Trojans' class has six defensive backs, including three safeties.
The Trojans continued to haul in linemen, adding two more defensive linemen in defensive end U'Vakeious McGhee (6-4, 226) of Montgomery and Antione Barker (6-3, 204) of Pensacola, Fla. The Trojans' class contains four defensive linemen and four offensive linemen.
Troy added its third wide receiver in New Brockton's Payton Carter. Read more on Carter in this article.
The Troy Trojans have landed eight commitments in the first two-and-a-half hours of the official National Signing Day period, which kicked off at 6 a.m. Central.
The first official signee was Powder Springs, Ga., wide receiver Richard Hallman (6-foot-4, 178 pounds), but the Trojans then collected signatures from five consecutive linemen.
Trevon Sanders (6-1, 308) of Charleston, S.C., was first, followed by the Kemp twins -- Demone (defensive tackle) and Damien (offensive line) of Greensboro, Ga. Demone's measurements are 6-3, 269, while Damien's are 6-6, 264.
James Peach (6-6, 275) of T.R. Miller High School in Brewton and Kirk Kelley (6-4, 295) of Marrero, La., then solidified Troy's offensive line class with their signatures.
When former Troy wide receiver Cornelius Williams returned to Troy to be the wide receivers coach, some adjustments had to be made – by him and other coaches.
“I have caught myself a few times calling him Cornelius (instead of coach),” offensive co-coordinator Kenny Edenfield said Saturday. “I think that will grow (out) pretty quickly. I’ll get out of that, but it’s happened about three or four times already.”
While Williams, 27, said he does not mind being called Cornelius by the guys who coached him before – people like head coach Neal Brown and assistants Edenfield, Shayne Wasden and Sean Reagan – it provides a small glimpse into the changes he is navigating in the new role.
Williams, though, is enjoying the process.
At his introductory press conference, new Troy Trojans head coach Neal Brown said he would continue to be the offensive playcaller.
What does that mean for co-offensive coordinators Matt Moore and Kenny Edenfield, both of whom have called plays on a high level? Brown explained the arrangement on Saturday.
“Coach Edenfield and coach Moore, they are going to do all the organizational (tasks): plan the practices, handle a lot of the offensive game planning, a lot of offensive recruiting responsibilities,” Brown said. “I’ll oversee it and call the plays on Saturday.”
“Coach Brown has thought everything through. We’re going to be the coordinators as far as the overall organization of the day-in and day-out activities, which I’m really excited about,” Moore added.
The past week has been a good one for new Troy Trojans head football coach Neal Brown and his staff as the Trojans picked up at least eight commitments since Jan. 20.
The offensive and defensive lines have benefited greatly in the past week, picking up two commitments each. Twin brothers Demone (defensive tackle) and Damian (offensive line) Kemp from Greene County High in Greensboro, Ga., committed on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, respectively, according to 247sports.com.
The Kemps are both listed as three-star recruits by the website. Demone is listed at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, while Damien is listed at 6-6, 280.
Trevon Sanders, a defensive tackle from Garrett Academy of Technology in North Charleston, S.C., has also committed to play for the Trojans, according to 247sports.com. Sanders (6-2, 305) has not been rated by the recruiting website.
The Troy Trojans official football roster was recently updated online, and a few backups of note have left the program.
Safety Joe Lofton, cornerback Julius McCall and defensive tackle Vinton Harris all contributed defensively for the Trojans, and all are no longer Troy Trojans. McCall and Lofton played in eight games each last year, with Lofton contributing eight tackles and McCall chipping in four tackles, a pass breakup and a pass defensed.
Harris played in six games and recorded three tackles. Harris, Jarvis Williams and Carnell Simon were a part of a major infusion of junior college talent for the defensive line in the 2014 signing class, but all are no longer Trojans after one season.
Two players who were academically ineligible last season – nickelback Jeremy Spikner and cornerback Chris Davis – will not return to the team this season, the Dothan Eagle confirmed Tuesday.
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