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Day 10: Troy Trojans



Location: Troy, Alabama

Introduction: Troy's first season came in 1909, however they have only continuously fielded a team since 1946. They have been members of the NAIA, NCAA Division 2, FCS before moving up to the FBS in 2001. They played 3 seasons as an FBS independent, joining the Sun Belt in 2004.

Biggest achievement: Winning 5 consecutive Sun Belt conference champions (3 shared) between 2006 and 2010, compiling a 33-5 record in conference play (they would however go 8-18 OOC), during which time they would go to 4 bowl games, with a 2-2 record over those 4 games (victories over Rice and Ohio, defeats to Southern Mississippi and Central Michigan).

Being ranked for the first time in school history during the 2016 season, they became ranked at #25, and would immediately lose 35-3 to Arkansas State, but considering they went 21-39 between the end of their 2006-2010 dominance and 2015 it was still a major step up in results. They would finish the season 10-3, with a narrow bowl win, 28-23 over Ohio.

Biggest failure: The 5 seasons immediately following their Sun Belt dominance, during which time they went 21-39, and achieved zero winning seasons.

Rivals: South Alabama, a relatively young rival, with South Alabama only starting a football program in 2009, and the two teams meeting for the first time in 2012. However it is a rivalry with conference ties, so the two will meet for the foreseeable future. Troy leads 3-2, having won the 2016 meeting.

Name: Up until the early 1970s Troy was called The Red Wave (a take on Alabama's Crimson Tide) however it was decided by student vote that they'd go by the far more logical and epic Trojans.

Traditions: Trojan Warrior, before every game, and after every TD a student would gallop down field on horse back. The tradition stopped after the team switched from real to artificial turf.

Head coach: From 1991 to 2014 their HC was Larry Blakeney, he oversaw the move up from Division 2 to the FCS, and again to FBS. He was named twice Sun Belt HC of the year, named the Sun Belt's 10th anniversary most outstanding coach, and named to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He had an all time record of 178–113–1 (69-66 at the FBS level). He retired at the end of 2014, at the age of 67, after 4 seasons without a winning record.

Neal Brown was named his replacement, to start the 2015 season at the age of 34. The former Kentucky and UMass WR got his start in coaching at UMass as the TEs and assistant OL coach shortly after his playing career was over. He continued Troy's sub par run going 4-8 in 2015, but was able to turn it around in 2016, leading Troy to their first 10 win season, and their first time being ranked in team history.

Notable current players: Brandon Silvers, 2016 first team All Sun Belt QB.

Jordan Chunn, 2016 first team All Sun Belt RB, went for 1,288 rushing yards and 16 TDs in 2016.

Emanuel Thompson, 2016 first team All Sun Belt WR.

Notable former players: Rashad Dillard, DL, 2016 Sun Belt defensive player of the year.

Antonio Garcia, 2016 first team All Sun Belt, projected day 2 selection by CBS.

DeMarcus Ware, 2 time All Sun Belt, 2003 Sun Belt defensive player of the year, 2005 1st round draft pick, 4 time first team All Pro, 2000s NFL all decade team.

Osi Umenyiora, first team All Southland, Troy University Hall of Fame, 2003 2nd round draft pick, first team All Pro, New York Giants Ring of Honor.

Windham Rotunda (aka Bray Wyatt), played 2 seasons for Troy, current WWE Champion, eater of worlds.

Stadium: Veterans Memorial Stadium, opened 1950, last expanded 2017, 30,500 capacity

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