Trojans to vie for win over South

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Troy will face its first Sun Belt Conference opponent in South Alabama this week at Veterans Stadium in Trojan Territory.

The Trojans are coming off a bye week entering Saturday’s showdown with the Jaguars. Troy lost 28-3 to Wisconsin on Sept. 19 in Madison. The Jaguars are coming off of a home 63-13 loss to North Carolina State.

Coming into the game, Troy has amassed 934 yards of offense compared to South Alabama’s 1,509.

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Leading the pack for USA so far this season is quarterback Cody Clements and running back Xavier Johnson.

Clements’ completion percentage is right at 52 percent (69-of-133) for 926 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also thrown five interceptions.

Johnson has rushed for 320 yards on 44 carries and has scored three touchdowns.

The favorite target for Clements is Gerald Everett, who has caught 18 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Josh Magee comes in a close second with 208 yards on 10 receptions and two TDs.

For Troy, Brandon Burks has accrued 236 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground.

Brandon Silvers has completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards and three touchdowns.

The Trojans used the bye week to rest and refocus after a three-week stretch against NCSU, Wisconsin and Charleston Southern, leading into the game this week, according to reports.

“We’ve treated these like the preseason – these three games to open up the season,” Trojans head coach Neal Brown said to the Dothan Eagle. “Playing N.C. State, which I think is a top-25 team, and playing Wisconsin, who is obviously a top-25 team, two out of the first three games (is) a tough row to hoe.

“We’ve had a rugged stretch. Not only did we play two top-25 teams, we played Charleston Southern, an FCS opponent that’s unique in what they do as far as the option. And they blitzed us almost every down. It was a physical game.”

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.