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Troy Rebuilds the Wall

A closer look at the Trojans’ spectacular season.

NCAA Football: Dollar General Bowl-Ohio vs Troy Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

This year was a great season to be a Troy Trojan with ten wins and the rise of the Neal Brown era. Only in his second season as head coach, it did not take Coach Brown long to “rebuild the wall.” Last season was disappointing for the Trojan faithful after finished 4-8 but it made this 10-3 season for Troy much sweeter. The Trojans had many highs on this season and didn’t shoulder many lows.

Troy’s Highlights

1. Ten Win Season

2. Ranking

3. Bowl Appearance

This was the first ten-win season the Trojans have seen in D1 play. The successful play enabled the Trojans to become the first ever Sun Belt team to be ranked in the Top 25. It was the first ranking for Troy in school history. The ultimate goal for any team is to make it to a bowl game and the Trojans accomplished that as well. They were selected to play in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Troy Trojans beat the Ohio University Bobcats 28-23 in Troy’s first bowl game since 2010.

Troy’s Offense

Troy’s offense was a potent force to be reckoned with, especially the front five. This offensive line was one of a kind, only giving up eight sacks all season. This effective o-line enabled Brandon Silvers time to complete 64 percent of his passes for 3,180 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Emanuel Thomas led the Trojan receiving task force with 820 yards and six touchdowns. On the ground Jordan Chunn churned his way for 1,339 yards on 279 attempts with 16 touchdowns.

Troy’s Defense

Troy’s defense performed often as a well-oiled machine with only some minor kinks. Troy is tied with Wisconsin for second most interceptions on the year with 22. Blace Brown led the way for the Trojans with six picks.

Awards and Honors

Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year

Rashad Dillard (DL) (SR)

Sun Belt First Team

Brandon Silvers (QB) (JR)

Jordan Chunn (HB) (JR)

Emanuel Thomas (WR) (JR)

Antonio Garcia (OL) (SR)

Rashad Dillard (DL) (SR)

Jabir Frye (RS) (FR)

Sun Belt Second Team

Deondre Douglas (WR) (SO)

Tyler Lassiter (OL) (SR)

Jalen Rountree (DB) (SR)

This season was nothing short of spectacular for the Trojans. A great showing against #2 Clemson proved that Troy is an up-and-coming program. After the 30-24 loss, Troy went on a seven game win streak and became ranked in the Top 25. Ten wins and a bowl game victory Troy has rebuilt the wall.