Team preview: Troy

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(All information as of June 20, 2007)


It was an extreme makeover, offensive edition in 2006 for Troy. After a disappointing showing in 2005, Larry Blakeney fired a pair of offensive coaches and brought in Tony Franklin to take over as offensive coordinator and Matt Moore to oversee the offensive line.

Of course, a juco quarterback named Omar Haugabook had a lot to do with the offensive renaissance, but it was Franklin who helped hatch the four-receiver spread offense that allowed Haugabook to flourish.

After lining up and trying to ram the football down everyone's throat, the new offense opened holes and allowed the position players to make plays.

It's hard to tell by looking at the 1-4 start, but the excitement was already building before the Trojans hit the Sun Belt schedule.