Troy quarterback competition gets tighter

With two practices remaining in spring football, Troy's quarterback competition has narrowed to two.

Junior Jamie Hampton and redshirt freshman Corey Robinson took all the reps with the first and second strings during Saturday’s T-Day scrimmage and further distanced themselves from junior college transfer Greg Jenkins, who is the third competitor for the starting quarterback role. Junior Dan Parker, who was in the competition early, could not complete spring ball because of injury.

Hampton went 14-of-27 for 205 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while Robinson went 15-of-23 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.

Jenkins completed 9 of 19 passes for 58 yards.

"Both of them are real competitive," head coach Larry Blakeney told media after the scrimmage. “Corey is a little behind because he hasn't played. He looks to pull it down and run and sometimes that gets you in trouble. They all three have had their moments, but I think we've got to challenge the guys that want to be quarterback here with a leadership role. They have to direct the offense and not be shy to speak up.”

Hampton has the leg up in the leadership role after spending half his freshman season as the Trojans starting quarterback before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He redshirted last season and was expected to be the front-runner for the starting role. However, Robinson has made securing the starting spot difficult on Hampton, something he expected before spring practices began.

“I don’t think anyone should get anything handed to them, they should go earn it and as a competitor that’s all you can really ask for is a fair shot,” Hampton said. “I’m just looking forward to getting the opportunity to play.”

Blakeney said he could see either Hampton or Robinson as his starting quarterback in the fall and that both players have put up consistent numbers to show they can handle the position. Jenkins, Blakeney said, probably needs another year in the Trojans’ system.