Troup continues summer schedule
Published 11:49 am Saturday, June 22, 2019
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
When the Troup Tigers open their season against Ridgeland in two months, Kobe Hudson will be the quarterback, which makes since he was an all-state player at that position a year ago.
When Troup went to a seven-on-seven competition at Georgia Tech on Thursday, though, Hudson was at wide receiver, which is the position he’ll likely play in college.
Nick Schweizer, who’ll be Hudson’s backup this fall, played quarterback on Thursday, and he did an admirable job while leading Troup to a third-place finish in its bracket.
It’s the only seven-on-seven competition of the summer for Troup, and head coach Tanner Glisson said it was an enjoyable experience.
The tournament was organized by new Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins.
“The kids wanted to go, and that was the first one we went to this year just because it doesn’t really fit our team right now,” Glisson said. “What we’re into right now is doing more of the OTAs and the 11-on-11s. But it was fun. We had a good time, good competition. It was fun, and we got to hang out with coach Collins. It’s a good reward for them working hard up until this point.”
Glisson used the day as an opportunity to let new offensive coordinator Paul Brewer and new defensive coordinator Mike Healey take the reins.
“I did very little coaching today,” Glisson said. “We’ve got two new coordinators, so I let them do everything. I stood there and evaluated and watched. We filmed everything, so we were able to get a good look at some stuff.”
Troup hosted an 11-on-11 padded camp with Heritage earlier this month, and it will be at Heard County for a camp on Tuesday that will also include Villa Rica and Cedartown.
With the new coordinators, Glisson said the main focus of the summer so far has been getting everyone on the same page.
Troup’s players have been getting together for daily workouts and practices at the school in preparation for a season that begins in August.
“For the past 2 ½ three weeks, because of coach Brewer taking over the offense, and coach Healey only having limited time to do defense during the spring, we’ve really been trying to get everything in installed,” Glisson said. “So even though coach Brewer was here, he’s doing things a little bit differently than Kelby (Holt) did it. So we’re just trying to get everything situation so when we go into July we’re ready to roll.”
After another busy week, Troup’s players will take some time off for the Georgia High School Association-mandated dead week.
The summer schedule resumes on July 8, and official preseason practice begins on July 25.
“We’ll give everybody a breather, and then it’s go time once we get back,” Glisson said. “Once you get back, you’re within about a month from when you play your scrimmage.”
Expectations are high for Troup, which is coming off a 12-2 season that ended with a loss to eventual state-champion Blessed Trinity in the semifinals of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
While what happened last year doesn’t guarantee success for this season, Glisson likes where the team is right now.
“We’re in a good situation,” Glisson said. “We had a great spring. We played well in the spring game. Everybody’s healthy. (Wide receiver Mark-Anthony Dixon) is healthy and got a few reps today. We’re feeling really good about where we are.”