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Troy University senior quarterback Corey Robinson’s performance in
the season opener against UAB on Aug. 31 earned him AT&T All-America
Player of the Week honors following a nationwide fan vote. Robinson
broke numerous records in TROY’s 34-31 victory, including a 17-year old
NCAA mark.
Robinson completed 30-of-32 pass attempts for 319 yards and a
touchdown as the Trojans won their 22nd home opener in 23 years under
legendary head coach Larry Blakeney. His 93.8 completion percentage
set TROY and Sun Belt Conference records and erased Washington head
coach Steve Sarkisian’s name from the NCAA record book. Sarkisian,
who played at BYU, held the NCAA’s record for completion percentage
(minimum 30 completions) after he completed 31-of-34 passes (91.2
percent) against Fresno State in 1995.
Robinson beat out Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, Clemson
quarterback Tajh Boyd and Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown for the
AT&T All-America Player of the Week.
The Paducah, Ky., native opened the game with a 52-yard strike
to fellow quarterback Deon Anthony; following an incompletion on a
dropped pass on his next attempt, Robinson completed his next 20 pass
attempts. The 20 straight completions tied Sim Byrd (1968 vs. West
Alabama) for the most consecutive completions in TROY history.
Troy University recently broke ground on its new
softball facility, marking the beginning of construction
for the new $3 million facility.
“It’s another step of maturation for our athletics
program,” Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., said. “We,
by any measure, had the best Division II program in
the country, then more than 20 years ago we made
a commitment to step up to Division I. Division I
athletics requires that we be the best that we can be. A
big part of that would be facilities. We’ve made great
progress with all of our facilities and I think that this
will be one of those points that we’ll remember as a final
step in phase one of developing a Division I university in
terms of athletics.”
The complex will undergo a major renovation, as the
outfield will be replaced with artificial grass, while the
field itself and the dugouts will be lowered to improve
on the sight lines for fans. The upgrades will also add
an 8,000-square foot training facility that includes a
locker room, player lounge, batting cages, hitting area,
pitching area and training room. The press box will also
be updated to included offices, a media area with press
box and an expanded concessions area, as well as new
officials locker rooms.
“When this facility is completed next spring, our
softball facility is going to be on par with any complex in
the country, not just seating wise, but certainly with the
day-to-day home of our softball program,” said John
Hartwell, TROY Director of Athletics. “Certainly with
facilities the “wow” factor is huge in recruiting. When
recruits come to see this facility it will have the “wow”
factor. We’re very excited about the future of our
softball program.”
“I don’t even have the words to say what this means
in terms of what it means to me as a person and as
a member of the Troy University family,” said head
coach Melanie Davis. “The fact that the chancellor is
committing the University resources along with our
donor dollars to elevate our facility to the highest and
the best in the Sun Belt Conference and better than
almost any facility in the region, it speaks volumes to his
commitment to our program. Troy University is a big
part of my family. It’s more than just a university; it’s
more than just a job. We are family.”
TROY has secured the services of architect Walter
McKee and Whaley Construction. The facility is
expected to be opened in the spring of 2014.
Ground Broken on Softball Facility Upgrade
Left to right, Coach Melanie Davis; TROY Trustee Mr. Roy Drinkard; Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr.; Dr. Earl Ingram, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Associate
Athletic Director Sandy Atkins; and Athletic Director John Hartwell break ground for the $3 million renovation project at TROY’s softball complex.