A pair of former Trojan quarterbacks who led their teams to championships recently received honors for their contributions on the gridiron.
Mike Turk, who led the TROY football team to Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987, was inducted into the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame in December. Sim Byrd, who led TROY to an NAIA championship in 1968 was named to the 2008 class of inductees for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Byrd, along with the seven inductees in the 2008 class, will be officially inducted at a banquet in Birmingham in May.
Turk, a native of Montgomery, was a three-time All-Gulf South Conference selection and was the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy as a senior in 1987. He was a consensus All-America pick as a senior and was the Football News Division II Offensive Player of the Year.
Following his graduation from TROY, Turk spent 13 seasons as an assistant coach with the Trojans and is now in his fourth season as head coach of the Huntingdon College football team.
Byrd, who was a consensus All-America selection in his senior season, completed 536 of his 860 pass attempts during his TROY career for 7,092 yards and 68 touchdowns. At one time, he held 18 TROY passing and total offensive records. He also handled punting duties and in 1968, his 44.3 yards per punt average was a TROY record.
The Troy University Letter Winners’ Club Alumni Chapter also recently honored Byrd by naming their football most valuable player award in his honor. Members of the club will vote annually on the award.