Mike Turk led the Trojans to a pair of NCAA Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987. He
earned first team All-Gulf South honors three times (1985-86-87) and first team All-America honors in 1987.
During his career the Trojans posted a 40-8-1 record and captured three Gulf South Conference titles. While
playing quarterback, Turk finished his career as the second leading rusher in school history with 2,533 yards.
He is second all-time in TROY history with 32 career rushing touchdowns, fourth in total offense (6,707),
sixth in career passing yards (4,174), sixth in pass attempts (490), seventh in completions (245) and seventh
in career touchdown passes (30). Following his playing career, Turk joined the Troy State coaching staff as
an assistant under Larry Blakeney in 1991 and remained at his alma mater for 12 years before taking over as
head coach at Huntingdon College.
DeMarcus Ware is one of the best defensive players to ever play at Troy University and has turned in a
wildly successful professional career. Ware, who was named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team,
has played in six Pro Bowls and was the 2008 NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Ware’s 55.5 career tackles
for loss are tied for the most in Trojan history while his 27.0 career sacks rank as the fifth best mark in
school history. He was a finalist for the 2004 Hendricks Award which is presented annually to the nation’s top
defensive end. Ware helped lead the Trojans to the 2004 Silicon Valley Football Classic – the University’s first-
ever bowl game – while earning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Dallas Cowboys selected
Ware with the 11th pick of the 2005 NFL Draft and he has been dubbed the best 3-4 outside linebacker in
the NFL by Sporting News and the most dynamic defender in the NFL by ESPN.