Getting To Know BYU’s Newest Football Foe: Troy Trojans

Aug 13, 2020, 6:02 PM | Updated: Aug 14, 2020, 1:11 am

PROVO, Utah – Any BYU football scheduling news for the 2020 season is a welcome sight. While many leagues and teams are postponing or canceling their seasons, BYU moves forward adding games. The latest, a matchup against the Troy Trojans from the Sun Belt Conference.

Many BYU fans might not know much about the Trojans which is understandable. The Cougars and Trojans have never squared off in football before.

They will meet coming up on September 26th, 2020 in Provo, and then BYU will make a return visit to Troy, Alabama to open the 2026 season.

Facts about the Troy Trojans

First football season: 1909

First Division I (FBS) season: 2001

Stadium: Veterans Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 30,402)

Enrollment: 20,000 (as of August 2019)

All-Time Record: 544-411-28

Bowl Record: 5-3

Last Bowl Appearance: 2018 Dollar General Bowl

Three of the last four seasons the Trojans have posted 10 wins or more.

Notable Alumni from Troy University

DeMarcus Ware: Former All-Pro linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

Osi Umenyiora: Super Bowl Champion defensive lineman with the New York Giants.

James Thomas Jr. (B.S.): Former contestant on Survivor season 18.

Kevin A. Ford (M.S. 1989): NASA astronaut

Top players on Troy Football in 2020

Kaylon Geiger is considered to be one of the top wide receivers in the Sun Belt Conference this fall. Along with Geiger, Reggie Todd is another standout receiver who also is one of the top kick returners. The Trojans are led offensively by coordinator Ryan Pugh who coached at BYU in 2018 as the Cougars offensive line coach.

Defensively, Will Choloh along the defensive line and Carlton Martial at linebacker are two names to watch in the box. Then in the defensive secondary keep an eye on Dell Pettus.

Troy is one of 42 FBS programs BYU has never faced in football

One of the unique aspects to BYU’s Independent path is that the Cougars can create a schedule that allows them to play teams from coast to coast. The Troy Trojans are one of 42 teams that BYU has never faced on the gridiron.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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