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The 2019 Troy Trojans football season was the first under Chip Lindsey. The first year head man came to Troy from Auburn, where he was Gus Malzahn’s offensive coordinator. Continuing the success Neal Brown instilled into the Troy program would prove challenging for Lindsey and company.
The Trojans went into the season young on defense. Rising sophomore linebacker Carlton Martial was the leader of the unit. After an opening-season win against Campbell, the Trojans knew they had more work to do. Crushing losses to Southern Miss and Arkansas State took a toll on the program. Chip Lindsey and Troy faced a tough non-conference schedule, including a game at Missouri. The Trojans would lose that game as well.
After suffering an injury in 2018, senior quarterback Kaleb Barker was back under center in 2019. While Barker had a productive season, the offense on the whole was plagued by transfers and injuries. The senior was 299-460 for 3,268 yards, with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Troy finished 5-7, with blowout losses at Louisiana and the home finale against Appalachian State.
Success Will Come Soon
It’s safe to say that Chip Lindsey’s first year at Troy went as expected. He brought in a different offensive scheme that will take time to implement. With Kenny Edenfield gone to South Alabama and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning following Neal Brown to West Virginia, the losses went farther than just players.
But Lindsey has brought hope to the program. After the Early Signing Period wrapped up in mid-December, the Trojans finished with their highest-ranked recruiting class in school history. Optimism is on the horizon for 2020. Looking back on the 2019 season, the Trojans lost a couple of heart breakers early in the season that could’ve shifted momentum.
With players leaving due to graduation, the offense could look different. A new quarterback will start next season. Lindsey has time to get his players and the fans to buy in to what he is wanting to accomplish. Could another Sun Belt title run happen for Troy next season? Only time will tell. Until then, Chip Lindsey and the Troy Trojans can only work to get better.