TROY, Ala (WDHN) — Troy plays host to Arkansas State this Saturday in a Sun Belt matchup.
Both teams are coming off losses last week. Arkansas State was beaten by Appalachian State 45-17 on the road and Troy lost a heartbreaker to Georgia State 36-34.
In the loss to Georgia State, the Trojans starting quarterback, Gunnar Watson went down in the first half with an apparent upper body injury. In today’s weekly press conference, head coach Chip Lindsay was unable to give an update on Watson. Which means that Jacob Free could have to fill in again on Saturday.
Free came in the first half and was able to put up stats. He finished the day completing 24 of 38 passes while throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns and he was able to impress coach Chip Lindsey.
“What I really like about him and what I was impressed by was his demeanor. When he came in the game there was no panic and he was encouraging with the o-line, the sideline and the receivers,” Lindsay said.
But where Free struggled was the turnovers. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble as well on a sack.
The Trojans are going to be facing another explosive offense as well. The Red Wolves operate under a two quarterback system with Layne Hatcher and Logan Bonner splitting snaps. Having to prepare for two different guys behind center can be a nightmare for defensives however the two are similar but Troy still has a challenge it front of them.
“I don’t think it changes the preparation as far as stlye of play for each quarterback but definitely their offense presents a lot of challenges,” said Lindsey.
In 2019, Troy lost at home to Arksans State in a single possession game, 50-43, and the way each offenses have looked so far this season this one might be another shootout.