TROY, Alabama — Troy's competition to replace all-time leading passer Corey Robinson appears to have developed into a two-man race.
Troy coach Larry Blakeney said after Saturday's scrimmage that redshirt freshman Brandon Silvers and junior college transfer Dontreal Pruitt have taken the lead.
"I think those two guys have been the two that have done the most and been the most error-free and thrown for a higher percentage, the whole thing," Blakeney said.
Offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield said coaches are grading the quarterbacks on each aspect of the job on every play in 11-on-11 situations. Edenfield says there has only been a 12 percent difference between the top three passers, including junior Dallas Tidwell.
Blakeney said the candidate who commits the fewest turnovers will emerge as the starter.
Pruitt led East Mississippi Community College to a junior college national title. Silvers redshirted last year while Robinson started and more mobile backup Deon Anthony also played in 10 games.
Edenfield said Pruitt and Silver don't have nearly as much difference in styles as their predecessors.
"They throw a really good ball," he said. "They both have some athleticism. In the past we had one guy who was a real athlete and one guy who was more of a passing guy. Now I think we've got more guys that are similar."
Pruitt said East Mississippi's offense is similar to Troy's no-huddle attack. He went through spring practice with the Trojans and said the competition has helped keep the quarterbacks focused.
"You know you've got to go out and do it every day," Pruitt said. "You can't take a play off."
The Trojans haven't made a bowl game since winning their fifth straight Sun Belt Conference title in 2010. They're picked to finish fourth this season.