June 25, 2018

Senior Brave chasing his dream

(Franklin, GA) — A number of Heard County Brave football players have been working hard since last season to improve and ready themselves for the upcoming football campaign, but perhaps none have progressed as much as skill player DayVin Troy.

The upcoming senior has worked out at several prospect and showcase camps throughout the southeast this year, and the resulting exposure has been good for Troy, affectionately known as Day-Day around Heard High school.

Upcoming senior Brave DayVin Troy

Upcoming senior Brave DayVin Troy at a recent camp

As a result of his efforts, DayVin was recently rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.

DayVin knows that earning a big-time college scholarship will be difficult because of his smaller frame but that is not stopping him from pursuing his dream of playing football at the next level.

His offseason work in the weight room under the tutelage of head coach Tim Barron and strength guru Rich Fendley has already paid off with a Class AA State Weightlifting Championship earlier this year.

DayVin also trains outside of school under the supervision of Kane Bradfield and Micheal Fannin at Clockwork Performance Training Facility better know as the “The Dungeon.”

One of his best accolades of the off-season was being recently ranked in the Rivals’ top 50 (#28) by coaches in the state of Georgia.

DayVin had two of his best camps just this week earning Top 5 wide receiver honors at the LakePoint Showcase Camp on Wednesday in Emerson, GA and following that up by earning a Top 5 running back rating at Ohio State’s Satellite camp at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, GA on Thursday.

“It’s a blessing to ranked as a two-star athlete, but to be honest it’s just the beginning of my journey,” said Troy after the OSU Camp. “I still have a lot of work to do and seeing how far I have come it’s truly a blessing.”

Soon the primary focus will shift from the weight room and practice field to the gridiron as DayVin and his teammates prepare for the 2016 season. DayVin is thankful for having spent his last three seasons with the Braves.

“It’s been a great experience for me being a Brave. I love playing for Heard County because we have a bond that can’t be broken no matter what,” says Troy. “It’s a brotherhood and Coach Barron has been like another father figure to me and everybody on the team, and I can’t forget about the fans — their support is one of the best things about Heard County and it’s sad that’s this is my last year to go through all of that.”

Despite all the work he has put in physically, one of DayVin’s biggest goals for himself this season is more of a character goal.

DayVin Troy should carry a big load out of the backfield for the Braves this year (Photo: Rodney East)

Troy carrying the ball in 2015 (Photo: Rodney East)

“My main goal is to be a great leader to my team,” Troy adds. “I have a lot of confidence in my teammates — I really think if we put our mind to it we can make it to the state championship.”

Coach Barron is proud of the hard work DayVin has put in this year and he expects him to perform at a high level on Friday nights this fall.

“DayVin had just a tremendous winter in the weight room and put on some solid weight. I expect it to translate into a more confident player on the field this year. He and a few of our other guys have put in a lot of time on their own and that’s just so important,” said Barron this week.

“The changes he has made since coming to us as a sophomore — in a lot of aspects of his life — has earned the respect of his teammates. He’s worked extremely hard to prepare himself for these one-day camps and to have the chance to shine against some of the top talent in the southeast.”

Day-Day also plays with YPL Epic7 traveling 7-on-7 team from Atlanta.

Troy finished a strong junior season with 426 yards on just 64 carries and five touchdowns for the Braves. He should be tasked with carrying a much bigger workload in the backfield this season after the departure of Austin Barron to the University of West Georgia.

The Braves kick off the regular season at South Atlanta on August 19. The team opens the home slate on August 26 versus Greenville in the newly remodeled Staples Stadium.

 

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