No More Baseball for Troupe

ATHENS – Coming out of high school, Israel Troupe was nearly as well regarded on the baseball diamond as he was on the football field, and he even spent a few weeks practicing with Georgia's baseball team his freshman year.

As the 2009 baseball season approached, he considered taking another run at adding a second sport to his resume, but with a new wide receivers coach taking over and a big opportunity to add to his production in his third season on the football team, Troupe decide to focus all his energies on the gridiron.

"I gave it a lot of thought," Troupe said, "but then Coach (John) Eason retired, and Coach (Tony) Ball became the coach, and I figured I had to kind of reprove myself and show Coach Ball I'm ready to contribute."

Last year, Troupe was used sparingly, catching just four passes for 39 yards, but with three seniors from the 2008 receiving corps leaving, he knows there could be a lot more chances for him to contribute in 2009.

"I look at it as I've got to work harder than the next guy, come out with a different attitude that I've got to work and nothing's going to be given to me," Troupe said.

While conventional wisdom might suggest that without Mohamed Massaquoi, Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, Georgia will be taking a bit more conservative approach next season, Troupe said the opposite is likely to be true, and he wants to be a big part of it.

"They're talking about opening the offense up a little bit more this year because we've got a lot more weapons this year," he said. "I just want to go out and play, get out on the field and make big things happen."

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