Information released by Troy Athletics Dept.
Troy bolstered its high-powered offense with
four mid-year transfers, head coach Larry Blakeney announced Wednesday. The
Trojans added a pair quarterbacks, a wide receiver and an offensive lineman to
a unit that has led the Sun Belt Conference in total offense four of the past
Troy signed the quarterbacks from the top two ranked junior
college teams in the country in East Mississippi's Dontreal Pruitt (5-11, 180)
and Iowa Western's Connor Bravard (6-1, 195). The impressive mid-year class
also included Itawamba Community College wide receiver Jarvis Bentley (6-5,
195) and Ole Miss offensive lineman Ethan Hutson (6-4, 315).
Pruitt earned first team All-America honors after guiding
East Mississippi to the NJCAA National Championship. He completed 64.3 percent
of his passes for 3,939 yards and 45 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
The Laurel (Miss.) High School product also rushed for 507 yards and six
touchdowns on 103 carries. The Lions finished the season 12-0 and set a NJCAA
record with 7,327 yards of total offense. East Mississippi defeated Georgia
Military College 52-32 in the Mississippi Bowl to win the NJCAA title.
Brevard helped lead Iowa Western to an 11-1 record and a
victory over No. 5 Butler in the Graphic Edge Bowl; the Reivers finished the
season ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA Poll. A native of West Des Moines, Iowa,
Brevard completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,555 yards and 23 touchdowns
with only nine interceptions. Brevard, who prepped at Dowling Catholic High
School, also rushed for four touchdowns.
Bentley led Itawamba with 49 receptions for 502 yards and a
touchdown in 10 games as the Indians advanced to the MACJC semifinals. Bentley,
who began his career at UMass, is a native of Columbus, Ga., and attended G.W.
Carver High School. In two seasons at Itawamba, Bentley caught 86 passes for
799 yards and two touchdowns.
Hutson graduated from Ole Miss in two-and-a-half years and
will be immediately eligible at Troy with two years of eligibility remaining.
The Destrehan, La., native has played in five games for the Rebels over the
past two seasons and received the Scholar-Athlete Award by the Ole Miss Chapter
of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame last spring.
Hutson, who is the son of Oakland Raiders' assistant coach
Mark Hutson, was a U.S. Army and PrepStar All-American out of Destrehan (La.)
High School. He was rated as the No. 8 center in the country by Rivals.com and
the No. 11 player in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep his senior year.
Troy finished the 2013 season bowl eligible for the sixth time in the past eight seasons.