February 17, 2010

Troupe sticking with one sport

Israel Troupe will remain a one-sport athlete for Georgia after all.

Wednesday, Georgia baseball coach David Perno confirmed that Troupe - who had been working out with the Bulldog squad - has left the team to focus entirely on football.

"Israel is no longer playing baseball," Perno said prior to practice at Foley Field where Georgia is preparing for its season-opener Friday at the QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic in Waco, Tex.

Troupe could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Tifton native had been working out with the Bulldogs throughout preseasonn practice despite not having played organized baseball since his high school days with the Blue Devils in 2006.

A former 31st-round pick of the Colorado Rockies, Troupe batted .410 with four homers and 28 RBI as a senior in helping Tift County to the Class AAAAA state semifinals.

Before his decision to leave the Bulldog baseball team, Troupe was battling for playing time in the outfield but was stuck behind starters Jonathan Taylor, Zack Cone and Peter Verdin, along with true freshman Zach Taylor.

As a receiver on the football team, Troupe is coming off a season which saw him appear in all 13 games with four catches for 90 yards and one touchdown.

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