Phenix City-native Traveon Samuel transferred from Louisville to Troy this offseason.
Trojans' coach Neal Brown spoke well of his new offensive weapon.
"There's no question with the ball in his hands he can make an impact."
Newcomer Samuel already made an impact in Troy's T-Day spring game this past April with a 67-yard touchdown reception.
"He adds a guy in space that can make people miss. He adds speed on the edge," offensive coordinator Matt Moore said.
He adds to Troy, but Troy adds something to him as well. The former Central Red Devil moves closer to home, and gets a career rejuvenation in a new offense.
"Definitely is a rejuvenation for my career. At Louisville, I won't say I didn't get the ball, but I didn't get it as much as I wanted to," Samuel said. He added that he feels like he can have a dynamic role in the offense at Troy as well.
This move also provides a personal rejuvenation. Now just a short drive from Phenix City, his mom gets to see more of her son's game, and knowing she's in the crowd gives Traveon an edge on Saturdays.
"With mom not being there I wouldn't play bad, but with my mom up there it's going to have my confidence high," Samuel said. He also said it makes him feel a lot better when he's out there on the field.
His sister also enrolled at Troy as a freshman. So with his family in the stands each week, this could be the Traveon that turned heads on Fridays in the Valley.
"I feel like this is the year for me to put on a show and live my dreams and really get to the next level," he said.