Troy Trojans senior cornerback Kamryn Melton has become a fan favorite for the Trojans. Hailing from Dothan, Alabama, Melton is entering his senior season with the team. He played a pivotal role in the Trojans’ defense last year, and contributed to one of the best seasons in Troy history.
As the Trojans went 10-3 and won the Dollar General Bowl, Melton was seeing quality playing time in his junior season. Melton was a high school standout for the Dothan High Tigers, but committed to Troy and ultimately saw a ton of playing time last season. Coming from Dothan High is something that Melton takes pride in. Kamryn helped Dothan to the playoffs a few times during his high school career. The standout corner also had quality offers coming out of high school. Making the decision to attend Auburn, Melton would be learning to play college ball in a powerhouse defense. He transferred from Auburn in 2014 and switched from safety to corner when he arrived in Troy. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Melton had to sit out the 2015 season. While at Auburn, he redshirted in 2014, which gives him an extra season of eligibility. He saw action during three games at Auburn in 2013 before suffering a knee injury.
Kamryn Melton: The Next Breakout Player for Troy
Melton saw extended playing time in 2016 with the Trojans. He recorded 36 tackles and a team-high eight pass break ups and two interceptions. The elusive cornerback ranked four in the Sun Belt with his eight pass break ups. He also ranked sixth in the Sun Belt with 10 passes defensed. Melton had multiple tackles in 11-of-13 games for Troy, which included against Clemson, Georgia Southern, and New Mexico State.
Melton received an honorable mention in 2016 for the All-Sun Belt team. His senior season for Troy could be his best season yet, as he will likely start at cornerback for the Trojans. With a reloading defense, Melton has the ability to lead the defense and be the best player on that side of the ball.
The Trojans have a favorable schedule, even with road games at Boise State and at LSU. If Troy is to win the Sun Belt for the first time since 2010, this is their year. Melton and the rebuilding defense will be a pivotal factor into how the Trojans perform this season. Starting at cornerback is something that Melton couldn’t be more proud of. Being able to lead the younger players at the position is something that all players dream of. For Kamryn Melton, the dream is now a reality.
Being a transfer from a powerhouse like Auburn, Melton has been around big time programs. Coming to a smaller school like Troy might have been the best decision he could have made. The senior has locked up a starting spot on a team that has a lot of potential this season.
Melton wants to contribute to Troy’s success this season. Starting on a staggering defense will ultimately give him that chance. Should he have a breakout season at his position, Melton could ultimately earn an NFL contract once leaves Troy.