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BLUE RAIDER FOOTBALL Table of Contents

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New Orleans Bowl Champs..................... 2-3 Graduation a Top Priority......................... 4-5 The University......................................... 6-7 Winning Combination............................. 8-9 Winning Tradition............................... 10-11 Gameday Excitement.......................... 12-13 Football Facilities................................ 14-15 Strength and Conditioning.................. 16-17 Pro Day................................................ 18-19 Blue Raider Stock Market.................... 20-21 In the Spotlight................................... 22-23 Monumental Moments.............................24 Freshman Impact......................................25 Blue Raider Equipment.............................26 Community...............................................27 Academic Enhancement............................28 Hall of Fame..............................................29

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2010 Season Outlook.......................... 37-44 Spring Awards...........................................45 Rosters................................................ 46-47 Pronunciation Guide.................................47 Depth Chart..............................................48 Personnel Picture......................................49 Record vs All Opponents............................50 Record vs 2010 Opponents........................51 2010 Opponent Information............... 52-53 Sun Belt Conference............................ 54-55

56 The Players

Seniors................................................ 56-73 Veterans.............................................. 74-91 2010 Signees....................................... 91-93

94 The Staff

Head Coach Rick Stockstill................... 94-97 Assistants/Support.............................98-123

124 2009 Review

144 Records

Rushing............................................144-147 Passing.............................................148-153 Receiving.........................................154-156 Total Offense....................................157-158 All-Purpose.............................................159 Scoring.............................................160-162 Punting...................................................163 Punt Returns...........................................164 Kickoff Returns........................................165 Defense............................................166-169 Miscellaneous/Opponent Records...........170 Year-by-Year Offense...............................171 Year-by-Year Defense..............................172

173 History

Year-by-Year Results........................173-179 All-Time Head Coaches’ Records..............179 Bowl Games.....................................180-182 All-Americans.........................................183 All-Conference/Other Awards...........184-185 NFL...................................................186-187 All-Time Lettermen..........................188-192 All-Time Head Coaches/Captains.............193 All-Time Assistant Coaches......................194 Hall of Fame Members............................195 Floyd Stadium..................................196-197 Traditions................................................198 President.................................................199 Director of Athletics................................200 Athletic Administration....................201-202 Athletic Support Staff..............................203

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Athletic Communications........................204 Media Guidelines....................................205 Quick Facts..............................................206 Road Headquarters.................................206 GoBlueRaiders.com.................................206 Primary Media Outlets............................207 Blue Raider Network...............................208

Honors....................................................124 Final Statistics..................................125-135 Game Reviews.................................136-142

2010 Football Information Guide Credits n EDITORIAL: The 2010 MT Football Information Guide is a product of the MT Athletic Communications Office and was written, edited, and designed by Mark Owens. Special thanks to previous MT Athletic Communication staffs for their past contributions. n EDITING: The MT Athletic Communications Staff and MT Publications and Graphics. n COVERS: Cover design by Bradley Lambert of the MT Athletic Communications Office. n PHOTOGRAPHY: Bradley Lambert, Betsy Johns, MTSU Photographic Services, Joe Robbins, Aaron Thompson (DNJ), Dave Klotz, J. Intintoli, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers. n PRINTING: Interstate Printing in Mobile, AL Mission Statement: The MTSU athletic program promotes excellence in athletics and provides academic and athletic opportunities for every student-athlete, the University, and the community. Building on tradition, the program advances the University’s regional and national stature and creates opportunities for innovative partnerships throughout the region. Middle Tennessee State University continually works to maximize human, financial, and physical resources to create and heighten the quality of its sports programs. A Tennessee Board of Regents University, Middle Tennessee State University is an equal opportunity, nonracially identifiable, educational institution that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. SP024-0610

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CHAMPIONS n BLUE RAIDERS CAP 10-3 SEASON WITH NEW ORLEANS BOWL VICTORY OVER SOUTHERN MISS n FINISHED YEAR RANKED 33RD NATIONALLY BY ESPN/USA TODAY n DWIGHT DASHER SET AN NCAA BOWL RUSHING RECORD WITH 201 YARDS n BLUE RAIDERS BECAME FIRST SUN BELT TEAM TO RECORD 10 WINS IN A SEASON

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a Top Priority Under Rick Stockstill, academics and graduating student-athletes is the number one priority. Stockstill also encourages his players to take full advantage of the University’s life skills, career, and social and personal development programs. At Middle Tennessee we are building tomorrow’s leaders, and it all starts in the classroom.

Under Rick Stockstill, 75 of 78 studentathletes have earned their degree (96.2%).

L-R: Andrew Banks,

Evon Lettsome and Phillip Tanner all earned their degrees this past May.

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David DeFatta

Gene Delle Donne

Phillip Tanner

 Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

Jeremy Kellem

Phillip Tanner

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Middle Tennessee won the Sun Belt Academic Award for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

n Phillip Tanner has been named a District three years in a row.

Academic All-American

n Jeremy Kellem was honored in the sprin g with the prestigious Terry Whiteside award, which recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, strength training, and community and camp us involvement. He was also awarded the MT Junior Male Student-A thlete of the Year award by the Academic Enhancement Center.

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We are

Tennessee’s Best Having the largest undergraduate enrollment in the state and one of the top 100 public institutions in the nation doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of Middle Tennessee’s wide range of degree programs and the University’s commitment to provide students with the best possible educational value. The numbers prove that students are choosing to build their future at Middle Tennessee State University. Nearly 75% of entering freshmen list Middle Tennessee as their first choice.

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most recent Forbes ranking lists Middle Tennessee as the leading public institution in the state and a top 50 “Best Buy.”

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MIDSTATE ALUMNI TOTALS MORE THAN 65,000

Notable Alumni • • • • •

James Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Laureate Albert Gore Sr., former U.S. Senator Rep. Bart Gordon, U.S. Congressman Kelly Holcomb, former NFL quarterback Hillary Scott, member of country music group Lady Antebellum • Terry Weeks, 1988 National Teacher of the Year • Chris Young, country music star Presently, the University

is involved in proposed or active capital projects totaling nearly $400 million. Construction on a new student center (left) has begun and the new College of Education building (above) will be completed later this year.

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A Winning

Combination  The experienced Blue Raider coaching staff owns two NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP rings.

 The 2010 staff has 221 years of combined coaching experience.

 Middle Tennessee’s staff has a combined 93

games worth of bowl coaching and playing experience.

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n David Bibee

n Justin Watts

“Coach Stockstill and his staff sincerely care about you as a person. You will be expected to attend class every day and leave MTSU with a degree. The Blue Raiders are a true family, and the coaches are always stressing to us to do the right things on and off the field. Coach Stockstill treats everyone fairly and is not afraid to tell you he loves you. It really feels good to have been a part of a program where everything is done the right way.” - current Miami Dolphin Erik Walden

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n Steve Ellis

n Randall McCray

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n Willie Simmons

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Tradition  13 Conference Championships  19 First Team All-Americans  19 Conference Players of the Year  12 Coach of the Year Honors  208 First Team All-Conference Honors

SBC n Chris McCoy was the 2009 and an r Yea the of Defensive Player an. eric Am Alln ntio me honorable

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n The 2009 Blue Raiders were the first Sun Belt team to win 10 games in a season.

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Excitement On gameday in Murfreesboro there’s not a better place to be than Floyd Stadium. From tailgating in the Grove and on Greenland Drive to Raider Walk to all the family-fun activities surrounding the stadium, enjoying Blue Raider football has become the thing to do in the midstate region. Fans, alums, and students all come early, dressed in Raider blue to enjoy the many activities available during pregame before heading to the stadium and giving the Blue Raiders that homefield edge. It’s a full 60 minutes of hard-hitting action and fans will not want to miss a single play. Under Rick Stockstill, seven games have been decided by a field goal or less, and who can forget the 2008 win over FAU on the game’s final play with a “Hail Mary”? It’s a special experience for the entire family.

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Facilities Middle Tennessee’s football facilities display the program’s committment to excellence. President Sidney McPhee and Director of Athletics Chris Massaro are dedicated to keeping the home of the Blue Raiders among the best college venues in the region.

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Strength and

Conditioning Under the direction of head football strength and conditioning coach Russell Patterson (below right) and assistant Jason Spray, the Middle Tennessee strength and conditioning program is committed to maximizing the on-field performance of every student-athlete. The program designed by Patterson combines weight training, plyometrics, mobility and flexibility exercises, running, and proper nutrition to enhance each student-athlete’s ability to compete. The football players work year-round in these areas and also train for better coordination and endurance. It is a blueprint that helped make Patterson the American Football Monthly NCAA Division I-AA National Strength Coach of the Year in 2005. He has developed numerous athletes who have gone on to the next level.

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2010 IRON MAN AWARDS TEAM CHAMPIONS: Arness Ikner, Jared Bamber, Dwight Dasher, Marquise Dixon, Mark Fisher, David Jones, Sancho McDonald, Chris Roberts, Stuart Taylor, Daniel Waller, Mike Williams, and Spencer Wise. LINEMAN CHAMP: Kendall Dangerfield COMBO CHAMP: Jared Bamber SKILL CHAMP: Arthur Williams JUNIOR CHAMP: David Jones


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“Training with Coach Patterson is very demanding. You have to put your heart and soul into every workout. You will be rewarded in the end by becoming bigger, stronger, quicker, and more flexible, not to mention being the best conditioned athlete in the country. He tells athletes every day you have to outwork people to be a champion.” - former safety Damon Nickson

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Pro Day More than two dozen professional football scouts were on hand at Middle Tennessee for the 2010 annual Pro Day. It was by far the largest gathering of scouts in Blue Raider history, an indication of the growth of the Middle Tennessee football program. “We have good players scouts want to come and evaluate, and that shows the growth and maturity of our program,” said Rick Stockstill. “Each year we have progressed more. The scouts know when they come here that our players are going to be first class, fun to work out and deal with, and our coaches will cooperate and give them everything they need. They know this is a first-class program they are coming to.” Twenty-two NFL teams were represented in the drills, which included speed, quickness, agility, and athleticism.

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Stock Market

Under fifth-year coach Rick Stockstill, the Blue Raider market is on a steady, uphill climb

People always talk about impact recruits, and the biggest one at Middle Tennessee signed on in late 2005 when Director of Athletics Chris Massaro made Rick Stockstill the program’s 15th head coach. In four years, Stockstill has taken the program’s academics to an alltime high, captured a league title, won the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, made two bowl games, appeared on national television a record and SBC best 10 times, and produced six of the top 10 crowds in Floyd Stadium history. More important, he has brought discipline to the program, instilled family values, and taught his players as much about life as about football. With Stockstill at the helm, everything is done with class and character, so buy in now because Blue Raider football is a can’tmiss stock.

“The time I spent under Coach Stock was a complete turnaround from when I started college. Playing under him made me realize that hard work pays off. He does everything first-class. If you listen and do what Coach Stock says, then you will graduate and win championships.” - former Blue Raider DeMarco McNair

“Everything was done first-class with Coach Stock. He is honest and treats you like his own son. He expects his players to graduate and be successful when football is over. The guy is genuine and knows how to connect with today’s athlete.” - former Blue Raider Erik Walden

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“The best time of my college football career came under Coach Stockstill. We really felt like a family, and I learned things I will keep with me the rest of my life. Everyone was treated equally, and he taught us not only to go hard on the field but also in the classroom.”

“Coach Stock is more than a coach to us. He talks to us about life and after football rather than just coaching. He’s like a father to us. I had a great experience here with him, and he taught me a lot about being a better man.” - former Blue Raider Danny Carmichael

- former Blue Raider Bradley Robinson

“My time under Coach Stock was a real wake-up call on the field and off. We grew into a big-time football program, and I was fortunate to have been a part of that. Coach Stock brought discipline to the program and was a real influence on my life.” - former Blue Raider Franklin Dunbar

“My time under Coach Stockstill was a great and rewarding experience. He came in with a new attitude and a fresh approach and turned the whole program around in a short time. As players, we feel good about ourselves and are proud of our accomplishments.”

“The experience I had under Coach Stock will be a time I will never forget. Coach Stock turned this program into a winner, both on the field and in the classroom. I will take what I have learned and my experiences with me for the rest of my life.”

- former Blue Raider Tavares Jones

- former Blue Raider Damon Nickson

“Coach Stock teaches his players the importance of character and doing things first-class, which prepares us for the real world when we graduate. I loved my time under Coach Stock as he truly made me the man I am today.” - former Blue Raider Wes Hofacker

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Spotlight  Prior to Rick Stockstill’s arrival, the Blue Raiders had just two nationally televised games, but during the Stockstill era Middle Tennessee has been showcased nationwide a record 10 times.

 The Blue Raiders have averaged eight televised games a season over the past four years.

 Under Rick Stockstill, 64 percent of Blue Raider games have been televised either nationally or regionally.

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Moments  Under Rick Stockstill, seven games have been decided in the

final 45 seconds, including three with no time remaining. The Blue Raiders are also 3-0 under Stockstill in one-point games.

 Completing a “Hail Mary” is rare, but the Blue Raiders accomplished the feat twice in three games on final plays in 2008 against Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.

 The Blue Raiders have not only won games under Stockstill

with “Hail Marys” but they have also done it another improbable way - by a kickoff return. In 2007, Bradley Robinson returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds left to give MT a 43-40 win over Louisiana-Monroe on the road.

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Major Impact Middle Tennessee has had a true freshman earn national recognition three of four years under Rick Stockstill. In fact, freshmen have played an integral part in the resurgence of the Blue Raiders the past four years. During the Stockstill era, a total of 71 freshmen have seen action, with 35 being first-year players. In 2006, Desmond Gee was a first-team all-conference player, leading the team in touchdown receptions and punt returns and finishing second in total receptions. QB Dwight Dasher was the next true freshman to shine, earning honorable mention freshman All-American honors after leading the Blue Raiders in rushing in 2007. In 2008, seven players made the All-Freshman team, and WR Malcolm Beyah led the team in touchdown catches and yards per catch, and Alan Gendreau finished second in scoring. Last year, Kenneth Gilstrap, Justin Jones, Harold Turner, and Benjamin Cunningham all earned All-SBC freshman recognition. Who will be the next great freshman?

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Making a Difference in

the Community  The Blue Raider football team is involved in numerous

Coaches’ Wives in the Community\ n Collected and donated items for the Women’s Domestic Abuse Shelter. n Helped organize a golf tournament to benefit Area 16 Special Olympics. n Donated books and worked with students at Black Fox Elementary School. n Adopted a family at Christmas through the Angel Tree

community activities during the course of the academic year. The athletes participate in the Reading Raiders program, work with the Special Olympics, attend Career Day at various schools, help make up the B.R.A.S.S. program, and work with the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County. They also assisted in tornado damage cleanup in 2006 (Gallatin) and 2009 (Murfreesboro).

 Reading Raiders began in 1993 and is designed to allow MTSU

athletes the opportunity to give back to the community by getting involved in the lives of children. Within this program, MTSU athletes serve as role models and motivators in encouraging reading and proper study skills among students in the Murfreesboro City Extended Schools Program. The football program also mentors students at Black Fox Elementary.

The B.R.A.S.S. program is another vehicle that encourages student-athletes to become involved in service activities. Through the program, MTSU hosts the Special Olympics each April. The athletes also visit area schools during the course of the year and read to the students. The Reading Raiders and B.R.A.S.S. programs are directed by Wynnifred Counts.

During the summer of 2007, the football program helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

In April of 2006, a group of 60 studentathletes made up mostly of football and volleyball players traveled to Gallatin, Tenn., to volunteer their time to assist in cleanup efforts following a devastating tornado on April 7. The group worked for nearly three hours picking up debris and trying to salvage what was left near a farmhouse in Gallatin.

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Enhancement The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center at MTSU houses the academic support system and the Blue Raider Athlete Skills for Success (B.R.A.S.S.) Life Skills Program for all 17 Division I-A sports. The center is housed at Johnny “Red� Floyd Football Stadium on Raider Drive. The facility opened its doors on January 4, 1999, to the delight of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Blue Raider student-athletes can take advantage of the library-like atmosphere as they report for study hall under the watchful eyes of director Todd Wyant, assistant director and coordinator of B.R.A.S.S. Wynnifred Counts, and assistants Debbie Carroll and Angel Nathan. The center consists of administrative offices, fully equipped individual and group tutoring rooms, a computer center, and spacious study carrels equipped with task lighting. Services provided by the center include help with registration and preregistration, help with study skills, and updates on NCAA legislation. The center uses an innovative objective study table program, which includes daily mentoring and constant tutoring. Tutors in various subjects are scheduled in the tutoring rooms throughout all hours of operation, and all tutoring takes place at the center. The SAEC staff is responsible for daily monitoring of the student-athletes progress, providing daily reports to MTSU has inducted coaches and meeting with each coaching 86 student-athletes staff weekly. into the Chi Alpha The mission of the center is to help stuSigma National dent-athletes take skills learned on the field College Athlete Honor and turn them into positive preparation for Society after just six years of being life after college. The center is also committed to meeting the changing eligible. needs of student-athletes. It continues to promote partnerships between the University, the NCAA, and the Murfreesboro community to help achieve Chi Alpha Sigma its goals. is a nonprofit In addition to providing the academic support needed to be successful organization established to in the classroom, the center is committed to meeting the needs of studentrecognize college athletes in life skills development through the B.R.A.S.S. program. students who earn As B.R.A.S.S. coordinator, Counts is dedicated to helping prepare stua varsity letter in at dent-athletes for life after college. Blue Raiders volunteer, when possible, least one sport while to help teachers and students at elementary and middle schools throughmaintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative out Rutherford County during the academic year. In 2006, the athletic GPA throughout their department began a mentoring program with the city schools in which junior and senior student-athletes and coaches help tutor kids. years. In the spring of each year, Special Olympics at Middle Tennessee uses Blue Raider student-athletes to run each event. Career night and substance and alcohol abuse seminars are yearly, well-attended events. The Student-Athlete Enhancement Center is just one way that Middle Tennessee is helping to prepare student-athletes for life after college. 28 | Blue Raider Football

n Todd Wyant

n Wynnifred Counts

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2010 Academic Awards n STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Sara Beth Lee (female) and Kenneth Roberts (male). n OUTSTANDING JUNIOR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Kelsey Dortch (female) and Jeremy Kellem (male). n Raider Award for Top GPA (4.0): Kristen Tithof (track), Clara Leathers (golf), Matthew Langley (tennis), Zamzam Sangau (track), Jud Stoltz (baseball), and Sara Beth Lee (soccer). n Highest Team GPA: Golf (women) and Tennis (men).


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Membership in the Varsity Club is granted to any person having participated (players, coaches, managers, trainers, and cheerleaders) in a varsity sport at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Live and Dine Scarlett Commons Scarlett Commons, named for former MTSU president M. G. Scarlett, is one of the

premier living arrangements at any university in the region. Opened to students in the fall of 1999, the facility provides apartment-style living with the convenience of staying on campus. Nine three-story buildings with 12 apartments each and a clubhouse make up the Scarlett complex. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms connected by two private bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a comfortable living room. Each apartment is fully furnished, and window mini-blinds are provided. The kitchen includes a table and four chairs, microwave, refrigerator, stove, and oven. The living area includes a sofa, lounge chair, and television stand. Each bedroom has a closet and is furnished with a bed, dresser, nightstand, and desk with a hutch. Each apartment also includes cable and phone lines in the living room and data lines with access to the Internet for personal computers in each bedroom. The Scarlett Commons clubhouse creates a real sense of community with its recreation/meeting rooms, fireplace, big-screen TV, and laundry room. Any maintenance issues cna be resolved by calling the 24-hour reception and service desk located in the clubhouse. Students living in Scarlett Commons have their own restricted parking lot, so it’s easy to find parking in front of their buildings 24 hours a day.

Dining MTSU offers five different on-campus dining areas, with the most popular

being Keathley University Center (KUC) Grill and Cyber Café. The KUC is located in the center of campus and is a major intersection for student activities. The Grill is located on the second floor and features Pizza Hut, Quizno’s Subs, Asian Express, Chick-Fil-A, Burger Studio, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Home Zone. Check on-line at www.mtdining.com for restaurant hours. The Cyber Café is the first of its kind in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, offering a futuristic and efficient way for students to dine. Students can eat while e-mailing or searching the Web at the same time on eight computers with access to the World Wide Web. Kirkenburt’s Smokehouse Grill and Subway serve students until 2:00 a.m. Monday–Thursday and 7 p.m. on Fridays. Six 32-inch televisions suspended from the ceiling also catch students up on events around the world. Sofas and armchairs make Cyber Café a great place to relax between classes with coffee or Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Student-athletes can start the day with biscuits and gravy and an omelet from McCallie Dining in Corlew Hall. This is a favorite spot because of the fun atmosphere and all-you-can-eat dining selections. Student-athletes get a chance to relax and socialize with each other while feasting on subs, pizza, grill works, carved meats, fresh deli food, fresh-made pasta, and a salad bar. Thursday nights in McCallie are theme nights featuring, for example, tastes of the bayou on Cajun night or a feast of egg rolls and fried rice on Far East night. A great spot for lunch is the RaiderZone at James Union Building, a new sports theme restaurant. Students can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffet-style foods, pizza and pasta, carved meats, fresh deli food, and freshly made salads. 30 | Blue Raider Football

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Sports Medicine n Drew Shea

n Robbie Stewart

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Health care is one of the most important aspects of a student-athlete’s life, and no university is more committed to keeping athletes healthy than Middle Tennessee. The Sports Medicine facility provides MTSU student-athletes with one of the finest athletic training facilities in the nation. Head Athletic Trainer Drew Shea and the Sports Medicine staff have set liberal hours to make sure each student-athlete has his or her needs met. The Sports Medicine facility opens early each morning and doesn’t close until all student-athletes have been treated. The Sports Medicine facility contains a complete injury rehabilitation center, new rehab equipment, two full-size whirlpools, a dressing area for athletes, and a private office for the team physicians. In the summer of 2008, the facility added new Mondo Ramflex flooring to provide a safe and healthy environment for the student-athletes and added new treatment tables in 2009. There is no waiting in the Sports Medicine facility since there are nine taping stations, multiple state-of-the-art modalities, and a new rehabilitation area. All of the equipment in the facility is top of the line. Athletes can use a full-stride treadmill, a stairmaster, and an exercise bike during their rehabilitation. One of the most recent additions to the equipment in the Sports Medicine facility is a $15,000 K-Laser which helps speed up the healing process, enabling student-athletes to return to competition at a faster rate. The latest piece of equipment that aids the Sports Medicine staff is a new state-of-the-art computer system that tracks injuries, rehab protocols, medications, and surgeries. The new computer system allows each athletic trainer to keep student-athlete rehabilitation programs moving forward at as rapid a pace as possible. The facility also contains a fully stocked physician’s examination room for the resolution of any minor issues that a student-athlete may encounter without having to take more time-consuming measures. There is also a C-Arm portable X-Ray machine on site. Shea and his assistants each have an office in the Sports Medicine facility, and there is work space for the nine graduate assistants. Each office is self-contained, allowing private consultations with injured student-athletes. GoBlueRaiders.com | 31


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Athletic Association The mission of the BRAA is to support, promote, and enhance the University’s nationally competitive intercollegiate athletic programs, which mirror the interest of the students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Middle Tennessee State University. These programs provide a sense of pride and are a source of enthusiasm, instilling loyalty to the University. The spirit of the academic community is stimulated and enriched by these programs. They enhance communication between the University and its graduates long after they leave campus. Also, they serve as a rallying point for people of all ages and backgrounds who share this common interest. By providing direct financial and moral support, the BRAA strives to heighten academic growth through the success of the athletic programs. As the athletic programs gain strength and notoriety, the University benefits by attracting higher quality students. Join today and make a difference.

Phillip Tanner n 3.42 GPA n Named CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District in 2007, 2008, and 2009. n Inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society in 2009.

Jeremy Kellem

n 3.52 GPA n Selected the Outstanding Junior Male StudentAthlete of the Year at MT. n Named First Team AllSBC in 2009. n Inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society in 2010.

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Murfreesboro A student-athlete’s life involves more than academics and athletics. Like most college students, student-athletes need to enjoy themselves, relax, and have a good time, and Murfreesboro fits the bill. Murfreesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in the south and has a population of over 100,000. Rutherford County has more than 250,000 residents. A short 30-minute drive from Nashville, Music City U.S.A., Murfreesboro is a large city with a small-town atmosphere. Murfreesboro has many appealing places to shop, eat, and socialize. One of the largest outdoor shopping malls in the region, the Avenue of Murfreesboro, opened in 2007. This specialty center combines premier national retailers, select local merchants, and specialty restaurants in an attractive setting that is popular with students. There are several beautiful parks and walkways throughout the city, and numerous lakes are located close by for swimming, water skiing, and boating. History buffs will enjoy the 600-acre Stones River Battlefield, Oaklands historic site, the Sam Davis home, Fortress Rosecrans, and Cannonsburgh Village. All are rich in history and welcome visitors.

 Rutherford is the fastest growing county in Tennessee.

– U.S. Census Bureau, May 2009  Murfreesboro named one of “The Best Places to Raise Your Kids.” – Business Week, November 2008

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Nashville Nashville (Music City U.S.A.) - 29th Largest TV Market

Middle Tennessee thrives in the radiant glow of Nashville’s exponential growth.

Some major metropolitan areas overshadow their neighbors, but Nashville provides unprecedented economic and media support. Davidson County saw a nearly 14% population growth from 1990 to 2002, and Rutherford County boomed with a 62% increase. (Regional Profile, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, 2003) Living up to the title of Music City U.S.A. requires a more-than-impressive collection of media outlets, coverage, and support. The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal, and the City Paper each provide superior coverage, and eight local television stations and 29 radio stations never miss a moment of news, weather, and sports action in and around Davidson County. The Sun Belt Conference and its members have access to and are able to draw from the seemingly limitless resources offered by Middle Tennessee’s proximity to Nashville as MTSU is located in the Murfreesboro-Nashville metropolitan area.

Blue Raiders reach Davidson County alums

MTSU has over 14,000 alumni in greater Davidson County, and the Blue Raider

athletic department has a far-reaching impact into the Nashville area. The Blue Raiders regularly compete in Music City in order to help reach more of their vast, growing fan base. MTSU defeated Vanderbilt at Dudley Field in 2001, 2002, and 2005, and the Blue Raiders played host to Big East foe Louisville at LP Field in 2006, the first time the football program played a home football game in Nashville as a Division I-A member. The game was televised nationally on ESPN2 and drew a record home crowd for the Blue Raiders. In 2007, MTSU joined forces with WKU to put on the Sun Belt Classic basketball doubleheader, which was nationally televised and drew a Bridgestone Arena regular season record 18,071 fans. The Sun Belt Classic was held again in 2009 with 14,516 fans watching the Blue Raiders take on Tennessee.

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THE BLUE RAIDERS LOOK TO CAPITALIZE ON A 10-3 SEASON, BOWL VICTORY, AND SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK AS 42 LETTERMEN AND 14 STARTERS RETURN FOR RICK STOCKSTILL’S FIFTH SEASON. 36 | Blue Raider Football


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THE 2010 SEASON OUTLOOK Coach Stockstill on the 2010 season

“I thought we competed and had more competition in the spring at each position than at any time since I have been here. A big reason for that was our experience that returned, which lets you know our numbers are getting closer to where we want them. We also had a number of individuals who improved from a leadership standpoint during the spring both vocally and by the way they worked on and off the field. “Offensively, if we can get the linemen back who missed spring practice then we could have a pretty good offensive line and finally one with a little depth. I like both our quarterbacks coming out of the spring and thought they really stepped up their play and competed. Our wide receivers have to continue to improve in route running and catching the football. They still have a long way to go. We will also have to rely on some freshmen for depth at running back. Overall, I liked the effort and the way the offense competed in the spring, and if they keep improving that unit could be successful. “Defensively, the linebacker position is a big concern and we will look strongly at the incoming freshmen. We also have to find a couple of people who will be difference makers up front. I thought our secondary showed improvement and competed extremely well.”

Coach McCray on the defense

“This group has a lot of potential and is very athletic, but what we need to do is find our leadership. Up front, someone has to step up at the tackle spot and (Jamari) Lattimore and (Emmanuel) Perez need to play the best football of their careers if we are to be successful. Our linebackers need to attack downhill at all times, but something to look for is the play of our secondary. That unit has experience and the ability to take over football games. Overall, we have athletes who can run and are violent at the point of attack but leaders need to step up.”

Coach Schultz on the offense

“It was an exciting year last season for the offense but this is a different group and they know the expectations are higher now. We cannot rest on our laurels. We have to get better every day, and that will be determined by our commitment in the summer. To be the type offense we aspire to be, we have to put in the time and work harder than anyone else. The hunger has to be even stronger than a year ago. I like what I saw in the spring, and with the guys returning from a year ago, I believe this group can be very competitive.”

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Key Losses: C Mark Thompson

CHRIS HAWKINS (r-Senior) – A veteran who adds solid depth and leadership ... Missed a lot of spring practice because of class conflicts ... A smart player who can back up at many positions.

Key Returnees: RT Mark Fisher, LT Mike Williams, LG Brandon McLeroy, C Alex Stuart Battle to Watch: Group looks to have a solid two-deep roster for the first time under Rick Stockstill. One of the biggest battles in the fall will be for the center spot between Alex Stuart and veteran Chris Hawkins. Also keep a keen eye on Colin Boss, who could slip in and take one of the guard spots. Boss is a talented player and will see plenty of snaps regardless.

Right Guard PRESTON BAILEY (r-Sophomore) – A transfer from Tennessee who paid his own way as a walk-on in 2009 ... Lost nearly 20 pounds since he got on campus and needs to lose a few more before August camp ... Has very good feet for his size and works extremely hard ... His progress allowed the coaches to move Alex Stuart to center.

Spring Standout: Junior Mike Williams was the only starter at every spring practice. He showed improvement and gained a lot of knowledge because of the added reps. Due to injuries and class schedules, the unit never had the same five starters at two consecutive practices in the spring.

EVON LETTSOME (r-Senior) – A veteran player who has been around the program for four years ... Will provide depth at either guard spot ... Needs to improve foot speed. Mike Williams

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Left Tackle MIKE WILLIAMS (r-Junior) – Extremely athletic for an offensive lineman ... Small for an OT but makes up for it with athleticism and playing with aggression ... Has great feet and runs well in space ... Needs to improve his run blocking.

“This is a very experienced group, which we have not been able to say at Middle Tennessee since we arrived. Four starters are returning who have been through a lot of battles. With the addition of Preston Bailey and a few other moves, this should be our best starting five. The biggest question will be depth, which is usually the case at this level. If we can stay healthy, then I believe we will have a very solid twodeep.

Right Tackle MARK FISHER (Senior) – In terms of total package, he is the best all-around lineman on the team ... An intelligent player who should provide great leadership ... An all-league-type performer.

JADAREIUS HAMLIN (r-Freshman) – Made move from JESSE GRISHAM (r-Freshman) – Took a redshirt year in DL to OL in the spring ... Reinjured his knee and did not 2009 ... Played center briefly in spring but moved back to get many reps, but coaches feel he will provide very good tackle, which is where he played in high school ... Is very depth because of his athleticism. athletic and possesses good footwork ... A competitor who has a very bright future at Middle Tennessee. Left Guard BRANDON MCLEROY (Junior) – Was the most improved lineman during spring drills ... Brings physicality and leadership to the offensive line ... A two-year starter who gained valuable experience last season. COLIN BOSS (r-Junior) – Has played every position along the offensive line during his career ... A smart player who is invaluable because of his versatility ... Could win a starting job but will be the first substitute at virtually every spot.

Returners

No. 50 74 58 61 75 76 62 60 65 77 78

Name Colin Boss Mark Fisher Jesse Grisham Jadareius Hamlin Chris Hawkins Jordan Johnson Evon Lettsome Brandon McLeroy Alex Stuart Josh Walker Mike Williams

Newcomers

Center ALEX STUART (Junior) – A very talented and physical offensive lineman ... Spent his entire career at guard before moving to center the last week of spring drills ... Is a natural at the position ... Has very good feet and a lot of pop. Brandon McLeroy

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JOSH WALKER (r-Freshman) – Moved from tackle to guard in the spring where he is a more natural fit because of his size ... Will be a good player but needs experience ... Needs to improve foot speed.

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Wide Receiver (Y) TYLER MASON (Junior) – Showed competitiveness and toughness in his first spring as a Blue Raider ... Competes in every drill and never takes a play off ... Can make people miss and can create explosive plays for the offense. SHANE BLISSARD (r-Junior) – Continued his steady improvement during the spring from a year ago ... Understands the offense but needs to keep working on his route running and be more consistent catching the ball. WES CALDWELL (Senior) – Coaches did not get a good read on him during the spring due to his commitment to baseball … Has experience and will be counted on for leadership. Wide Receiver (Z) GARRETT ANDREWS (Senior) – Ended the spring as the most complete receiver on the team ... Is very consistent ... Has a knack for making tough catches in traffic and shown the coaches he can produce the big play ... Needs to be the leader of the receiving corps.

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ARTHUR WILLIAMS (r-Freshman) – Works very hard but struggled in the spring catching the football with consistency ... Has shown improvement but needs a good summer to see quality playing time.

ANDREW BANKS (r-Junior) – A smart receiver who can Wide Receiver (X) SANCHO MCDONALD (Junior) – Coming off a spring play all four positions ... Needs to get stronger so he can where he improved in all phases ... Showed the coaches be a more effective run blocker ... Is very athletic. a much better work ethic ... Has the ability to make big plays for the offense ... Coaches want his leadership role Returners to improve. No. Name Cl. Pos. 80 Garrett Andrews Sr. WR RICHARD DRAKE (r-Freshman) – A much-improved re 19 *Andrew Banks r-Jr. WR ceiver from a year ago but still learning how to compete r-Jr. WR daily ... Needs to be better fundamentally and increase 16 *Shane Blissard Sr. WR his work ethic over the summer to maximize playing 81 Wes Caldwell time. 84 Richard Drake r-Fr. WR Zachary Franklin r-Fr. WR JAMAR BROWN (Junior) – A transfer from Feather River 3 Tavarres Jefferson So. WR CC ... Got better with each practice during the spring ... 15 Sancho McDonald Jr. WR Was really grasping offense until he suffered a hamstring 86 Byron McLeod r-Jr. WR injury and missed the last five practices ... Getting in 88 Marcus Thurmond r-So. WR shape and mastering the position will be key for him 37 *Harold Turner Jr. r-So. WR during the summer. 82 Arthur Williams r-Fr. WR Wide Receiver (H) HAROLD TURNER (r-Sophomore) – Enjoyed a good Newcomers spring and showed the coaches he can make big plays Name Cl. Pos. ... Proved last season he could be a playmaker in the of 83 Jared Bamber Jr. WR fense ... Needs to improve his run blocking and be more *Devon Brown r-Sr. WR consistent catching the football. 17 Jamar Brown Jr. WR Jr. WR TAVARRES JEFFERSON (Sophomore) – Competed 13 Tyler Mason Jr. WR hard every day in spring practice but is still learning Vincent Van Horne the nuances of the position ... Is just getting back to full 25 Reggie Whatley Fr. WR speed following ankle surgery ... Needs to get in great *Adam Wood r-Sr. WR shape over the summer to seize his full potential ... Pos- *Nonscholarship sesses good hands and could be a major contributor this fall.

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Key Losses: Desmond Gee, Patrick Honeycutt, Chris McClover Key Returnees: Senior Garrett Andrews and junior Sancho McDonald Battle to Watch: The most interesting position battle in the fall will be at the H spot between Harold Turner and Tavarres Jefferson. Both were good in spring drills as Jefferson was recovering from ankle surgery. The position will be hotly contested, but both should get plenty of playing time as the offense uses at least 10 receivers. Spring Standout: Senior Garrett Andrews brought a good work ethic and consistency to practice each day. A very coachable player who pays attention to details and wants to be the best. Enjoyed a 35-catch season in 2009 and is poised to have a more productive year in 2010 as Dwight Dasher’s main target.

Coach Watts on the wide receivers “The biggest challenge this unit faces is that they are largely unproven. We return some guys who have made plays, but there will still be some big shoes to fill when you have to replace guys like Patrick Honeycutt and Chris McClover. However, this is a fun group to coach because they come to play every day and seem determined to succeed. That success will depend greatly on how dedicated they are during the summer months.”

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Quarterbacks DWIGHT DASHER (Senior) – A very dynamic player with a good arm and the ability to make plays with his feet ... His athleticism sets him apart ... Can run the ball like a tailback, which is very unique for a quarterback ... Has a goal of becoming a great leader. LOGAN KILGORE (Sophomore) – Had an eye-opening spring ... Coaches are confident he can step right in and direct the team ... Is smart and very advanced at reading and attacking defenses ... Has a great understanding of what the coaches want to accomplish ... Possesses a very strong arm.

Running Backs PHILLIP TANNER (r-Senior) – Has adjusted well to contact after missing nearly all of last year with a knee injury ... Is fresh and ready to play ... Has great hands, good speed, can elude tacklers, and rates as one of the top runners in the league ... Will be counted on for leadership and showing the young guys how it is done at MT ... Needs to keep improving his play without the football. BENJAMIN CUNNINGHAM (Sophomore) – Turned in an impressive spring ... Has the “want to” to be a great player ... Is physical, tough, can block, and has a good frame ... Understands the game and comes to work every day with an unbelievable attitude ... Has big-play ability but needs to keep improving his pass catching.

JEFF MURPHY (Junior) – An all-region performer at the JUCO level who joined the Blue Raiders roster in late D. D. KYLES (r-Junior) – Coming off a great season, but coaches felt like he did not compete well enough in the May. spring ... Needs to be more consistent ... Brings big-play ability and speed to the offense ... A valuable player who will see his role more defined in the fall.

Returners

No. 34 2 9 23 29 21

Name Marquise Branton Benjamin Cunningham Dwight Dasher *CJ Jackson D.D. Kyles *Kennedy McGruder William Pratcher Phillip Tanner *Spencer Wise

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Key Returnees: QB Dwight Dasher and RB Phillip Tanner. Dasher turned in an incredible season in 2009 by becoming just the fourth player in NCAA history to throw for more than 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He has the ability to take over football games. Tanner is back after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury. His leadership and experience will be invaluable in the Blue Raiders’ quest for a Sun Belt Championship. He led the team in rushing his junior year, will be a factor in the return game, and is a weapon in the passing game. Battle to Watch: Phillip Tanner, Benjamin Cunningham, and D. D. Kyles are all competing to be the main guy, and seeing who separates themselves the most will be something worth tracking. Tanner is the leader coming back from an injury. Cunningham is the young gun with all the tools, and Kyles might be the best of any of them with the ball in his hands. Having guys like this on the field this fall will be exciting to watch. Spring Standout: QB Dwight Dasher had a solid spring throwing the football and appears poised to have another great year under center. RB Benjamin Cunningham and RB William Pratcher get the nod among the backs. It was not as big a surprise with Cunningham, but Pratcher made the most of his opportunities. He can stick his foot in the ground and go while having good leverage. He has gained the confidence of the coaches and will look to push the big three in the fall.

Coach Schultz on the quarterbacks “As a staff, we are very comfortable with where our quarterbacks are coming out of spring drills. We have some talented guys, but we are still trying to get better every day and a good summer is important to further their development. I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach a player like Dwight Dasher. He can do so many things on a football field to help a team win. I also like what we have in Logan (Kilgore).”

Coach Simmons on the running backs “This is a close group that is unselfish, has a great attitude, and pushes each other every day. It is the most competitive group I have had at Middle Tennessee and the most fun I have had coaching. They just need to play with a chip on their shoulder and have the mindset to be the best in the league and the best in the country. It’s like we have three starters so they need to come wanting to be the number one guy every day.”


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Key Losses: DE Chris McCoy and DT Brandon Perry.

ership ... Missed the last half of the spring with a knee injury, and his return date is uncertain. KENDALL DANGERFIELD (r-Sophomore) – Showed a lot of improvement in the spring ... Very strong and powerful ... Has the ability to crack starting lineup but needs to mature. Right End EMMANUEL PEREZ (Senior) – A good effort player who has a strong motor ... Wants to be a good football player and loves to be coached ... Needs to be more consistent and improve his footwork. OMAR MCLENDON (Sophomore) – Will serve as a backup at both end spots ... Has a tremendous upside and is very physical and smart ... A good pass rusher with potential to be a starter ... Needs to keep working on improving his pad level, staying focused, and consistency.

Key Returnees: Jamari Lattimore, Emmanuel Perez, and Dwight Smith. All three played in all 13 games last year and combined for 25 starts and 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Battle to Watch: The biggest battle along the defensive line will be adding depth, especially in the middle. SaCoby Carter and Dwight Smith are the starters in the middle, but Coach Palermo needs at least a four-man rotation so it will come down to Kendall Dangerfield, Derrek Upshaw, Jarrett Crittenton, and Jimmy Staten to see who can move up the depth chart and get on the field. All four guys are talented but need to commit themselves to being good players. Spring Standout: Jamari Lattimore and Dwight Smith both enjoyed great springs leading the defensive line. The two competed, played with a purpose every day, and bought in to what the coaches wanted them to do. Both are all-conference type players and need to play at a high level for the Blue Raiders to be successful.

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Players

Left End JAMARI LATTIMORE (Senior) – Had a very good spring and got better with each practice ... Has great quickness, uses his hands well, and is fast off the edge ... Brings the ability to make big plays for the defense ... Is the perfect hybrid drop-rush defensive end. OMAR MCLENDON (Sophomore) – Will serve as a backup at both end spots ... Has a tremendous upside Returners and is very physical and smart ... A good pass rusher with No. Name potential to be a starter ... Needs to keep working on im- 51 SaCoby Carter proving his pad level, staying focused, and consistency. 45 Jarrett Crittenton 96 Kendall Dangerfield DANIEL WALLER (r-Junior) – A walk-on who turned 99 Antonio Hill heads in the spring ... Really showed a lot of improve 11 Jamari Lattimore ment and a good work ethic that could lead to increased 85 Omar McLendon playing time this fall ... Could be a solid spot player. 89 Dearco Nolan 91 Emmanuel Perez Left Tackle 47 Dwight Smith SACOBY CARTER (r-Junior) – Brings a great attitude and work ethic to the team ... A tough player who com- 90 Jimmy Staten petes ... Needs to play with lower pad level and continue 93 Phillip Tinsley improving his fundamentals. 94 Gary Tucker 95 Derrek Upshaw KENDALL DANGERFIELD (r-Sophomore) – Showed a 49 *Daniel Waller lot of improvement in the spring ... Very strong and powerful ... Has the ability to crack starting lineup but needs Newcomers to mature. Name 97 Jiajuan Fennell Right Tackle 72 Jesse Kirkland DWIGHT SMITH (Senior) – Is the rock of the defense ... 92 Patrick McNeil A good fundamental player who possesses toughness ... 98 Morris Moore Learned to use his hands much better in the spring ... Is 46 Max Ugboaja a student of the game and will be counted on for lead*Nonscholarship

“Right now, we have five football players who are good enough to help us win and another five who can help but need to dedicate themselves more than they have shown. We don’t have the depth to perform at a high level, and that needs to change by August. Overall, we are an undersized group, but we have good speed, athleticism, and guys who give great effort.” Cl. r-Jr. r-Sr. r-So. r-Jr. Sr. So. r-Fr. Sr. Sr. r-Fr. r-So. r-Sr. r-Fr. r-Jr.

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LINEBACKERS

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Key Losses: Danny Carmichael and Cam Robinson. Key Returner: Antwan Davis brings the most experience to a young group as the lone senior. Davis started 11 games a year ago and enjoyed a career season with 52 stops. He’s a smart player who can handle all three spots, but the coaches are counting on his leadership the most in 2010. Battle to Watch: The most eye-catching battle this fall will be in the middle, where senior Antwan Davis and junior Gorby Loreus plan to fight it out. Davis has the experience, but Loreus is the powerful athlete who was made for the position. Don’t forget upstart Stephen Roberts either: the freshman is loaded with potential but just needs experience. Spring Standout: Darin Davis was the easy choice here. After watching all the film from his play in the spring, the coaches said he was the most consistent and the most violent at the point of attack and simply made the most plays. The North Lauderdale, Fla., native is ready for a big year, and if he picks up where he left off in the spring the Blue Raider defense will be that much better for it.

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Players

Sam DARIN DAVIS (Junior) – Improved more than any other linebacker during the spring ... Covers well from sideline to sideline and is violent at the point of attack ... Is really starting to understand the position ... Very athletic and has great speed.

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Mike ANTWAN DAVIS (Senior) – Understands the entire defense as well as anybody on the team ... Can play all three linebacker positions ... Brings much-needed experience to the unit ... Will be counted on for leadership in 2010.

GORBY LOREUS (Junior) – Missed most of the spring with an injury but should be ready when fall camp opens CRAIG ALLEN (r-Freshman) – One of the most gifted in August ... Very athletic player who brings a great burst linebackers athletically on the team ... Can cover a lot ... Strong and powerful on contact ... Will push for a startof ground and has a great burst ... Needs to improve his ing spot in the fall. tackling and become more physical ... Has a tremendous future. STEPHEN ROBERTS (r-Freshman) – Is still very young but has the frame to be a great linebacker ... Can help at multiple positions ... Runs well and has a great burst ... Must improve on knowledge of defense. Will JUSTIN JONES (Sophomore) – Showed flashes of his potential as a true freshman last year ... Has toughness and runs well to the football ... Made a big jump in the spring in his overall game ... Possesses a high level of knowledge of the defense. RODERIC BLUNT (r-Freshman) – One of the most natural physical players on the team ... Has a relentless motor to the football ... Another linebacker with excellent speed ... Must improve his knowledge of the game.

“This linebacking group has definitely increased its speed from a year ago and is one of the most athletic units I have worked with in my 19 years of coaching. They all love the game and play with enthusiasm and violence. There is a lot of potential throughout the lineup, and I liked what I saw in the spring, but now its time to take the next step. It will be extremely important for us to find a leader out of this group if we want to be successful.”

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Name Craig Allen Roderic Blunt *Jerry Cobb Antwan Davis Darin Davis David Jones Justin Jones Gorby Loreus Stephen Roberts Norman Washington

Newcomers

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Left Cornerback ROD ISSAC (Senior) – Had a strong spring ... Has the potential and determination to be a dominant player ... Could be one of the top CB’s in the country ... A great character guy who is dedicated and is a good ambassador for the program ... A tough and smart player. MALCOLM BEYAH (Junior) – A very versatile player who made the move from receiver to CB during bowl practice last year ... Has good ball skills ... Developed a lot during the spring ... Needs work on his technique. Right Cornerback ARNESS IKNER (Junior) – Pleasant surprise in the spring ... Plays with a chip on his shoulder, high intensity, and has a good understanding of the game ... Very fluid and compact ... Showed improvement from practice one of spring drills to practice 15 ... Needs to adjust to speed of the game at this level.

MARQUISE DIXON (r-Freshman) – Has matured a lot the past year, and his skills have shown improvement ... A good football player who is tough and hard-nosed ... Did a great job in the spring with run support and Players competing ... A wiry guy who needs to live in the weight Strong Safety KEVIN BROWN (Senior) – An experienced player who room in the offseason. brings toughness to the position ... Came out of spring right on pace to have another good year ... Presents a KENNETH GILSTRAP (Sophomore) – Possesses Godforce in the middle of the defense and rates as one of the given talent and has a burning desire to be the best ... Is most intimidating in the league ... Needs to keep work- loaded with speed and will be in the mix for playing time ... Did not compete in the spring while recovering from ing on technique and improve tackling. the knee injury he suffered during the season ... Needs to DENZELL GUERRA (r-Sophomore) – The most pleasant keep developing body. surprise in the spring ... Work ethic is now at the point to where he can be a good player ... Has decided it is time Returners to “win” in practice, his workouts, and in all drills ... Not No. Name Cl. Pos. pacing himself any more ... Needs to improve flexibility *Bryan Armstrong r-So. CB and quickness. 4 Malcolm Beyah Jr. CB 33 Kevin Brown Sr. S JUNO PRUDHOMM (Sophomore) – A very talented 24 Derrick Crumpton Jr. S player with good size and athleticism ... Coaches were 26 Marquise Dixon r-Fr. CB pleased with his effort in the spring ... Needs to improve on consistency. 18 Kenneth Gilstrap So. CB 31 Denzell Guerra r-So. S Free Safety *Robert Hogg r-So. CB JEREMY KELLEM (Senior) – A leader ... Smart, expe- 6 Rod Issac Sr. CB rienced player who makes plays ... On track for a solid 20 Jeremy Kellem Sr. S senior season ... Works extremely hard ... Needs to keep 42 Juno Prudhomm So. S improving on the finer details of the game. 8 Sammy Seamster So. S 36 *Stuart Taylor r-Sr. CB DERRICK CRUMPTON (Junior) – Enjoyed an outstanding spring and has worked hard to make that next jump Newcomers ... A physical player who has a bright future ... Needs to Name Cl. Pos. improve technique and conditioning. 7 Khari Burke Fr. CB 41 T. L. Edwards Jr. CB SAMMY SEAMSTER (Sophomore) – Was not 100 per 5 Arness Ikner Jr. CB cent in the spring following a knee injury but should be 1 Eric Russell Jr. CB full speed in the fall ... Coaches like his size and speed ... 27 Chris Sharpe Fr. CB Has shown flashes of physicality. *Nonscholarship Kevin Brown

Headlines

Key Losses: CB Alex Suber and CB Marcus Udell. Key Returnees: S Jeremy Kellem, S Kevin Brown, and CB Rod Issac. The threesome has combined for 79 career starts. Battle to Watch (corner): A fun and competitive battle to watch will be between Arness Ikner, Malcolm Beyah, Marquise Dixon, and Kenneth Gilstrap. Ikner is the starter at RC but will get plenty of pressure from this group of athletic and talented players. All are about the team but are hungry to get on the field. It should be exciting. Battle to Watch (safety): The unit basically has three starters (Kellem, Brown, and Crumpton in the nickel package) so the key will be finding a way to not play Kellem and Brown 90 plays per game. Substituting freely is critical so the progression of Guerra, Prudhomm, and Seamster will be under the microscope in the fall. Spring Standout: The standout among the corners was Arness Ikner. The junior came with a purpose and showed maturity and dedication. He has an aura about him that is all business. For the safeties, Denzell Guerra and Derrick Crumpton get the nod. Guerra bought in to what it takes to play, and it showed in the spring. Crumpton added weight, and paid attention to details and has all the tools to be an exceptional player. He is like a third starter.

Coach Bibee on the safeties “We have 53 starts between Jeremy (Kellem) and Kevin (Brown) at the safety spots, and Derrick (Crumpton) has played in 25 games so we have experience and guys who have been in the wars. Leadership and work ethic are there with this unit, which gives our younger guys great examples of what it takes to excel in our league. I am excited about what this group can accomplish in 2010.”

Coach Ellis on the cornerbacks “This unit has a lot of potential and talent, but the question will be how quickly they develop because there is some inexperience. Rod (Issac) is a great leader, and if they follow him they will be a great group. Last year, the bar was set, but I believe this bunch can be just as good.”

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SPECIAL TEAMS

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Key Losses: P David DeFatta and DS Adam Wade. Key Returner: PK Alan Gendreau is a Lou Groza Award candidate and a first team all-conference selection. He is also the second-most-accurate kicker in school history. Battle to Watch: The Blue Raiders have one of the best in the nation at PK in Alan Gendreau but punters are unproven. The coaches feel good about Nathaniel Toulson for the spot, but he will be pushed in the fall by a group of newcomers. Zeke Anderson will get plenty of competition from newcomers, as well. Spring Standout: Alan Gendreau made huge strides from the 2009 season, and his added strength showed in the spring. During one spring scrimmage, Gendreau hit all 10 of his field goals, including three from 51 yards and one from 61 yards.

Coach Ellis on the special teams “Special teams is a huge part of the game, and it has to be our winning edge every time out. Last year, we made big plays on special teams, and we have to be sound in all areas again in 2010. We have a good weapon in Alan Gendreau as our placekicker, but we have inexperience at deep snapper and punter so the offseason will be critical for those two spots.”

Alan Gendreau

Players

Placekicker ALAN GENDREAU (Junior) – A very talented player who works extremely hard ... Coming off a great season ... Has improved strength ... Embraces the role of handling both the placekicking and kickoff duties ... He never relaxes and always wants to get better ... Is very consistent. Punter NATHANIEL TOULSON (r-Junior) – Has not had a chance to showcase his skills but possesses all the ability ... Turned in a great offseason in the strength and conditioning area ... Has improved directional kicking and accuracy ... Showcased a strong and powerful leg in the spring ... Coaches are excited about him in 2010.

Snapper ZEKE ANDERSON (r-Sophomore) – Inexperienced, but the coaches have trust in him to get the job done ... He gets the ball back quickly but needs to be more consistent and accurate ... Had a good spring and will be a big part of special teams this fall.

DWIGHT SMITH (Senior) – Worked on snaps in the GARRETT ANDREWS (Senior) – A sure-handed receiver who also excels at holding for PATs and field goals. spring prior to his injury ... Will provide solid depth. Holder NATHANIEL TOULSON (r-Junior) – Has not done this in a college game but enjoyed a solid spring ... Does a good job of catching the ball and putting it down quickly ... Very smart player ... Will handle all the calls.

Punt Returner ARNESS IKNER (Junior) – Possesses soft hands and tracks the ball well and has the ability to go the distance ... Has tremendous balance and is fearless. Kickoff Returner PHILLIP TANNER (r-Senior) – Has a 21.6-yard-per-return average for career and one touchdown. MALCOLM BEYAH (Junior) – Has an 18.5-yard-per-return average for his career.

Returners

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Name *Zeke Anderson Garrett Andrews Malcolm Beyah Alan Gendreau Dwight Smith Phillip Tanner *Nathaniel Toulson

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raiders by state By State Alabama (4) Jesse Grisham Judd Hunt Patrick McNeil Arthur Williams California (9) Garrett Andrews Jared Bamber T. L. Edwards Arness Ikner Logan Kilgore Jesse Kirkland Tyler Mason Jeff Murphy Vincent Van Horne Colorado (1) Jeremiah Black Florida (25) Roderic Blunt Colin Boss Marquise Branton Kevin Brown Khari Burke Derrick Crumpton Antwan Davis Darin Davis Marquise Dixon Alan Gendreau Christian Henry Rod Issac Justin Jones Jeremy Kellem

D. D. Kyles Jamari Lattimore Evon Lettsome Gorby Loreus Sancho McDonald Byron McLeod Morris Moore Emmanuel Perez Juno Prudhomm Eric Russell Mike Williams Georgia (22) Craig Allen Malcolm Beyah Corey Carmichael SaCoby Carter Jarrett Crittenton Dwight Dasher Richard Drake Leighton Gasque Kenneth Gilstrap Denzell Guerra Jadareius Hamlin Jordan Johnson Omar McLendon Dearco Nolan William Pratcher Stephen Roberts Chris Sharpe Dwight Smith Jimmy Staten Phillip Tinsley Derrek Upshaw Reggie Whatley

Kentucky (2) Wes Caldwell Chris Hawkins Louisiana (1) Jonathan Brooks South Carolina (2) Jamar Brown Marcus Thurmond Tennessee (14) Isaiah Anderson Preston Bailey Benjamin Cunningham Kendall Dangerfield Jiajuan Fennell Mark Fisher Tavarres Jefferson David Jones Brandon McLeroy Sammy Seamster Alex Stuart Gary Tucker Max Ugboaja Josh Walker Texas (1) Phillip Tanner Virginia (1) Antonio Hill

Juniors (25) Jared Bamber Malcolm Beyah Jeremiah Black Colin Boss Marquise Branton Jamar Brown SaCoby Carter Derrick Crumpton Darin Davis T. L. Edwards Alan Gendreau Antonio Hill Arness Ikner Jesse Kirkland D. D. Kyles Gorby Loreus Tyler Mason

Dr. Sidney A. McPhee Senior Academic Award Phillip Tanner Dr. James E. Walker Junior Academic Award Mark Fisher Dr. Don Craig Sophomore Academic Award Preston Bailey Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic Award Tavarres Jefferson Terry Whiteside Award Jeremy Kellem Most Improved Quarterback Logan Kilgore Most Improved Running Back Benjamin Cunningham Most Improved Wide Receiver Sancho McDonald Most Improved Offensive Line Brandon McLeroy Most Improved Defensive Line Omar McLendon Most Improved Linebacker Stephen Roberts Most Improved Safety Denzell Guerra Most Improved Corner Marquise Dixon

By Class Seniors (16) Garrett Andrews Kevin Brown Wes Caldwell Jarrett Crittenton Dwight Dasher Antwan Davis Mark Fisher Chris Hawkins Rod Issac Jeremy Kellem Jamari Lattimore Evon Lettsome Emmanuel Perez Dwight Smith Phillip Tanner Gary Tucker

2010 Spring Awards

Sancho McDonald Byron McLeod Brandon McLeroy Jeff Murphy Eric Russell Alex Stuart Vincent Van Horne Mike Williams Sophomores (13) Preston Bailey Benjamin Cunningham Kendall Dangerfield Logan Kilgore Kenneth Gilstrap Denzell Guerra Tavarres Jefferson Justin Jones Omar McLendon Juno Prudhomm Sammy Seamster Marcus Thurmond Phillip Tinsley Freshmen (28) Craig Allen Isaiah Anderson Roderic Blunt Jonathan Brooks Khari Burke Corey Carmichael Marquise Dixon Richard Drake Jiajuan Fennell Leighton Gasque Jesse Grisham

Jadareius Hamlin Christian Henry Judd Hunt Jordan Johnson David Jones Patrick McNeil Morris Moore Dearco Nolan William Pratcher Stephen Roberts Chris Sharpe Jimmy Staten Max Ugboaja Derrek Upshaw Josh Walker Reggie Whatley Arthur Williams

Most Improved Specialist Alan Gendreau Most Improved Strength Training Quarterback Jamal Ramsey Most Improved Strength Training Running Back William Pratcher Most Improved Strength Training Wide Receiver Garrett Andrews Most Improved Strength Training Offensive Line Brandon McLeroy Most Improved Strength Training Defensive Line Omar McLendon Most Improved Strength Training Linebacker Craig Allen Most Improved Strength Training Safety Derrick Crumpton Most Improved Strength Training Corner Marquise Dixon Most Improved Strength Training Specialist Nathaniel Toulson

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NAME POS Eric Russell S Benjamin Cunningham RB Tavarres Jefferson WR Malcolm Beyah CB Arness Ikner CB Rod Issac CB Khari Burke CB Sammy Seamster S Dwight Dasher QB Logan Kilgore QB Jamari Lattimore DE Jeff Murphy QB Tyler Mason WR Sancho McDonald WR Shane Blissard WR Jamar Brown WR Kenneth Gilstrap CB Andrew Banks WR Jeremy Kellem S Phillip Tanner RB David Jones LB D. D. Kyles RB Derrick Crumpton S Reggie Whatley WR Marquise Dixon CB Chris Sharpe CB Christian Henry LB William Pratcher RB Nathaniel Toulson P Denzell Guerra S Justin Jones LB Kevin Brown S Marquise Branton RB Craig Allen LB Stuart Taylor S Harold Turner Jr. WR Alan Gendreau PK Roderic Blunt LB Leighton Gasque LB T. L. Edwards CB Juno Prudhomm S Gorby Loreus LB Corey Carmichael LB Jarrett Crittenton DE Max Ugboaja DE Dwight Smith DT Jonathan Brooks LB Daniel Waller DE Colin Boss OL SaCoby Carter DT Antwan Davis LB Jeremiah Black OL Zeke Anderson DS Jerry Cobb LB Norman Washington LB

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Name, Position Craig Allen, LB Isaiah Anderson, OL Zeke Anderson, DS Garrett Andrews, WR Bryan Armstrong, CB Preston Bailey, OL Jared Bamber, WR Andrew Banks, WR Malcolm Beyah, CB Jeremiah Black, OL Shane Blissard, WR Roderic Blunt, LB Colin Boss, OL Marquise Branton, RB Jonathan Brooks, LB Devon Brown, WR Jamar Brown, WR Kevin Brown, S Khari Burke, CB Wes Caldwell, WR Corey Carmichael, LB SaCoby Carter, DL Jerry Cobb, LB Jarrett Crittenton, DE Derrick Crumpton, S Ben Cunningham, RB Kendall Dangerfield, DT Dwight Dasher, QB Antwan Davis, LB Darin Davis, LB Marquise Dixon, CB Richard Drake, WR T. L. Edwards, CB Jiajuan Fennell, DE Mark Fisher, OL Zachary Franklin, WR Alan Gendreau, PK Leighton Gasque, LB Kenneth Gilstrap, CB Jesse Grisham, OL Quinton Groves, OL Denzell Guerra, S Jadareius Hamlin, OL Chris Hawkins, OL Christian Henry, LB Antonio Hill, DT Robert Hogg, CB Judd Hunt, OL Arness Ikner, CB Rod Issac, CB Charles Jackson, RB Tavarres Jefferson, WR Jordan Johnson, OL David Jones, LB Justin Jones, LB Jeremy Kellem, S Logan Kilgore, QB Jesse Kirkland, DL D. D. Kyles, RB


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OTHER VARSITY CANDIDATES r-So. 3/27/90 r-Jr. 3/2/89 r-Fr. 10/30/90 r-Jr. 4/20/89 r-So. 9/14/90 r-So. 8/25/89 r-So. 1/30/90 r-Fr. 12/30/90 r-Fr. 12/17/90 r-Sr. 6/26/88

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Oneonta, AL/Oneonta HS Pelham, AL/Spain Park HS Fort Lauderdale, FL/Dillard HS Spring City, TN/Rhea County HS Forsyth, GA/Mary Persons HS Apopka, FL/Apopka HS Oak Ridge, TN/Oak Ridge HS Chino Hills, CA/Chino Hills HS/Citrus College Franklin, TN/Franklin HS Nashville, TN/Goodpasture HS Lexington, KY/Henry Clay HS Buford, GA/Mill Creek HS Spring City, TN/Rhea County HS Tampa, FL/Jefferson HS Nashville, TN/MBA Tracy, CA/West (Merrill F.) HS Lexington, KY/Catholic HS Seale, AL/Glenwood HS Murietta, CA/Palomar CC Atlanta, GA/Stephenson HS Temple, GA/Villa Rica HS Tampa, FL/Jefferson HS Rex, GA/Starr’s Mill HS North Augusta, SC/North Augusta HS Atlanta, GA/Westlake HS Waycross, GA/Ware County HS Miramar, FL/Everglades HS Mobile, AL/Davidson HS Dexter, GA/Dodge County HS Maryville, TN/Maryville HS Darien, GA/McIntosh County Academy Pulaski, TN/Giles County HS South Pittsburg, TN/South Pittsburg HS West Palm Beach, FL/Palm Beach Lakes HS Chesapeake, VA/Oscar Smith HS Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield College/Bakersfield HS

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Memphis, TN/Central HS Columbia, TN/Spring Hill HS Hermitage, TN/McGavock HS Nashville, TN/Goodpasture HS Kingston, TN/Dobyns Bennett HS Nashville, TN/John Overton HS Memphis, TN/Bolton HS Chattanooga, TN/Ooltewah HS Nashville, TN/MBA McMinnville, TN/Warren County HS

n alphabetical 11 62 43 13 15 85 86 60 92 98 12 89 91 29 42 87 1 8 27 47 90 65 21 36 88 93 30 94 37 46 95 77 49 56 25 82 78

Jamari Lattimore, DE Evon Lettsome, OL Gorby Loreus, LB Tyler Mason, WR Sancho McDonald, WR Kennedy McGruder, RB Omar McLendon, DE Byron McLeod, WR Brandon McLeroy, OL Patrick McNeil, DT Morris Moore, DT Jeff Murphy, QB Dearco Nolan, DE Emmanuel Perez, DE William Pratcher, RB Juno Prudhomm, S Stephen Roberts, LB Eric Russell, S Sammy Seamster, S Chris Sharpe, CB Dwight Smith, DT Jimmy Staten, DE Alex Stuart, OL Phillip Tanner, RB Stuart Taylor, CB Marcus Thurmond, WR Phillip Tinsley, DE Nathaniel Toulson, P Gary Tucker, DT Harold Turner, WR Max Ugboaja, DE Derrek Upshaw, DT Vincent Van Horn, WR Josh Walker, OL Daniel Waller, DE Norman Washington II, LB Reggie Whatley, WR Arthur Williams, WR Mike Williams, OL Tim Williams, DB Spencer Wise, QB Adam Wood, WR

n pronunciation guide Malcolm Beyah.......................................................................... Bee-YUH Marquise Branton.....................................................................mar-KEYS Khari Burke.................................................................................CAR-eee SaCoby Carter.......................................................................Suh-COE-bee Jiajuan Fennell..............................................................Juh-Juan Fin-Nail Leighton Gasque............................................................Lay-Ton GAS-Cue Alan Gendreau...........................................................................GIN-Droe Kenneth Gilstrap....................................................................... Gill-Strap Denzell Guerra...............................................................................GĒ­-era Jadareius Hamlin..............................................................Juh-DARE-E-us

Arness Ikner..................................................................................Ike-Ner Jamari Lattimore....................................................................JUH-marree Gorby Loreus............................................................................ LOR-ee-us Dearco Nolan.......................................................................... Dee-Are-Co Juno Prudhomm....................................................................Prew-dome Jimmy Staten..............................................................................State-en Max Ugboaja.................................................................. YOU-bow-chugh

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pre-season depth chart

n offense

n defense

QB

9 Dwight Dasher 10 Logan Kilgore 12 Jeff Murphy

5-10 6-3 6-0

202 174 195

Sr. So. Jr.

RB OR LT

21 2 23 29 34

6-0 5-10 6-1 5-7 5-10

208 190 198 198 218

r-Sr. So. r-Jr. r-Fr. r-Jr.

78 Mike Williams 58 Jesse Grisham 73 Isaiah Anderson

6-2 6-3 6-4

260 278 280

r-Jr. r-Fr. Fr.

LG

60 Brandon McLeroy 50 Colin Boss

6-3 6-4

305 306

Jr. r-Jr.

C

65 Alex Stuart 75 Chris Hawkins 53 Jeremiah Black

6-3 6-3 6-1

285 285 288

Jr. r-Sr. Jr.

RG

79 Preston Bailey 62 Evon Lettsome 77 Josh Walker

6-5 6-4 6-4

307 260 312

r-So. r-Sr. r-Fr.

RT

74 61 76 57

Mark Fisher Jadareius Hamlin Jordan Johnson Judd Hunt

6-3 6-2 6-4 6-4

277 282 238 265

Sr. r-Fr. r-Fr. Fr.

WR (X) 15 Sancho McDonald 84 Richard Drake 17 Jamar Brown

6-3 6-2 6-2

200 208 210

Jr. r-Fr. Jr.

WR (H) 37 3 25 86

Harold Turner Tavarres Jefferson Reggie Whatley Zachary Franklin Byron McLeod

5-8 5-9 5-7 6-0 6-2

166 186 170 179 230

r-Jr. So. Fr. r-Fr. r-Jr.

WR (Y) OR

13 16 81 83

Tyler Mason Shane Blissard Wes Caldwell Jared Bamber

5-7 6-5 6-1 6-4

161 212 192 238

Jr. r-Jr. Sr. Jr.

WR (Z)

80 82 19 88

Garrett Andrews Arthur Williams Andrew Banks Marcus Thurmond

6-3 6-2 5-9 6-0

206 188 158 168

Sr. r-Fr. r-Jr. r-So.

Phillip Tanner Benjamin Cunningham D. D. Kyles William Pratcher Marquise Branton

LE

11 85 49 46 97

Jamari Lattimore Omar McClendon Daniel Waller Max Ugboaja Jiajuan Fennell

6-3 6-4 6-2 6-4 6-3

231 232 234 215 215

Sr. So. r-Jr. Fr. Fr.

LT

51 96 90 99 92

SaCoby Carter Kendall Dangerfield Jimmy Staten Antonio Hill Patrick McNeil

6-1 6-2 6-4 6-0 6-3

273 272 254 246 270

r-Jr. r-So. r-Fr. r-Jr. Fr.

RT

47 95 45 94 98

Dwight Smith Derrek Upshaw Jarrett Crittenton Gary Tucker Morris Moore

6-2 6-3 6-6 6-2 6-4

272 265 275 262 255

Sr. r-Fr. r-Sr. r-Sr. Fr.

RE

91 85 89 93

Emmanuel Perez Omar McClendon Dearco Nolan Phillip Tinsley

6-1 6-4 6-2 6-3

226 232 249 242

Sr. So. r-Fr. r-So.

SAM

59 35 55 40

Darin Davis Craig Allen Jerry Cobb Leighton Gasque

6-1 6-2 6-2 6-2

206 210 188 195

Jr. r-Fr. r-Jr. Fr.

MIKE OR WILL

52 43 87 56 44

Antwan Davis Gorby Loreus Stephen Roberts Norman Washington Corey Carmichael

6-1 5-11 6-3 5-11 5-11

218 222 229 233 230

Sr. Jr. r-Fr. r-Jr. Fr.

32 39 22 48 28

Justin Jones Roderic Blunt David Jones Jonathan Brooks Christian Henry

5-11 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-1

210 216 198 202 217

So. r-Fr. r-Fr. Fr. Fr.

5-11 5-11 5-10

186 191 165

Sr. Jr. Fr.

6-1 6-0 6-0 5-11

205 200 207 190

Sr. r-So. So. Jr.

OR

LC

6 Rod Issac 4 Malcolm Beyah 7 Khari Burke

SS

33 31 42 1

FS

20 Jeremy Kellem 24 Derrick Crumpton 8 Sammy Seamster

5-10 5-11 6-2

188 190 198

Sr. Jr. So.

RC

5 26 18 27

5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10

170 172 175 170

Jr. r-Fr. So. Fr.

n return specialists

n punters/kickers 6-1 5-10 5-9 6-1

229 175 191 229

r-Jr. Jr. r-So. r-Jr.

KR

21 Phillip Tanner 4 Malcolm Beyah

6-0 5-11

208 191

r-Sr. Jr.

PR

5 Arness Ikner

5-9

170

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P PK DS H

30 38 54 30

Kevin Brown Denzell Guerra Juno Prudhomm Eric Russell

Arness Ikner Marquise Dixon Kenneth Gilstrap Chris Sharpe

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personnel picture n what returns for mt OFFENSE Rushing Yardage...................................................... 99 percent Passing Yardage....................................................... 92 percent Receiving Yardage.................................................... 62 percent All-Purpose Yardage................................................. 65 percent Scoring..................................................................... 80 percent DEFENSE Tackles..................................................................... 61 percent Tackles for Loss......................................................... 48 percent Sacks........................................................................ 39 percent Interceptions............................................................ 47 percent Pass Breakups.......................................................... 54 percent Forced Fumbles........................................................ 44 percent Fumble Recoveries................................................... 79 percent SPECIAL TEAMS Punt Return Yardage.................................................. 0 percent Kickoff Return Yardage............................................. 12 percent Field Goals.............................................................. 100 percent Extra Points............................................................ 100 percent Punting...................................................................... 2 percent

n returning statistical leaders Passing......................Dwight Dasher, 219-399-14, 2789, 23 TD Rushing.................................. Dwight Dasher, 224-1154, 13 TD Receiving.................................. Garrett Andrews, 35-530, 4 TD Scoring............................................ Alan Gendreau, 104 points Punting..................................... Nathaniel Toulson, 1-52.0 avg. Kicking...............................................Alan Gendreau, 10-14 FG Tackles......................................................Rod Issac, 53-19–72 Tackles for Loss...................................Jamari Lattimore, 9.5-48 Sacks..................................................Jamari Lattimore, 5.5-40 Interceptions................................................Kevin Brown, 4-77 Kickoff Returns................................Malcolm Beyah, 6-99, 0 TD Punt Returns.....................................................................None

n returners with career starts OFFENSE Mark Fisher Mike Williams Dwight Dasher Brandon McLeroy Wes Caldwell Garrett Andrews Shane Blissard Alex Stuart Phillip Tanner Colin Boss D. D. Kyles Tavarres Jefferson Byron McLeod Chris Hawkins Sancho McDonald Kenneth Gilstrap Marquise Branton

CONSECUTIVE 6 25 7 12 0 1 7 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

CAREER 35 25 20 18 16 12 9 8 7 5 5 3 2 2 2 1 1

DEFENSE Jeremy Kellem Rod Issac Kevin Brown Dwight Smith Jamari Lattimore Emmanuel Perez

CONSECUTIVE 25 18 23 8 13 0

CAREER 30 25 23 22 14 11

n Senior Mark Fisher leads the Blue Raiders with 35 career starts.

Antwan Davis Malcolm Beyah Derrick Crumpton Darin Davis

0 0 1 0

10 *10 4 1

*all starts came on offense

n lettermen lost (6) OFFENSE (4) Gene Delle Donne, WR; Desmond Gee, WR; Patrick Honeycutt, WR; Jamal Lewis, OL; Chris McClover, WR; Mark Thompson, OL

DEFENSE (6) Danny Carmichael, LB; Chris McCoy, DE; Brandon Perry, DT; Garrett Andrews, WR; Andrew Banks, WR; Malcolm Beyah, WR; Cam Robinson, LB; Alex Suber, CB; Marcus Udell, CB Shane Blissard, WR; Colin Boss, OL; Marquise Branton, RB; Wes Caldwell, WR; Benjamin Cunningham, RB; Dwight Dasher, QB; SPECIALISTS (2) Tavarres Jefferson, WR; Mark Fisher, OL; Chris Hawkins, OL; D.D. David DeFatta, P; Adam Wade, LS Kyles, RB; Sancho McDonald, WR; Byron McLeod, TE; Brandon McLeroy, OL; Alex Stuart, OL; Phillip Tanner, RB; Harold Turner, WR; Mike Williams OL n players with career starts lost

n offensive lettermen returning (20)

n DEfensive lettermen returning (21) Kevin Brown, S; SaCoby Carter, DL; Jarrett Crittenton, DE; Derrick Crumpton, S; Kendall Dangerfield, DT; Antwan Davis, LB; Darin Davis, LB; Kenneth Gilstrap, CB; Denzell Guerra, S; Rod Issac, CB; Justin Jones, LB; Jeremy Kellem, S; Jamari Lattimore, DE; Gorby Loreus, LB; Omar McLendon, DE; Emmanuel Perez, DL; Juno Prudhomm, S; Sammy Seamster, S; Dwight Smith, DL; Gary Tucker, DL; Norman Washington, LB

n SPECIALISTS lettermen returning (1) Alan Gendreau, PK

n redshirts returning (15) Craig Allen, LB; Roderic Blunt, LB; Marquise Dixon, CB; Richard Drake, WR; Jesse Grisham, OL; Jadarieus Hamlin, OL; Jordan Johnson, OL; David Jones, LB; Dearco Nolan, DE; William Pratcher, RB; Stephen Roberts, LB; Jimmy Staten, DT; Derek Upshaw, DT; Josh Walker, OL; Arthur Williams, WR

OFFENSE (8) Mark Thompson Jamal Lewis Patrick Honeycutt Desmond Gee Chris McClover Gene Delle Donne Michael Cannon Brent Burnette

CONSECUTIVE 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

CAREER 43 28 28 25 10 4 3 1

DEFENSE (6) Alex Suber Danny Carmichael Chris McCoy Brandon Perry Cam Robinson Marcus Udell

CONSECUTIVE 21 14 13 13 13 0

CAREER 35 34 16 13 13 1

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record vs all opponents School W-L-T Akron 7-2-0 Alabama 0-2-0 Alcorn State 0-1-0 Appalachian State 1-1-0 Arizona 0-1-0 Arkansas 0-1-0 Arkansas State 9-2-0 Austin Peay 38-12-2 Ball State 2-4-0 Baylor (Chatt.) 1-0-0 Bedford County 1-0-0 Bethel (Ky.) 3-2-0 Bethel (Tenn.) 5-0-0 Boise State 0-1-0 Bowen 1-0-0 Bryson 3-0-0 Campbellsville 1-0-0 Camp Forrest 1-0-0 Carson-Newman 4-0-0 Castle Heights 4-0-0 Central Florida 0-1-0 Central Michigan 0-1-0 Centre 0-1-0 Chattanooga 11-25-1 Chattanooga Central 1-1-0 Cincinnati 0-1-0 Clemson 0-2-0 Connecticut 2-0-0 Cumberland 9-5-2 Delaware 0-2-0 Delta State 2-1-0 Eastern Illinois 1-2-0 E. Kentucky 19-29-0 E. Tennessee 23-12-1 Elizabeth City 1-0-0 Emory and Henry 0-1-1 Evansville 1-0-0 Florida 0-2-0 Florida Atlantic 4-3-0 Florida International 3-2-0 Florida State 0-1-0 Freed-Hardeman 1-0-0 F&C 1-0-0 Georgia 0-1-0 Georgia Southern 4-7-0 Georgia Tech 0-0-0 Gordon 1-0-0 Hawaii 0-1-0 Hume-Fogg 1-0-0 Idaho 3-1-0 Illinois 0-2-0 Illinois State 0-0-1 Indiana State 1-0-0 Jackson State 1-0-0 Jacksonville State 14-2-2 James Madison 0-1-0 Kentucky 0-2-0 Lamar Tech 1-1-0 Lenoir-Rhyne 2-0-0 Liberty Baptist 1-0-0 Lincoln Memorial 2-0-0 UL-Lafayette 5-6-0 UL-Monroe 8-2-0 Louisiana Tech 1-3-0 Louisville 0-3-0 LSU 0-2-0 Marshall 0-2-0 Maryland 2-2-0 Maryville 6-6-0 Memphis 14-7-1 Miami (Fla.) 2-0-0 Miles 1-0-0 Milligan 3-1-1 Millington Navy 2-0-0 Minnesota 0-0-0 Mississippi 0-1-0 Mississippi State 0-4-0 Mississippi Valley 2-0-0 Missouri 0-1-0 M.B.A. 1-0-0 Morehead State 37-8-1

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First Met 1980 2002 1988 1974 1999 1999 1948 1936 1969 1917 1917 1920 1923 1990 1913 1922 1993 1942 1951 1914 1999 2006 1946 1916 1915 1991 2003 2000 1914 1977 1937 1996 1953 1947 1982 1951 1923 2000 2003 2005 1991 1934 1913 2003 1984 2010 1941 1993 1913 2001 1998 1994 1984 1990 1927 1994 2002 1950 1984 1982 1930 1999 1999 1984 2006 2001 1992 2000 1920 1925 1931 1986 1946 1949 2010 2001 1999 1987 2003 1913 1950

Last Met 2005 2005 1988 1989 1999 1999 2009 1997 1974 1917 1917 1936 1931 1990 1913 1927 1993 1942 1976 1917 1999 2006 1946 1997 1916 1991 2009 2001 1948 1978 1941 1998 1998 1999 1982 1952 1923 2004 2009 2009 1991 1934 1913 2003 1995 2010 1941 1993 1913 2004 2000 1994 1984 1990 1998 1994 2008 1961 1985 1982 1931 2009 2009 2000 2008 2007 1994 2009 1949 2009 1932 1986 1950 1950 2010 2001 2009 1988 2003 1913 1995

HOMECOMING GAMES (48-20-2)

Morgan Morris Harvey Murray State Muskingum Nebraska New Mexico State North Alabama N. Carolina State North Texas Northern Illinois Oklahoma Ogden Pensacola Navy Piedmont Presbyterian Sam Houston State Savannah State Sewanee Sewanee “B” Sewanee Frosh Sewanee Military Sewart AFB S.E. Missouri South Carolina South Florida South Presbyterian Southern Miss Southwestern SW Missouri Stetson Tampa Temple Tennessee Tennessee-Martin Tennessee State Tennessee Tech Tenn. Wesleyan Texas A&M Troy Tulsa Tusculum UAB (Ala.-B’ham) Union (Tenn.) UT Meds Utah State Vanderbilt Vanderbilt “B” Vanderbilt Frosh Vanderbilt Meds Virginia Western Carolina Western Kentucky Winston-Salem Wofford Youngstown State

1-1-0 1-1-0 37-29-3 1-0-0 0-1-0 2-2-0 19-6-0 0-2-0 4-5-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 2-4-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-3-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 4-0-0 9-2-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 20-7-1 10-9-0 36-32-7 0-2-0 0-1-0 11-6-0 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-2-0 11-3-2 0-1-0 2-1-0 3-12-0 5-1-1 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-2-0 31-28-1 0-1-0 1-0-0 3-4-0

1913 1955 1925 1964 1992 2001 1927 1989 2001 1988 2006 1926 1961 1929 1959 1956 1982 1916 1917 1922 1917 1951 1947 2006 2000 1915 2009 1922 1986 1925 1942 2003 2002 1931 1973 1917 1930 1995 1936 1993 1938 1995 1921 1921 2002 1915 1913 1922 1913 2007 1973 1914 1987 1999 1981

1924 1956 2000 1964 1992 2004 1980 2005 2009 1992 2006 1926 1969 1930 1959 1991 1983 1932 1920 1929 1917 1954 2002 2006 2000 1916 2009 1922 1986 1925 1942 2003 2002 1999 1998 2006 1938 1995 2009 1993 1938 2000 1951 1921 2004 2005 1926 1929 1914 2007 1981 2009 1987 1999 1987

Date 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943-45 1946 1947 1948 1949 Nov. 11, 1950 Nov. 22, 1951 Nov. 9, 1952 Nov. 26, 1953 Nov. 7, 1954 Nov. 24, 1955 Nov. 3, 1956 Oct. 4, 1957 Nov. 8, 1958 Oct. 3, 1959 Nov. 5, 1960 Oct. 21, 1961 Nov. 7, 1962 Nov. 16, 1963 Nov. 7, 1964 Nov. 13, 1965 Nov. 5, 1966 Nov. 4, 1967 Nov. 2, 1968 Oct. 18, 1969 Oct. 24, 1970 Oct. 30, 1971 Oct. 21, 1972 Nov. 3, 1973 Oct. 26, 1974 Oct. 18, 1975 Oct. 30, 1976 Oct. 15, 1977 Oct. 28, 1978 Oct. 13, 1979 Oct. 25, 1980 Oct. 31, 1981 Oct. 22, 1982 Oct. 15, 1983 Oct. 20, 1984 Oct. 19, 1985 Oct. 11, 1986 Oct. 31, 1987 Oct. 15, 1988 Oct. 21, 1989 Oct. 27, 1990 Oct. 26, 1991 Oct. 10, 1992 Oct. 23, 1993 Oct. 8, 1994 Nov. 4, 1995 Oct. 12, 1996 Oct. 4, 1997 Oct. 10, 1998 Oct. 2, 1999 Oct. 14, 2000 Nov. 3, 2001 Nov. 16, 2002 Oct. 11, 2003 Oct. 30, 2004 Oct. 22, 2005 Nov. 4, 2006 Nov. 10, 2007 Nov. 8, 2008 Oct. 24, 2009

Opponent.........................................Result Tennessee Tech..........................................T 13-13 Tennessee Tech............................................L 0-12 Union (Tenn.)...............................................L 3-20 Tennessee Tech............................................ W 6-0 Memphis State........................................ W 13-12 Tennessee Tech............................................L 6-25 No Team (WW II) Troy State................................................... W 12-0 Tennessee Tech.......................................... W 19-0 Murray State..............................................L 12-26 Tennessee Tech.......................................... W 14-0 Murray State............................................ W 34-14 Tennessee Tech..........................................T 14-14 Murray State..............................................L 13-20 Tennessee Tech..........................................L 13-46 Murray State............................................ W 21-13 Tennessee Tech..........................................L 14-55 Murray State.............................................. W 39-7 Western Kentucky...................................... W 26-7 Murray State.............................................. W 40-0 Western Kentucky...................................... W 37-2 Murray State.............................................. W 20-3 UT-Chattanooga........................................L 12-25 Murray State.............................................. W 23-6 East Tennessee........................................... W 23-0 Murray State............................................ W 14-12 East Tennessee......................................... W 43-19 Murray State.............................................. W 33-0 Western Kentucky.................................... W 16-14 UT-Martin................................................ W 24-17 Murray State............................................ W 31-24 Austin Peay................................................ W 44-0 Ball State................................................... W 28-7 Austin Peay................................................ W 24-6 Western Kentucky........................................L 8-42 Austin Peay.............................................. W 45-16 Murray State.............................................. W 17-5 Austin Peay..................................................L 9-21 Murray State................................................L 9-13 Austin Peay................................................L 17-28 Murray State................................................L 8-29 Austin Peay....................................................L 3-7 Youngstown State......................................L 10-13 Austin Peay................................................ W 24-7 Murray State............................................ W 17-14 Austin Peay..................................................L 7-16 Murray State..................................W 31-24 (2 OT) Akron....................................................... W 24-12 Youngstown State......................................L 16-17 Morehead State......................................... W 49-0 Austin Peay................................................ W 46-7 Morehead State......................................... W 37-0 Southeast Missouri.................................... W 52-0 Austin Peay.............................................. W 49-10 Southeast Missouri.................................. W 31-10 UT-Martin.................................................. W 38-7 UT-Martin................................................ W 45-17 Austin Peay.............................................. W 50-14 Jacksonville State..................................... W 27-16 Murray State............................................ W 35-14 Troy State...................................................L 31-48 Louisiana-Monroe...................................... W 28-0 Arkansas State........................................... W 54-6 Louisiana-Monroe.................................... W 44-28 New Mexico St......................................... W 35-18 Utah State.................................................. W 21-0 Louisiana-Lafayette...................................L 13-10 Florida Atlantic........................................ W 35-14 Louisiana-Lafayette...................................L 24-34 Louisiana-Monroe....................................W, 24-21 Western Kentucky....................................W, 62-24


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Score

2002 L 2003 L 2004 L 2005 L 2006 W 2007 W 2008 W 2009 W At Murfreesboro: 1-3

Site

Austin Peay (MT leads 38-12-2) Year W/L Score Site 1936 W 27-0 H 1937 W 19-0 H 1940 W 35-6 H 1941 W 28-0 H 1946 W 41-9 H 1947 W 33-0 A 1950 W 34-14 H 1951 W 27-6 A 1954 T 7-7 H 1955 T 14-14 A 1956 W 38-20 H 1957 W 14-0 A 1958 W 12-0 H 1959 W 36-0 A 1960 W 6-0 H 1961 W 40-7 A 1962 W 28-0 H 1963 W 27-0 A 1964 L 9-7 H 1965 W 24-20 A 1966 L 13-7 H 1967 W 34-20 A 1968 L 46-13 H 1969 L 20-17 A 1970 W 44-0 H 1971 W 19-7 A 1972 W 24-6 H 1973 W 23-20 A 1974 W 45-16 H 1975 L 17-13 A 1976 L 21-9 H 1977 W 15-6 A 1978 L 28-17 H 1979 L 31-14 A 1980 L 7-3 H 1981 L 14-9 A 1982 W 24-7 H 1983 W 31-17 A 1984 L 16-7 H 1985 W 17-14 A 1986 L 7-0 (ot) A 1987 W 38-16 H 1988 W 36-0 A 1989 W 46-7 H 1990 W 56-7 A 1991 W 23-8 A 1992 W 49-10 H 1993 W 44-10 H 1994 W 28-3 A 1995 W 43-0 A 1996 W 50-14 H 1997 W 59-10 H At Murfreesboro: 20-7-1 At Clarksville: 18-5-1 Memphis (MT leads 14-7-1) Year W/L Score 1925 W 57-7 1926 W 27-0 1927 W 47-6 1928 T 13-13 1931 W 15-0 1932 W 6-0 1933 L 21-6 1934 L 18-0 1935 W 35-0 1936 W 19-0 1937 W 20-6 1938 L 26-7 1939 L 25-6 1940 L 14-7 1941 W 13-12 1942 W 21-13 1947 W 20-0 1948 L 13-0 1953 W 26-20 1954 L 27-7 2007 W 21-7 2009 W 31-14 At Murfreesboro: 9-2 At Memphis: 5-5-1

Site H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H

Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL leads 6-5) Year W/L Score 1999 L 45-31 2000 W 41-38 (2ot) 2001 W 26-9 2002 W 48-35 2003 L 57-51 (4ot) 2004 L 24-17 2005 L 13-10

Site A H A H H A H

n Shane Blissard (83) and Chris McClover celebrate a touchdown during last year’s New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.

2006 W 2007 L 2008 L 2009 W At Murfreesboro: 3-3

34-20 24-34 28-42 34-17 At Lafayette: 2-3

A H A H

Troy University (MT leads 11-6-0) Year W/L Score Site 1936 W 19-0 H 1937 W 13-0 A 1939 W 14-7 H 1942 W 20-0 H 1946 W 12-0 H 1947 W 41-17 A 1952 W 33-7 H 1953 W 6-0 A 1999 L 48-31 H 2001 W 54-17 H 2003 W 27-20 H 2004 L 37-17 A 2005 W 17-7 A 2006 L 21-20 H 2007 L 7-45 A 2008 L 17-31 H 2009 L 7-31 A At Middle Tennessee: 7-3 At Troy University: 4-3 Georgia Tech (First Meeting) Year W/L 2010 TBA

Score

Site

Louisiana-Monroe (MT leads 8-2) Year W/L Score 1999 L 10-0 2000 W 28-0 2001 W 38-20 2002 W 44-28 2004 W 37-24 2005 L 34-31 2006 W 35-21 2007 W 43-40 2008 W 24-21 2009 W 38-19 At Murfreesboro: 4-1 At Monroe: 4-1

Site A H A H H H A A H A

Arkansas State (MT leads 9-2) Year W/L 1948 W 1949 W 2001 W 2002 L 2003 W 2004 W 2005 W 2006 W 2007 W 2008 L 2009 W At Murfreesboro: 6-0

Score 14-7 25-12 54-6 13-7 24-14 45-17 45-7 38-10 24-7 14-31 38-14 At Jonesboro: 3-2

Site H A H A A H H A H A H

North Texas (UNT leads 5-4) Year W/L 2001 L

Score 24-21

Site A

30-20 33-28 30-21 14-7 35-0 48-28 52-13 37-21 At Denton: 3-2

H H A H A A H A

Western Kentucky (MT leads 31-28-1) Year W/L Score Site 1914 W 47-0 H 1915 W 47-0 A 1921 W 15-7 H 1922 L 31-0 A 1924 L 44-0 H 1925 T 7-7 H 1928 L 19-0 H 1929 L 19-0 A 1930 L 13-7 A 1931 L 12-0 A 1932 L 21-7 H 1933 L 32-0 A 1934 L 14-0 H 1935 W 7-0 H 1936 W 9-0 A 1939 L 26-2 H 1940 L 13-0 A 1941 L 15-7 H 1952 L 33-19 A 1953 W 13-0 H 1954 L 7-6 A 1955 W 25-13 H 1956 W 7-6 A 1957 W 26-7 H 1958 W 10-7 H 1959 W 37-2 H 1960 L 20-13 A 1961 W 14-6 H 1962 W 17-0 A 1963 L 16-6 H 1964 W 9-0 A 1965 W 21-0 H 1966 W 33-9 A 1967 W 16-14 H 1968 L 43-2 A 1969 L 28-14 H 1970 W 17-13 A 1971 W 27-13 H 1972 W 21-17 A 1973 L 42-8 H 1974 L 36-10 A 1975 L 24-10 H 1976 L 38-7 A 1977 W 21-19 H 1978 L 54-0 A 1979 L 17-12 H 1980 L 30-15 A 1981 W 31-17 H 1982 W 31-16 A 1983 W 26-7 H 1984 W 45-24 A 1985 W 41-9 H 1987 L 28-16 A 1988 W 13-10 H 1989 L 31-16 A 1990 W 20-7 H 1991 W 23-21 A 2007 L 17-20 H 2008 W 21-10 A 2009 W 62-24 H At Murfreesboro: 19-12-1 At Bowling Green: 12-16 Florida Atlantic (MT leads 4-3) Year W/L Score 2003 L 20-19 2004 L 27-20 2005 W 35-14 2006 W 35-14 2007 L 14-27 2008 W 14-13 2009 W 27-20 At Murfreesboro: 2-2 At Miami: 2-1

Site H H A H A H A

Florida International (MT leads 3-2) Year W/L Score 2005 L 35-31 2006 W 7-6 2007 W 47-6 2008 L 21-31 2009 W 48-21 At Murfreesboro: 3-0 At Miami: 0-2

Site A H H A H

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September 2 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l 6:30 PM l ESPNU

TIM BREWSTER Head Coach

ANDY SEELEY Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Minneapolis, MN Enrollment: 50,883 Nickname: Golden Gophers Colors: Maroon and Gold Conference: Big Ten President: Robert H. Bruininks Athletics Director: Joel Maturi Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium (50,805) 2009 Record: 6-7 (3-5) Head Coach: Tim Brewster (Illinois, ‘94) Record at School (years): 14-24 (3)

Career Record (years): 14-24 (3) Media Contact: Andy Seeley Office Phone: 612.626.0299 Cell Phone: 612.269.2706 Fax: 612.625.0359 E-Mail: aseeley@umn.edu Press Box Phone: 612.624.6325 Web site: www.GopherSports.com Starters Returning/Lost: 14/11 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 38/22 Series Record: First Meeting

Schedule 9.2 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.27

at Middle Tennessee South Dakota Southern Cal Northern Illinois Northwestern at Wisconsin at Purdue Penn State Ohio State at Michigan State at Illinois Iowa

BRAD KIRTLEY Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Clarksville, TN Enrollment: 10,188 Nickname: Governors Colors: Red and White Conference: Ohio Valley President: Timothy Hall Athletics Director: Dave Loos Stadium: Governors Stadium (10,000) 2009 Record: 4-7 (3-5) Head Coach: Rick Christophel (Austin Peay, ‘77) Record at School (years): 13-20 (3)

Career Record (years): 13-20 (3) Media Contact: Brad Kirtley Office Phone: 931.221.7561 Cell Phone: 931-801-7875 Fax: 931.221.7562 E-Mail: kirtleyb@apsu.edu Press Box Phone: 931-221-7191 Web site: www.letsgopeay.com Starters Returning/Lost: 12/10 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 39/27 Series Record: MT leads 38-12-2

Schedule 9.2 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.9 10.16 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20

Cumberland at Middle Tennessee at Tennessee State at Wisconsin Tennessee Tech Southeast Missouri at Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois UT-Martin Murray State at Eastern Kentucky

Quick Facts Location: Memphis, TN Enrollment: 21,424 Nickname: Tigers Colors: Royal Blue and Gray Conference: Conference USA President: Dr. Shirley Raines Athletics Director: R.C. Johnson Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial (61,000) 2009 Record: 2-10 (1-7) Head Coach: Larry Porter (Memphis, ‘96) Record at School (years): First Season

Career Record (years): First Season Media Contact: Jennifer Rodrigues Office Phone: 901.678.2397 Cell Phone: 901.734.9951 Fax: 901.678.4134 E-Mail: jmpowers@memphis.edu Press Box Phone: 901.272.0136 Web site: www.GoTigersGo.com Starters Returning/Lost: 18/14 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 45/25 Series Record: MT leads 14-7-1

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27

at Mississippi State at East Carolina Middle Tennessee at UTEP Tulsa at Louisville Southern Miss Houston Tennessee at Marshall at UAB UCF

Quick Facts Location: Lafayette, LA Enrollment: 15,193 Nickname: Ragin’ Cajuns Colors: Vermillion and White Conference: Sun Belt President: Dr. E. Joseph Savoie Athletics Director: David Walker Stadium: Cajun Field (31,000) 2009 Record: 6-6 (4-4) Head Coach: Rickey Bustle (Clemson, ‘76) Record at School (years): 38-56 (8)

Career Record (years): 38-56 (8) Media Contact: Daryl Cetnar Office Phone: 337.482.6331 Cell Phone: 337.654.6923 Fax: 337.482.6529 E-Mail: sportsinfo@louisiana.edu Press Box Phone: 337.851.2255 Web site: www.ragincajuns.com Starters Returning/Lost: 13/9 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 43/20 Series Record: UL leads 6-5

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.25 10.2 10.8 10.6 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27

at Georgia Arkansas State Middle Tennessee at North Texas Oklahoma State at Troy Western Kentucky at Ohio at Ole Miss at Florida Atlantic FIU at ULM

RICKY HAZEL Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Troy, AL Enrollment: 28,225 Nickname: Trojans Colors: Cardinal, Silver, and Black Conference: Sun Belt President: Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. Athletics Director: Steve Dennis Stadium: Veterans Memorial (30,000) 2009 Record: 9-4 (6-1) Head Coach: Larry Blakeney (Auburn, ‘70) Record at School (years): 153-77-1 (19)

Career Record (years): 153-77-1 (19) Media Contact: Ricky Hazel Office Phone: 334.670.3832 Cell Phone: 334.372.7032 Fax: 334.670.5665 E-Mail: jehazel@troy.edu Press Box Phone: 334.670.3229 Web site: www.troytrojans.com Starters Returning/Lost: 13/13 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 44/26 Series Record: MT leads 11-6

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.5 10.16 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27 12.4

Bowling Green at Oklahoma State at UAB Arkansas State at Middle Tennessee Louisiana at ULM at North Texas FIU at South Carolina Western Kentucky at Florida Atlantic

DEAN BUCHAN Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Atlanta, GA Enrollment: 19,404 Nickname: Yellow Jackets, Rambling Wreck Colors: Old Gold and White Conference: Atlantic Coast President: Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson Athletics Director: Dan Radakovich Stadium: Bobby Dodd/Grant Field (55,000) 2009 Record: 11-3 (7-1) Head Coach: Paul Johnson (W. Carolina, ‘79) Record at School (years): 20-7 (2)

Career Record (years): 127-46 (13) Media Contact: Dean Buchan Office Phone: 404.894.5445 Cell Phone: 404.295.8703 Fax: 404.894.1248 E-Mail: dbuchan@athletics.gatech.edu Press Box Phone: 404.894.1204 Web site: www.RamblinWreck.com Starters Returning/Lost: 14/8 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 54/16 Series Record: First Meeting

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.23 11.4 11.13 11.20 11.27

South Carolina State at Kansas at North Carolina N.C. State at Wake Forest Virginia Middle Tennessee at Clemson at Virginia Tech Miami (FL) Duke at Georgia

n AUSTIN PEAY

September 11 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l TBA l No TV

RICK CHRISTOPHEL Head Coach

n MEMPHIS

September 18 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, TN l 6 PM l TBA

LARRY PORTER Head Coach

JENNIFER RODRIGUES Media Contact

n LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

September 25 at Cajun Field Lafayette, LA l TBA l SBC Network

RICKEY BUSTLE Head Coach

DARYL CETNAR Media Contact

n troy

October 5 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l 7 PM l ESPN2

LARRY BLAKENEY Head Coach

n GEORGIA TECH

October 16 at Bobby Dodd Stadium Atlanta, GA l TBA l TBA

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2010 opponents n LOUISIANA-MONROE

October 23 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l TBA l TBA

TODD BERRY Head Coach

Quick Facts Location: Monroe, LA Enrollment: 9,004 Nickname: Warhawks Colors: Maroon and Gold Conference: Sun Belt President: TBA Athletics Director: Bobby Staub Stadium: Malone Stadium (30,427) 2009 Record: 6-6 (5-3) Head Coach: Todd Berry (Tulsa, ‘83) Record at School (years): First Year

Career Record (years): 29-60 (8) Media Contact: Adam Prendergast Office Phone: 318.342.5463 Cell Phone: 318.953.4234 Fax: 318.342.5464 E-Mail: prendergast@ulm.edu Press Box Phone: 318.342.5471 Web site: ulmwarhawks.com Starters Returning/Lost: 13/14 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 32/26 Series Record: MT leads 8-2

Schedule 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27

vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, AR) at Arkansas State Southeastern Louisiana at Auburn Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee Troy at FIU at LSU North Texas Louisiana

JERRY SCOTT Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Jonesboro, AR Enrollment: 11,490 Nickname: Red Wolves Colors: Scarlet and Black Conference: Sun Belt Interim President: Dr. Robert Potts Athletics Director: Dr. Dean Lee Stadium: ASU Stadium (30,406) 2009 Record: 4-8 (3-5) Head Coach: Steve Roberts (Ouachita Bapti ‘87) Record at School (years): 41-55 (8)

Career Record (years): 90-88-1 (16) Media Contact: Jerry Scott Office Phone: 870.972.3405 Cell Phone: 870.243.6021 Fax: 870.972.3367 E-Mail: jscott@astate.edu Press Box Phone: 870.972.2541 Web site: www.astateredwolves.com Starters Returning/Lost: 26/19 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 51/27 Series Record: MT leads 9-2

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.23 11.2 11.13 11.20 11.27

at Auburn at Louisiana ULM at Troy Louisville at North Texas at Indiana Florida Atlantic Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky at Navy at FIU

ERIC CAPPER Media Contact

Quick Facts Location: Denton, TX Enrollment: 34,268 Nickname: Mean Green Colors: Green and White Conference: Sun Belt President: (Interim) V. Lane Rawlins Athletics Director: Rick Villarreal Stadium: Fouts Field (30,500) 2009 Record: 2-10 (1-7) Head Coach: Todd Dodge (Texas, ‘87) Record at School (years): 5-31 (3)

Career Record (years): 5-31 (3) Media Contact: Eric Capper Office Phone: 940.565.2476 Cell Phone: 940.367.0727 Fax: 940.565.3671 E-Mail: eric.capper@unt.edu Press Box Phone: 940.565.2476 Web site: www.MeanGreenSports.com Starters Returning/Lost: 19/5 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 48/18 Series Record: NT leads 5-4

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27

at Clemson Rice at Army at Florida Atlantic Louisiana Arkansas State FIU at Western Kentucky Troy at Middle Tennessee at ULM Kansas State

Quick Facts Location: Bowling Green, KY Enrollment: 19,761 Nickname: Hilltoppers Colors: Red and White Conference: Sun Belt President: Dr. Gary Ransdell Athletics Director: Ross Bjork Stadium: Houchens Indus.-L.T. Smith (22,113) 2009 Record: 0-12 (0-8) Head Coach: Willie Taggart (WKU, ‘98) Record at School (years): First Season

Career Record (years): First Season Media Contact: Chris Glowacki Office Phone: 270.745.5388 Cell Phone: 270.791.8499 Fax: 270.745.3444 E-Mail: chris.glowacki@wku.edu Press Box Phone: 270.745.6941 Web site: www.wkusports.com Starters Returning/Lost: 20/5 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 44/18 Series Record: MT leads 31-28-1

Schedule 9.4 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.9 10.16 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27

at Nebraska at Kentucky Indiana at South Florida at FIU ULM at Louisiana North Texas Florida Atlantic at Arkansas State Middle Tennessee at Troy

Quick Facts Location: Boca Raton, FL Enrollment: 28,000 Nickname: Owls Colors: Blue and Red Conference: Sun Belt President: Dr. Mary Jane Saunders Athletics Director: Craig Angelos Stadium: Lockhart Stadium (20,500) 2009 Record: 5-7 (5-3) Head Coach: Howard Schnellenberger (UK, ‘56) Record at School (years): 53-55 (9)

Career Record (years): 153-132-3 (25) Media Contact: Katrina McCormack Office Phone: 561.297.3163 Cell Phone: 561.251.5588 Fax: 561.297.3963 E-Mail: kmccormi@fau.edu Press Box Phone: 561.251.5588 Web site: www.fausports.com Starters Returning/Lost: 15/9 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 32/18 Series Record: MT leads 4-3

Schedule 9.2 9.11 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.23 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.10 11.27 12.4

at UAB vs. Michigan State (Ford Field) North Texas at South Florida at ULM at Arkansas State FIU at Western Kentucky Louisiana at Texas at Middle Tennessee Troy

Quick Facts Location: Miami, FL Enrollment: 38,000 Nickname: Golden Panthers Colors: Blue and Gold Conference: Sun Belt President: Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg Athletics Director: Pete Garcia Stadium: FIU Stadium (18,000) 2009 Record: 3-9 (3-5) Head Coach: Mario Cristobal (Miami, FL, ‘93) Record at School (years): 9-27 (3)

Career Record (years): 9-27 (3) Media Contact: Ivan Irizarry Office Phone: 305.348.6666 Cell Phone: 787.248.3061 Fax: 305.348.2963 E-Mail: iiriz001@fiu.edu Press Box Phone: 305.348.2963 Web site: www.FIUSports.com Starters Returning/Lost: 20/14 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 42/23 Series Record: MT leads 3-2

Schedule 9.11 9.18 9.25 10.2 10.9 10.16 10.30 11.6 11.13 11.20 11.27 12.4

Rutgers at Texas A&M at Maryland at Pittsburgh Western Kentucky at North Texas at Florida Atlantic ULM at Troy at Louisiana Arkansas State Middle Tennessee

ADAM PRENDERGAST Media Contact

n ARKANSAS STATE

November 2 at ASU Stadium Jonesboro, AR l 6:00 PM l ESPN2

STEVE ROBERTS Head Coach

n NORTH TEXAS

November 13 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l TBA l TBA

TODD DODGE Head Coach

n WESTERN KENTUCKY

November 20 at Houchens Indus. - L.T. Smith Stadium Bowling Green, KY l TBA l TBA

WILLIE TAGGART Head Coach

CHRIS GLOWACKI Media Contact

n FLORIDA ATLANTIC

November 27 at Floyd Stadium Murfreesboro, TN l TBA l TBA

HOWARD KATRINA MCCORMACK SCHNELLENBERGER Media Contact Head Coach

n FIU

December 4 at FIU Stadium Miami, FL l TBA l TBA

MARIO CRISTOBAL Head Coach

IVAN IRIZARRY Media Contact

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2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

sun belt conference

WRIGHT WATERS Commissioner

BERT CARTER Associate Commissioner

KATHY KEENE Associate Commissioner

JOHN MCELWAIN Associate Commissioner

BRYANT CARTER Assistant Commissioner

DOMINICK GIAMBRONE Associate Commissioner

PRIMARY BOWL AGREEMENTS

SBC VS C-USA DECEMBER 18, 2010 7 PM/ESPN NEW ORLEANS SUPERDOME NEW ORLEANS, LA

W 34 38 21 15 31 30 30 29 10 7 0

L 9 25 15 11 31 32 32 33 26 19 8

Pct. .791 .603 .583 .576 .500 .484 .484 .468 .278 .269 .000

W 520 511 479 478 467 407 269 53 24

L 375 349 352 503 441 436 352 55 68

T 28 30 27 34 34 37 8 0 0

Player of the Year Levi Brown (Troy, Sr., QB) Offensive Player of the Year Levi Brown (Troy, Sr., QB) Co-Defensive Players of the Year Cardia Jackson (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., LB) Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DL) Freshman of the Year Shawn Southward (Troy, Fr., RB) Co-Coaches of the Year Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Larry Blakeney, Troy First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense Levi Brown (Troy, Sr., QB) Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic, R-So., RB) Lance Dunbar (North Texas, So., RB) LaGregory Sapp (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., WR) Jerrel Jernigan (Troy, Jr., WR) Jason Harmon (Florida Atlantic, R-Sr., TE) Brad Bustle (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., G) Chris Fisher (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., OL) Mark Thompson (Middle Tennessee, Sr., OL) Danny Franks (Troy, Sr., OL) Tyler Clark (Troy, Jr., OL) First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense Alex Carrington (Arkansas State, Sr. DL) Aaron Morgan (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DL) Chris McCoy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DL) Brandon Lang (Troy, Sr., DL) Cardia Jackson (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., LB) Boris Lee (Troy, Sr., LB) Bear Woods (Troy, Sr., LB) Greg James (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DB) Jeremy Kellem (Middle Tennessee, Jr., DB) Alex Suber (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DB) Marcus Udell (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DB) First Team All-Sun Belt Conference Specialists Alan Gendreau (Middle Tennessee, So., PK) Spencer Ortego (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., P) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, So., Return Specialist)

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n 2009 all-sun belt conference teams

n all-time overall records Team Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky Troy Louisiana-Lafayette North Texas Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Florida Atlantic Florida International

KEITH NUNEZ Director of Media Relations

SBC VS MAC JANUARY 6, 2011 7 PM/ESPN LADD PEEBLES STADIUM MOBILE, AL

n all-time sbc records Team Troy Middle Tennessee Florida Atlantic New Mexico State North Texas Arkansas State Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Florida International Idaho Western Kentucky

TRAVIS LLEWELLYN Electronic Media

Jerrel Jernigan (Troy, Jr., All Purpose) Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense Dwight Dasher (Middle Tennessee, Jr., QB) Frank Goodin (Louisiana-Monroe, Jr., RB) Bobby Rainey (WKU, So., RB) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, So., WR/KR) Jamaal Jackson (North Texas, Jr. WR) Ladarius Green (Louisiana-Lafayette, So., TE) Derek Newton (Arkansas State, Jr., OL) David Matlock (Florida Atlantic, R-Sr., OL) Brad Serirni (FIU, Jr., OL) Esteban Santiago (North Texas, Jr., OL) Mark Fisher (Middle Tennessee, Jr., OL) Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense Bryan Hall (Arkansas State, Jr., DL) Jamari Lattimore (Middle Tennessee, Jr., DL) Cameron Sheffield (Troy, Sr., DL) Kevin Dixon (Troy, Sr., DL) Antwyne Zanders (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., LB) Danny Carmichael (Middle Tennessee, Sr., LB) Cam Robinson (Middle Tennessee, Sr., LB) Anthony Gaitor (FIU, Jr., DB) James Truxillo (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DB) Courtland Fuller (Troy, Sr., DB) Bryan Willis (Troy, Fr., DB) Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference Specialists Josh Arauco (Arkansas State, Sr., PK) Carlos Munera (FIU, Sr., P) Jerrel Jernigan (Troy, Jr., Return Specialist) Bobby Rainey (WKU, So., All Purpose) Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference Corey Leonard (Arkansas State, Sr., QB); Daylan Walker (Arkansas State, Sr., DB); Kevin Cyrille (Florida Atlantic, R-So., DL); Marcus Bartels (Florida Atlantic, R-So., DB); Scott Bryant (FIU, Sr., LB); Jonathan Cyprien (FIU, Fr., DB); Dwight Bentley (Louisiana-Lafayette, So., DB); Grant Fleming (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., LB); Luther Ambrose (Louisiana-Monroe, So., All Purpose); Josh Thomas (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., LB); Brandon Perry (Middle Tennessee, Sr., DL); Desmond Gee (Middle Tennessee, Sr., RS); Kelvin Drake (North Texas, Jr., OL); Craig Robertson (North Texas, Jr., LB); Tebiarus Gill (Troy, Jr., WR); Will Goggans (Troy, So., P); Jake Gaebler (WKU, Sr., WR); Jeremy Moore (WKU, Sr., P)


2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

2009 NEW ORLEANS BOWL CHAMPIONS

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2001 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. $#North Texas 5-1 .833 200 104 5-6 .455 255 #Middle Tennessee 5-1 .833 248 152 8-3 .727 408 New Mexico State 4-2 .667 209 163 5-7 .417 286 UL Lafayette 2-4 .333 163 192 3-8 .273 234 Arkansas State 2-4 .333 90 194 2-9 .182 177 UL Monroe 2-4 .333 105 152 2-9 .182 148 Idaho 1-5 .167 234 292 1-10 .091 313 # = co-champions $ = New Orleans Bowl representative

Opp. 248 286 400 365 357 351 495

H 3-1 5-0 2-2 2-3 2-4 1-4 1-4

A 2-4 3-3 3-5 1-5 0-5 1-5 0-6

N 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. H A N #$Troy 6-1 .857 177 136 8-5 .615 296 289 4-1 3-4 1-0 #^Middle Tennessee 6-1 .857 204 92 7-6 .538 296 302 3-2 4-3 0-1 Arkansas State 4-3 .571 126 143 6-6 .500 182 289 3-2 3-4 0-0 Florida Atlantic 4-3 .571 129 100 5-7 .417 181 299 3-2 2-5 0-0 Louisiana-Lafayette 3-4 .429 126 151 6-6 .500 248 296 3-3 3-3 0-0 Louisiana-Monroe 3-4 .429 162 113 4-8 .333 262 267 2-3 2-5 0-0 North Texas 2-5 .286 76 147 3-9 .250 154 304 2-3 1-6 0-0 Florida International 0-7 .000 54 172 0-12 .000 115 313 0-5 0-7 0-0 # = co-champions $ = New Orleans Bowl representative ^ = Motor City Bowl representative

2002 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. *^North Texas 6-0 1.000 159 59 8-5 .615 249 New Mexico State 5-1 .833 177 160 7-5 .583 327 Arkansas State 3-3 .500 125 109 6-7 .462 259 Middle Tennessee 2-4 .333 158 151 4-8 .333 297 Louisiana-Monroe 2-4 .333 140 176 3-9 .250 236 Louisiana-Lafayette 2-4 .333 117 178 3-9 .250 203 Idaho 1-5 .167 123 166 2-10 .167 285 * = Sun Belt Champion ^ = New Orleans Bowl representative

Opp. H A N 192 328 5-0 2-5 0-0 361 4-3 2-4 0-0 332 3-2 1-6 0-0 451 352 3-2 0-7 0-0 428

2003 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. *^North Texas 7-0 1.000 237 142 9-4 .692 358 Louisiana-Lafayette 4-3 .571 225 228 4-8 .333 266 Middle Tennessee 4-3 .571 213 204 4-8 .333 332 Arkansas State 3-4 .429 131 273 5-7 .417 242 Utah State 3-4 .429 193 136 3-9 .250 264 Idaho 3-4 .429 191 171 3-9 .250 248 New Mexico State 2-5 .286 154 172 3-9 .250 262 Louisiana-Monroe 1-6 .143 180 249 1-11 .083 239 * = Sun Belt Champion ^ = New Orleans Bowl representative

Opp. 285 415 375 401 315 314 341 467

H 5-0 3-3 2-4 4-1 3-2 1-4 2-3 0-5

A 4-3 1-5 2-4 1-6 0-7 2-5 1-6 1-6

N 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

2004 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. *^North Texas 7-0 1.000 251 153 7-5 .583 309 Troy 5-2 .714 197 96 7-5 .583 286 New Mexico State 4-3 .571 187 182 5-6 .455 273 Louisiana-Monroe 4-3 .571 153 172 5-6 .455 211 Middle Tennessee 4-4 .500 202 190 5-6 .455 269 Arkansas State 3-4 .429 136 185 3-8 .273 215 Louisiana-Lafayette 2-5 .286 145 167 4-7 .364 242 Utah State 2-5 .286 124 181 3-8 .273 184 Idaho 2-5 .286 154 218 3-9 .250 245 * = Sun Belt Champion ^ = New Orleans Bowl representative

Opp. 358 200 355 303 293 365 272 333 473

H 4-1 5-0 4-1 3-1 4-1 2-2 3-2 2-2 1-1

A 3-3 2-4 1-5 2-4 1-5 1-6 1-5 1-6 1-7

N 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1

A 1-4 3-3 3-3 1-5 3-3 1-5 1-6 2-4

N 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

2005 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. #^Arkansas State 5-2 .714 182 163 6-6 .500 294 #Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 .714 203 161 6-5 .545 286 #Louisiana-Monroe 5-2 .714 194 186 5-6 .455 239 Florida International 3-4 .429 172 191 5-6 .455 257 Middle Tennessee 3-4 .429 176 124 4-7 .364 210 Troy 3-4 .429 100 121 4-7 .364 175 Florida Atlantic 2-5 .286 109 179 2-9 .182 148 North Texas 2-5 .286 131 142 2-9 .182 157 # = Tri-Champions ^ = New Orleans Bowl representative

Opp. 303 304 339 323 206 255 339 346

H 5-1 3-2 2-3 4-1 1-4 3-2 1-3 0-5

2006 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

2007 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

#$Florida Atlantic #Troy Middle Tennessee Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas State Louisiana-Lafayette North Texas Florida International # = co-champions

Conference Overall W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. W-L Pct. Pts. 6-1 .857 253 185 8-5 .615 405 6-1 .857 255 106 8-4 .667 408 4-3 .571 207 187 5-7 .417 308 4-3 .571 176 166 6-6 .500 282 3-4 .429 161 187 5-7 .417 291 3-4 .429 205 237 3-9 .250 285 1-6 .143 161 251 2-10 .167 298 1-6 .143 149 248 1-11 .083 181 $ = New Orleans Bowl representative

H 3-2 4-1 2-3 3-2 5-0 1-5 2-3 1-4

A 4-3 4-3 3-4 3-4 0-7 2-4 0-7 0-7

N 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

A 3-4 2-5 2-5 2-5 2-4 1-6 1-5 1-6

N 0-1 0-0 2-0 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0

2008 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference W-L Pct. Pts. Opp. ^*Troy 6-1 .857 252 117 ^Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 .714 254 224 ^Florida Atlantic 4-3 .571 216 192 ^Arkansas State 4-3 .571 182 170 Florida International 3-4 .429 215 222 Middle Tennessee 3-4 .429 170 182 Louisiana-Monroe 3-4 .429 210 214 North Texas 0-7 .000 134 312 ^ = Bowl Eligible * = Sun Belt Champion

Opp. 432 295 339 332 331 430 541 469

W-L 8-5 6-6 7-6 6-6 5-7 5-7 4-8 1-11

Overall Pct. Pts. .615 426 .500 397 .538 326 .500 324 .417 296 .417 274 .333 284 .083 240

Opp. 277 404 373 285 340 299 374 571

H 5-0 4-1 3-1 4-1 3-2 4-1 3-2 0-5

2009 FINAL SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS

Conference W-L Pct. H A N Streak ^*Troy 8-0 1.000 4-0 4-0 0-0 W6 ^Middle Tennessee 7-1 .875 4-0 3-1 0-0 W6 ^ULM 5-3 .625 3-1 2-2 0-0 L2 Florida Atlantic 5-3 .625 2-2 3-0 0-0 W2 ^UL-Lafayette 4-4 .500 2-2 2-2 0-0 L1 Arkansas State 3-5 .375 2-2 1-3 0-0 W2 FIU 3-5 .375 1-2 1-3 0-0 L1 North Texas 1-7 .125 1-3 0-4 0-0 L3 WKU 0-8 .000 0-4 0-4 0-0 L8 ^ = Bowl Eligible * = Sun Belt Champion

Overall W-L Pct. 9-4 .692 10-3 .769 6-6 .500 5-7 .417 6-6 .500 4-8 .333 3-9 .250 2-10 .167 0-12 .000

H 6-0 5-1 4-1 2-3 4-2 3-2 2-3 1-5 0-6

A 3-3 4-2 2-5 3-4 2-4 1-6 1-6 1-5 0-6

N Streak 0-1 L1 1-0 W7 0-0 L2 0-0 W2 0-0 L1 0-0 W2 0-0 L2 0-0 L4 0-0 L12

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2010 senior profiles “Football is my life, and the desire to be the best and the passion to excel drives me. I cherish the connection I have made with the coaches while wearing the blue of Middle Tennessee. I will forever bleed blue and be a Raider at heart.”

GARRETT ANDREWS 80 Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 206 • Senior Tracy, CA (Merrill F. West High School/San Joaquin Delta College)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved strength training award for wide receivers High School: Career Statistics following spring drills. Earned first team Receiving G Rec. Yds. Avg. LG TD all-conference 2009 13 35 530 15.1 46 4 2009: Played in all 13 games and earned 12 starts … Second among receivers with honors and sec604 snaps played and had nine winning grades from the coaching staff … Tied for ond team all-area second on the team with 35 receptions for 530 yards and four touchdowns … Shared for Merryl F. West High School his senior year ... Hauled in 29 catches for 460 yards and the team lead with seven plays of 30 or more yards … Made his first start as a Blue five touchdowns as a senior and added 13 grabs for 200 yards and a touchdown as a Raider at Clemson and responded with three receptions … Reeled in a 41-yard recep- junior ... Lettered in football and track. tion from wide receiver Malcolm Beyah in win over Memphis … Had four catches for 83 yards and his first Blue Raider touchdown in win at Maryland … His score against Full Name: Garrett Nicholas Andrews ... Parents: Howard and Lisa Andrews ... Born: the Terps came on 4th and 1 and covered 32 yards … Led the Blue Raiders with four 8/1/88 … Major: Organizational Communication. catches for 49 yards against Mississippi State and followed that up with four grabs against WKU … Led the Blue Raiders with four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown CAREER HIGHS – Most Receptions 4 vs MD, MSU, WKU, UL, USM, 2009; Most Receiving against Louisiana, including a 46-yard grab … Paced MT for the second straight game Yards 83 vs Maryland, 2009 Longest Reception 46 vs UL, 2009; Touchdown Receptions 1 vs MD, UL, ASU, USM, 2009 with three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown against ASU … Lone catch at ULM covered 42 yards … Had four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss. San Joaquin Delta College: Earned All-California first team honors and All-Valley Conference recognition in 2008 ... Caught 39 passes for 643 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman before turning in 65 receptions for 1,097 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore ... Led the Valley Conference in 2008 in every receiving category and had more than 200 yards receiving in two different games ... Had six catches for 138 yards and four touchdowns to earn MVP honors at the Hawaiian Punch Bowl in win over junior college defending national champion San Francisco City College.

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2010 senior profiles “MT has been a home away from home for me and the family atmosphere is what sets it apart from all the other schools. I have been instilled with many different characteristics that will only help me later in life. I am proud to be a Blue Raider.”

KEVIN BROWN 33 Safety • 6-1 • 205 • Senior Tampa, FL (Jefferson High School)

Honors: 2009 - Earned the most improved safety award and the most improved strength 2007: Saw action Career Statistics training award for safeties at the conclusion of spring drills … Named SBC Defensive in nine total games and collected eight Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT Player of the Week on Sept. 28 … Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele. 9 4 4 8 0-0 0 0 1-0 tackles and an 2007 2008 12 50 18 68 1.0-8 2.5-10 0 1-4 2009: Started all 13 games and was second among safeties with 962 snaps … Had 70 or interception … 2009 13 37 26 63 0-0 0-0 0 4-77 more snaps eight times, including a season-high 94 against FAU … Earned 10 winning Played 19 snaps Total 34 91 48 139 1.0-8 2.5-10 0 6-81 grades from the coaching staff … Was sixth on the team with 63 tackles while adding on special teams four interceptions and seven pass breakups …Recorded six stops and a pass breakup against FAU in his at Clemson … Turned in five unassisted tackles and an interception against Memphis collegiate debut … Collected four tackles against Louisville playing on defense and … Added four tackles at Maryland … Collected six tackles, a pass breakup, and two special teams … Registered a tackle against LSU … Played on special teams against interceptions at North Texas to earn Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week WKU … Had a career-best 41 snaps in win over FIU and added a tackle and his first honors … Had seven tackles and a pass breakup against Mississippi State … Added 10 collegiate interception … Tallied two tackles in loss to Virginia … Was in on 14 special tackles and a pass breakup at FAU … Also had pass breakups against Louisiana and ASU teams plays at Memphis … Suffered a foot injury on his first play against Arkansas State … Had seven tackles and an interception he returned 32 yards in win at ULM … Turned and did not return … Did not play against North Texas, ULM, or ULL. in eight stops and a pass breakup in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss. High School: Led Jefferson High School to a 9-3 record in 2006 and a no. 8 state ranking 2008: Saw action in all 12 games and earned 10 starts … Finished fourth on the team in 4A by collecting a team-best 62 tackles and two sacks ... Named all-county, all-conferwith a career-best 68 tackles to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an intercep- ence, and was selected to the Hillsborough County All-Star game ... Played for Coach Mike tion, three pass breakups, and a fumble recovery … Coaches had him with 94 tackles Fenton ... One of four signees to ink with the Blue Raiders from Jefferson in 2007. … Had 17 total winning grades from the coaches with nine on defense and eight on special teams … Was second among safeties with 868 snaps played and had two games Full Name: Kevin Darrius Brown ... Parent: Gena Brown ... Born: 7/26/89 … Major: where he played 90 or more snaps … Had two tackles in 49 plays (21 on special teams) Organizational Communication … Earned B.S. degree in August 2010. against Troy … Added three stops in win over Maryland … Made his first collegiate CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 10 vs Kentucky, 2008; FAU, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 8 vs UNT, start against Kentucky and responded with a career-best 10 tackles … Had seven 2008; Most Tackles for Loss 1 vs UNT, 2008; Most QB Sacks 0; Most Pass Breakups 1, stops and a pass breakup against Arkansas State … Played 73 snaps against 10 times; Most Interceptions 2 vs North Texas, 2009; Forced Fumbles 0; Fumble FAU and came up with his first career interception to go along with three Recoveries 0 tackles … Also had 73 plays at FIU … Turned in nine tackles and a pass breakup at Louisville in 92 snaps … Added six tackles at Mississippi State and recorded five and a pass breakup against ULM in 90 snaps … Also had six stops at WKU … Led the Blue Raiders with a careerhigh eight solo tackles in win over North Texas.

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2010 senior profiles “Middle Tennessee has a great group of coaches who truly care about you as a person both on and off the field. The lessons I have learned here will shape me for the rest of my life, and I am so glad I made the Blue Raiders my choice.”

81 WES CALDWELL

Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 192 • Senior Lexington, KY (Catholic High School)

2010: Did not participate in spring drills while a member of the baseball team. 2009: Played in all 13 games and had five starts … Had 387 snaps, including a seasonbest 52 against Mississippi State … Given nine winning grades by the coaching staff … Finished with 10 catches for 117 yards and no touchdowns on the season … Turned in two receptions at Clemson and one against Maryland … Had a 21-yard catch at North Texas … Added two receptions for 29 yards at Troy … Had a 14-yard catch against Louisiana and a 22-yard grab in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.

team all-state by Career Statistics the Courier-Journal and first team Receiving G Rec. Yds. Avg. LG TD 6 1 19 19.0 19 0 all-state by the As- 2007 2008 12 27 265 9.8 28 0 sociated Press as a 2009 13 10 117 11.7 22 0 senior after helping Total 31 38 401 10.6 28 0 lead team to a 10-2 mark ... Ended his career as Lexington Catholic’s all-time leading receiver with 159 receptions for 2,601 yards and 38 touchdowns ... Ranked 7th all-time in Kentucky history in touchdown receptions, ninth in catches, and 13th in yardage ... Led LCHS with 63 receptions for 856 yards and seven touchdowns to earn co-offensive MVP honors as a senior ... Made the Louisville All-Combine team as selected by Scout.com in May 2006 ... As a junior, Caldwell helped guide Lexington Catholic to a state championship by hauling in 64 catches for 1,191 yards and 21 touchdowns ... Turned in his best game in 2005 by collecting six passes for 156 yards and a school record four touchdowns against Scott County ... On the diamond, Caldwell was an all-state pick after leading LCHS to a state championship in 2006 ... Also honored as one of the top ten baseball players in the state of Kentucky.

2008: Played in all 12 games and earned 11 starts … Was fourth on the team with 27 receptions for 265 yards … His 416 snaps played ranked fourth among receivers … Had six winning grades from the coaches … Was a member of the baseball team during the spring … Missed most of spring drills with a hamstring injury … Earned his first collegiate start against Troy and responded with a personal-best (at the time) four receptions … Set his career-high for a second straight game with six grabs for 32 yards against Maryland … Had three grabs for 43 yards at Arkansas State … His 28-yard reception at FIU was the longest of his career … Collected three receptions for 26 yards at Louisville … Reeled in four receptions for a personal-best 62 yards in home win over North Texas … Was also a member of the Blue Raider baseball team in 2009, seeing action in nine games. Full Name: James Wesley Caldwell ... Parents: Steve and Carla Caldwell ... Born: 2/20/89 … Major: Organizational Communication. 2007: Played in six games and came up with one reception on the season … Played in CAREER HIGHS – Most Receptions 6 vs Maryland, 2008; Most his first collegiate game at LSU and caught his first pass for 19 yards from fellow freshReceiving Yards 62 vs UNT, 2008; Longest Reception 28yards man Dwight Dasher … Earned 28 snaps on offense in win over FIU and collected two vs FIU, 2008; Touchdown Receptions 0 at Memphis … Was in on 26 plays at ULM and had four snaps against ULL. High School: Lettered five years in baseball, four years in football, and one season in basketball for Lexington Catholic High School ... Voted first

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2010 senior profiles “Middle Tennessee has taught me a lot about life, especially that I need to be accountable for all of my actions whether its on the field or off. Coming from a junior college to a major university, I realized how much I had to mature.”

JARRETT CRITTENTON 45 Defensive End • 6-6 • 275 • r-Senior Fayettevill, GA (Fayette County High School/N. Dakota State CofS)

2009: Played in eight games and had 197 total snaps, including a season-high 46 against Career Statistics USM in the New Orleans Bowl … Earned five winning grades from the coaching staff Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT … Finished the season with 10 tackles, one TFL, a pass breakup, and three quarterback 2009 8 7 3 10 0-0 1.0-1 0 0 hurries … Suffered a torn ACL in his knee during the final period of practice on April 1 and is expected to be out for 6-8 months … Made his first appearance as a Blue Raider against Mississippi State and played 17 snaps … Recorded three tackles, all solos, in win over WKU … Had a quarterback hurry against FIU and added two hurries against Full Name: Jarrett Durand Crittenton … Parent: Terri Pittman … Born: 1/5/88 … Major: Liberal Studies. Louisiana … Turned in three tackles, a TFL, and a pass breakup at ULM. 2008: Took a redshirt year.

CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 3 vs WKU, ULM, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 3 vs WKU, ULM, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1 vs ULM, 2009; Most QB Sacks 0; Pass Breakup 1 vs ULM, 2009; Forced Fumble 0

North Dakota State College of Science: Rated as a four-star defensive lineman by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Ranked as the 29th-best junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com … Ranked as the 27th-best junior college player in the nation by SuperPrep … Ranked as fifth-best JC defensive end in the nation by SuperPrep and sixth among JC defensive ends by Rivals.com … First team all-region and all-Midwest Conference for North Dakota State College of Science in 2007 … Had 15 total tackles as a sophomore, 14 were for loss of yards, while adding three sacks. High School: Named a four-star athlete by both Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Prepped at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Ga. … Lettered three seasons at both offensive tackle and defensive end … Named a team captain as a senior … Earned all-region and all-county honors … Also lettered on the basketball court as a senior.

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2010 senior profiles “Becoming a Blue Raider has helped me be a better person and a better man. Coach Stockstill has taught me so much more than football. He has prepared me for life after football and has been a steadying influence. This is my biggest family and I love them all. There’s nothing like being a Blue Raider.”

9 DWIGHT DASHER

Quarterback • 5-10 • 202 • Senior Folkston, GA (Charlton County High School)

Honors: 2009 – Voted MVP of the New Orleans Bowl … Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Named to the ESPN.com Nonautomatic Qualifying All-Bowl team … Earned the most improved award for quarterbacks at the conclusion of spring drills … Won the Iron Man title for the skill players following spring practice in late April … Named SBC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 14, Nov. 9, and Nov. 16 … Earned honorable mention Helmet Sticker award from ESPN.com on Sept. 13 … Earned a Helmet Sticker award from ESPN.com on Oct. 25 … 2008 - Voted the team’s most improved quarterback during the spring … 2007 - Named an honorable mention freshman all-American by the Sporting News … Named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week by Rivals.com and CollegeSportsReport.com on Oct. 15. Career Rankings: First in rushing yards by a quarterback, fourth in total offense, fifth in touchdown passes, fourth in completions, fifth in pass attempts, seventh in passing yards. 2009: Played in all 13 games and had 12 starts … Played 874 snaps including a seasonhigh 88 at North Texas … Had nine winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year ranked 7th nationally in total offense, 9th in points responsible for, 35th in passing yards, and 40th in rushing … Became just the fourth player in NCAA history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single-season … Set a new school record in total offense with 3,943 yards while accounting for 36 touchdowns … Threw for 2,789 yards, which is the most in school history, while setting a new school record with 23 touchdown passes … His 219 completions rank fourth all-time, and his 399 attempts are the most in a single-season … Set a quarterback record at MT with 1,154 rushing yards and 13 scores … Registered 10 pass completions of 40 or more yards while adding five runs of 40 or more yards … Had two or more touchdown passes nine times and rushed for 60 or more yards 10 times … Completed 20 of 42 passes for 204 yards, three interceptions, and a touchdown at Clemson to go along with a team-

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high 61 rushing Career Statistics yards … Named C-A Pct. Yds. TD INT LG the Sun Belt Con- Passing G 2007 10 89-159 .560 1148 9 3 71 ference Offensive 2008 9 17-44 .386 156 2 3 28 Player of the Week 2009 13 219-399 .549 2789 23 14 80 after throwing Total 32 325-602 .540 4093 34 20 80 for 231 yards and two touchdowns Att. Yds. Avg. LG TD against Memphis to Rushing 2007 121 530 4.4 61 3 go with 89 rushing 2008 49 192 3.9 28 0 yards … Set career 2009 224 1154 5.2 74 13 highs in comple394 1876 4.8 74 16 tions, attempts, Total and passing yards Tot. Avg/G against Maryland Total Off. Plays Rush Pass 2007 280 530 1148 1678 167.8 by going 27 of 44 2008 93 192 156 348 38.7 for 324 yards and 2009 623 1154 2789 3943 303.3 two touchdowns 996 1876 4093 5969 186.5 (also had two in- Total terceptions) … Trailing 31-29 with 1:30 left in the game, Dasher took the team 73 yards in eight plays by completing all four of his passes for 65 yards to set up the winning field goal … Accounted for 344 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against North Texas, including 269 yards through the air … Completed 24 of 44 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown to go with 53 rushing yards against Troy … Did not start against Mississippi State due to disciplinary reasons but led the team with 47 rushing yards … Accounted for 421 yards of total offense (fifth most in school history) in win over WKU, including a career-best 355 passing yards … Also threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more … Rushed for 108 yards at FAU, including a personal-best 74-yard run for a touchdown … Accounted for 360 yards


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of total offense and five touchdowns in win over FIU by rushing for 178 and three scores (one on a 70-yard run) and passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns … Threw for 219 yards and ran for 89 more in win over Louisiana while throwing two touchdown passes … Threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns to go with 73 rushing yards in win over ASU … Also connected on a career long 80-yard touchdown pass to D. D. Kyles … Accounted for four touchdowns at ULM with two passing and two on the ground to go with his 88 rushing yards … Earned New Orleans Bowl MVP honors after leading the Blue Raiders to their first FBS bowl win by throwing for 162 yards, rushing for 201 yards, and accounting for four touchdowns (2 rush, 2 pass) … His 201 rushing yards went down as the most yards ever by a quarterback in NCAA bowl history. 2008: Played in nine games and had one start … Was the team’s third-leading rusher with 192 yards … Played 140 total snaps with a season-best 44 at FIU … Earned six winning grades from the coaches … Completed 12 of 20 passes for 110 yards in the annual Blue-White Spring Game … Started as a wide receiver against Troy in the season opener and went on to see nine plays under center … Did not play in win over Maryland or against Kentucky … Came off the bench against Arkansas State to throw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Honeycutt and rush five times for 15 yards … Hauled in a 10-yard reception from Joe Craddock against FAU … Threw for 47 yards and rushed for 78 against FIU in the second half while leading the team to scores in three of six drives … Rushed nine times for 31 yards at Louisville … Completed 3 of 6 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in limited action against ULM … Rushed four times for 35 yards in season finale at Louisiana. 2007: Played in 10 games as a true freshman and earned seven starts (one as running back) … Led all signal-callers with 469 snaps played and had eight winning grades … Named the number two quarterback entering the season opener … Played two snaps at quarterback against FAU and rushed on both attempts for 15 yards … Entered the game late at LSU and led the team in rushing with 30 yards while completing 2 of 4 passes for 22 yards … Made his first collegiate start against WKU and completed 14 of 24 passes for 169 yards while leading the team on the ground with 53 yards … Drove the team 49 yards in six plays with just 39 seconds to play to give them a chance at a game-tying field goal that was missed from 34 yards out … Only played the first half against FIU but completed 10 of 17 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns while adding 58 rushing yards and two scores … Accounted for five touchdowns in the first half against FIU … Completed 17 of 33 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns against Virginia

to go along with a team-best 63 yards rushing … Was directly responsible for 410 of the team’s 490 yards against Memphis including 230 through the air and 180 on the ground … His 180 rushing yards went down as the most ever by a Blue Raider quarterback … Led team in rushing with 96 yards against Arkansas State while also throwing a touchdown pass … Completed 16 of 21 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns against North Texas before leaving the game in the second quarter with a knee injury … Did not play at ULM due to injury … Came off the bench in the second quarter against ULL but completed just five of 11 passes. High School: Led Charlton County High School to three straight Georgia Class AA state titles ... Team went 42-2-1 in three years with Dasher as the starting quarterback ... 2006 GSWA AA All-State Honorable Mention QB, 2006 AJC AA All-State Honorable Mention QB, 2006 Region 2-AA First Team QB and Offensive Player of the Year and overall Player of the Year ... 2005 GACA AA First Team All-State QB, 2005 GSWA AA First Team All-State Athlete, 2005 AJC AA First Team All-State QB ... For his career, Dasher completed 471 of 847 passes for 7,655 yards and 87 touchdowns while rushing 376 times for 1,674 yards and 31 touchdowns ... Had a total of 13 200-yard passing games and five 100-yard rushing games ... Also served as the team’s placekicker, hitting 8 of 21 career field goals and 104 of 151 extra points ... In the 2005 title game win over Calhoun, Dasher threw for 240 yards and ran for 63 yards ... Threw for a career-best 375 yards in a 2005 game against Fitzgerald and had a personal high of 116 rushing yards against Green County the same season ... Lettered four years in football and basketball and three years in baseball and track ... Was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won the state championship in 2005 and 2006 ... Played for Coach Rich McWhorter. Full Name: Dwight Andra Dasher ... Parents: Dwight Dasher Sr. and Veronica Dasher Greene ... Born: 8/5/88 … Major: Liberal Studies. CAREER HIGHS – Most Pass Attempts 44 vs Maryland, 2009; Most Pass Completions 27 vs Maryland, 2009; Most Passing Yards 355 vs WKU, 2009; Most TD Passes 4 vs ASU, 2009; Longest Completion 8 0 vs ASU, 2009; Most Rushing Attempts 26 vs Southern Miss, 2009; Most Rushing Yards 2 01 vs Southern Miss, 2009; Most Rushing TDs 3 vs FIU, 2009; Longest Run 74 yards vs FAU, 2009

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2010 senior profiles “Middle Tennessee has taught me how to handle myself on and off the playing field, and Coach Stockstill has shown me how to respect others and be first class in everything I do. This entire coaching staff teaches young men how to be better men and not just better football players.”

ANTWAN DAVIS 52 Linebacker • 6-1 • 218 • Senior Ft. Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas High School)

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 12 starts … His 630 snaps played were third most among linebackers, including a season-high 67 against Mississippi State … Earned eight winning grades from the coaching staff … Was eighth on the team in tackles with a career-best 52 stops … Also added three TFLs, a sack, and a pass breakup on the season … Put up six or more tackles in a game four times … Made his first career start at Clemson and shared the team lead with seven stops … Added a TFL against Memphis … Collected six tackles in win over Maryland … Had four stops at Troy … Turned in eight tackles in loss to Mississippi State … Collected four stops, all solos, against FIU … Had six tackles, including his first career sack against Louisiana … Registered a TFL against ASU … Registered three tackles at ULM … Had three tackles in bowl win over Southern Miss.

at St. Thomas Aqui- Career Statistics nas High School ... Played in back-to- Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR 0-0 0-0 0-0 back state champi- 2007 11 1 0 1 2008 12 6 0 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 onship games as a 2009 13 29 23 52 1.0-3 3.0-8 0-0 junior and senior ... Named all-county Total 36 36 23 59 1.0-3 3.0-8 0-0 in 2006 after recording 67 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 10 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.

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Full Name: Antwan Demetris Davis ... Parents: Jack Davis and Priscilla Williams ... Born: 2008: Played in all 12 games and was in on 163 snaps … Earned eight winning grades 7/2/89 … Major: Criminal Justice Administration. from the coaches and all were on special teams … Did not have a tackle in 14 snaps (12 special teams) against Troy … Had a special teams stop at Kentucky and FIU … Turned CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 8 vs Mississippi State, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 5 vs Mississippi State, UL, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1 vs Memphis, UL, ASU, 2009; Most QB Sacks 1 vs UL; in three solo tackles in win over North Texas in a season-best 35 snaps. Forced Fumbles 0; Fumble Recovery 0; Pass Breakups 1 vs ULM, 2009

2007: Saw action in 11 games with most of his time coming on special teams … Played in his first collegiate game against Louisville by getting 12 snaps on special teams … Earned 11 snaps at LSU including one on defense and added 14 snaps against WKU … Was in on 26 snaps against FIU, 16 against UVA, and eight at Memphis … Had one tackle in season finale at Troy. High School: Lettered three years in football for Coach George Smith

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2010 senior profiles “I am blessed to be associated with the best coaching staff in the country as they teach you the aspects of life and how to be a great man on and off the field. They push us to the very limit of our potential. I love them all.”

74 MARK FISHER

Offensive Line • 6-3 • 277 • Senior Nashville, TN (Goodpasture High School)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the Dr. James E. Walker Junior Academic Award … 2009 – Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Voted 2nd team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Earned the most improved strength training award for offensive linemen at the conclusion of spring drills … 2008 - Named third team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Earned the Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic Award for 2007-08.

credited with five winning grades … Played two snaps at tackle in the season opener at FAU … Made his first collegiate start at Louisville and played all 59 offensive snaps (65 total) … Started at LSU and played all 54 plays and was in on all 64 offensive plays against WKU … Was in for 67 snaps in win over FIU, 79 against Virginia, and 80 at Memphis … Played all 85 snaps against ASU and had 84 against North Texas … Did not start but did play 49 snaps at ULM … Played all 69 offensive plays against ULL and all 56 at Troy.

2009: Played and started all 13 games at right tackle … His 946 snaps played were second most among linemen, including a season-high 95 against North Texas … Had 70 or more snaps seven times … Earned 11 winning grades from the coaching staff … Turned in nine games with a grade of 80 percent, or better including a season-best 91 percent against FIU … Registered 57 knockdowns for the year with a season-high of 10 against ULL … Only allowed two sacks all season … Was part of an offensive line that allowed the Blue Raiders to rush for 385 yards in win over FIU and 243 yards in the New Orleans Bowl win over USM … Graded out a line-best 86 percent against USM.

High School: Finalist for the Class 2A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year award in 2006 ... A two-time all-state and three-time all-region selection ... Named to the All-Tennessee Dream Team (Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star game) ... Collected 87 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, and four fumble recoveries in leading Goodpasture High School to a berth in the state championship game and a 14-1 record ... Earned all-state and first team all-region honors as a junior after making 81 tackles (8 sacks for 52 yards), four blocked passes, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and five caused fumbles ... Invited to the Army All-American bowl after his junior year ... For his career, Fisher had a cumula2008: One of four linemen to start all 12 games … Played 741 snaps to rank fourth tive offensive line grade of 93 percent while collecting 22 sacks and five interceptions among linemen, including a season-high 73 at Mississippi State … Earned six winning (3 returned for touchdowns) on defense ... Played for Coach David Martin. grades from the coaches … Voted the most improved offensive lineman in strength and Full Name: Mark Warner Fisher ... Parents: Terry and Roseconditioning during the spring … Suffered a torn labrum (shoulder) midway through mary Fisher ... Born: 1/13/89 … Major: Pre-Medicine. spring drills … Started against Troy despite not seeing any contact work during preseason camp while recovering from his shoulder injury (played 54 snaps) … Was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack against Maryland, Kentucky, or Mississippi State … Played all 66 offensive snaps against FAU. 2007: Saw action in all 12 games and earned 10 starts … Was in on 761 total snaps and was

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2010 senior profiles “My time at Middle Tennessee has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have made numerous friends, have a great education, been surrounded by quality coaches, and became a man while playing the game I love.”

75 CHRIS HAWKINS

Offensive Line • 6-3 • 285 • r-Senior Lexington, KY (Henry Clay High School)

2009: Played in 10 games and had one start … Had 118 total snaps with a season-high tabbed the top lineman at Henry Clay as a senior ... Started every game as a junior 22 against Mississippi State … Earned two winning grades from the coaching staff … and graded out at 89.3 percent and started eight games as a sophomore ... Played for Coach Sam Simpson. Made just his second career start against Mississippi State as the team’s center. 2008: Competed in eight games and had one start … Played 104 total snaps, including Full Name: Christopher MacKenzie Hawkins ... Parents: John and Connie Hawkins... a season-high 42 at Arkansas State … Earned three winning grades from the coaches Born: 10/26/87 … Major: Concrete Industry Management. and all three came on special teams … Did not play against Troy or Maryland due to a knee injury … Came back and saw limited action against Kentucky … Earned his first collegiate start at right guard against Arkansas State … Did not play at FIU or Louisville due to a knee injury … Came back to play the last four games of the year in a limited role. 2007: Played in three total games … Presented the Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic Award at the conclusion of spring practice … Missed the FAU, Louisville, LSU, and WKU games due to a knee injury … Made his collegiate debut in the win over FIU and played 32 snaps … Did not play against Virginia … Was in on three snaps at center against Arkansas State and also played at North Texas. 2006: Took a redshirt year in order to improve strength and gain experience at the collegiate level. High School: Earned all-state and all-city honors as a senior while starting every game for Henry Clay High School ... Graded out at 93.2 percent and became the first lineman in school history to earn a perfect grade of 100 percent in a game during the 2005 season... Was also a team captain and

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2010 senior profiles “My time here has gone by fast but it has been filled with joy. Coach Stockstill and his staff, have really helped me grow as a man and as a football player, but it was the Rutherford County community that made my experience here so enjoyable.”

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ROD ISSAC

Cornerback • 5-11 • 186 • Senior Miami, FL (Miami-Dade Central High School)

Honors: 2008 - Voted the most improved cornerback in strength and conditioning 2007: Saw action Career Statistics in 11 games and during the spring. tallied five starts Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT 2009: Played and started all 13 games … Led all corner backs with 977 snaps including … Finished the 2007 11 17 14 31 0-0 0-0 1-42 1-24 a season-high 98 at FAU … Had 80 or more snaps five times … Earned nine winning year with 31 tack- 2008 10 27 5 32 0-0 2.0-6 1-0 1-0 grades from the coaches … Was third on the team and led all defensive backs with a les, an intercep- 2009 13 53 19 72 0-0 5.5-11 0-0 0-0 career-best 72 tackles and had a team-high 53 solo stops … Also had 5.5 TFLs, seven pass tion, three pass Total 34 97 38 135 0-0 7.5-17 2-42 2-24 breakups, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick … Collected four tackles, including a TFL breakups, and a in loss at Clemson … Turned in six unassisted stops against Memphis … Had five tackles fumble recovery for a touchdown … Played 477 snaps including a high of 68 at North and two pass breakups in win over Maryland … Registered six tackles and a blocked field Texas … Was third on the team in special teams tackles with eight … Played 20 total goal against North Texas … Had four tackles and a forced fumble against Mississippi snaps (four on special teams) and collected one stop at FAU … Came up with six tackles State … Finished with six tackles at FAU … Led the Blue Raiders with 10 tackles (9 solos) at Louisville and played a total of 44 snaps … Made his first collegiate start as a fifth and a pass breakup against FIU … Led the team for the second straight game with nine defensive back against LSU and responded with two tackles … Shared the team lead tackles to go with 1.5 TFLs against ULL … Had seven tackles, a TFL and a pass breakup with six tackles against Arkansas State and recorded his first collegiate touchdown when he returned a fumble 42 yards … Came up with his first career interception in against ASU … Recorded five stops, a TFL, and two pass breakups at ULM. home loss to ULL. 2008: Saw action in 10 games and had seven starts … Was eighth on the team with 32 tackles … Also had two TFLs, an interception, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery, High School: Collected 31 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery in helping lead and a forced fumble … Was second among corners with 560 snaps, including a season- Miami-Dade to a 11-2 record in 2006 ... Voted all-Dade second team in 2006 ... Named to best 89 against ULM … Earned nine winning grades from the coaches … Had three Dade-Broward County All-Star team ... Earned defensive back of the week honors six times in 11 games ... Had 32 tackles as a junior ... Played for Coach Anthony Saunders. tackles, including a tackle for loss against Troy but suffered a high ankle sprain in the last minute of the game which kept him out of the Maryland and Full Name: Roderick Devone Issac ... Parents: Roy and Mamie Issac ... Kentucky games … Made his return against Arkansas State … Returned Born: 2/20/89 … Major: Organizational Communication. to the starting lineup at FIU and had four tackles and a forced fumble … Collected six tackles in win over ULM and had a key tackle when CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 10 vs FIU, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 9 vs he chased down a Warhawk quarterback after a 74-yard run and FIU, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1.5 vs UL, 2009; Most Pass Breakups 2 ULM ended up not scoring any points … Had his first interception vs Mem., 2007; MD, ULM, 2009; Most Interceptions 1 vs of the season and a pass breakup at WKU to go with four stops … ULL, 2007; vs WKU, 2008; Most Fumble RecoverRegistered four tackles, a fumble recovery, and a pass breakup ies 1 vs ASU (TD), 2007; vs UNT, 2008; Most Forced Fumbles 1 vs FIU, 2008; MSU, 2009 against North Texas.

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2010 senior profiles “First of all, I want to thank God for the opportunity He blessed me with to be a part of a great university like Middle Tennessee. This coaching staff has made me a better player from when I arrived but more importantly a better man.”

JEREMY KELLEM 20 Safety • 5-10 • 188 • Senior North Lauderdale, FL (Deerfield Beach High School)

Honors: 2010 – Presented the Terry Whiteside award (excellence in academics, football, strength training, community service and campus activities) following spring drills … Inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society … 2009 – Voted first team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Named first team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Named Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt by the leagues coaches and media … Earned the Donald Craig sophomore academic award at the conclusion of spring drills … Voted the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 9 … Nominated for the Rudy Award … Named to the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society … Voted the Outstanding Junior Male Athlete at MT … 2008 - Named Second Team All-SBC by the leagues coaches and media ... Voted the most improved safety during the spring. 2009: Played and started all 13 games … Led all defensive players with 1,019 total snaps including a season-high 101 against FAU … Had 80 or more snaps eight times … Earned 11 winning grades from the coaching staff … Was fourth on the team with 64 tackles while also adding a personal-best 7.5 TFLs, a career-high 3.0 sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two blocked punts, and a fumble recovery … Shared team lead with seven tackles at Clemson … Turned in five tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception at North Texas … Turned in 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt at FAU … Registered an interception and a blocked punt in win over FIU … Had seven tackles, including a career-best two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble against Louisiana … Scored his second career touchdown when he took a lateral from Jamari Lattimore on a fumble recovery and went 11 yards for the score against ASU … Had four tackles at ULM and returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown … Added seven stops in New Orleans Bowl win over USM. 2008: Started all 12 games … Finished third on the team with 72 tackles to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack … Also added two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, and a blocked kick … Led all safeties with 899 snaps played, including a season-best 94 at Kentucky … Earned 15 winning grades from the coaches … Set a new personal-best

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with 12 stops at Career Statistics Kentucky … Had five stops, an inter- Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT ception, a fumble 2007 12 27 15 42 2-16 3.5-35 1-0 3-21 recovery, and a 2008 12 46 26 72 1-5 3.5-11 2-0 2-17 forced fumble vs 2009 13 29 35 64 3-17 7.5-27 1-11 3-58 FAU … Registered Total 37 102 76 178 6-38 14.5-73 4-11 8-96 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble at FIU … Had four tackles and an interception he returned 14 yards for a touchdown at Louisville … Blocked second career punt at ULM. 2007: Played in all 12 games and had five starts … Was eighth on the team in tackles with 42 to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and a blocked punt … Played 528 total snaps including a high of 70 against Louisville. High School: Earned all-state and all-county honors for Deerfield Beach High School following an 8-3 season ... Named the Defensive MVP at the North-South All-Star game ... Had 85 tackles, four sacks, eight caused fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and three blocked field goals during his career ... Also scored four touchdowns ... Lettered in football and basketball ... Played for Coach Art Taylor. Full Name: Jeremy Rashad Kellem ... Parents: Robert Perry and Angela Kellem-Perry ... Born: 6/6/89 … Major: Organizational Communication. CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 12 vs Kentucky, 2008; Most Solo Tackles 8 vs Kentucky, 2008; Most Tackles for Loss 2.5 vs UL, 2009; Most Pass Breakups 2 vs Virginia, 2007; Most Interceptions 2 vs Arkansas State, 2007; Most QB Sacks 2.0 vs UL, 2009; Forced Fumbles 1, seven times; Fumble Recovery 1, three times; Blocked Kick 1 vs FAU, 2007; ULM, 2008; FAU, FIU, 2009


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2010 senior profiles “I would not trade my time at Middle Tennessee for anything. It has been great for me in all areas of my life. Coach Stockstill has been like a father to me and taught me so much, especially about being accountable. ”

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Defensive End • 6-3 • 231 • Senior Miami, FL (Miami Lakes High School/Dodge City CC)

Honors: 2009 – Voted 2nd team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Raider against Troy Career Statistics … Had two tackles Named 2nd team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele. and a sack in win Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT 0 2009: Played and started all 13 games … Led all defensive linemen with 720 total over Maryland … 2008 12 15 7 22 3.5-23 5.5-25 0 2009 13 32 15 47 5.5-40 9.5-48 3-31 1-20 snaps including a season-best 78 at North Texas … Earned 10 winning grades from Added three stops the coaching staff … Finished the year ranked 2nd nationally in fumble recoveries and at Kentucky and Total 25 47 22 69 9.0-63 15.0-73 3-31 1-20 16th in quarterback sacks … Finished ninth on the team with 47 tackles while adding two each against 9.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks … Also tallied an interception, six hurries, two pass breakups, Arkansas State and FAU … Earned his first career start against FAU … Had a batted pass three fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble … Had three tackles and a quarterback and one tackle at FIU … Also had a pass breakup at Louisville … Collected a career-best hurry at Clemson … Turned in three tackles, a TFL, and a quarterback hurry against two sacks in win over North Texas. Memphis … Equaled the school record with three sacks at Maryland to go with five total stops and a forced fumble … Turned in six stops including a TFL and a fumble Dodge City CC: In his only season with DCCC, Lattimore was fifth on the team in tackles recovery against Troy … Had five tackles including one for loss of yards against Missis- with 60 to go along with a team-high nine sacks, an interception, and a pass breakup ... sippi State … Shared the team lead with six tackles, all solos, against WKU to go along Named honorable mention All-KJCCC. with two sacks and a quarterback hurry … Had five tackles and a pass breakup at FAU … Turned in three solo tackles and two quarterback hurries against FIU … Registered High School: Named team MVP as a senior at Miami Lakes High School ... Voted honorhis first career interception against Louisiana and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown able mention 6A-4A All-Dade ... Lettered in football and track. while also adding a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry … Had four tackles and returned a fumble 31 yards before pitching it to Jeremy Kellem for a touchdown in win Full Name: Jamari Lattimore ... Parent: Elnora Blake ... Born: 10/6/88 … Major: Criminal Justice Administration. over ASU … Added a sack and four tackles at ULM. 2008: Saw action in all 12 games and had one start … Had 22 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two pass breakups for the year … Was in on 387 total snaps, including a season-high 43 against FAU … Earned eight total winning grades from the coaches … Enrolled in January and went through spring practice … Started out at linebacker but was moved to defensive end … Collected one tackle in his first game as a Blue

CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 6 vs Troy, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs Maryland, MSU, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 3 vs Maryland, 2009; Most Pass Breakups 1 vs FIU, UL, 2008; FAU, USM, 2009; Most Interceptions 1 vs UL, 2009; Most QB Sacks 3 vs Maryland, 2009; Forced Fumbles 1 vs Maryland, 2009; Fumble Recovery 1 vs Troy, UL, ASU, 2009

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2010 senior profiles “Middle Tennessee has provided me with valuable life lessons that will define me forever. I owe a lot to the coaching staff because they have molded me from a boy to a man and taught me so much about teamwork, family, and being first class in everything I do each and every day.”

EVON LETTSOME 62 Offensive Line • 6-4 • 260 • r-Senior Apopka, FL (Apopka High School)

2009: Played in five games and had 55 total snaps including a season-best 15 against 2006: Took a redshirt year in order to improve strength and gain experience at the ASU … Had a knockdown against FIU and ULL while grading out at 70 percent for collegiate level. both contests. High School: Named 2005 Preseason all-Friday Night Football by FridayNightFootball. 2008: Voted the most improved offensive lineman during the spring … Played in net ... All-region, all-district, and all-city ... Played for Coach Ty Ensor. just one game the entire season and that came against North Texas, where he had six Full Name: Evon Quarderle Lettsome ... Parents: Eleston Lettsome and Latonya Rew ... snaps. Born: 8/21/88 … Major: Liberal Studies … Earned B.S. degree in May 2010. 2007: Saw action in two games for the year and was in on 27 total snaps … Played in his first collegiate game against FIU and was in on 24 snaps … Earned three snaps at North Texas.

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Defensive End • 6-1 • 226 • Senior Miramar, FL (Everglades High School)

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 449 total snaps … Was in on a season-best 45 plays at Maryland … Earned 11 winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 31 tackles to go with 5.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, three hurries and a forced fumble … Had two tackles against Memphis … Turned in three tackles, including a TFL against Maryland … Registered three tackles, a TFL, and a forced fumble at North Texas … Collected two stops and a quarterback hurry against Troy … Had a sack in loss to Mississippi State for his lone tackle … Collected a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry against WKU … Added five stops and a half sack at FAU … Had a tackle and a quarterback hurry against FIU while adding three stops against Louisiana … Registered a sack against ASU … Recorded five tackles in New Orleans Bowl win over USM. 2008: Played in all 12 games and had 11 starts … Led all linemen and ranked seventh on the team with 33 tackles (coaches had him with 56 stops) … Also added six tackles for loss, a sack, and a blocked kick … Was in on 504 total snaps, including a season-best 64 at Kentucky … Earned 10 winning grades from the coaches … Earned his first career start against Maryland and added two tackles … Tallied four tackles, including two for loss of yards, and a quarterback hurry at Kentucky ... Came up with five stops at Arkansas State … Had four solo tackles in win over FAU … Collected four tackles to go along with two tackles for loss against FIU … Had three stops each against Mississippi State and ULM … Blocked an extra point in win over North Texas … Came up with his first career sack in season finale at Louisiana. 2007: Saw action in 11 of 12 games … Had six total tackles on the season with one stop coming on special teams … Played in his first

collegiate game Career Statistics at Louisville as a member of the Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT 0 special teams … 2007 11 3 3 6 0-0 0.5-1 0 2008 12 23 10 33 1-7 6-22 0 0 Was in on 12 plays 2009 13 16 15 31 2.5-17 5.5-28 0 0 at LSU with three Total 36 42 28 70 3.5-24 12.0-51 0 0 coming on defense and played eight against WKU … Collected one tackle in win over FIU … Had three tackles and played 52 snaps against Virginia … Tallied one stop in win over North Texas and also had one tackle at Troy. High School: A second team all-state selection for Everglades High School in 2006 ... Also earned all-county honors and was named the team MVP ... Collected 72 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior and had 57 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior ... Team went 7-3 in 2006 and 10-0 in 2005 ... Owns the school record in career sacks ... Lettered four years in football. Full Name: Emmanuel Perez ... Parent: Paula Perez ... Born: 11/29/88 … Major: Business Management. CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 5 vs ASU, 2008; FAU, So. Miss, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs FAU, ULL, 2008; Most Tackles for Loss 2 vs Kentucky, FIU, 2008; Most QB Sacks 1 vs ULL, 2008; MSU, ASU, 2009; Forced Fumbles 1 vs North Texas, 2009; Blocked Kick 1 vs UNT, 2008; Pass Breakup 1 vs WKU, 2009

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2010 senior profiles “The decision to attend Middle Tennessee was one of the best of my entire life. I have been blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful group of mentors and coaches who have taught me that hard work and dedication not only make you a better player but also a better man.”

DWIGHT SMITH 47 Defensive Tackle • 6-2 • 272 • Senior Swainsboro, GA (Swainsboro High School)

2009: Played all 13 games and had 12 starts … Had 664 total snaps to rank third among linemen and had a season-best 73 against FAU … Earned 10 winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished with 22 tackles, two TFLs, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a blocked kick … Suffered a knee injury mid-way through spring drills and missed the last six practices but was 100 percent when fall camp opened … Collected four tackles in win over Maryland … Had two tackles and a fumble recovery against WKU … Had two tackles and blocked his first career field goal in win over FIU … Turned in five tackles, including two TFLs in win at ULM.

tackles including one for loss of yards and a pass breakup against North Texas.

Career Statistics Tackles 2007 2008 2009 Total

G 10 12 13 35

UA 10 17 12 39

A Tot. 5 15 13 30 10 22 28 67

Sacks TFL 1-1 2-4 1-10 7.5-26 0-0 2.0-8 2-11 11.5-38

FR INT 0 0 0 0 1-0 0 1-0 0

High School: Was the team captain in leading Swainsboro High School to a 9-2 record in 2006 ... Earned all-region and all-area honors after collecting 69 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and three sacks ... Had more than 165 tackles for his career ... In a game against Screven County, Smith earned player of the week honors after tallying 10 tackles including three for loss, one caused fumble, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery ... Lettered four years in football, three years in basketball, and four years in track ... Was the region shot put champion in 2006 ... Played for Coach Shane Williamson.

2008: Played in all 12 games and earned 10 starts … Turned in a career-best 30 tackles (coaches had him with 31 stops) on the year to go with 7.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup … Was second among linemen with 535 total snaps played, including a season-best 60 at Louisiana … Earned nine winning grades from the coaches … Had a TFL in opener against Troy … Collected four tackles at Kentucky and two at Arkansas State … Added five tackles, a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in win over FAU … Had four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at FIU … Turned in three stops Full Name: Dwight Jermone Smith ... Parent: Geraldine Smith ... Born: 9/5/88 … at Louisville and had two and a TFL against ULM … Forced a fumble and had a tackle Major: Physical Education. for loss against North Texas … Had five tackles and a tackle for loss in season finale CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 5 vs FAU, ULL, 2008; Most against Louisiana. 2007: Played in 10 of 12 games … Finished the year with 15 tackles to go along with a sack, two tackles for loss, and a pass breakup … Played a total of 288 snaps … Saw action in his first collegiate game at LSU with 37 total snaps and three solo tackles … Added three tackles in win over FIU … Made his first career sack against ASU … Had three

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Solo Tackles 4 vs FAU, 2008; Most Tackles for Loss 2.0 vs ULM, 2009; Most QB Sacks 1 vs Arkansas State, 2007; FAU, 2008; Pass Breakup 1 vs UNT, 2007; ULM, 2008; USM, 2009; Forced Fumble 1 vs UNT, 2008


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2010 senior profiles “My experience as a Blue Raider has shaped my life in a positive way. Football has helped me overcome adversity and understand the true meaning of family. Family will always be there, win, lose, or draw.”

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Running Back • 6-0 • 208 • r-Senior Dallas, TX (Kimball High School)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the Dr. Sidney McPhee Senior Academic award … Inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society … 2009 – Presented the Terry Whiteside award (excellence in academics, athletics, strength training, community, and campus) at the conclusion of spring drills while also winning the most improved strength training award for running backs … Voted ESPN/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District … One of 52 FBS players nationwide nominated to the 2009 AFCA Good Works Team … Named to the 2009 Doak Walker Watch List … Named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy … Named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship award … Named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society … Named to the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society … 2008 - Voted CoSida/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District … Named the Middle Tennessee Outstanding Junior Male Student-Athlete for 2008-09 during the annual Honors Luncheon in April … Named the winner of the Dr. James Walker Junior Academic Award in the spring … Selected to represent Middle Tennessee at the 2008 NCAA Leadership Council … Earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and SBC Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for a career-high 159 yards on 14 attempts and five touchdowns in win over North Texas … 2007 - Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District … Named the Most Dependable Running Back by the coaches following spring practice … Named a Top 10 finalist for the AFCA Good Works team.

game list. 2007: Played in nine games and had one start … Had 299 yards rushing on 64 carries and four touchdowns while adding six receptions for 119 yards … Had 321 total snaps on the season … Turned in a career-high 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries at Louisville, including a 79-yard TD run which matched the longest in MT’s FBS era.

Career Statistics Rushing G 2006 13 2007 9 2008 12 2009 2 Total 36

Att. 0 64 188 18 270

Yds. 0 299 714 83 1096

Avg. 0 4.7 3.8 4.6 4.1

LG 0 79 66 18 79

TD 0 4 15 1 20

Receiving 2007 2008 2009 Total

Rec. 6 13 2 21

Yds. 119 135 33 287

Avg. 19.8 10.4 16.5 13.7

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TD 0 1 0 1

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No. 9 2 13 1 25

Yds 197 45 282 17 541

Avg. 21.9 22.5 21.7 17.0 21.6

TD 0 0 1 0 1

Long 61 28 92 17 92

2009: Played and started two games before his season-ending injury … Registered 84 total snaps on the season with a high of 54 at Clemson … Ended the year with 83 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown … Had a 28-yard reception at Clemson to go with 36 rushing yards … Registered 47 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against Memphis before suffering bone contusion in his knee. 2006: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman … Competed on special teams and as a nickel back on defense … Had 16 total tackles on the year including a sack and a tackle 2008: Played in all 12 games and had four starts … Led the team in rushing with for loss. 714 yards to go with a team-best 15 rushing touchdowns … Also added 13 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown … Paced all backs with 602 total High School: Collected 4,275 yards and 76 touchdowns during his career at snaps, including a season-best 67 at Louisville … Earned 14 winning Justin F. Kimball High School while earning four letters... Tabbed the District grades from the coaches … Led the Blue Raiders with 61 yards rushing Player of the Year as a senior and earned first team all-district honors ... Voted on 16 attempts against Troy and a touchdown … Added 61 first team all-region II Class 4A by TexasHSFootball.com in 2005 ... Rushed for yards and a touchdown in win over Maryland … Rushed 1,705 yards and scored 29 touchdowns (26 rushing, 3 receiving) his senior year for 79 yards and two touchdowns at FIU … Turned in to lead Kimball to a 9-2 record ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,395 yards 92 yards rushing on a personal-best 27 carries and a and 22 touchdowns. touchdown at WKU … Earned Walter Camp National Full Name: Phillip Christopher Tanner ... Parent: Phillippia Tanner Offensive Player of the Week and SBC Offensive Player ... Born: 8/8/88 … Major: Liberal Studies … Earned B.S. degree of the Week honors after rushing for a career-high 159 in May 2010. yards on 14 attempts and five touchdowns in win over North Texas … Added a sixth touchdown CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 5 vs ASU, 2008; FAU, So. Miss, when he returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score 2009; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs FAU, ULL, 2008; Most Tackles for (his six scores was a SBC record for touchdowns Loss 2 vs Kentucky, FIU, 2008; Most QB Sacks 1 vs ULL, 2008; MSU, and points) … Finished with 301 all-purpose ASU, 2009; Forced Fumbles 1 vs North Texas, 2009; Blocked Kick yards against UNT to rank third on the single1 vs UNT, 2008; Pass Breakup 1 vs WKU, 2009

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2010 senior profiles “The football program has made me a tougher person, taught me about life, and put me on a path to be successful. The coaching staff here truly cares about the student-athlete first and pushes the value of an education.”

GARY TUCKER 94 Defensive Tackle • 6-2 • 262 • r-Senior Maryville, TN (Maryville High School)

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 365 total snaps … Saw action in a season-high 46 plays against FAU … Earned five winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 15 tackles and two TFLs … Added two tackles, including a TFL at Clemson … Turned in four tackles, including a TFL in win over Maryland … Had two tackles against Troy and two at ULM. 2008: Played all 11 games and was in on 178 total snaps, including a season-best 40 against FAU … Ended the year with nine total tackles (coaches had him with 17 stops) and 1.5 tackles for loss … Earned six winning grades from the coaches … Missed all of spring drills while recovering from a shoulder injury … Added one tackle in win over Maryland … Had a season-high 40 snaps against FAU but did not register a tackle … Collected two tackles and a TFL at Mississippi State. 2007: Played in 11 games and had 238 total snaps … Had nine tackles on the season to go with two tackles for loss, a sack, and a fumble recovery … Did not compete in spring practice due to team disciplinary reasons … Had one tackle in 15 snaps against FAU … Played 27 snaps at Louisville but did not record a tackle … Collected two tackles including his first career sack at LSU … Was in on just seven plays against WKU … Did not have a tackle in 30 snaps against FIU or against UVA in 25 snaps … Had two tackles in win at Memphis and one against ASU … Registered his first career fumble recovery in win over North Texas … Did not play at ULM due to a shoulder injury … Added two stops including a tackle for loss at Troy. 2006: Sat out the year in order to better utilize the Blue Raider strength and conditioning program while gaining valuable experience at the collegiate level.

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High School: Career Statistics Led Maryville to back-to-back state Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT 0 0 championships 2007 11 4 5 9 1-8 2-9 0 (won three total) 2008 11 5 4 9 0-0 1.5-11 0 while earning De- 2009 13 7 8 15 0-0 2.0-4 0 0 fensive MVP honors Total 35 16 17 33 1-8 5.5-24 0 0 at the 2004 title game after registering five tackles, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick ... Named to the 2006 TACA All-Star game ... Rebels had back-to-back perfect 15-0 records in 2004 and 2005 ... Named first team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2005 and was a finalist for Class 4A Lineman of the Year ... Was the Region 3-4A Most Outstanding Lineman ... Also tabbed all-region and all-county and was on the Knoxville News Sentinel All-Prep Extra team ... Collected six tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in state title game against Melrose ... Compiled an overall record of 58-1 during his four years and won the last 30 games in a row ... As a senior, he tallied 66 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks and returned an interception and a fumble for touchdowns ... Played for Coach George Quarles. Full Name: Gary Ellison Tucker ... Parent: Betty Ogle ... Born: 3/14/88 … Major: Liberal Studies. CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 4 vs Maryland, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 3 vs Maryland, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1, four times; Most QB Sacks 1 vs LSU, 2007; Fumble Recovery 1 vs North Texas, 2007


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CRAIG

ALLEN

Linebacker • 6-2 • 210 • r-FR

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PRESTON

BAILEY

Carrollton, GA (Villa Rica HS) Offensive Line • 6-5 • 307 • r-SO

Nashville, TN (MBA)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved strength training award for linebackers Honors: 2010 – Earned the team’s Donald Craig Sophomore Academic Award. following spring drills. 2009: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. 2009: Took a redshirt year. High School: Helped lead MBA to record 13 wins on way to undefeated Division II 2A High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named all-state and first team Region State Championship … Three-year starter on offensive line and also played on defense 5-AAAA ... Had 96 tackles, 12 sacks, and eight receptions his senior year as team went as a nose guard … Honored as Mr. Football Division II Lineman of the Year as a senior 8-3 (team went 12-1 his junior year)... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Was third in 2007 … PrepStar All-America … Named First Team Division II 2A All-State by the in the state his junior year in the triple jump ... Played for Coach Rob Cleveland ... Runs Tennessee High School Coaches Association and First Team All-State by the TSWA as a a 4.5 40. senior … Honored First Team All-Midstate as a junior in 2006 … Member of Tennessean’s All-Midstate team in 2007 … No. 6 prospect on Knoxville News Sentinel Top 25 … Full Name: Craig Devon Allen ... Parents: Archie and Danielle Allen ... Born: 11/30/91 Invited to Army All-American game but could not attend because of injury … Also … Major: Undecided. participated in basketball and threw shot put and discus on track and field team … Played for Coach Daniel McGugin.

ZEKE

ANDERSON

Deep Snapper • 5-9 • 191 • r-SO

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Murfreesboro, TN (Siegel HS)

2009: Did not see any action but did travel with the team. 2008: Took a redshirt year.

Full Name: Preston Tillman Bailey III ... Parents: Preston Baily Jr. and Tina Bridgeforth ... Born: 1/13/90 … Major: Liberal Studies.

JARED

BAMBER

Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 238 • JR

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Murietta, CA (Chapparral HS/Palomar CC)

High School: Lettered in football and baseball at Siegel High School … Became the Palomar Community College: Earned 2009 California All-America honors … Also tabbed all-state and all-region after helping lead Palomar to a No. 8 final ranking … Was school’s first-ever 1,000-yard passer … Played for Coach David Watson. an offensive captain … Had five receptions for 52 yards on the season … A two-star Full Name: Zeke Samuel Anderson ... Parents: Sam and Melissa Anderson … Born: recruit by Rivals.com … Started all season at tight end in 2008 for the Palomar Comets ... Turned in a strong performance blocking along with the rest of the offensive line in a 4/17/89 … Major: Construction Management. 21-19 season-opening victory over Southwestern on Sept. 6 when Palomar rushed for 303 yards, and his blocking was critical in the Comets’ running attack … Had a 9-yard reception vs. Grossmont on Oct. 4 … Redshirted at Palomar in 2007.

BRYAN

High School: Played three seasons of varsity football under coach Tom Leach at Chaparral High ... All-Southwestern League and All-Valley selection as a senior ... Averaged 14.1 yards per catch ... National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame scholar-athlete New Orleans, LA (Central (TN) HS) award winner.

ARMSTRONG

Cornerback • 5-10 • 181 • r-SO

2009: Took a redshirt year. 2008: Attended Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. High School: Lettered in football, basketball, and track for four years at Central High School in Memphis. Full Name: Bryan Derrick Armstrong ... Parents: Byron and Doris Armstrong … Born: 3/27/90 … Major: Technology Engineering.

Full Name: Jared Jeffrey Bamber ... Born: 10/7/88 ... Parents: Jeff and Cathy Bamber … Major: Undecided.

ANDREW

BANKS

Wide Receiver • 5-9 • 158 • r-JR

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Clinton, MD (Gwynn Park HS)

2009: Played in 12 games and had 176 total snaps, including a season-best 38 against Arkansas State … Had two catches for 24 yards on the season … Received six win-

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winning grades from the coaches (6 on offense, 5 on special teams) … Reeled in his first career touchdown on a 46-yard strike from Joe Craddock in his first college game against Troy … Finished with two catches against the Trojans for 44 yards … Hauled in a 53-yard touchdown grab to go along with three other catches in win over Maryland … Registered his first career 100-yard receiving game against Kentucky with five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown (had a 52-yard catch where he leaped over the defender) … Just the third freshman in the FBS era to have a 100-yard receiving game … Equaled his career-best with a 53-yard reception at Arkansas State … Had five catches for 90 yards, including a 32-yard Hail Mary on the game’s final play to defeat FAU on national television … Hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass against Louisville while also collecting his first two career kickoff returns for 50 yards … Had a career-best four kickoff returns for 82 yards at Mississippi State to go along with two receptions while playing a season-high 76 snaps … Collected three receptions and a touchdown in win over WKU.

High School: Lettered three years in football at Gwynn Park High School … Threw for High School: Rated the 90th best athlete in the nation by Rivals.com and no. 186 as a 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior to lead team to a 14-0 record. wide receiver by Scout.com ... Named AJC All-Citywide in 2007 and was honorable mention all-county ... As a senior, he rushed for 549 yards and 10 touchdowns (10.6-yard per Full Name: William Andrew Banks … Parents: Maurice and Wendy Banks … Born: carry average) and caught 22 passes for 388 yards and four touchdowns ... Also returned 12/15/88 … Major: Liberal Studies … Earned B.S. degree in May 2010. a kickoff 99 yards for a score ... Defensively, he tallied 34 tackles and three interceptions ... Played halfback (in a triple option offense), split end, cornerback, safety, kick returner CAREER HIGHS – Most Pass Attempts 2 vs Clemson, 2009; Most Pass Completions 1 vs and punt returner for Chamblee, which finished no. 3 in the Georgia Associated Press Clemson, 2009; Most Passing Yards 3 vs Clemson, 2009; Most TD Passes 0; Longest Comple- poll with a 12-2 record in 2007 ... Also excelled in track, where he owned the fastest tion 3 vs Clemson, 2009; Most Pass Receptions 1 vs Miss. State, ASU, 2009; Most Yards 200-meter time in the state and the 12th fastest in the nation at 21.46 ... His 55-meter Receiving 16 vs Mississippi State, 2009; Longest Reception 16 vs Mississippi State, 2009; Most Rushing Attempts 3 vs Clemson, 2009; Most Rushing Yards 7 vs Clemson, 2009; Most Rush- time of 6.48 was 26th fastest nationally ... Trained with former two-time Olympic gold medalist Antonio McKay ... Clocked in high school at 4.32 and 4.39 in the 40-yard dash ing TDs 0; Longest Run 7 vs Clemson, 2009 ... Played for Coach Jim Showfety. Career Statistics Full Name: Malcolm Jamaal Beyah ... Parents: Reginald and Carla Beyah ... Born: Receiving G Att. Yds. Avg. LG TD 2009 13 2 24 12.0 46 0 10/23/89 … Major: Organizational Communication. Passing 2009

G 13

A-C 2-1

Pct. .500

Yds. 3

TD 0

INT 0

LG 3

MALCOLM

CAREER HIGHS – Most Pass Receptions 5 vs Kentucky, FAU, 2008; Most Yards Receiving 117 vs Kentucky, 2008; Longest Reception 53 vs Maryland, ASU, 2008; Most TD Receptions 1, six times; Kickoff Returns 4 vs Mississippi State, 2008; Kickoff Return Yards 82 vs Mississippi State, 2008; Long Kickoff Return 31 vs Louisville, 2008

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Avg. 16.7 8.1 15.0

LG 53 27 53

TD 6 0 0

Att. 6 2 8

Yds. 6 22 28

Avg. 1.0 11.0 3.5

LG 16 18 18

TD 0 0 0

No. 7 6 13

Yds. 142 99 241

Avg. 20.3 16.5 18.5

LG 31 30 31

TD 0 0 0

Rush 6 22 28

Rec 550 65 615

PR 0 0 0

KR 142 99 241

Tot 698 186 884

Scoring 2008

TD 6

FG 0

PAT 0

Saf 0

Points 36

Passing 2008: Played in all 12 games and earned eight starts … Was third on the team with 2009

G 10

A-C 1-1

Pct. 1.000

Yds. 41

TD 0

Cornerback • 5-11 • 191 • JR

Covington, GA (Chamblee HS)

Honors: 2008 - Named third team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team … Voted to the Rivals.com Sun Belt AllFreshman team.

G 12 10 22

Att. 33 8 41

Rushing 2008 2009 Total

G 12 10 22

Career Statistics Yds. 550 65 615

BEYAH

Receiving 2008 2009 Total

KO Ret 2008 2009 2009: Played in 10 games and had one start … Had 151 total snaps during the Total

2010: Made the move from wide receiver to cornerback during the spring.

season with a game-high of 32 against FIU … Earned two winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished with eight catches for 65 yards for the season … Played sparingly against Clemson (six snaps) due to an ankle injury … Had two receptions against Memphis and also completed his first career pass on a 41-yard strike to Garrett Andrews … Also had two catches at Maryland and two at North Texas … Suffered a thumb injury on a special teams tackle against Troy … Did not play against Mississippi State, WKU or FAU due to his injury … Returned against FIU and had two receptions and three kickoff returns.

All-Purp. 2008 2009 Total

INT 0

LG 41

33 receptions and led the Blue Raiders with six touchdown catches and a 16.7 yard per catch average … His 672 snaps played was second among receivers, and he had 11 total

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RODERIC

BLUNT

Denver, CO (East HS/West Hill CC) Linebacker • 6-1 • 216 • r-FR

Offensive Line • 6-1 • 288 • JR

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Miramar, FL (Everglades HS)

West Hill Community College: A two-year starter at center for West Hill … Named 2009: Took a redshirt year. NFCA all-conference in 2009 … Won the team’s Dick Woodson Academic Award … Was honorable mention all-conference his freshman year … Team captain both years High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 43 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... Selected to the North-South All-Star Game and the Dade County at West Hill. and Broward County All-Star Game ... Combined for more than 200 tackles and 16 sacks High School: Lettered in football and track at East High School … Was a three-year his junior and senior seasons ... Had 100 tackles and four sacks as a junior ... Played with starter at center and nose guard … Earned all-conference honors his senior year … Blue Raider defensive end Emmanuel Perez at Everglades High School and was coached by Josh Shapiro ... Runs a 4.5 40. Was the city champion in the shot put his senior year. Full Name: Jeremiah Bernard Black … Born: 5/19/89 … Parents: Bernard and Dorothy Full Name: Roderic Jerrell Blunt ... Parents: Rodney and Jackie Blunt ... Born: 5/13/90 ... Note: Father, Rodney Blunt, played running back at Clemson … Major: Undecided. Black … Major: Undecided.

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BLISSARD

Wide Receiver • 6-5 • 212 • r-JR

COLIN

BOSS

Murfreesboro, TN (Oakland HS) Offensive Line • 6-4 • 306 • r-JR

2009: Played in all 13 games and had nine starts … Had 572 snaps on the season to rank third among receivers … Also had 10 winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished with 19 catches for 283 yards and three touchdowns … Fifth on the team with five plays of 30 or more yards … Played in his first collegiate game at Clemson and led the Blue Raiders with four receptions for 68 yards, including a long catch of 43 yards … Had two catches for 46 yards, including his first career touchdown (40 yards), in win over Memphis … Added two catches for 17 yards against North Texas … Turned in two receptions for 29 yards against Mississippi State and had a 12-yard catch in win over WKU … Had one catch for 40 yards at FAU to set up the tying score in the fourth quarter … His lone reception against Louisiana was a 40 yarder … Had two catches at ULM, including one for a touchdown … Recorded three receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.

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Tampa, FL (Berkeley Prep HS)

Honors: 2008 – Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team. 2009: Played in all 13 games with most of his action coming on the field goal and extra point team … Saw 241 total snaps including a season-high 33 against Memphis … Had four winning grades from the coaching staff … Saw 20 or more snaps seven times … Turned in a grade of 75 or better five times, including a season-best 80 against ULL … Was credited with 16 total knockdowns.

2008: Did not see action in any games … Was a member of the scout team.

2008: Played in eight games and started five times … Was in on 397 total snaps … Made his first collegiate start in season opener against Troy and played a season-best 90 snaps … Was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack against Maryland, Kentucky or Mississippi State … After coming off the bench the previous three games, Boss went back into the starting rotation at Louisville and played 70 snaps … Did not play in the final four games against ULM, WKU, UNT or Louisiana due to a shoulder injury.

2007: Took a redshirt year.

2007: Took a redshirt year.

High School: Lettered in football and basketball at Oakland High School … Earned High School: Lettered four years in football and two years in lacrosse for Berkeley all-district and all-region honors as a senior … Named offensive MVP with over 1,000 Prep ... Named first team all-state by the St. Petersburg Times in 2006 and was voted to receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. the Bay Area Top 25 list ... Collected 30 pancake blocks and had an overall grade of 85 percent as an offensive lineman and registered 14 tackles, six tackles for loss, a fumble Full Name: Shane Evans Blissard ... Parent: Missy Blissard … Born: 10/24/88 … Major: recovery, and an interception on defense ... Returned an interception for a touchdown Concrete Industry Management. and collected a sack against Cardinal Mooney ... Honorable mention all-county selection by the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times in 2005 ... Earned the team’s Golden CAREER HIGHS – Most Receptions 4 vs Clemson, 2009; Most Receiving Yards 68 vs Clemson, Helmet Award ... Member of the football “unity council” at Berkeley Prep ... Also played 2009; Longest Reception 43 vs Clemson, 2009; Touchdown Receptions 1, three times goalie on the lacrosse team. Receiving 2009

G 13

Att. 19

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Avg. 14.9

LG 43

TD 3

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BROWN

Seffner, FL (Armwood HS) Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 210 • JR

Running Back • 5-10 • 218 • r-JR

2009: Played in all 13 games and had one start … Second among running backs with 285 snaps played, including a season-high 35 against WKU … Earned five winning grades from the coaching staff … All 14 plays at Clemson were on special teams … Rushed three times for a personal-best 10 yards against Memphis … Played 33 snaps against Mississippi State … Rushed four times for 34 yards in win over WKU … Had seven yards on three carries against ASU.

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Charleston, SC (Feather River CC)

Feather River Community College: Led FRCC with 28 receptions for 592 yards and six touchdowns in 2009 … Averaged 21.1 yards per catch to earn all-conference honors. High School: Lettered in football, basketball, and track at James Island High School … Was a two-year starter at wide receiver … Caught 57 passes for 850 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year to earn all-region honors … Also made the all-region team in basketball.

2008: Did not see action in any games and took a redshirt year.

Full Name: Jamar Spencer Brown … Born: 9/29/89 … Parents: Spencer Brown and 2007: Played in five total games with most of his action on special teams … Saw his Emaguard Brown … Major: Undecided. first collegiate action at LSU and had two carries … Registered 10 carries for three yards and a reception for 10 yards in win over FIU … Played on special teams at North Texas, ULM, and against ULL. High School: Rushed for 2,200 yards and 22 touchdowns his last two years at Armwood High School, including 1,290 yards and 17 scores in 2006 (ranked fifth in district in rushing and scoring) ... Earned first team all-state, all-Hillsborough first team honors, all-county, all-Tampa Bay area, St. Petersburg Times All-Suncoast Honorable Mention, and was ranked no. 78 among Florida senior recruits by FlaVarsity.com ... Named team’s offensive MVP in 2006 ... During Branton’s four seasons at Armwood, the Hawks played in three straight Class 4A state championships, claimed two titles (2003, 2004), reeled off a 29-game winning streak, and went 53-4 overall ... Top game was 203 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns against Middleton ... Played both running back and fullback for Armwood ... Lettered four years in football and played for Coach Sean Callahan.

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CARTER

Defensive Tackle • 6-1 • 273 • r-JR

Hawkinsville, GA (Hawkinsville HS)

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 239 snaps, including a season-high 33 at FAU … Had five winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 13 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, a sack, and a blocked kick … Added one tackle at Clemson … Had two tackles, including a TFL, in 24 snaps against Memphis … Registered two tackles and a sack at Troy … Collected a tackle for loss against Mississippi State … Blocked a punt Full Name: Marquise Dwayne Branton ... Parent: Shantell Burnett ... Born: 7/21/89 … against FAU that was picked up by Sherman Major: Business Management. Neal and returned 29 yards for a touchdown … Added two stops, including a TFL against CAREER HIGHS – Most Rushing Attempts 10 vs FIU, 2007; Most Rushing Yards 34 vs WKU, Louisiana. 2009; Most Rushing TDs 0; Longest Run 11 vs FIU, 2007; WKU, 2009; Most Receptions 1 vs FIU, 2007; Most Receiving Yards 10 vs FIU, 2007; Longest Reception 10 vs FIU, 2007

Receiving 2007

G 5

Att. 1

Rushing 2007 2009 Total

G 5 13 18

Att. 12 11 23

Career Statistics Yds. 10

Avg. 10.0

LG 10

TD 0

Yds. 3 52 55

Avg. 0.2 4.6 2.4

LG 11 11 11

TD 0 0 0

BROWN

2007: Took a redshirt year. High School: Lettered four years in football and three years in track at Hawkinsville High School ... Named all-state and all-region as a senior and all-region as a junior ... Team went 9-4 in 2005 and 2006 and won state championships in 2003 and 2004 ... As a senior he tallied 41 tackles, three sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown ... Played for Coach Lee Campbell.

DEVON Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 210 • r-JR

2008: Saw action in seven games with the majority of his time coming on special teams … Was in on 47 total snaps and earned three winning grades from the coaches (all of special teams) … Played on the kickoff return and punt block teams.

Columbia, TN (Spring Hill HS) Full Name: SaCoby Ubaccus Carter ... Parent: Coby Carter ... Born: 9/24/88 … Major:

High School: Lettered in baseball all four years as well as football one year at Spring Hill High School … All-district in baseball and all-region in football.

Psychology.

Tackles Full Name: Devon Jamar Brown … Parent: Mary Brown … Born: 3/2/89 … Major: 2009

Exercise Science.

G 13

UA 7

A 6

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 13 1-4

TFL 4.5-11

FR 0

INT 0

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Full Name: Derrick Gerrord Crumpton ... Parents: Derrick and Sandra Crumpton ... Born: 9/24/89 … Major: Undecided.

CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 8 vs North Texas, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs Clemson, UL, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1 vs Maryland, 2008; USM, 2009; Most QB Sacks 0; Most Pass Breakups 1, six times; Most Interceptions 1 vs Maryland, 2009; Forced Fumbles 0; Fumble Pulaski, TN (Giles County HS) Recovery 1 , three times

2009: Played in his first collegiate game against WKU at linebacker and had five Tackles snaps. 2008 2009 Totals

2008: Did not see any action.

G 12 13 25

UA 15 17 32

A 5 12 17

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 20 0-0 29 0-0 49 0-0

TFL 1.0-5 1.5-7 2.5-12

FR 1-0 2-0 3-0

INT 0-0 1-0 1-0

2007: Took a redshirt year. High School: Lettered in football and basketball for four years at Giles County High School … Earned all-region honors in football in 2006.

BENJAMIN

CUNNINGHAM

Full Name: Jerry Kenneth Cobb ... Parents: Bubba and Donna Cobb … Born: 2/24/89 Running Back • 5-10 • 198 • SO … Major: Business Administration.

DERRICK

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Nashville, TN (Goodpasture HS)

HONORS: 2010 – Named the most improved running back following spring drills … 2009 – Voted to the HM All-SBC Freshman Team by the leagues beat writers.

2009: Saw action in 11 games and had 169 snaps with a season-high 32 snaps at Troy … Had six winning grades from the coaching staff … Was third on the team with 173 yards rushing on 46 attempts and two touchdowns … Rushed four times for eight yards Safety • 5-11 • 190 • JR Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus HS) in his first collegiate game against Memphis … Had eight carries for 58 yards to go with two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown at North Texas … Scoring reception was Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved strength training award for safeties following a 50 yarder … Rushed eight times for 59 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run spring drills … 2008 – Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team. against FIU … Recorded a 20-yard reception against ASU … Rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss. 2009: Played in all 13 games and had one start … Registered 484 snaps including a season-high 82 at North Texas … Registered nine winning grades from the coaching High School: Named the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Class 2A Back for 2008 football staff … Was 12th on team with 29 tackles while adding an interception, 1.5 TFLs, season ... Named TSWA All-State and the Region Player of the Year ... Voted to the four pass breakups, a hurry and two fumble recoveries … Added four tackles and a All-Southern Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel ... Selected to Tennessee East-West pass breakup in the end zone at Clemson … Turned in two stops against Memphis … All-Star Game ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Rushed for a school record 1,744 Recorded his first career interception at Maryland to go with a fumble recovery … Led yards and 2,357 all purpose yards to go along with 29 touchdowns during his senior the team with eight stops at North Texas to go with a fumble recovery … Had a tackle campaign ... Also added 119 tackles on defense to with an interception and four pass and a pass breakup in home loss to Mississippi State … Collected four solo tackles and breakups ... Led Goodpasture to the State semifinals with a 35-21 win over CPA by a pass breakup against Louisiana … Had three stops and a pass breakup at ULM … rushing for 231 yards and three touchdowns ... As a junior he rushed for 721 yards and Turned in three stops and a TFL in New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss. 16 touchdowns while collecting 62 tackles and an interception ... Owns the school record in single-season rushing yards (1,744), career touchdowns (60), touchdowns in 2008: Played in all 12 games and received two starts … Turned in 20 tackles, one tackle a game (five), touchdowns in a season (29), and all-purpose yards in a season (2,357) for loss, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery … Was in on a total of 341 snaps, and career (4,611) ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played for Coach David including a season-high 82 against ULM … Earned nine total winning grades from the Martin ... Runs a 4.39 40. coaches with seven coming on special teams … Collected one tackle in 10 plays against Troy … Added three tackles and a tackle for loss in the win over Maryland … Had a pass Full Name: Benjamin Corey Cunningham ... Parent: Sheridan Dotson ... Born: 7/7/90 breakup at Kentucky … Collected two stops at FIU … Made his first career start against … Major: Undecided. ULM and came up with five tackles and a pass breakup … Had four tackles and a fumble recovery at WKU … Started and had four stops in win over North Texas. CAREER HIGHS – Most Rushing Attempts 8 vs North Texas, FIU, 2009; Most Rushing Yards

CRUMPTON

59 vs FIU, 2009; Most Rushing TDs 1 vs FIU, Southern Miss, 2009; Longest Run 42 vs FIU, High School: Lettered four years in football, two years in basketball, and one year in 2009; Most Receptions 2 vs North Texas, 2009; Most Receiving Yards 56 vs North Texas, 2009; Longest Reception 50 vs North Texas, 2009; Touchdown Receptions 1 vs North Texas, 2009

track for Christopher Columbus High School ... Named second team All-Dade and played in Miami Dade vs Broward County All-Star Game ... Helped lead team to a 12-1 record his senior year while registering 100 tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks, and a fumble Receiving recovery ... Was a two-time team captain ... Registered 16 tackles, one sack, and forced 2009 a fumble against Belen-Jesuit ... Played for Coach Chris Merritt. Rushing 2009

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Defensive Tackle • 6-2 • 272 • r-SO

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Pulaski, TN (Giles County HS)

2009: Played in all 13 games and was in on 139 snaps including a season-high 18 at Clemson … Earned three winning grades from the coaching staff … Turned in nine total tackles and a quarterback hurry on the season … Had one tackle in road win against North Texas … Also had one tackle against Mississippi State and FAU … Added one stop and a quarterback hurry in win over ULM … Had one tackle in New Orleans Bowl win over USM. 2008: Took a redshirt year.

and a district championship ... Tallied 79 tackles, 14.5 sacks, three blocked punts, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one interception as a senior ... Also earned first team all-region and all-county honors ... Played football for Coach Keith Franklin. Full Name: Darin Sherard Davis Jr. ... Parents: Yolanda Beard-Cunningham and Charles Cunningham ... Born: 7/20/90 … Major: Undecided. CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 5 vs UL, ASU, 2009 ; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs ASU, 2009; Most Tackles for Loss 1.0 vs Miss. State, ASU, 2009; Most QB Sacks 0 ; Fumble Recovery 1 vs Maryland, 2009; Pass Breakups 1 vs ULM, 2009 Tackles 2008 2009 Total

G 9 13 22

UA 2 19 21

A 2 19 21

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 4 0-0 38 0-0 42 0-0

TFL 0-0 2.5-5 2.5-5

FR 0-0 1-0 1-0

INT 0-0 0-0 0-0

High School: Collected 73 tackles and 13 sacks and had three blocked field goals his senior year for Giles County ... Earned the team’s defensive MVP honors three years in a row ... Voted first team all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association in 2007 ... Named to the 2007 Preseason Star Therapy All-State team and also earned all-region honors ... Voted to the 2007 East-West All-Star game ... Tallied 11 tackles and four sacks Cocoa, FL (Cocoa HS) against Columbia Central ... Registered 86 tackles, three sacks, and four fumble recoveries Cornerback • 5-10 • 172 • r-FR as a junior on his way to being named Region 5-3A DL MVP ... Team went 8-3 in 2007 and 11-2 in 2006 ... Is the nephew of former Blue Raider Randy Houston (1990-92) ... Honors: 2010 – Named the most improved cornerback and earned the most improved strength training award for cornerbacks following spring drills. Played for Coach David O’Connor.

MARQUISE

DIXON

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Full Name: Kendall Antionne Dangerfield ... Parents: Ken and Brenda Dangerfield ... 2009: Took a redshirt year. Born: 4/5/90 … Major: Undecided. High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named all-state, all-conference, and all-district ... Named to the Central Florida All-Star game where he played for the East Career Statistics squad ... Was a team captain ... Rushed for 828 yards on 107 carries and 12 touchdowns Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT 2009 13 6 3 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 as a senior at Cocoa High School to go with 11 receptions and three scores in helping lead them to a 14-1 record ... Tallied 101 yards on the ground against Monsignor Pace in the playoffs ... Added 37 tackles, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries on defense ... As a junior, he rushed for 360 yards and seven touchdowns while adding nine receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played for Coach John Wilkinson.

DARIN

DAVIS

Linebacker • 6-1 • 206 • JR

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dillard HS) Full Name: Marquise Lavell Dixon ... Parent: Kelita Williams ... Born: 9/20/90 … Major:

Undecided.

Honors: 2009 - Earned the most improved strength training award for linebackers at the conclusion of spring drills. 2009: Played in all 13 games and had one start … Totaled 442 snaps on the season, including a season-high 62 snaps against FIU … Earned six winning grades from the coaching staff … Ended the season with 38 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, a fumble recover, pass breakup and a quarterback hurry … Had three tackles at Clemson … Also had three stops and a fumble recovery at Maryland … Added four stops at Troy … Collected three tackles including one for loss of yards against Mississippi State … Had four tackles at FAU … Registered five stops against Louisiana … Had five tackles, a TFL and a quarterback hurry against ASU … Added two stops and a pass breakup at ULM … Collected three tackles in New Orleans Bowl win over USM.

RICHARD

DRAKE

Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 208 • r-FR

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Atlanta, GA (Stephenson HS)

2009: Took a redshirt year.

High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated the No. 63 player in the state by Rivals.com ... Had 12 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns for Stephenson his senior year ... Also lettered in track where he was the team’s most 2008: Saw action in nine games and was in on 76 total snaps … Finished the year with valuable performer and placed first in the region in the 400 meters ... Was a four-time four tackles … Earned three winning grades from the coaches … Played in his first Junior Olympic AAU qualifier ... Spent his freshman and sophomore year at Mt. Pisgah collegiate game at Arkansas State as a member of the punt block team … Had a tackle High School ... Played for Coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson. at Louisville and against ULM. Full Name: Richard Anthony Drake Jr. ... Parents: Richard Sr. and Kathleen Drake ... High School: Named third team all-state in 2007 after leading Dillard to an 8-4 record Born: 9/4/90 … Major: Undecided.

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2010 player profiles against Troy … Missed a 48-yard attempt against Maryland but came back to nail a 31-yard kick … Missed a 25-yard field goal at Kentucky that banged off the right upright … Made the game-clinching PAT with no time remaining to secure Middle Tennessee’s 14-13 win over FAU on national television … Made two field goals against FIU, including a 37 yarder … Connected on a 42-yard field goal against Louisville to give the Blue Raiders a halftime lead … Hit a career-best three field goals and scored 10 points against Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 179 • r-FR Hermitage, TN (McGavock HS) Mississippi State … Hit a career-best 44-yard field goal in win over ULM … His 28-yard field goal against North Texas was his eighth straight made three-pointer which tied the 2009: Took a redshirt year. school record … He also matched his personal-best with 10 points in the victory over UNT … Saw his streak of eight straight made field goals come to an end in the season High School: Voted all-region and All Metro-City... Named Beaman Pontiac Player of finale at Louisiana when he missed a 46 yarder into a stiff wind. the Week his senior year ... Played for Coach Arcentae Broom. High School: A first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Also earned allFull Name: Zachary Tyler Franklin... Parents: Wes and Paula Bryson ... Born: 10/30/1990 district, all-area, and all-Central Florida as a junior and senior ... Selected to play in Central … Major: Undecided. Florida All-Star game ... Connected on 14 of 16 field goals and 27 of 30 extra points as a senior ... Made 16 of 19 field goals and all 15 extra points as a junior ... Owns a career-long field goal of 57 yards and also connected from 55 yards (hit a 67 yarder in practice) ... Is Orangewood’s all-time leading scorer in football and the first player to sign a Division I scholarship in school history ... Appeared on the cover of RISE Magazine in December 2007 (other prep stars to appear on the cover include Lebron James, Dwight Howard, and Amare Stoudemire) ... An accomplished soccer player who became the state’s all-time goals scored leader in 2007 ... Named the Orlando Sentinel Soccer Player of the Year in Placekicker • 5-10 • 175 • JR Apopka, FL (Orangewood Christian HS) 2006, 2007, and 2008 ... Named all-state four years in a row ... Lettered three years in Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved specialist award … 2009 – Named 1st football and five years in soccer ... Played football for Coach Jim Ceccarelli. team All-Sun Belt by the league’s coaches and media … Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Voted 1st team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Earned the most Full Name: Alan Scott Gendreau ... Parents: Art and Cathy Gendreau... Born: 5/27/89 improved award and the most improved strength training award for specialists at the … Major: Music. conclusion of spring drills … Named Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 21 … Named a semifinalist for the 2009 Lou Groza Award … 2008 CAREER HIGHS – Most FGs 3 vs Mississippi State, 2008; UNT, 2009; Long FG 48 vs North Texas, 2009; Consecutive FGs 12, 2009; Consecutive PATs 40, 2008-09; Points 1 4 vs WKU, 2009 - Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team … Voted to the Rivals. com Sun Belt All-Freshman team. Career Statistics

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FRANKLIN

ALAN

GENDREAU

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Career Rankings: Sixth in extra points made, seventh in field goals made, seventh in 2008 2009 points scored by a kicker.

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2009: Played in all 13 games as the team’s primary place-kicker … Had 11 winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year ranked 30th nationally in field goals made, 29th in field goal percentage, and 31st in scoring … Connected on 18 of 22 field goals and 50 of 51 extra points during the season … Set school records for field goals made (18), total points (104), and consecutive made field goals (12) … Scored seven points on a field goal and four extra points against Memphis … Scored eight points and hit two field goals, including the game-winner from 19 yards with no time remaining against Maryland … Hit three field goals, including a career long 48 yarder, in win over North Texas while scoring 13 points … Made both his field goal attempts against Mississippi State to account for the team’s only points … Connected on both his field goals and scored 14 points in win over WKU … Made his first two field goals (46, 23) at FAU before seeing his streak of 12 in a row come to an end with a miss from 46 yards … Finished FAU game with nine points … Made both his field goals (33, 21) and scored 12 points in win over FIU … Hit two field goals and had one blocked on his way to 10 points against Louisiana … Had eight points against ASU to break the single-season scoring record by kickers at MT and his one field goal tied the single-season mark for three-pointers in a season … Became the single-season record holder with a 40-yard field goal at ULM. 2008: Served as the primary placekicker for all 12 games … Connected on 10 of 14 field goals for the year and made all 32 of his extra points … Was second on the team in scoring with 62 points … Earned eight winning grades from the coaches … Made his only field goal attempt (22 yards) and both extra points in his first collegiate game

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FGM-A 10-14 18-22 28-36

TD 0 0 0

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30-39 4-4 6-8 10-12

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PAT 32 50 82

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40-49 2-5 3-5 5-10 Saf 0 0 0

50+ 0-0 0-0 0-0

Blk 0 2 2

Points 62 104 166

GILSTRAP

Cornerback • 5-10 • 175 • SO

LG 44 48 48

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Lithonia, GA (Miller Grove HS)

HONORS: 2009 – Voted to the SBC All-Freshman team by the leagues beat writers … Named a high school track All-American by Track and Field News in November in the 100 and 200 meters. 2009: Played in eight games and had one start … Saw action in 270 total snaps including a season-high of 53 at Troy … Earned four winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 20 tackles, a TFL, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble … Recorded three tackles to go with a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a quarterback hurry in win over Memphis … Added two tackles at Maryland and five at North Texas … Registered three tackles at Troy … Had four tackles to with one for loss of yards while also catching his first career pass for 11 yards on offense … Made his first career


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G 8

Att. 1

Yds. 11

Avg. 11.0

LG 11

TD 0

Rushing 2009

G 8

Att. 1

Yds. 49

Avg. 49.0

LG 49

TD 1

JESSE

GRISHAM

Offensive Line • 6-3 • 278 • r-FR

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Pelham, AL (Spain Park HS)

2009: Took a redshirt year.

JADAREIUS

HAMLIN

Offensive Line • 6-2 • 282 • r-FR

61

Forsyth, GA (Mary Persons HS)

2010: Made the move from defensive line to offensive line during the spring. 2009: Suffered a knee injury in the first week of fall camp and was lost for the season. High School: Voted an Associated Press first team all-state selection in 2008 for Mary Persons High School ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Rated the 39th best prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com ... Played on the offensive line most of his high school career but was on the offensive and defensive lines his senior year ... Graded out at 90 percent as an offensive lineman his senior year and collected 45 tackles and eight sacks on defense ... Was all-region as a junior and senior and was first team All Middle Georgia as a senior ... Was the most valuable offensive lineman as a junior and senior ... Is a member of the Mary Persons Wall of Fame ... Also lettered in track ... Qualified for the state in the shot put ... Played for Coach Rodney Walker.

High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Selected to play in the 2008 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game ... Voted the All “Over the Mountain” Player of the Year while also being picked the All-Metro (Birmingham) Player of the Year ... Averaged five pancakes a game his junior and senior seasons ... Only gave up one sack as a senior and two sacks as a junior ... Snapped for field goals and extra points his senior year ... Full Name: Jadareius Omari Hamlin ... Parent: Elnora Lyons ... Born: 8/17/91 ... His cousin, Played for Coach David Shores. Tony Lyons, lettered for the Blue Raiders in 1990 … Major: Undecided. Full Name: Jesse Michael Ward Grisham ... Parents: Richard and Vicky Grisham ... Born: 4/12/91 … Major: Undecided.

DENZELL

GUERRA

Safety • 6-0 • 200 • r-SO

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Loganville, GA (Grayson HS)

HONORS: 2010 – Earned the most improved safety award.

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ANTONIO

HILL

three tackles for loss, a team-high six interceptions, and 14 pass breakups in leading team to a 13-1 record in 2009 ... As a freshman, he tallied 26 tackles, an interception, and five pass breakups.

High School: As a senior at Pasadena High School, he had 42 tackles, four interceptions, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries ... Offensively, he added 55 receptions for Chesapeake, VA (Oscar Smith HS) 1,066 yards, and 12 touchdowns ... Had a total of six 100-yard receiving games.

Defensive Line • 6-0 • 246 • r-JR

2009: Played in eight total games and earned 65 total snaps … Had a season-best 12 Full Name: Arness Anthony Ikner ... Parents: Ernest and Daphne Ikner ... Born: 7/19/90 snaps against WKU and ULM … Had three winning grades from the coaching staff … … Major: Undecided. Added a solo tackle on special teams against FIU … Also had a special teams tackle at ULM and against USM in the New Orleans Bowl. 2008: Saw action in two games and had a total of eight snaps … Moved from end to linebacker early in the season … Played in his first collegiate game against Maryland as a member of the special teams. 2007: Took a redshirt year.

CHARLES

JACKSON

Running Back • 5-9 • 204 • r-SO

High School: Led Oscar Smith High School to three straight Southeastern District championships and was tabbed all-state his junior and senior seasons ... Earned all-district as an offensive lineman three years in a row and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 as a defensive end ... He posted 92 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 2006 ... Ranked the 50th best player in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... Lettered in football and track ... Played football for Coach Richard Morgan.

Nashville, TN (John Overton HS)

Prior to MT: Attended Tennessee during the 2008-09 academic year. High School: Lettered in football and track at John Overton High School … Was first team all-area as a senior after winning the league rushing title … Earned the team’s Guts Award as a senior … Was all-state in track.

Full Name: Charles Evans Jackson … Parents: Charles and Lillie Jackson … Born: Full Name: Antonio Lamont Hill ... Parents: Carlton R. Walton and Shernita V. Hill ... 8/25/89 … Major: Undecided. Born: 10/31/88 … Major: Recreation and Leisure Services. Tackles 2009

G 8

UA 3

A 1

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 4 0-0

TFL 0-0

FR 0-0

INT 0

TAVARRES

JEFFERSON

Wide Receiver • 5-9 • 186 • SO

ROBERT

Nashville, TN (Ensworth HS)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic award.

HOGG

Cornerback • 5-9 • 185 • r-SO

3

2009: Played in six games and had two starts … Had 161 total snaps with a season-

Kingsport, TN (Dobyns Bennett HS) best 52 against Troy … Earned four winning grades from the coaches … Finished the

year with 11 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown … Caught two passes for 21 yards High School: Lettered four years in football and track at Dobyns Bennett High School against Maryland for his first career receptions … Added two receptions at North Texas … Earned all-state and all-northeast Tennessee honors as a senior … Was team captain … Registered seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown against Troy … Went out and team MVP as a senior … Played in the TACA Tennessee Toyota All-Star game … early in the Mississippi State game with a foot injury … Had surgery in late October All-state in track as a junior and senior. and missed the rest of the season. Full Name: Robert Lee Hogg Jr. … Parents: Robert Sr. and Charlene Hogg … Born: High School: Voted the Division II-AA Mr. Football Back of the Year ... Rated the 22nd 9/14/90 … Major: Undecided. best player in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... Also named to the All-Midstate team ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Played quarterback and defensive back for Ensworth High School ... Completed 53 of 108 passes for 1,031 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,324 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year ... Had a 8.17 yard per carry average in 2008 ... Rushed for 150 or more yards five times, including his last three in a row ... Had 200 yards rushing in a win over Bell Academy to go with 118 yards passing ... During his high school career he rushed for 3,227 yards and 48 touchdowns while totaling 4,404 yards of total offense ... He also added three touchdowns on punt Cornerback • 5-9 • 170 • JR Pasadena, CA (Pasadena HS) returns and two scores by receptions ... Owns the school record for rushing touchdowns Mt. San Antonio: Helped lead Mt. San Antonio to a 2009 Junior College National in a game (four), passing touchdowns in a game (four), longest punt return (81 yards), Championship as voted on by JCFootball.com and JC Gridwire ... Collected 52 tackles, rushing touchdowns in a season (25), points in a season (158) and interceptions in a season (five) ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played football for Coach Ricky

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JONES

Receiving 2009

G 6

Att. 11

Linebacker • 5-11 • 210 • SO

Career Statistics Yds. Avg. 104 9.5

LG 35

TD 1

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JUSTIN

CAREER HIGHS – Most Pass Receptions 7 vs Troy, 2009; Most Yards Receiving 79 vs Troy, 2009; Longest Reception 35 vs Troy, 2009; Most TD Receptions 1 vs Troy, 2009

Tallahassee, FL (Godby HS)

Honors: 2009 – Named to the Sun Belt All-Freshman team by Rivals.com … Named to the SBC All-Freshman team by the SBC beat writers.

2009: Played in 12 games and had 215 total snaps … Was in on a season-high 47 plays at Troy … Had three winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the season with 26 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, a sack, a fumble recovery and a hurry … Added four tackles at Maryland in six special teams snaps … Tallied five tackles and a quarterback hurry against Troy … Registered five tackles, including two for loss of yards and a fumble recovery against WKU … Had his first Buford, GA (Mill Creek HS) career sack in win over FIU.

JORDAN

JOHNSON

Offensive Line • 6-4 • 238 • r-FR

2009: Took a redshirt year. High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Was second team all-region and second team All-Gwinnett County ... As a senior, he was the Gwinnett County Player of the Month and the player of the week three times ... Named to the Gwinnett County All-Star Game ... Had 43 pancake blocks his senior year ... Played for Coach Shannon Jarvis. Full Name: Jordan Tyler Johnson ... Parents: James and Renee Johnson ... Born: 11/14/90 … Major: Undecided.

DAVID

JONES

Linebacker • 5-11 • 198 • r-FR

22

Memphis, TN (South Pittsburgh HS)

2010: Made the move from running back to linebacker during the spring. 2009: Took a redshirt year.

High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals. com and ranked as the nation’s 90th best outside linebacker ... Rated the 62nd best outside linebacker by Scout.com ... A first team all-state selection as a junior and senior ... Also made the All-Big Bend and FACA All-District team two years in a row ... Voted the team defensive most valuable player as a junior and senior ... Godby went 12-3 and finished second in the state his senior year as he tallied 173 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception, and three blocked kicks ... Registered 188 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and five quarterback sacks as a junior ... Turned in 17 tackles and five tackles for loss in state championship game against Cocoa ... Owns the school record for tackles in a season (188) and career (424) ... Played for Coach Shelton Crews. Full Name: Justin Lorenzo Jones ... Parents: Kerry Finley and Renee Patterson ... Born: 12/4/89 … Major: Undecided. Tackles 2009

G 12

UA 14

A 12

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 26 1.0-8

TFL 3.0-19

FR 1-0

INT 0-0

High School: Named Class A Mr. Football Back of the Year ... Named TSWA All-State as a junior and senior ... Voted to the Preseason Top 25 in Tennessee ... Voted to the AllSouthern Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Rushed for 1,197 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior while adding 71 tackles and five forced fumbles on defense ... As a junior he rushed for 1,349 yards and 18 touchdowns on his way to first team all-state honors ... Also had 121 tackles, six sacks, and caused Quarterback • 6-3 • 174 • SO Rocklin, CA (Bakersfield College) five fumbles on defense as he was tabbed the Region 3A Defensive Player of the Year ... Voted 1A Defensive MVP of the State Championship game ... Also lettered in basketball HONORS: 2010 – Earned the most improved quarterback award. ... Played for Coach Vic Grider ... Runs a 4.5 40. Bakersfield College: Rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Threw for Full Name: David Ethan Jones ... Parents: Daniel and Connie Jones ... Born: 12/16/90 2,512 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2009 to lead Bakersfield to a 10-2 record and earn … Major: Undecided. National Northern Conference Offensive MVP honors ... Was just the third quarterback in Bakersfield history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single-season ... Enrolled at Bakersfield in spring of 2009 as a grayshirt freshman.

LOGAN

KILGORE

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D. D.

KYLES

Running Back • 6-1 • 198 • r-JR

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Full Name: Deondre Robert Kyles ... Parents: Tony Kyles and Lina Mitchell ... Born: 6/26/88 … Major: Organizational Communication.

CAREER HIGHS – Most Rushing Attempts 22 vs FIU, 2009; Most Rushing Yards 177 vs UL, 2009; Most Rushing TDs 1 vs Memphis, WKU, FAU, 2009; Longest Run 53 vs UL, 2009; Most Receptions 2 vs Maryland, Troy, FAU, UL, 2009; Most Receiving Yards 18 vs FAU, 2009; Tampa, FL (Armwood HS) Longest Reception 80 vs ASU, 2009; Most TD Receptions 1 vs ASU, 2009

Honors: 2009 – Named 3rd team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Earned the most improved award for running backs at the conclusion of spring drills … Earned a Helmet Receiving 2008 Sticker award from ESPN.com on Nov. 1. 2009: Played in 12 games and had six starts … Paced all running back with 545 total snaps including a season-high 70 at Maryland … Led all backs with 11 winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished second on the team with a career-best 857 yards rushing on 139 attempts for a 6.2-yard average … Also had three rushing touchdowns … Added 14 receptions for 182 yards and a score … Recorded six plays of 30 or more yards on the season to rank third on the team … Rushed five times for 32 yards and his first career touchdown in win over Memphis … Made his first career start at Maryland and had 34 rushing yards on 10 attempts to go with two receptions … Had 18 carries for 62 yards at North Texas … Shared the team lead with 53 yards on six carries at Troy to go with two receptions … Did not play against Mississippi State … Rushed for 63 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown in win over WKU … Registered 140 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown at FAU to go along with two receptions … Had 22 carries for 110 yards against FIU to give him back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career … Put together his third straight 100-yard game with a career-best 177 yards on 20 carries in win over Louisiana … Led the Blue Raiders with 80 yards rushing on 11 carries against ASU while also adding a career long 80-yard touchdown reception … Had 67 yards on just nine carries in win over ULM.

2009 Total

G 2 11 13

Att. 1 14 15

Rushing 2008 2009 Total

G 2 12 14

Att. 1 139 140

Career Statistics Yds. 2 182 184

Avg. 2.0 13.0 12.3

LG 2 80 80

TD 0 3 3

Yds. 0 857 857

Avg. 0.0 6.2 6.1

LG 0 53 53

TD 0 3 3

GORBY

LOREUS

Linebacker • 5-11 • 222 • JR

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Tampa, FL (Thomas Jefferson HS)

2009: Played in 12 games and had 242 total snaps with a season-high 33 at Clemson … Had two winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished with 24 total tackles and a pass breakup for the year … Collected three tackles in a reserve role at Clemson … Had 2008: Played in just two five tackles against Memphis … Missed the Mississippi State game due to disciplinary games and saw action in reasons … Added three tackles at FAU … Had four tackles, including a half sack, and seven snaps … Had just a pass breakup against FIU … Collected three tackles at ULM. one rushing attempt and one reception on the season 2008: Played in 11 games and had 111 total snaps … Earned seven winning grades … Did not play against Troy from the coaches … Led the team with seven kickoff return tackles … Collected three … Had one rushing attempt tackles on five special teams plays against Maryland … Turned in two tackles in win in win over Maryland … over UNT as he played a season-high 16 snaps. Hauled in his first career reception at Kentucky for High School: Collected 130 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, and two fumble recovtwo yards … Did not play eries for Jefferson High School in 2007 ... Had 31 tackles in a game against Armwood ... at Arkansas State or against Named third team Class 4A all-state and all-county in 2007 ... Also earned All-Suncoast FAU or FIU due to a knee and Tampa Tribune Best of Bay honors ... Had 110 tackles and nine sacks as a junior ... injury … Did not make a Played for Coach Mike Fenton. return to the field the rest Full Name: Gorby Loreus ... Parent: Rosalie Loreus ... Born: 12/1/89 … Major: Liberal of the season. Studies. 2007: Took a redshirt year … Started out at receiver, CAREER HIGHS – Most Tackles 5 vs Memphis, 2009; Most Solo Tackles 4 vs Memphis, 2009; moved to safety, and then Most Tackles for Loss 0.5 vs FIU, 2009; Most QB Sacks 0.5 vs FIU, 2009; Forced Fumbles 0; Fumble Recovery 0; Pass Breakups 1 vs FIU, 2009 to running back toward the end of the year.

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G 11 12 23

UA 8 11 19

A 1 13 14

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 9 0-0 24 0.5-3 33 0.5-3

TFL 0-0 0.5-3 0.5-3

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MASON

Wide Receiver • 5-7 • 161 • JR

FR 0 0 0

INT 0 0 0

13

High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com who was rated the number 15 dualthreat quarterback in the country ... Rated one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Florida by Rivals.com (87) ... BTW faced Summerville (Moncks Corner, SC) in an ESPN nationally televised showcase game and McDonald led BTW to a convincing 36-3 win while completing 12 of 19 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown ... Helped lead BTW to a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship his senior year ... Missed most of his senior year due to an injury ... Earned all-state honors ... Led team to 4A state semifinals as a junior. Full Name: Sancho Deon McDonald ... Parents: Milton Coats and Tonya Coats... Born: 10/3/89 … Major: Undecided.

Richmond, CA (San Leandro HS) CAREER HIGHS – Most Pass Receptions 6 vs Troy, ULL, 2008; Most Yards Receiving 98 vs ULL, 2008; Longest Reception 36 vs ULL, 2008; Most TD Receptions 1, five times

Chabot College: Named to the 2009 California All-America First-Team and earned Golden Gate Conference Offensive MVP as a running back for Chabot College ... In 2009, he registered 1,800 all-purpose yards for a state-best 200 yards per game as a running back, slot receiver, and returner ... He rushed for 518 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009 to go with 26 receptions for 406 yards and two scores ... Averaged 27.3 yards on 31 kickoff returns in 2009, including one for a 75-yard touchdown ... Set school record in 2008 with a kickoff return average of 38.0 yards. High School: Was the HAAL offensive MVP and first team all-East Bay his senior year for San Leandro High School ... Rushed for 1,684 yards on 201 carries and 28 touchdowns while adding 18 receptions for 322 yards his senior year.

Receiving 2008 2009 Total

G 12 13 25

Att. 26 24 50

Career Statistics Yds. 308 255 563

McDONALD

Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 200 • JR

15

LG 36 35 36

TD 3 2 5

KENNEDY

McGRUDER

Full Name: Mack Curtis Mason ... Parents: Cloy Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Melon ... Born: 6/29/90 … Major: Undecided. Running Back • 5-11 • 200 • r-SO

SANCHO

Avg. 11.8 10.6 11.3

Memphis, TN (Bolton HS)

High School: Attended Bolton High School, where he was a four-year letterman in football and track … Earned first team all-region honors as a junior and senior in football … Was team captain his senior year. Full Name: Kennedy McGruder Jr. … Parents: Kennedy Sr. and Sheila McGruder … Born: 1/30/90 … Major: Marketing.

Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington HS)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved wide receiver award … 2009 - Earned the most improved strength training award for wide receivers at the conclusion of spring drills … 2008 - Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team.

OMAR

McLENDON

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2009: Played in all 13 games and had three starts … Turned in 407 total snaps including a season-high 46 against FIU … Earned seven winning grades from the coaching staff Defensive End • 6-4 • 232 • SO Temple, GA (Villa Rica HS) … Finished the year with 24 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns … Had two catches and a touchdown in win over Maryland … Led the Blue Raiders with five Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved defensive lineman award and the most receptions for 74 yards at North Texas … Registered three receptions for a team-high improved strength training award for de50 yards and a touchdown in win over FIU … Also had three catches against Louisiana fensive linemen. … Had three receptions at ULM … Added two catches for 15 yards in New Orleans Bowl win over USM. 2009: Saw action in 11 games and had 106 total snaps … Saw a season-high 22 snaps 2008: Played in all 12 games and had 373 total snaps to rank fifth among the receivers against Memphis … Earned two winning … Finished fifth on the team with 26 catches for 308 yards and three touchdowns … grades from the coaching staff … Finished Earned five winning grades from the coaches … Led the Blue Raiders with six recepthe year with four total tackles and an astions for 65 yards in his first college game against Troy … Had four catches, including sisted sack … Played in his first collegiate his first career touchdown, in a win over Maryland … Collected two receptions for 46 game against Memphis at defensive end yards in win over ULM … Hauled in four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown against … Had one tackle each against North Texas, WKU … Saved his best game for last as he equaled his personal-best with six catches Troy, FAU and FIU … Turned in a half sack in and set a new career mark with 98 yards and a touchdown against Louisiana in the win over FIU. season finale.

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McLEROY

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Full Name: Harold Omar McLendon ... Parents: Doug and Ola McLendon ... Born: 2/13/91 Offensive Line • 6-3 • 305 • JR Spring City, TN (Rhea County HS) … Major: Undecided. Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved offensive lineman award and the most Career Statistics improved strength training award for offensive linemen … 2008 – Named to the Daily Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team. 2009 11 1 3 4 0.5-2 0.5-2 0 0

BYRON

2009: Played in 13 games and had 12 starts … Had 876 total snaps on the season with a single-game high of 92 against Maryland … Earned 11 winning grades from the coaching staff to equal the most by any lineman … Recorded 60 total knockdowns including a season-high 11 against FIU … Graded out at 75 percent or better 12 times … Played 73 total snaps at Clemson and 64 against Memphis … Equaled the teamhigh with 92 snaps in win over Maryland … Had 91 snaps at North Texas … Was part of an offensive line that allowed the Blue Raiders to rush for 385 yards in win over FIU Tampa, FL (Thomas Jefferson HS) and 243 yards in New Orleans Bowl win over USM.

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McLEOD

Wide Receiver • 6-2 • 230 • r-JR

2009: Played in just one game during the season and that came against ULL … Had 2008: Played in all 12 games and earned six starts … Was in on 505 total snaps to rank six snaps against the Ragin’ Cajuns and all were on special teams. fifth among linemen … Earned 12 winning grades from the coaches … Averaged 68 snaps over the last five games of the year, including a season-best 76 in win over WKU 2008: Played in nine games and earned two starts … Ended the year with two catches … Saw three snaps on special teams against Troy … Earned his first collegiate start at for 26 yards and was the primary tight end the last three games of the year … Was in right guard in win over FAU and played a total of 47 snaps. on 110 total snaps to rank second among tight ends … Earned four winning grades from the coaches … Missed spring practice while recovering from a shoulder injury High School: A Mr. Football finalist in 2007 and a two-time Region 4-4A Offensive … Saw limited action at Louisville … Earned his first career start at tight end against Lineman of the Year ... Named first team all-state by the Tennessee Football Coaches Mississippi State … Had his first career reception for 14 yards against ULM … Started Association in 2007 and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association ... Also earned Chatagainst WKU … Had a reception for 12 yards at Louisiana. tanooga Times All-Area honors ... Recorded 56 pancake blocks and graded out at 92 percent as a senior ... Did not allow a sack in 2007 ... Lettered four years in football, 2007: Played in three total games before suffering a season-ending injury … Saw his three years in track, and one year each in wrestling and basketball ... Played for Coach first collegiate action at Louisville as a member of the special teams … Had nine plays Jason Fitzgerald. on the kickoff return team against LSU and was in on 12 special teams plays against WKU … Suffered a shoulder injury against WKU and did not play the remainder of the Full Name: Thomas Brandon McLeroy ... Parents: Don and Sheila McLeroy ... Born: season … Had shoulder surgery mid-October. 5/7/90 … Major: Criminal Justice Administration. High School: A three-year letterman who earned first team all-conference honors in 2006 at Thomas Jefferson High School ... Voted the team’s best blocker his senior year ... Had 42 catches for 523 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career ... Reeled in six passes for 130 yards and a touchdown against Southeast Bradenton ... Played for Coach Mike Fenton ... One of four signees to ink with the Blue Raiders from Jefferson in 2007.

DEARCO

NOLAN

Full Name: Byron Alvin McLeod ... Parents: Brian and Janet McLeod ... Born: 11/28/88 Defensive End • 6-2 • 249 • r-FR … Major: Mass Communication. Receiving 2007 2008 Total

G 3 9 12

Att. 0 2 2

Career Statistics Yds. 0 26 26

Avg. 0.0 13.0 13.0

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Atlanta, GA (Westlake HS)

2009: Took a redshirt year. LG 0 14 14

TD 0 0 0

High School: Ranked as one of the top five defensive ends in the state his senior year at Westlake ... Rated one of the top ten fastest defensive ends in the nation and the fastest in the state ... A five-time defensive player of the week winner ... An all-Region 4-AAAAA selection at Westlake after making 11 sacks and forcing six fumbles in 2008 to go along with 50 total tackles ... For his career, he registered 183 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, and 23 quarterback hurries ... Played for Coach Greg Minnis ... Runs a 4.48 40. Full Name: Dearco La’mark Nolan ... Parent: Teresa Allen ... Born: 2/7/90 … Major: Undecided.

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PRATCHER

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2009 TEAM HIGHLIGHTS • WON THE PROGRAM’S FIRST DIVISION I BOWL GAME WITH A 42-32 WIN OVER SOUTHERN MISS IN THE NEW ORLEANS BOWL.

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved strength training award for running backs.

• BECAME THE FIRST SUN BELT TEAM TO EVER WIN 10 GAMES BY GOING 10-3 OVERALL. THE BLUE RAIDERS ARE ALSO JUST THE EIGHTH TEAM IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO RECORD DOUBLE DIGIT VICTORIES.

2009: Took a redshirt year.

• MIDDLE TENNESSEE WAS ONE OF JUST 21 TEAMS NATIONALLY TO WIN AT LEAST 10 GAMES IN 2009.

Running Back • 5-7 • 198 • r-FR

Decatur, GA (Cedar Grove HS)

High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named Class 3A First-Team All-State in 2008 ... Voted the State of Georgia Red Zone Player of the Year ... Earned Dekalb County Back of the Week honors six times his senior year ... Rushed for 2,010 yards (201 yards per game) and 20 touchdowns on 227 carries (8.8 yards per carry) as a senior ... In a game against Redan he tallied 293 yards rushing and three touchdowns ... Started the last three games of his junior year and tallied 490 rushing yards ... Played for Coach Ray Bonner, a former Blue Raider, at Cedar Grove.

• Middle Tennessee ended the 2009 football season with its highest ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Raiders tied for 33rd nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and came in 37th in the Associated Press Poll. • THE BLUE RAIDERS ENTER THE 2010 SEASON WITH THE THIRD LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN THE COUNTRY AT SEVEN GAMES. • THE BLUE RAIDERS PLAYED THREE NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAMES AND HAD 11 OF THEIR 13 GAMES TELEVISED EITHER NATIONALLY, REGIONALLY, OR LOCALLY.

Full Name: William McKinley Pratcher III ... Parent: William Jr. and Letitia Pratcher ... Born: 10/16/90 … Major: Undecided.

JUNO

PRUDHOMM

Safety • 6-0 • 207 • SO

42

Naples, FL (Naples HS)

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 248 total snaps including a season-high 32 against Arkansas State … Had two winning grades from the coaching staff … Played extensively on special teams where he received four winning grades … Finished the year with 14 tackles and a TFL … Registered three tackles and a TFL against Memphis … Had two stops vs Maryland and Miss. State … Turned in two solo tackles at ULM.

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ROBERTS

Linebacker • 6-3 • 229 • r-FR

Rex, GA (Starr’s Mill HS)

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved linebacker award. 2009: Took a redshirt year.

High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top 150 playes list in 2008 ... Was first team all-region and all-county his senior year while being tabbed the team’s most valuable defensive player ... Registered 142 tackles (a school record) as a senior to go with four sacks and five blocked punts ... As a junior he recorded 95 tackles and eight sacks with most of his action coming at defensive end High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals. ... Also lettered in track ... Played for Coach Mike Earwood ... Runs a 4.58 40. com ... As a senior at Naples High School he played his first season at quarterback his Full Name: Stephen Roberts IV ... Parents: Stephen and Melissa Roberts ... Born: 3/26/91 senior year and completed 63 of 123 passes … Major: Undecided. for 1,111 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 802 yards (18 touchdowns) in leading them to an 13-2 record ... Also blocked five punts ...Competed in the 3A All-Star Game and the All-State All-Star Game ... Earned MVP honors in the 3A AllStar contest by throwing for 180 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 120 yards ... Voted team captain and was all-conference and honorable mention all-state ... Also Safety • 6-2 • 198 • SO Ooltewah, TN (Ooltewah HS) lettered in basketball and track ... Played football for Coach Bill Kramer.

SAMMY

SEAMSTER

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2009: Played in seven games and had 107 total snaps including a season-best 33 against Full Name: Juno Prudhomm ... Parent: Lutane Simon ... Born: 1/30/90 … Major: WKU … Earned three winning grades on special teams from the coaches … Finished Undecided. the year with six tackles, a TFL, and a forced fumble … Collected a stop in seven special teams snaps against Memphis … Also had one tackle at North Texas … Had two stops Career Statistics at Troy … Was in on 22 snaps against Mississippi State and all 22 were on special teams Tackles G UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT … Forced a fumble in win over WKU … Tackled the FAU punter for a nine-yard loss on 2009 13 8 6 14 0-0 1-3 0 0 special teams … Suffered a knee injury against FAU and was lost for the season.

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2010 player profiles High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Earned all-state (5A) and all-region honors in leading Ooltewah to a 11-2 record his senior year ... As a senior he had 53 tackles and led the team with six interceptions and 27 pass breakups ... Also had two tackles for loss and a forced fumble ... Added three receptions on offense ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Ooltewah won the state track title his junior year ... Played for Coach Benny Monroe ... Runs a 4.35 40.

High School: Lettered in football at Oak Ridge three years ... Graded out at 96 percent his senior year and tallied 100 pancake blocks ... Named all-state by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and was picked for the 2007 All-State Dream Team ... Voted the Region 2-5A Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Named to the Tennessee Super 44 list prior to senior campaign ... Earned all-region honors as a junior ... Played for Coach Stanton Stevens.

Full Name: Samuel Tyrone Seamster ... Parent: Alishia William ... Born: 2/5/91 … Full Name: Alex Phillip Stuart ... Parents: Phillip and Kimberlie Stuart ... Born: 9/7/89 ... Major: Undecided. Major: Undecided … Godfather is former Tennessee and NFL lineman Harry Galbreath. His father also played at UT … Major: Physical Education. Tackles 2009

G 7

UA 5

A 1

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 6 0-0

FR 0-0

INT 0-0

90

JIMMY

STATEN

Defensive End • 6-4 • 254 • r-FR

TFL 1-9

STUART

TAYLOR

Safety • 6-2 • 174 • r-SR

36

Dyersburg, TN (Dyersburg HS)

2009: Played in two total games and saw 15 snaps … Played in his first career game

Waycross, GA (Ware County HS) against FIU as a member of the punt block team and was also on the unit for Louisi-

ana.

2009: Took a redshirt year. High School: Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Named All-Region 2-AAAA in 2007 and 2008 and earned a spot on the GACA All-Star roster ... Voted one of the top 100 players in the south by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Turned in 87 tackles his senior year on defense and graded out at 96.5 percent on offense ... Had 15 tackles, four sacks, and a fumble recovery against Thomas County Central ... Also lettered in track and field and made the state final in the shot put in 2008 ... Played for Coach John Stephens.

2008: Did not see action in any games … Was a member of the scout team. 2007: Took a redshirt year. High School: Lettered in football and basketball at Dyersburg High School … Was allregion in football as a junior and senior while gaining all-district honors in basketball … During his last two seasons, Taylor tallied 90 tackles and five interceptions.

Full Name: Jimmy Lewis Staten IV ... Parents: Jimmy Staten III and Shirley Staten ... Full Name: Stuart Brooks Taylor ... Parents: William and Kathy Taylor … Born: 10/28/87 Born: 5/4/91 … Major: Undecided. … Major: Undecided

ALEX

STUART

Offensive Line • 6-3 • 285 • JR

65

MARCUS

THURMOND

Oak Ridge, TN (Oak Ridge HS) Wide Receiver • 6-0 • 168 • r-SO

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North Augusta, SC (North Augusta HS)

Honors: 2009 – Earned the most improved award for offensive linemen at the conclusion 2009: Played in five games and had 26 total snaps … Had a winning grade from the of spring drills while also collecting the Jeanne Massaquoi freshman academic award. coaches against ULM … Finished the year with one reception for seven yards … Broke his leg midway through spring drills but returned for fall camp … Played in his first 2009: Played in nine games and had eight starts … Registered 496 total snaps including collegiate game against Memphis and also saw action against WKU, FIU, ASU, and ULM a season-high 81 against Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl … Had 29 total knock- … Lone reception came against WKU. downs on the season and a high of six against WKU and ULL … Credited with a grade of 80 percent or better seven times … Came out of the Clemson game after 19 snaps with 2008: Took a redshirt year. an ankle injury and missed the Memphis, Maryland, North Texas, and Troy games … Returned against Mississippi State and played 33 snaps … Was part of an offensive line High School: Hauled in 38 receptions for 516 yards and six touchdowns for North that allowed the Blue Raiders to rush for 385 yards in win over FIU and 243 yards against Augusta his senior year ... Collected 43 receptions for nearly 610 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... Selected honorable mention all-state, first team Aiken County, USM in the New Orleans Bowl … Graded out at 84 percent against USM. all-region, and first team CSRA in 2007 ... Was team captain his senior year ... Won the 2008: Played in 11 games and had 131 total snaps, including a season-best 33 against South Carolina Class 4A state championship in the 800 meters in May of 2007 and was Troy and Maryland … Played exclusively at right tackle and was also a member of the third in 2006 ... Lettered three years in football and four years in track ... Played football for Coach Dan Pippen. short yardage team.

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G 5

Career Statistics

Att. 1

Yds. 7

Avg. 7.0

LG 7

No. 1

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PHILLIP

TINSLEY

Defensive End • 6-3 • 242 • r-SO

Punting 2009

TD 0

Yds. 1

Career Statistics

Avg. 52.0

Long 52

FC 0

In-20 0

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HAROLD

TURNER

Dexter, GA (Dodge County HS) Wide Receiver • 5-8 • 166 • r-SO

2009: Played in nine games and had 66 total snaps including a season-high 16 at Clemson … Earned two winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with five tackles … Suffered a shoulder injury in season opener at Clemson and missed the Memphis and Maryland games … Had two tackles against ULM and one each against North Texas, Troy, and FAU.

TB 0

Decatur, GA (Cedar Grove HS)

HONORS: 2009 – Voted to the Honorable Mention All-SBC Freshman Team by the leagues beat writers.

2009: Played in nine games and had 225 total snaps with 207 coming in the last seven games … Had a season-high 42 snaps against FIU … Earned six winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 14 receptions for 223 yards and three touchdowns … Made his first collegiate reception against Mississippi State … Finished 2008: Took a redshirt year. the game with three catches for 45 yards including a long grab of 25 yards … Reeled in High School: Lettered four years in football, four years in basketball, and three years in six receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns in win over WKU … Caught one pass track for Dodge County High School ... Helped lead team to consecutive 9-3 records his at FAU and had a reception for 20 yards against FIU … Had two catches for 31 yards, junior and senior campaigns ... Earned player of the week honors three times in 2007 including a touchdown grab of 32 yards against ASU. and was tabbed the team’s top receiver in 2006 ... Tallied 71 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery on defense while adding seven receptions for 91 yards and a High School: Lettered in football at Cedar Grove High School ... Ranked fourth in the touchdown on offense his senior year ... Earned the team’s sixth man and best rebounder county in receptions and receiving yards his senior year … Earned honorable mention all-county honors … Played for Coach Ray Bonner. award in basketball ... Played football for Coach Greg Robinson. Full Name: Phillip Jerome Tinsley ... Parent: Barbara Tinsley ... Born: 4/12/89 … Major: Full Name: Harold Turner Jr. … Parents: Harold Turner Sr. and LaJean Turner … Born: 8/23/90 … Major: Concrete Industry Management. Liberal Studies. Tackles 2009

G 9

UA 3

A 2

Career Statistics Tot. Sacks 5 0-0

NATHANIEL

TOULSON

Punter • 6-1 • 229 • r-JR

TFL 0-0

FR 0-0

INT 0-0

30

Receiving 2009

G 9

Att. 14

Career Statistics Yds. 223

DERREK

UPSHAW

West Palm Beach, FL (The Kings Academy) Defensive Tackle • 6-3 • 265 • r-FR

Honors: 2010 – Earned the most improved strength training award for specialists.

Avg. 15.9

LG 52

TD 3

95

Darien, GA (McIntosh County HS)

2009: Took a redshirt year.

2009: Played in his first collegiate game at ULM and his only punt attempt covered High School: Named first team all-region, first team Coastal Empire, and the team’s top receiver in 2008 ... Also elected team captain ... Turned in 44 tackles as a defensive 52 yards. end his senior year at McIntosh to go with four sacks and four tackles for loss as team went 9-2 (crowned 2AA champions) ... Also played tight end on offense and reeled in 2008: Did not see action in any game but did travel to all road contests. 10 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns ... Also lettered in basketball and track (state qualifier in the discus) ... Played for Coach Robbie Robinson. 2007: Took a redshirt year. High School: Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at The King’s Academy … Full Name: Derrek Allen Upshaw ... Parent: Alethea Upshaw ... Born: 4/24/91 … Major: Undecided. Named all-state and all-area two years in a row … Averaged 42.0 yards a punt.

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WALKER

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Spring City, TN (Rhea County HS)

2009: Took a redshirt year. High School: A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to the Tennessean’s 2008 Dream Team and the Best of Preps ... Three-year starter at Rhea County ... Graded out at 90 percent with 41 pancakes his senior year in helping lead team to 10-3 record ... Versatile lineman who also played some snaps at tackle ... Played for Coach Jason Fitzgerald. Full Name: Joshua Kyle Walker ... Parents: Jerry and Robin Walker ... Born: 6/2/91 … Major: Undecided.

High School: Lettered in football four years and was a team captain at Spring Valley High School … Tabbed all-state and all-region. Full Name: Norman Royell Washington … Parents: Norman and Wendy Washington … Born: 7/13/89 … Major: Business Management. Tackles 2008 2009 Total

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2009: Took a redshirt year.

High School: Scout.com rated him a 3-star recruit and the no. 92 receiver in the nation, and Rivals.com also had him as a 3-star ... Earned all-state honors in 2008 ... Had 517 receiving yards and 490 rushing yards as a senior ... Hauled in 40 catches for 620 Swainsboro, GA (Swainsboro HS) yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior ... Also added two interceptions on defense and returned one for a score ... Also lettered in track where he was a member of the 4x100 state champion relay team ... Played for Coach Chris Holmes.

WALLER

Defensive End • 6-2 • 234 • r-JR

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2008: Took a redshirt year after transferring from the University of the Cumberlands Full Name: Arthur Frank Williams Jr. ... Parents: Arthur Sr. and Felicia Williams ... Born: in Williamsburg, KY. 8/1/91 … Major: Undecided. High School: Lettered in football, basketball, and track at Swainsboro High School … Earned all-region honors as a junior and senior. Full Name: Daniel LeSean Waller … Parents: Willie Johnson and Serrina Phillips … Born: 3/7/89 … Major: Undecided.

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2008: Saw action in eight total games with all his action coming on special teams … Was in on 44 total snaps, including a season-best eight against FAU and Louisville … Earned one winning grade from the coaches … Played in his first collegiate game in win over FAU as a member of the punt block team … Recovered a fumble against FIU … Added a tackle in season finale at Louisiana.

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Honors: 2008 - Named to the Daily News Journal All-Sun Belt Freshman Team … Voted to the Rivals.com Sun Belt All-Freshman team. 2009: Played and started all 13 games … Had 886 total snaps on the year including a

Columbia, SC (Spring Valley HS) season-high 88 against North Texas … Earned nine winning grades from the coaches …

2009: Played in all 13 games and had 223 total snaps … Had a season-best 30 snaps in win over WKU … Earned three winning grades from the coaching staff … Finished the year with 12 tackles and a TFL … Added three tackles at Clemson … Had 19 snaps at Maryland with 15 coming on special teams … Collected three tackles vs WKU … Had a stop against FIU and recorded his first career TFL in win over Louisiana … Registered three tackles in win at ULM.

2007: Took a redshirt year.

MIKE

Led the Blue Raiders with 68 knockdowns on the season including 11 against North Texas and 10 against FIU … Credited with an 80 percent grade or better five times … Was in on 72 total snaps at Clemson and 61 against Memphis … Had 86 snaps at Maryland and followed that with 88 plays at North Texas … Played all 66 offensive snaps against Mississippi State … Was part of an offensive line that allowed the Blue Raiders to rush for 385 yards in win over FIU and 243 yards in win against USM in the New Orleans Bowl … Graded out at 84 percent against USM and led the line with four knockdowns. 2008: Played and started all 12 games at left tackle … His 904 total snaps played equaled the most among linemen with Mark Thompson … Had 15 winning grades from the coaches to lead all offensive linemen … Earned his first collegiate start at left tackle against Troy and played all 87 snaps on offense to go with three more on special teams … Was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack against Maryland, Kentucky or Mississippi State … Played all 66 offensive snaps in win over FAU and played all 78 at FIU.


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2010 player profiles/signees 2007: Took a redshirt year. High School: Named the Hillsborough Lineman of the Year his senior season at Jefferson High School ... An all-county and all-area selection ... Was an offensive lineman and a defensive end ... Against Armwood he graded out at 95 percent as an offensive lineman and recorded two sacks on defense in 2006 ... Played for Coach Mike Fenton ... One of four signees to ink with the Blue Raiders from Jefferson in 2007. Quarterback • 5-11 • 193 • r-FR

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Full Name: Mike Delano Williams ... Parents: Jeff Williams and Diane Mitchell ... Born: High School: Lettered four years in football, basketball, and baseball at MBA … Was a Mr. Football finalist his senior year after passing for 2,011 yards. 12/29/88 … Major: Organizational Communication. Full Name: Spencer Colin Wise … Parents: Kevin and Jo Wise … Born: 12/17/90 … Major: Undecided ... Other: transferred from Samford.

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WILLIAMS

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WOOD

Chattanooga, TN (Ooltewah HS)

High School: Won state 4x100 and 4x200 relays for Ooltewah High School his sopho- Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 202 • r-SR McMinnville, TN (Warren County HS) more and senior seasons … Lettered in track all four years and football two years. High School: Lettered three years in basketball and one year in football at Warren Full Name: Tim Williams … Parents: Timothy and Tangela Williams … Born: 12/30/90 County High School … Was all-district his senior year. … Major: Technology Engineering. Full Name: Adam Christopher Wood … Parents: Thomas and Betty Wood … Born: 6/26/88 … Major: Undecided.

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ANDERSON

High School: Named to the Tennessean’s Offensive Line/6-4/280/FR Dream Team in 2009 as one of the best players Franklin, TN in the state ... Was all-state, all-midstate, and Franklin High School all-region his senior year ... Versatile lineman for Franklin High School who helped them advance to Class AAA quarterfinals ... Known for his good footwork and blocking with tenacity ... Had 69 knockdown blocks in 2009 ... Lettered in football and wrestling ... Played for Coach Craig Clayton. Full Name: Isaiah Lee Anderson ... Parent: Tammy Lee ... Born: 5/15/92 … Major: Undecided.

PRESTON BAILEY

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BROOKS

County all-star game ... Played for Coach Jasper Jewell. Full Name: Jonathan Kendrick Brooks ... Parents: Henry Brooks Sr. and Bridget New ... Born: 2/26/92 … Major: Undecided.

JAMAR BROWN

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High School: Rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals. Cornerback/5-10/165/FR com and ranked as the 78th best cornerback Plantation, FL ... As a senior he registered 41 tackles, eight South Plantation High School tackles for loss, five interceptions (returned two for touchdowns), 12 pass breakups, and forced two turnovers ... Also scored nine total touchdowns while adding 500 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving ... Earned first team all-Broward County honors and played in the North-South Broward County all-star game and the Broward vs Dade County all-star game.

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High School: Named honorable mention Linebacker/6-2/202/FR all-state, all-region and all-county for Miller New Orleans, LA Grove High School his senior year ... Led Miller Miller Grove High School Grove in tackles, tackles for loss, fumbles caused, and forced fumbles in 2008 and 2009 ... As a senior he registered 106 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, six caused fumbles, two interceptions, and two sacks ... Invited and played in the Dekalb

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Full Name: Khari Damani Burke ... Parent: Bridget Starks ... Born: 3/30/92 …Major: Undecided.

COREY

High School: Ranked the 91st best middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com ... Earned honorable mention 5-A all-state honors after leading Woodstock in tackles for

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2010 signees the second straight year with 145 ... Also had three sacks, two blocked kicks, two pass breakups, three hurries, and an interception, while rushing five times for 131 yards and a touchdown as a fullback ... Voted the 2009 Cherokee County Gridiron Club Player of the Year, was the Cherokee Tribune Defensive Player of the Year, and won the Cherokee County Gridiron Iron Man Award ... Named the 2009 Woodstock High Football Power Champion ... Nominated for the 2009 North-South All-Star game ... Was a team captain in 2009 and the defensive captain in 2008 ... Registered 110 tackles as a junior to go with five sacks, an interception and three caused fumbles ... Also lettered in track where he was all-county and owns the school record in the shot put (53’1”) ... Played for Coach Mike O’Brien at Woodstock High School.

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HENRY

High School: Named first team all-Broward Linebacker/6-1/217/FR County his senior year at Hollywood Hills High Dania, FL School ... Registered 103 tackles his senior year Hollywood Hills High School to go with eight sacks, 12 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries ... Invited to and played in the inaugural Public vs Full Name: Corey John Carmichael ... Parents: Dan and Robyn Carmichael ... Born: 8/24/91 ... Major: Private All-Star Game in south Florida. Undecided … Other: Brother Danny was a four-year lettermen for the Blue Raiders (2006-09). Full Name: Christian Alexander Henry ... Parents: Charles and Elizabeth Henry ... Born: 2/26/92 … Major: Undecided.

T.L.

EDWARDS Saddlebrook College: Collected 22 tackles, three interceptions and a pass breakup his sophomore year in helping lead Saddlebrook to a 9-2 record … Played in two games as a true freshman.

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Cornerback/6-1/180/JR Riverside, CA Saddlebrook College

High School: Earned Class 4A all-state honors Offensive Line/6-4/265/FR in 2009 and participated in the Alabama- Oneonta, AL Mississippi All-Star game ... Credited with an Oneonta High School average grade of 84 percent his senior year and only allowed two sacks ... Averaged three pancake blocks per game ... Lettered in football, basketball, and track for Oneonta High School ... Played for Coach Gardner Gilliland.

High School: Lettered three years in football, track, and wrestling at Temescal Canyon High School … Named defensive back of the year his senior season while also earning the team’s most Full Name: Judd Steven Hunt ... Parents: Andy and Rhonda Hunt ... Born: 6/11/91 … Major: inspirational award … A Dean’s List student. Undecided. Full Name: T.L. Edwards … Parents: the late Troy Edwards and mother Michelle Edwards … Born: 12/11/88 … Major: Undecided.

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High School: Named a Class A Mr. Football Defensive End/6-3/215/FR Lineman Award finalist in 2009 ... Was allSouth Pittsburg, TN state, all-region, all-district, and tabbed the South Pittsburg High School district defensive player of the year ... During his senior year he collected 84 tackles, 12 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and three pass breakups ... Also added a blocked kick, fumble recovery, and two caused fumbles ... As a junior, he registered 107 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, and nine tackles for loss ... Also had 20 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns on offense ... South Pittsburg High School went 43-5 during his four years and were state champs in 2007 and state runner up in 2009 ... Lettered in football and basketball ... Played for Coach Vic Grider.

ARNESS IKNER LOGAN KILGORE

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KIRKLAND

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Citrus College: Earned all-conference honors Defensive Tackle/6-0/275/JR as a freshman and sophomore at Citrus College Chino Hills, CA … Turned in 32 tackles, including five for loss Citurs College of yards in 2009 … Also added a sack, a pass breakup, forced fumble, fumble recovery, and a quarterback hurry … Played in eight games as a freshman and registered 21 tackles and two tackles for loss.

High School: Lettered three years in football at Chino Hills High School where he was all-conferFull Name: Franklin Jiajuan Fennell ... Parents: George and Elendora Fennell ... Born: 5/12/92 ence in 2008. … Major: Undecided. Full Name: Jesse John Kirkland … Parents: Jesse James and Michele Kirkland … Born: 12/15/89 … Major: Undecided.

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GASQUE

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High School: Earned GSWA honorable Linebacker/6-2/195/FR mention all-state honors as a senior at Hiram Hiram, GA High School, along with first team 7-AAAA Hiram High School all-region accolades ... Had two blocked punts, one blocked PAT, one fumble return for a touchdown, and a school record 17 tackles in one game High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Defensive Tackle/6-3/270/FR in 2009 ... Garnered the Hiram Hornets’ team weightlifting award. Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked the 92nd Mobile, AL best defensive tackle in the country by Scout. Davidson High School Full Name: Leighton Nichols Gasque ... Parents: Leroy and Toyia Gasque ... Born: 1/17/92 … com ... As a senior he had 90 tackles, five sacks, Major: Undecided. 13 tackles for loss and five pass breakups for Davidson High School ... In 2008, he collected 76 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups, and 12 hurries.

MCNEIL

Full Name: Patrick Jamal McNeil ... Parents: Michael and Melodie Campbell ... Born: 6/8/92 … Major: Undecided.

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2010 signees all-county ... Tallied 40 tackles, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions, three tackles for loss, and one sack his senior year. Full Name: Christopher Cornell Sharpe ... Parent: Cheryl Sharpe ... Born: 3/3/92 … Major: Undecided.

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High School: Earned all-county and all-area Defensive Tackle/6-4/255/FR honors in 2009 for Palm Beach Lakes High West Palm Beach, FL School ... Turned in 78 total tackles, 18.5 Palm Beach Lakes High School quarterback sacks, and a total of 32 tackles for loss his senior year in leading a defense that allowed just 15 points a game ... Was invited to the 2010 Outback Bowl All-Star game ... Lettered in football and track ... Played for Coach High School: Lettered in football, basAlonzo Jefferson. Defensive End/6-4/215/FR ketball, and track at Hillwood High School Antioch, TN Full Name: Morris Yancey Moore ... Parents: Arvester Anderson and Maureen Butler ... Born: ... Earned all-city and all-region honors in Hillwood High School football his senior year ... Collected 62 tack9/27/90 … Major: Undecided. les and nine sacks in 2009 to go with 36 hurries, nine pass breakups, and nine tackles for loss ... Also had six receptions for 53 yards ... Received the William Hume award in 2009 for academic excellence ... Played for Coach Mose Phillips.

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UGBOAJA

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MURPHY

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Laney Junior College: Earned all-conferQuarterback/6-0/195/JR ence and all-region honors at Laney JC … Alameda, CA In 2009, he completed 144 of 251 passes Laney JC for 1,749 yards and 16 touchdowns … Completed 107 of 204 passes for 1,845 yards as a freshman.

Full Name: Maxwell Nnamdi Ugboaja ... Parents: Kermayo and Erin Ugboaja ... Born: 4/4/92 … Major: Undecided.

VINCENT

VAN HORNE

Wide Receiver/5-11/190/JR High School: Lettered in football and baseball at Alameda High School … Holds the record for Bakersfield College: Collected 25 receptions for 516 yards and four touchdowns the most passing yards and touchdowns in a single game. Bakersfield, CA in 2009 playing with fellow signee Logan Bakersfield College Kilgore. Full Name: Jeff Dominic Murphy … Parents: James and Ann Murphy … Born: 11/3/89 … Major: Undecided. High School: Lettered four years in football, two years in soccer and rugby, and one year in basketball and track at Bakersfield High School … Was all-area and all-Southeast Yosemite League as a wide receiver … Had a school record 82 catches for 1,413 yards his senior year.

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RUSSELL

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Full Name: Vincent Van Horne … Parents: Rick and Dr. Kimberly Van Horne … Born: 3/13/90 … Major: Undecided … Father, Rick, played football at UNLV and cousin, George Snider, raced in 23 Indianapolis 500s.

Cerritos College: Rated a three-star prospect Safety/5-11/190/JR by Rivals.com ... Earned all-Northern Division Cerritos, CA Central Conference first team honors in 2008 Gahr High School and 2009 as an all-purpose performer and defensive back ... Led Cerritos in 2009 with 952 all-purpose yards despite not having a single offensive touch in 11 games ... Registered 54 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 12 pass breakups, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles in 2009 ... Averaged 30.1 yards Wide Receiver/5-7/170/FR per kick return and 26.2 yards per punt return ... Scored three touchdowns in 2009 with two on High School: An all-purpose player who interceptions and one on a kick return ... Recorded a 91-yard interception return, an 85-yard kickoff competed as a running back, wide receiver, Rome, GA and returner at Rome High School ... Rushed return, and a 78-yard punt return. Rome High School for over 3,000 yards and had 40 touchdowns High School: Chosen First Team Press Telegram Dream Team and was selected the Most Valuable during his prep career ... Earned all-state honors in 2008, was all-region in 2007, 2008, and Player of the Area his senior year at Gahr High School … Also named First Team All-CIF as a senior 2009, and garnered all-area recognition in 2007 and 2009 ... Voted Rome News Tribune player of and was a two-time First Team All-San Gabriel Valley League selection … Posted 167 tackles the week five times ... Registered a 40-time of 4.31 at an Atlanta recruiting combine ... Lettered with 11 interceptions and scored five touchdowns as a senior, while he posted 88 stops with four years in football and three years in track ... Played for Coach Sid Fritts. three interceptions and scored two touchdowns as a junior … Named Second Team all-league as a sophomore after he registered 30 tackles, two interceptions and scored two touchdowns … Full Name: Reginald Levoyd Whatley ... Parents: Reggie and Leslie Whatley ... Born: 8/19/90 Also spent three years on the track and field team. … Major: Undecided.

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High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals. Cornerback/5-10/170/FR com and a two-star by Scout.com ... Helped Stone Mountain, GA lead Stephenson High School to an 11-1 Stephenson High School record and a Region 2-AAAAA championship in 2009 ... Earned honorable mention all-state honors while also being tabbed all-region and

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Two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year

Rick Stockstill In four seasons at the helm of the Middle Tennessee program, Rick Stockstill has elevated the Blue Raiders to an unprecedented level. During his short tenure, the Blue Raiders have captured a league title, won the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, made two bowl games in four years, appeared on national television a record and Sun Belt Conference-best 10 times, and produced six of the top ten crowds in Floyd Stadium history. The 2009 season was one for the record books. Stockstill’s most recent squad accomplished what few believed possible with an FBS-record 10 wins, a final ranking of 33rd nationally in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, a bowl victory, a seven-game winning streak, the most Sun Belt victories in school history, five road victories, and a second straight undefeated month of November. It all resulted in Stockstill being named Sun Belt Conference co-Coach of the Year and 11 players earning all-conference honors, including co-Defensive Player of the Year Chris McCoy who was taken in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. To top things off, quarterback Dwight Dasher earned New Orleans Bowl MVP honors and became just the fourth player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Stockstill has also shown a commitment to academics during his tenure. The Blue Raiders have gone from an APR score of 892 to a very impressive 990, the biggest increase of any program in the country. The Blue Raiders have also been crowned with the Sun Belt Conference Academic Award on two occasions (2006-07, 2007-08). For his efforts, Stockstill was inducted as an honorary member into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in April 2010. After 24 years as an assistant, Stockstill was given the chance to run his own program, and all he did was lead the Blue Raiders to a 2006 Sun Belt Conference championship, help set a new single-season attendance record, and take the program to its first postseason bowl game in the I-A era. Taking a Middle Tennessee team predicted to finish sixth in the Sun Belt during the preseason to a league title, Stockstill ended up as the 2006 Sun Belt Confer-

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head coach ence Coach of the Year and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year while also garnering that honor from ESPN.com. Under Stockstill, the Blue Raiders have consistently been among the least penalized teams in the conference and have established a combined plus-33 turnover margin. His teams have amassed the top three tackles for loss and quarterback sack totals in school history and have produced the Sun Belt’s top touchdown scorer twice. Individual players have 30 all-conference honors and a player of the year award and there have been three different National Player of the Week winners. The Blue Raiders have won 20 of 29 conference games since 2006 and pulled upsets of ACC member Maryland in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, defensive end Erik Walden was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and offensive lineman Franklin Dunbar and defensive lineman Trevor Jenkins signed as free agents with the Philadelphia Eagles. During the 2006 championship run, Stockstill and his staff developed an All-American, 11 allconference players, 11 SBC Player of the Week winners, a consensus National Defensive Player of the Week (Damon Nickson won the Walter Camp and the Bronco Nagurski awards), and the school’s all-time sacks leader (Erik Walden). Much of the team’s success was attributed to their play on the road that year, the Blue Raiders won four conference road games. Only 10 other teams nationally could stake that claim. It is said you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and Stockstill assembled a championship staff well before he coached his first game. Stockstill’s cur-

rent staff sports two national championships, 93 bowl rings, and 221 years of coaching experience. Along with his extensive background in collegiate coaching circles, the driven and determined Stockstill has had the advantage of working alongside some of the greatest minds in college football history. The effect of these experiences have been highly evident during his Blue Raider tenure. Stockstill, who made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the previous two years at South Carolina, has worked with legendary coaches Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Danny Ford, Tommy Bowden, Ken Hatfield, and Tommy West. Stockstill demonstrated the ability to develop and coach big-time players throughout his career as an assistant. He joined the Gamecock staff in December 2003 and immediately made an impact in recruiting. Stockstill coached the Gamecock tight ends and served as recruiting coordinator in 2005 and was the wide receiver coach in 2004. Before joining Holtz’s staff at South Carolina, Stockstill was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 2003. In his first year at South Carolina, Stockstill coached Troy Williamson to one of the best seasons ever for a Gamecock receiver. Williamson made 43 receptions for 835 yards (75.9 per game average) and seven touchdowns. Williamson’s 835 receiving yards put him among the single-season leaders at USC, along with his seven touchdowns. Williamson was taken as the seventh pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

STOCK’S PHILOSOPHY MISSION STATEMENT: My goal at MTSU is to create an environment and atmosphere for ev- assignments and playing them out to perfection. There is only one kind of discipline and that eryone to be able to succeed. Our players will be more successful in life because they went is PERFECT DISCIPLINE. Make good grades, exercise consistently, eat healthy, and do what is through our program. right. Discipline will determine the amount of your success. PROCESS: There is a process that every program has to go through in building it if you want to build it to last, and that is what I am doing. We are a program that stresses academics before everything else. My goal is to have a 100 percent graduation rate. We will be a program that is disciplined both on and off the field and will be represented by people of high character. We will chase perfection with the goal of catching excellence in everything we do. We will be a program that is passionate and enthusiastic and loves to play football. We will never quit, never give up, and always represent MTSU in a first-class manner. CHARACTER: I want our players to be successful in life because they went through our program. The values that we are able to develop and instill in them will create a positive attitude and allow them the success they have as student-athletes at MTSU. Our players must conduct themselves in a first-class manner and with high character. Nothing else will be accepted. ACADEMICS: We want players to be successful as students. I have always told players in recruiting there are two things that you will do here; one off the field and one on the field. The one off the field means you will graduate and represent this University in a positive light. That is the one that is going to have the greatest impact on your life. I want our players to succeed academically. Our goal is to win championships with quality young men who are graduating. We may be in the entertainment business on the weekend, but we are in the education business during the week.

ATHLETIC: I want our players to be the best football players they can be. My goal is for every player to reach and play past their full potential. They will play together as a team, know and understand how important it is to be part of a team, and understand their role within the team. Personal sacrifice over personal gratification is expected. We live, work, play, study, win, and lose as a team. We will not be infected by the “disease of me.” The team will always be first. PASSION-ENTHUSIASM: I think we have created a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm in the state of Tennessee and in the country. I think everyone is holding on and catching the excitement. I think they know that it is a dawn of a new day and a fresh beginning at MTSU. We are working extremely hard to do the right thing and be passionate and enthusiastic in how we coach, how we practice, how we play the game, and how everyone in our program goes about their business. ATTITUDE: I think everybody should have a positive attitude in everything we do and take the attitude that we are working to be a champion. We want to be a champion in everything we do. ACT LIKE A CHAMPION, PRACTICE LIKE A CHAMPION, PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION, AND MAKE CHOICES LIKE A CHAMPION. BECOME A CHAMPION!

CAREER: We are committed to using every resource this University has to help our players be successful. When they leave MTSU they can be more successful in their careers because of their DISCIPLINE: Discipline is what you do for someone not what you do to someone. Self-disci- association with MTSU and the people that have made this University great. I always tell our pline is the greatest asset an individual can possess. Discipline is being on time every time. players, “Use MTSU, don’t let it use you!” Get involved and take advantage of everything we It is doing what you say and doing what you are told to do every time. It is knowing your have to offer you.

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MEET RICK STOCKSTILL MTSU Season as Head Coach: 5th Record at MT/Overall: 27-23/27-23 Date Hired: December 12, 2005 PERSONAL Birthdate: December 23, 1957 Hometown: Fernandina Beach, FL Spouse: the former Sara Fleischman Children: Brent and Emily Parents: Joel Stockstill and Kris Stockstill EDUCATION High School: Fernandina Beach, 1977 College: Florida State, B.S. Physical Ed., 1982 PLAYING EXPERIENCE Quarterback at Florida State, 1977-82 (honorable mention All-American; played in three bowl games and the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Japan Bowl) COACHING EXPERIENCE 1983-84: Bethune-Cookman (Off. Coord./QB) 1985-88: UCF (Asst. Head Coach/WR) 1989-92: Clemson (Quarterbacks) 1993: Clemson (QBs/Passing Game Coordinator) 1994-95: Clemson (Co-Offensive Coord./WR) 1996-98: Clemson (Wide Receivers) 1999-2002: Clemson (WR/Recruiting Coord.) 2003: East Carolina (Offensive Coordinator) 2004: South Carolina (WR/Recruiting Coord.) 2005: South Carolina (TE/Recruiting Coord.) 2006-Present: MTSU (Head Coach) HONORS 2004: Named a Top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com 2006: Named Sun Belt Conference Coach of Year 2006: Named TSWA Coach of Year 2006: ESPN.com’s Sun Belt Coach of Year 2009: Named Sun Belt Conference Co-Coach of Year 2009: Named TSWA Coach of Year NOTEWORTHY Has coached or played under the likes of Bobby Bowden, Tommy Bowden, Danny Ford, Ken Hatfield, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Tommy West ... In 2009, MT became the first SBC team to ever win 10 games.

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In addition to his on-field coaching at Carolina, Stockstill coordinated the signing of a top-20 recruiting class for the Gamecocks in his first season and was recognized as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com. From 1989 to 2002, Stockstill was on the coaching staff at Clemson, where he helped lead the Tigers to some of their most proficient offensive performances in school history. He served in a variety of capacities during his tenure with Clemson, working as recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach. One of his prize pupils was All-America wide receiver Rod Gardner, who was the number 15 pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. Stockstill played an integral role in Clemson’s offense, which set more than 100 school records from 1998 to 2002. Stockstill is credited with recruiting Clemson’s all-time leading rusher (Raymond Priester), second all-time leading passer (Woodrow Dantzler), and second all-time leading receivers (Derrick Hamilton and Rod Gardner). Stockstill has coached in 14 total bowl games, including two as a head coach. Stockstill also has coaching experience at the University of Central Florida (198588), where he tutored wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, who went on to a 13-year career in the NFL, and at Bethune-Cookman College (1983-84).

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Born Dec. 23 in Sidney, Ohio, Stockstill grew up in Georgetown, Ky., and then moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where he was inducted into the Fernandina Beach Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a three-year letterman at Florida State as a quarterback, where he was team captain and earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1981 under Coach Bobby Bowden. During his career at FSU, the Seminoles had two top-10 final Associated Press rankings and had wins over powers Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Nebraska. Stockstill, who received his bachelor’s degree from FSU in 1982, made three bowl trips with the Seminoles. Stockstill and his wife, the former Sara Fleischman, have a son, Brent, and a daughter, Emily.


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n accomplishments under stockstill  2010 - Inducted as honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society  2009 Sun Belt Conference Co-Coach of the Year  2009 TSWA Coach of the Year  2009 team became first in Sun Belt history to win 10 games  2009 - Led team to New Orleans Bowl Championship  2009 - Team had school-record 7 Sun Belt Conference wins  2009 - Coached the SBC Defensive Player of the Year (Chris McCoy)  2009 - Coached the New Orleans Bowl MVP (Dwight Dasher)  2009 - New single-game home attendance record set against Memphis  2009 - Team set new single-season records in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss  2008 - Set new single-season Floyd Stadium attendance record  2008 - Coached a Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week winner  2008 - Quarterback was given the National ESPN Helmet Sticker Award  2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year (first conference COY at MTSU since 1989)  2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year by ESPN.com  2006 TSWA Coach of the Year  2006 Rutherford County Reader Gridiron Glacier Award  2007, 2008 and 2010 Intercultural and Diversity Coach of the Year  2006 Sun Belt Conference Championship  2006 - Led school to first-ever bowl game in the I-A era (Motor City)  2006 - One of just 10 teams in the country to win four road conference games  2006 - Coached a Walter Camp and Bronco Nagurski National Player of the Week winner  2006 - Seven wins were most by a first-year coach at MTSU since 1947  2006- Coached the ESPN.com SBC Defensive Player of the Year  2006 - Set new single-season attendance record  Has led team to seven straight November wins  Improved team’s APR dramatically from 892 to 990  Team won 2006-07 and 2007-08 Sun Belt Conference Academic Award  17 First Team All-Conference selections in four years  A record-tying 11 SBC Player of the Week winners in 2006 and 34 during his tenure  A school-record 10 national television games during his tenure  Program’s 128.5 quarterback sacks in last four years rank second in SBC (133)  Blue Raiders named National Team of the Week by CollegeSportsReport.com on 10/14/07

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In just four years as head coach, Rick Stockstill has produced 24 different all-conference players who have won 30 honors. Three players have also garnered All-American recognition. All-Sun Belt Selections Desmond Gee, All-Purpose, 2006 (1st) Tavares Jones, DE, 2006 (1st) Damon Nickson, DB, 2006 (1st) Damon Nickson, KR, 2006 (1st) J.K. Sabb, LB, 2006 (1st) Colby Smith, P, 2006 (1st) Erik Walden, DE, 2006 (1st) Franklin Dunbar, OL, 2007 (1st) Desmond Gee, All-Purpose, 2007 (1st) Tavares Jones, DE, 2007 (1st) Erik Walden, DE, 2007 (1st) Alan Gendreau, PK, 2009 (1st) Jeremy Kellem, S, 2009 (1st) Chris McCoy, DE, 2009 (1st) Alex Suber, CB, 2009 (1st) Mark Thompson, C, 2009 (1st) Marcus Udell, CB, 2009 (1st) Franklin Dunbar, OL, 2006 (2nd) Germayle Franklin, OL, 2006 (2nd) Eugene Gross, RB, 2006 (2nd) Clint Marks, QB, 2006 (2nd)

Justin Rainey, LB, 2006 (2nd) Bradley Robinson, DB, 2007 (2nd) Trevor Jenkins, DL, 2008 (2nd) Jeremy Kellem, S, 2008 (2nd) Danny Carmichael, LB, 2009 (2nd) Dwight Dasher, QB, 2009 (2nd) Mark Fisher, OL, 2009 (2nd) Jamari Lattimore, DE, 2009 (2nd) Cam Robinson, LB, 2009 (2nd) All-Americans Damon Nickson, KR, 2006 (2nd Team) Dwight Dasher, QB, 2007 (HM Freshman) Chris McCoy, DE, 2009 (Honorable Mention)

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DAVID BIBEE David Bibee is in his second stint at Middle Tennessee, having joined Rick Stockstill’s staff in 2008. Bibee, who is in charge of the safeties, spent the previous two years at Chattanooga, where he coached outside linebackers in 2006 and guided the secondary in 2007. Bibee made an immediate impact in his first season by developing an all-conference player in Jeremy Kellem and another in Kevin Brown, who possessed all-league credentials. In 2009, his safeties had eight interceptions, nine tackles for loss, 12 breakups, three sacks, and three fumble recoveries in helping the Blue Raiders finish second in the Sun Belt in pass defense. Kellem and Brown were 4th and 6th on the team in tackles as Kellem earned first team all-conference honors. Bibee, who has 29 years of coaching experience including 23 on the collegiate level, has served as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, North Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay State, Appalachian State, South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Clemson, East Tennessee State, and Chattanooga. He has coached a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player in Dallas Cowboys cornerback Larry Brown, five All-Americans including the THE BIBEE FILE Blue Raiders’ MIDDLE TENNESSEE all-time tackles Season at MT: 3rd for loss leader Date Hired: February 27, 2008 Dennis Mix, Recruiting Area: Mideast Tennessee and nine NFL (Chattanooga), South Central Florida, draft picks. His Northwest Georgia list of draft picks coached includes former PERSONAL Blue Raider great James Griffin; Clemson Birthdate: May 31, 1954 safety Antwan Edwards, a first-round selec Hometown: Bristol, TN tion by the Green Bay Packers; and former Spouse: the former Lisa Carter Baylor High School and Virginia kicker Kurt Children: Ashlee, Allison, Lindsay Smith of the San Diego Chargers. Prior to his stint at Chat EDUCATION High School: Tennessee High School, 1973 tanooga, Bibee worked in the College: Tennessee, B.S. Health Ed., 1977 local high school ranks as head football coach at Baylor School PLAYING EXPERIENCE in Chattanooga from 2000 Safety at Tennessee, 1973-76 to 2005. He guided the Red Raiders to the Division II state COACHING EXPERIENCE semifinals in 2000 and 2005. 1978: Ole Miss (defensive assistant) 1979: North Alabama (secondary/rec. coord.) After the 2005 season, Baylor 1980: Middle Tennessee (DB/recruit. coord.) defensive lineman Jacques Mc 1981-82: Austin Peay (DB/recruit. coord.) Clendon was elected Division 1984-88: Appalachia n State (Asst. HC/DB) II Class AAA Mr. Football Line 1989-93: South Carolina (Asst. HC/DB) man of the Year and was later 1996: Tennessee Tech (DB/rec. coord.) drafted by the Indianapolis 1997: Clemson (outside linebackers) Colts in the fourth round. 1998: Clemson (secondary) 1999: East Tennessee (co-defensive coord.) McClendon received a 2000-2004: The Baylor School (head coach) scholarship to play football at 2006-07: Chattanooga (secondary) the University of Tennessee, 2008-: MT (safeties) and 24 other players went on to sign scholarship agree BOWL EXPERIENCE ments. 1973: Gator Bowl (player) Bibee’s coaching career 1974: Liberty Bowl (player) 1998: Peach Bowl (coach) began at Tennessee, where he 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach) served as a student assistant

for Coach Bill Battle. He moved on to the staff at Ole Miss in 1978, where he was placed in charge of the defensive scout teams on Steve Sloan’s first Rebels’ staff. He left Ole Miss to coach the defensive secondary and work as recruiting coordinator at North Alabama for one year and held the same positions for one year at Middle Tennessee (1980). Sparky Woods hired Bibee at Appalachian State in 1984 to be his assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, and secondary coach. Bibee helped the Mountaineers compile a 38-19 overall record during that span, with back-to-back Southern Conference titles in 1986 and 1987. The Mountaineers ranked first, third, and fifth nationally in scoring defense during his tenure. Bibee joined Woods at South Carolina in 1989 to work as assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator, and secondary coach. He was part of Mike Hennigan’s first coaching staff at Tennessee Tech in 1996, holding the posts of defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Golden Eagles for one season. He coached alongside current Atlanta Falcon Head Coach Mike Smith. Prior to heading to the Baylor School, Bibee coached the secondary and outside linebackers at Clemson from 1997 to 1999, where he was on staff with Stockstill and Les Herrin. Working for head coach Tommy West, Bibee helped the Tigers to a Peach Bowl berth in 1997. Bibee is a 1977 graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in health education. He played football for the Volunteers from 1973 to 1976 and was a member of the 1973 Gator Bowl team and the 1974 Liberty Bowl squad. Bibee is married to the former Lisa Carter of Savannah, Tenn. The couple has three daughters, twins Ashlee and Allison, and Lindsay.

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brent brock Brent Brock, a head coach in the Georgia high school ranks players and helped turn the program around during his short tenure. Under his reign, for 14 years and a former teammate of head coach Rick Stock- FHS took home the sportsmanship trophy for 2-AAA in 1996 and 1997. still, is in his fifth season at Middle Tennessee. Brock coached Before taking over at Jackson County, Brock spent two years as offensive coordinathe tight ends his first three years tor/strength coach at Westside High School and coached the inside receivers under Robert Davis. Westside, only four years in 2009. old at the time, made it to the semifinals of Brock’s receivers were part of the state at the Georgia Dome in 2002 and a fast-paced offense in 2009 that finished with a no. 4 state ranking. In 2001, rang up a school record 3,064 yards of passing along with a Westside advanced to the quarterfinals of the record setting 25 touchdowns. In all, 17 receivers caught a state playoffs. total of 238 passes, which is the fourth most in Blue Raider The Albany, Ga., native received his B.S. history. degree in health/physical education at Florida Under Brock’s leadership in 2006, the tight ends were a State in 1982, his master’s degree at Albany key ingredient for the Sun Belt Conference’s top scoring ofState, and his Ed.S. degree from FSU. fense and the league’s number two-rated team in passing As a player, Brock played four years for efficiency. The group came up with 17 receptions on the Coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State as an season and two of the team’s nine touchdown receptions. offensive lineman. He was a member of the The unit followed that up with 23 receptions and two 1977 Tangerine Bowl team and the 1980 and scores in 2007. 1981 Orange Bowl teams. Brock came to Middle Tennessee after serving the Brock is married to the former Missie previous four years as head coach and athletic director at Milton of Albany, Ga. Jackson County High School in Jefferson, Ga. Brock had the privilege of coaching in the GHSA North/South All-Star game (1995) and the Georgia/Florida High School All-Star game (1997). THE BROCK FILE He also has MIDDLE TENNESSEE 14 years of Season at MT: 5th experience as an athletic director on the high Date Hired: January 11, 2006 school level. Recruiting Area: Southwest Georgia, Brock got his start in coaching as a Southeast Alabama, Georgia Military volunteer assistant at Godby High School PERSONAL in Tallahassee in 1981 and then left the Birthdate: April 21, 1958 following season to join Jim Hughes’ staff at Hometown: Albany, GA Thomasville High School in 1982. Spouse: the former Missie Milton Brock followed Hughes to Colquitt High School in 1983, where he helped coach the EDUCATION High School: Albany High School, 1976 Packers in the 1991 1-AAAA state champi College: Florida State, B.S. Physical Ed., 1982 onship game. During his nine seasons at Master’s of Education, Albany State, 1987 Colquitt, the Packers made the region play Education Specialist, Florida State, 1995 offs eight times, were region runner-up three times, and received the region’s all-sports PLAYING EXPERIENCE Offensive Lineman at Florida State, 1976-81 trophy on three occasions. Brock served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, COACHING EXPERIENCE offensive line coach, and strength coordina 1981: Godby High School (offensive line) tor during his time at Colquitt. 1982: Thomasville HS (offensive line) He earned his first head coaching job in 1983-90: Colquitt Co. HS (off. coord./OL) 1990-91: Colquitt Co. HS (Asst. HC/OC) 1992, when he took over the Worth County 1992-95: Worth Co. HS (head coach) High School program in Sylvester, Ga. He 1996-99: Fitzgerald HS (head coach) took a struggling program that went 1-9 his 2000-01: Westside HS (offensive coord.) first year to an 8-3 mark and back-to-back 2002-05: Jackson Co. HS (head coach) playoff appearances in his third and fourth 2006-08: MT (tight ends) 2009-: MT (inside receivers) seasons. In 1996, Brock took over head coaching BOWL EXPERIENCE and athletic director duties at Fitzgerald High 1977: Tangerine Bowl (player) School in Fitzgerald, Ga., where he had the 1980: Orange Bowl (player) challenge of rebuilding a program that had 1981: Orange Bowl (player) 2006: Motor City Bowl (coach) just 40 players his first season. With hard 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach) work and determination, Brock fielded 70

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steve ellis Steve Ellis, entering his second year at Middle Tennessee, made his first season as cornerbacks coach and special team’s coordinator for the Blue Raiders a memorable one. Ellis’ cornerbacks had 152 tackles, nine interceptions, 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 21 pass breakups on their way to leading the Sun Belt Conference in pass defense and interceptions. Seniors Marcus Udell and Alex Suber were tabbed first team all-conference as Udell led the league with seven interceptions and Suber had 12 pass breakups while ranking 28th nationally in passes defended. His special teams blocked eight kicks, hit 18 of 22 field He started for three seasons for the Cologoal attempts, had 1,119 yards in kick returns, downed nels as a defensive back, before sitting out his 22 punts inside the 20-yard line, and had seven punts of senior season after suffering a knee injury 50 yards or more. Sophomore placekicker Alan Gendreau during the fourth game of the 2002 campaign earned first team all-conference honors. against Southern University. While with the Ellis made his way to Murfreesboro after serving the Colonels, Ellis was named to the All-Southland previous six seasons at Nicholls State, where he was the Conference team all three seasons he played defensive coordinator his final three years. Ellis, who also and registered over 200 career tackles and five served as the team’s pro liaison and supervised academic interceptions for the Colonels. Ellis, the team progress, was the team’s safeties coach in 2003 before captain in 2001, was second in the Southland taking over the linebackers in 2004 and 2005. Conference with 104 tackles during the 2000 The Stringer, Miss., native became one of the youngseason. est defensive coordinators in the country when he was The 29-year old was a four-year letterman named to the position prior to spring drills in 2006 and guided the Colonels to conference as a quarterback and defensive back at Stringer High School before continuing his playing best marks in scoring defense and pass defense. Nicholls finished the 2006 season ranked days at Nicholls State. Ellis earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from 19th nationally in total defense. Nicholls State in 2003. In 2007, Ellis’ unit led the Southland Conference in total defense, pass defense, interceptions, and was second in scoring defense. Overall, NSU ranked 33rd nationally in total defense. In six seasons at Nicholls State, Ellis’ players won seven first team all-conference honors, four National Player of the Week awards, three All-American honors, two conference Newcomer of the Year awards, and garnered THE ELLIS FILE a defensive player of the year accolade. During the summer of 2008, Ellis partici MIDDLE TENNESSEE pated in the NFL Coaches Fellowship Program Season at MT: 2nd Date Hired: February 9, 2009 with the Pittsburgh Steelers under Head Recruiting Area: West Tennessee Coach Mike Tomlin. Ellis worked with the (Memphis), Northeast Georgia, defensive backs under the guidance of leg West Coast Florida endary defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau. PERSONAL Birthdate: January 25, 1980 Hometown: Stringer, MS EDUCATION High School: Stringer, 1998 College: Nicholls State, B.S. Education, 2003 PLAYING EXPERIENCE Cornerback at Nicholls State (1998-2002) COACHING EXPERIENCE 2003: Nicholls State (Safeties) 2004-05: Nicholls State (Linebackers) 2006-08: Nicholls State (Defensive Coord.) 2009-Present: MT (Cornerbacks) BOWL EXPERIENCE 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)

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randall mccray Randall McCray, who has 19 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, is in his first season at Middle Tennessee. McCray serves as defensive coordinator and also coaches the linebackers. McCray spent the past four seasons at Wisconsin. He coached the Badger defensive line in 2006 and 2007 before taking over as recruiting coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2008 and handling the safeties in 2009. In four years at Wisconsin, McCray helped the Badgers to four bowl games and two bowl victories. In 2006 McCray guided a solid unit that helped Wisconsin become one of the nation’s best defenses. Two of his players—Matt Shaughnessy (second team) and tackle Jason Chapman (honorable mention)—earned All-Big Ten honors. The Badgers, who won a schoolrecord 12 games in 2006, were No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and fifth in the country in total defense (253.1 ypg). Three of McCray’s defensive linemen earned postseason accolades THE MCCRAY FILE in 2007, MIDDLE TENNESSEE when the Season at MT: 1st Badgers Date Hired: February 12, 2010 par tici Recruiting Area: Northeast Georgia, pated in South Florida the Outback Bowl. Shaughnessy was a consensus PERSONAL second-team All-Big Ten choice, and DT Nick Birthdate: August 19, 1969 Hometown: Monroe, NC Hayden earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. DE Kirk DeCremer was a first EDUCATION team freshman All-American. High School: Parkwood In 2008, McCray coached a pair of seniors, College: Appalachian State, 1991; South DeAndre Levy and Jonathan Casillas, who Carolina, 1993 (master’s degree) earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. The duo ranked second and third, PLAYING EXPERIENCE LB and RB at Appalachian State (1987-91) respectively, on the team in tackles. McCray coached all-conference players Jay Valai COACHING EXPERIENCE and Chris Maragos in 2009 as the Badger 1991-92: South Carolina (GA) defense became the first Wisconsin team to 1993-94: Chattanooga (defensive line) hold every Big Ten opponent under 100 yards 1995: Clemson (quality control) 1996: Bethune-Cookman (defensive ends) rushing. Four of his players are currently in the NFL: 1997-98: Murray State (linebackers) 1999: Murray State (defensive coordinator) Shaughnessy is a member of the Oakland 2000-01: Illinois State (defensive coord.) Raiders, DeAndre Levy is with the Detroit Li 2002: Illinois State (asst. hc/def. coord.) ons, Nick Hayden is on the Carolina Panthers 2003-04: Toledo (linebackers) roster, and Jonathan Casillas just won a Super 2005: Toledo (defensive line) Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints. 2006-07: Wisconsin (defensive line) Prior to joining the staff at Wisconsin, 2008: Wisconsin (linebackers) McCray coached the defensive line and 2009: Wisconsin (safeties) linebackers during a three-year (2003-05) 2010: MT (defensive coordinator) stint at Toledo. He left Toledo for Rice, where BOWL EXPERIENCE he spent two weeks as recruiting coordinator 1996: Gator Bowl (coach) and safeties coach, just before moving to 2004: Motor City Bowl (coach) Wisconsin. 2005: GMAC Bowl (coach) McCray coached Toledo’s defensive line 2007: Capital One Bowl (coach) in 2005, helping the Rockets to a 9-3 record 2008: Outback Bowl (coach) (MAC West Division co-champions) and a 2008: Champs Sports Bowl (coach) 45-13 GMAC Bowl win over UTEP. Toledo was 2009: Champs Sports Bowl (coach)

21st nationally in total defense in 2005 (316.8 ypg) and led the MAC in scoring defense (21.8 ppg), total defense, pass defense efficiency (111.0), tied for first in sacks (31) and finished second in rushing defense (125.6 ypg). Among McCray’s top players was DE J. P. Bekasiak, who is now with Hamilton of the CFL. McCray coached the Rockets’ linebackers during his first two years at Toledo. The Rockets won the MAC title in 2004. In his first season at Toledo, McCray was faced with replacing two first-team All-MAC linebackers, David Gardner and Tom Ward, from the previous season. The two players who stepped in, Anthony Jordan and Brock Dodrill, finished the 2003 season ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the MAC in tackles. In 2004, Jordan and David Thomas finished second and third, in tackles on the team, with 107 and 91, respectively. Jordan’s total placed him 15th in the league. McCray was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Illinois State in 2002 after serving as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Redbirds from 2000-02. In 2002, McCray guided Gateway Defensive Player of the Year Boomer Grigsby to three All-America nods and a third-place finish for the Buck Buchanan Award (top defensive player in Division I-AA football). McCray also coached two other All-Americans at linebacker, Galen Scott at Illinois State and Ronnie Merritt at Murray State. McCray handled inside linebackers at Murray State (1997–99) and became the Racers’ defensive coordinator in 1999; defensive ends at Bethune-Cookman (1996); was in charge of quality control at Clemson (1995); defensive line at Tennessee-Chattanooga (1993–94); and was a graduate assistant at South Carolina from 1991–92. A two-year letterwinner as an outside linebacker and running back at Appalachian State, McCray was a member of the Mountaineers’ 1987 Southern Conference Championship team, as well as two teams that advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. McCray earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State in 1991 and a master’s degree in higher education from South Carolina. A native of Monroe, N.C., McCray and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Matt, and a daughter, Mallory.

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john palermo John Palermo, who has experience at the professional and collegiate level, is in his first season as a member of Rick Stockstill’s staff. Palermo handles the defensive line. Palermo made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the last two years as the defensive line coach of the Washington Redskins. A veteran of 36 years of coaching, including a decorated collegiate career that spanned 31 seasons, Palermo is back at the collegiate level, where he has enjoyed tremendous success. In two years with the Redskins, Palermo’s defensive line helped Washington rank fourth overall in yards allowed per game in 2008 and 10th in 2009. The unit was sixth in fewest points allowed in 2008 and ranked eighth overall in the league in sacks for 2009. Palermo coached Brian Orakpo in a dual role as linebacker and defensive THE PALERMO FILE end in 2009, and it led to a MIDDLE TENNESSEE Pro Bowl appearance for the Season at MT: 1st rookie. Date Hired: February 13, 2010 Prior to joining the Red Recruiting Area: Midwest Tennessee skins, Palermo was one of PERSONAL the most respected defen Birthdate: March 27, 1952 sive line coaches in college Hometown: Newburgh, NY football. He coached on Wife: Donna 18 bowl teams, including Children: Jason and Jessica Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship club and EDUCATION High School: Newburgh Free Academy HS three Wisconsin teams College: Florida State, B.S. Education, 1974 that won the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl (1993, 1998, and PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1999). DT/TE at Wesley College (1970-71) Palermo’s last collegiate coaching TE/DE at Florida State (1972-73) position was a one-year stint as defensive COACHING EXPERIENCE coordinator/linebackers coach at Tennessee 1977-78: NC State (defensive line) Tech. Prior to that, he was a defensive line 1979: Austin Peay (defensive line) coach for one season at the University of 1980-82: Memphis State (defensive line) Miami. where he coached second-round pick 1983: Appalachian St. (defensive line/lb) Calais Campbell. The Hurricanes defense, an 1984-87: Minnesota (defensive line) 1988-89: Notre Dame (defensive line) chored by Palermo’s line, set a school record 1990: Austin Peay (head coach) by limiting opponents to just 252.0 yards per 1991-1995: Wisconsin (outside lb) game and 66.0 rushing yards per game. The 1996-2005: Wisconsin (asst. hc/def. line) 2006: Miami, FL (defensive line) defense ranked among national leaders in 2007: Tennessee Tech (defensive coord.) total defense and rush defense. 2008-09: Washington Redskins (def. line) From 1991 to 2005, Palermo served as 2010-: MT (defensive line) an assistant head coach at the University of Wisconsin. He directed the Badgers’ outside BOWL EXPERIENCE 1970: Sterling Silver Bowl (player) linebackers from 1991 to 1995 and the 1977: Peach Bowl (coach) defensive line from 1996 to 2005. 1978: Citrus Bowl (coach) While at Wisconsin, Palermo produced 1985: Independence Bowl (coach) four first-team All-Americans. His players 1986: Liberty Bowl (coach) 1988: Fiesta Bowl (coach) were selected Big Ten Defensive Lineman 1989: Orange Bowl (coach) of the Year four times - two were named 1994: Rose Bowl (coach) Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year – and 1995: Hall of Fame Bowl (coach) named first-team All-Big Ten nine times. 1996: Copper Bowl (coach) 1998: Outback Bowl (coach) Eight of Palermo’s defensive linemen have 1999: Rose Bowl (coach) been chosen in the first six rounds of the NFL 2000: Rose Bowl (coach) Draft, including two - Wendell Bryant in 2002 2000: Sun Bowl (coach) 2002: Alamo Bowl (coach) 2003: Music City Bowl (coach) 2005: Outback Bowl (coach) 2006: Capital One Bowl (coach) 2006: MPC Bowl (coach)

and Erasmus James in 2005 – who were taken in the first round. Palermo’s entire 2004 defensive line was selected in the NFL Draft the following spring. In 1990, Palermo spent one season as the head coach at Austin Peay University. From 1988 to 1989, Palermo was the defensive line coach for head coach Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish win the national championship in his first year. He helped tutor Chris Zorich, a two-time consensus AllAmerican and 1990 winner of the Lombardi Award, given annually to college football’s best lineman or linebacker. Palermo coached the defensive line at Minnesota from 1984 to 1987, served as assistant head coach-defensive line and linebackers coach at Appalachian State from 1983 to 1984 and coached the defensive line at Memphis State from 1980 to 1982. He had a first stint at Austin Peay in 1979 as a defensive line coach. Palermo began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at North Carolina State from 1977 to 1978 after three years at Bainbridge High School in Georgia. A native of Newburgh, N.Y., Palermo lettered at Florida State in 1972-73. He earned a degree in education from Florida State in 1974. He and his wife, Donna, have a son, Jason, who is tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at Southern University, and a daughter, Jessica, who received her master’s degree at Georgetown University and who works in the Big Ten Conference office.

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MIKE SCHULTZ Mike Schultz is in his first year at Middle Tennessee as a member of Rick Stockstill’s Blue Raider staff. Schultz serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Schultz has a 31-year career in the coaching profession that includes 11 bowl games. He spent the 2009 season as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Illinois. His offensive unit ranked 17th nationally in rushing and featured honorable mention all-Big Ten players QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn. Prior to making the move to Illinois, Schultz spent 11 seasons directing TCU’s multiple offense. He served as both offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach his last two seasons after coaching the running backs for his first nine years. The 2008 season saw TCU set single-season school records for points scored (420) and touchdowns (54). The Frogs led the nation in time of possession (35:05) and were 13th nationally in team rushing (215.7 yards per game), despite not THE SCHULTZ FILE having a player among MIDDLE TENNESSEE the top-100 individu Season at MT: 1st ally. The 215.7 yards Date Hired: March 2, 2010 per game rushing was Recruiting Area: Texas and Louisiana the highest total at TCU since 2000. The Frogs were second in the Mountain PERSONAL West Conference in total offense (417.1 yards Birthdate: January 3, 1958 Hometown: Houston, TX per game) and third in scoring offense (35.0 Children: Taylor, Kendall, Jordan points per game). TCU’s average of 417.1 yards per game was its best mark since 2004 EDUCATION (430.7). TCU totaled at least 410 yards of College: Sam Houston St., B.A. Teaching, 1979 offense in eight of 12 games. In 2007, Schultz helped mentor Frog PLAYING EXPERIENCE signal-caller Andy Dalton to Freshman All Sam Houston State (1977-78) America honors. Dalton set single-season COACHING EXPERIENCE TCU records for pass completions (222) and 1979-80: Sam Houston State (lb/qb/wr) attempts (371) while placing second in yards 1981: UTEP (wr/te) (2,459) and fourth in completion percentage 1982: Kansas State (te) (59.8). 1983-84: Tennessee Tech (secondary/rb) Four of the five highest-scoring teams in 1985: Texas (assistant coach) 1986-89: Round Rock Westwood HS TCU history came under Schultz’s direction. 1990-91: Southwest Texas (secondary) Four of the top-five single-season touch 1992-95: New Mexico (asst. hc/secondary) down totals by TCU came in the last five years 1996-97: New Mexico (asst. hc/rb) of his tenure. Two of TCU’s top-three games 1998-2000: TCU (run game coord./rb) in total offense also were under Schultz. The 2001-06: TCU (offensive coord./rb) Frogs had a school-record 782 yards versus 2007-08: TCU (offensive coord./qb) Houston in 2003 and a 694-yard effort at San 2009: Illinois (offensive coord./te) 2010: MT (offensive coord./qb) Diego State in 2007 to rank third. During Schultz’s tenure, the TCU running BOWL EXPERIENCE game was consistently ranked among the 1997: Insight.com Bowl (coach) best in the nation. The 2006 team ranked 1998: Northwest Sun Bowl (coach) ninth in rushing (194.6 yards per game) and 1999: GMAC Bowl (coach) 17th in total offense (408.5 ypg.). During his 2000: GMAC Bowl (coach) time as running backs coach, Schultz made 2001: GalleryFurniture.com Bowl (coach) 2002: AXA Liberty Bowl (coach) a habit of developing young players at the 2003: Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl (coach) position. 2005: EVI.net Houston Bowl (coach) Prior to Aaron Brown receiving 2005 2006: Poinsetta Bowl (coach) Mountain West Conference Freshman of 2007: Texas Bowl (coach) the Year honors as a true freshman, Lonta 2008: Poinsettia Bowl (coach) Hobbs and Robert Merrill became the only

two freshmen in TCU history to rush for 1,000 yards. The duo accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons (Hobbs 2002, Merrill 2003). Schultz tutored a 1,000-yard rusher five times at TCU with Basil Mitchell, LaDainian Tomlinson (twice), and Hobbs and Merrill each earning that distinction. Prior to Schultz’s arrival, TCU had boasted just four 1,000-yard rushers in more than 100 years of college football. Under the direction of Schultz, Tomlinson was a two-time NCAA rushing champ, leading the country with 1,850 yards in 1999 and a school record 2,158 in 2000. He earned AllAmerica honors and was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the winner of the Doak Walker National Running Back Award. With Tomlinson leading the way, the 2000 Frogs ranked fourth in the nation, averaging 275.6 rushing yards per game. Tomlinson parlayed his success into a top-five draft pick and a standout NFL career, which includes 2006 MVP honors. In 2003, TCU was one of just six schools to average over 200 yards rushing and 200 passing per game. The following year, the Frogs ranked among the nation’s top-20 teams in scoring, total offense and passing offense. The 362 points scored tied for the second-highest total in school history, while the 48 touchdowns were just one shy of the school record set in 2005. TCU also recorded three of the top-11 passing games in school history during the 2004 campaign. Schultz served six seasons at New Mexico, the first four as the assistant head coach and secondary coach and the final two as the assistant head coach and running backs coach. The Houston native began his coaching career at his alma mater, Sam Houston State, in 1979. Schultz then assisted at UTEP and Kansas State. His next stops were with Fred Akers’ staff at Texas for one season (1985) and three years at Round Rock (Texas) Westwood High School as an assistant. Schultz and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters, Taylor, Kendall, and Jordan.

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WILLIE SIMMONS Willie Simmons, who played at Clemson when Rick Stock- Clemson’s 38-24 win at North Carolina to earn ACC Rookie of the Week honors. Simmons still was on staff, is in his fourth season at Middle Tennessee, played two years as a backup to Dantzler before becoming the starter in 2002. where he coaches the Blue Raider Following three years at Clemson, Simmons transferred to running backs. Simmons was given the Citadel in 2003 and earned first team the added responsibility of passing All-Southern Conference honors. game coordinator in March 2010. A prep star at Shanks High School, Sim Simmons had a real challenge mons threw for over 6,000 yards and 96 in 2009 when senior Phillip Tanner touchdowns during his brilliant career went down with an injury in the second game of the season, while also earning a 3.8 grade point leaving the Blue Raiders without an experienced running back. average. Simmons guided D. D. Kyles to a career year as the sophomore Simmons, who was born on October posted 857 yards on 139 carries (6.2 ypg average), scored three 12, 1980, in Tallahassee, Fla., earned a touchdowns, and had 14 receptions. Kyles, the team’s leading degree in sports marketing from Clemson rusher down the stretch, had three straight 100-yard rushing in 2002. He was the fastest football player games during the last half of the season. to graduate at Clemson, accomplishing In 2008, Tanner turned in a career year by setting personal the milestone in three years. bests in rushing yards, receptions, and touchdowns. Also un Simmons has a daughter, Raven. der Simmons’ watch, Tanner earned National Player of the Week honors after setting a Sun Belt Conference and Blue Raider scoring record with six touchdowns in a win over North Texas. Under Simmons’ leadership in 2007, DeMarco McNair led the conference in touchdowns scored, and Phillip Tanner registered his first 100-yard rushing game with 144 yards on national television against Louisville. Simmons made his way to Murfreesboro in 2007 after one season on Tommy Bowden’s staff at Clemson, where he was a graduate assistant. Simmons worked with the offense while handling various other duties with the program. Before joining Bowden’s staff, Simmons served as the quarterbacks coach and passing THE SIMMONS FILE game coordinator at Lincoln (FL) High School in 2005. MIDDLE TENNESSEE Season at MT: 4th Simmons, a native of Quincy, Fla., let Date Hired: March 8, 2007 tered three years as a quarterback at Clemson Recruiting Area: Central Georgia, North from 2000 to 2002 and passed for 2,530 Central Florida, Central Alabama yards and 16 touchdowns in 24 games. As a freshman, Simmons came off the bench for PERSONAL Birthdate: October 12, 1980 a hurt Woodrow Dantzler and threw for 228 Hometown: Quincy, FL yards and a record-tying four touchdowns in Children: Raven

EDUCATION High School: Shanks, 1999 College: Clemson, B.S. Sports Marketing, 2002 PLAYING EXPERIENCE Quarterback at Clemson (1999-02) Quarterback at the Citadel (2003) COACHING EXPERIENCE 2005: Lincoln (FL) HS (QB/pass game coord.) 2006: Clemson (graduate assistant) 2007-: MT (running backs) BOWL EXPERIENCE 2000: Peach Bowl (player) 2001: Gator Bowl (player) 2001: Humanitarian Bowl (player) 2002: Tangerine Bowl (player) 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)

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jimmy ray stephens A national championship winner, Jimmy Ray Stephens is in his fifth year as the offensive line coach on Rick Stockstill’s staff at Middle Tennessee. Stephens made his way to the Blue Raiders after four years with the University of Tennessee. Finally blessed with some experience after three years of injuries and youth, Stephens molded an offensive line in 2009 that was equally adept at blocking for the run and protecting the passer. The result was the most total yards of offense since 2001 and the best rushing total since 2002, including a stretch of four straight games where the Blue Raiders topped the 200-yard rushing mark. For their efforts, the offensive line had two players in Mark Thompson and Mark Fisher who earned all-conference honors. In 2008, Stephens had four linemen who started every game, and all five starters were underclassmen while two earned Sun Belt Conference All-Freshman honors. With another year filled with THE STEPHENS FILE yo u t h a n d MIDDLE TENNESSEE inexperience, Season at MT: 5th Stephens’ Date Hired: January 5, 2006 Recruiting Area: Middle Tennessee unit helped (Nashville), Central Florida, North Alabama Phillip Tanner to unleash a career season and Joe Craddock PERSONAL to pass for a senior record 2,677 yards. Birthdate: October 2, 1954 Hometown: Bradford, AR In 2007, Stephens molded a starting unit that included two freshmen, a sophomore, EDUCATION a junior, and a senior. But despite the youth High School: Eustis and inexperience, Stephens’ group helped College: Florida, B.S. Physical Education, 1977 produce the league’s top touchdown maker in DeMarco McNair and a top-10 rusher and PLAYING EXPERIENCE C/LB/TE at Florida (1973-76) passer in Dwight Dasher. Stephens did one of his better coach COACHING EXPERIENCE ing jobs in 2006 even though he went 1977-78: Florida (asst. offensive line coach) into the season with 1979: Vanguard HS (wide receivers) only five players who 1980: Union County HS (offensive coord.) 1981-83: Buchholz HS (offensive coord.) had seen meaningful 1984: Florida (graduate assistant) 1985-86: Gonzales Tate HS (offensive coord.) snaps the year before. 1987-89: Williston HS (head coach) The unit went on to 1990-92: Ft. Walton Beach HS (head coach) produce two all-con 1993-2001: Florida (offensive line) ference players and 2002-05: Tennessee (offensive line) 2006-: MT (offensive line) the league’s top scoring offense, allow BOWL EXPERIENCE ing MTSU to be the 1973: Tangerine Bowl (player) only school in the SBC 1974: Sugar Bowl (player) to have two players 1975: Gator Bowl (player) 1977: Sun Bowl (player) ranked in the top ten 1994: Sugar Bowl (coach) in rushing. 1995: Sugar Bowl (coach) As offensive line 1996: Fiesta Bowl (coach) 1997: Sugar Bowl (coach) coach of the Vols, Ste 1998: Citrus Bowl (coach) phens helped develop 1999: Orange Bowl (coach) 2000: Citrus Bowl (coach) one of the top lines 2001: Sugar Bowl (coach) in the SEC. During 2002: Orange Bowl (coach) his tenure, Stephens 2002: Peach Bowl (coach) 2004: Peach Bowl (coach) tutored Michael 2005: Cotton Bowl (coach) Munoz to consensus 2006: Motor City Bowl (coach) All-American status 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach)

in 2004, after placing Scott Wells into a starting position with the Green Bay Packers in 2003. Stephens went to three bowls with the Vols and was part of the 2004 SEC Eastern Division Championship squad. Prior to arriving at UT, Stephens spent nine seasons coaching the Florida offensive line -part of a high-powered offense that led to five SEC championships for the Gators. At Florida, Stephens coached four Jacob’s Blocking Trophy winners (Best Offensive Lineman in SEC) and eight players who were drafted by the NFL. Stephens himself sparkled both on the offensive line and at tight end during his playing career at Florida. He was a second-team All-SEC performer at center under Gators head coach Doug Dickey before making the move to tight end and earning second-team all-league honors there as well. Stephens went on to be drafted in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His most recent responsibility at Florida was as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator in 2001. Prior to that, Stephens also coordinated the unit’s pass protection. The Eustis, Fla., native coached on the Gators’ 1996 national championship team and helped Florida to nine January bowl games. During that span, Florida’s offense was ranked among the nation’s top 15 six times and its passing offense among the top 10 seven times. Stephens rejoined the Gators staff in 1993 after a stellar high school coaching career that saw him compile a 63-7 head coaching mark. That record came during a pair of three-year coaching and athletics director stints from 1987 to 1992 at Williston and Fort Walton Beach. All told, Stephens spent 13 years in the Florida high school coaching ranks as either a head or assistant coach. His recruiting ties to the Sunshine State are strong and serve as a huge asset for the Blue Raiders. Stephens is married to the former Regina Gouge and has two sons, Chris -- who lettered two years in football at North Carolina -- and Timmy.

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JUSTIN WATTS A former player under head coach Rick Stockstill, Justin Watts is coaching his fifth season at Middle Tennessee as the program’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Watts came to Murfreesboro after spending three years at Chattanooga. Taking advantage of the Blue Raiders fast-paced, wide open offense in 2009, Watts had nine different receivers catch at least 11 passes, and 17 that caught at least one. The passing game was good for a school record 3,064 yards, to go along with a record 25 touchdowns. The group also had six different players catch at least two touchdown passes. In 2008, Watts’ pass catchers had a breakout year as six players set personal highs in receptions while two topped the 50-catch mark for the first time since 2004. Newcomer Eldred King and Patrick Honeycutt both turned in an 11-catch game while freshman Malcolm Beyah turned in a number of highlight-reel receptions, including one that made ESPN’s Plays of the Year. Beyah, in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN2, pulled down a Hail Mary on the game’s final play to give the Blue Raiders a 14-13 win over Florida Atlantic. Watts inherited the youngest group of receivers in the I-A era in 2006, and for the first time since Middle Tennessee joined the Sun Belt Conference the pass-catching corps did not include an all-SBC player. Although Watts had his work cut out for him, the young coach proved his ability to develop talent by producing six receivers who turned in career years. Under Watts’ guidance, the Blue Raiders had five different receivers with double-digit receptions. Perhaps the best indicator of Watts’ ability to harness talent and develop players was the emergence of heralded freshman Desmond Gee during the 2006 season. One of the top impact players in the Sun Belt Conference, Gee led the Blue Raiders with THE WATTS FILE a 16.0 per catch average and three touch MIDDLE TENNESSEE downs, including a 73-yarder against South Season at MT: 5th Carolina. Date Hired: January 17, 2006 In 2005, Watts helped lead Chattanooga Recruiting Area: East Tennessee, to its first winning season since 1997 by Southeast Georgia, Northeast Florida coaching the Southern Conference’s leading PERSONAL receiver. Watts tutored Emanuel Hassell to Birthdate: October 1, 1977 first team All-Southern Conference honors Hometown: Florence, SC after he paced the league with 52 receptions. EDUCATION In his first two seasons at UTC, Watts High School: South Florence coached All-American and All-Southern College: Clemson, B.S. Sports Mgmt., 2000 Conference receiver Alonzo Nix. Nix set the school and Southern Conference single-sea PLAYING EXPERIENCE Wide Receiver at Clemson (1996-2000) son receptions record in 2003 with 90 catches and the single-game record of 18 receptions. COACHING EXPERIENCE He signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s 2001-02: Clemson (graduate assistant) Tennessee Titans in 2005. 2003-05: Chattanooga (wide receivers) Prior to joining the staff at Chattanooga, 2006-: MT (wide receivers) Watts served two years as a graduate assistant at Clemson. During that time he was a BOWL EXPERIENCE part of Clemson’s 2001 Humanitarian Bowl 1996: Peach Bowl (player) 1998: Peach Bowl (player) team and the 2002 Tangerine Bowl squad. 1999: Peach Bowl (player) Watts, a former receiver at Clemson, has 2001: Gator Bowl (player) the rare distinction (one of only two play 2001: Humanitarian Bowl (coach) ers) of winning five football letters at the 2002: Tangerine Bowl (coach) South Carolina school. He began his career 2006: Motor City Bowl (coach) in 1996, and saw action in three games as a 2009: New Orleans Bowl (coach) sophomore before suffering a season-ending

injury against Florida State. He was able to use a medical redshirt for that season. He finished his career with 51 catches for 561 yards. He was a member of the 1999 Peach Bowl team that played Mississippi State and the 2000 Gator Bowl squad that faced Virginia Tech. He was also a member of the team when Clemson competed in the 1996 and 1997 Peach Bowls. The Florence, S.C., native was honored as one of Clemson’s scholar-athletes at the 1999 Peach Bowl Awards Luncheon and was selected as a BB&T Student-Athlete of the Week by the Clemson Sports Network. An outstanding quarterback at South Florence High School, he was ranked as the 17th best quarterback in the nation by SuperPrep and the sixth-ranked player in the state. Watts completed 132 of 238 pass attempts for 1,746 yards his senior season. That year, he played in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl and was nominated for the state’s Mr. Football Award. He finished his career with 7,979 total yards and 74 touchdowns. Watts was born Oct. 1, 1977, in Florence, S.C. He earned a degree in sports management from Clemson in 2000. Watts is married to the former Lauren Remillard of Southington, CT, and they have a son, Chase.

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chris matusek DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS 8th Year/Middle Tennessee, 2002

Chris Matusek, a four-year letterman in football at Middle Tennessee, is in his eighth year as a full-time employee with the program. Matusek spent the first two years as the program’s equipment manager before being elevated to administrative assistant in June 2005, a post he held for two years. In 2007, Rick Stockstill named Matusek the director of football relations before moving him to his current role as director of football operations in April 2008. Matusek oversees the daily internal operational functions of the football program while working closely with Coach Rick Stockstill. He is instrumental in team travel, recruiting weekends, the annual team banquet, the lettermen’s golf event, the walk-on program, and the “Recruiting Roundup”event held each February. Matusek also serves as the team’s liaison for pro scouts, on-campus housing, on-campus dining, and academics during summer school. Prior to his duties as director of football operations, Matusek oversaw the equipment operation and the team’s practice facility while assisting with the football program’s day-to-day operations. Some of those duties included ordering equipment and apparel for players and staff and overseeing the operation of Middle Tennessee’s student equipment managers. He also assisted with team travel and various day-to-day responsibilities. Matusek also acts as the program’s former player contact, a responsibility Stockstill says carries great significance because of the importance of developing and maintaining relationships with former players and making sure they are informed of upcoming football-related events and feel welcomed back to campus. One aspect of Matusek’s personality that has earned him respect among coaches and players is the consistency in which he achieves multiple tasks. That trait was evident during his Blue Raider playing career. A native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Matusek played and started all 43 games as a deep snapper from 1998 to 2001. Matusek was a member of the 2001 team that went THE MATUSEK FILE 8-3, won a share of the Sun Belt Conference MIDDLE TENNESSEE Championship, and became the first team Season at MT: 8th to ever win a game against a team from the Date Hired: July 1, 2003 SEC. He also carries the distinction of being on the last I-AA team at MTSU and on the first PERSONAL Birthdate: June 3, 1979 I-A team. Hometown: Shelbyville, TN In 2001, Matusek served as captain for Spouse: the former Katie Mellen three games during the season. Matusek, who went his entire career EDUCATION without a bad snap, was originally a walk-on High School: Shelbyville College: Middle Tennessee, B.S. Industrial before earning a scholarship for his final two Technology, 2002 years as a Blue Raider. At Shelbyville, Matusek played quarter- PLAYING EXPERIENCE back for the Eagle football team. He earned Deep snapper at MT (1998-2001) four letters and tossed 10 touchdown passes ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE as a senior. Matusek also lettered four years 2003-04: Middle Tennessee (equipt. mgr.) in baseball. 2005-06: Middle Tennessee (admin. asst.) Matusek, who earned his degree from 2007: Middle Tennessee (football relations) Middle Tennessee in industrial technology 2008-: Middle Tennessee (football operations) in 2002, was married this past summer to BOWL EXPERIENCE the former Katie Mellen of Green Bay, Wis- 2006: Motor City Bowl consin. 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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andy vaughn DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING OPERATIONS 3rd Year/North Greenville, 2003

Andy Vaughn is in his third year as an assistant on Rick Stockstill’s staff and has taken on an increased role as the new director of recruiting operations. Vaughn’s added duties included all NCAA compliance related activities for the Blue Raider football program, assisting the recruiting coordinator in all phases of the day-to-day planning and execution as well as overseeing all football camp activities. Vaughn oversees the football program’s high school relations, recruiting logistics and communications, and team practice facilities while assisting with the football program’s day-to-day operations. As part of his recruiting responsibilities, Vaughn oversees all of the football programs web content. This includes the newly launched CoachStockstill.com which provides recruits and fans alike with an interactive, all-access look at the Blue Raider football program. As part of CoachStockstill.com, Vaughn handles the Twitter and Facebook accounts that allow Coach Stockstill to increase exposure of the entire program. Vaughn also oversees the football program’s “Stock Report Blog” which posts practice reports, pictures, video and other content aimed at boosting visibility for the program. The Seneca, S.C., native made his way to Murfreesboro from Reno, Nevada, where he helped start a Velocity Sports Performance franchise while serving as the center director handling business and recruiting functions. Vaughn helped Velocity develop and promote a special high-altitude performance and skills training program for elite NBA players and NFL hopefuls that was the first of its kind in the U.S. Vaughn is stepping back into the intercollegiate arena for the first time since 2005 when he was the assistant for football operations at Clemson University. He served as an integral part of the Tiger staff, assisting in administrative operations, travel logistics, recruiting, and community relations. Vaughn also developed a high school relations program for the Tigers while serving as the team liaison for the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl. Vaughn was also a member of the Clemson staff in 2003 as a recruiting assistant. He organized visits, assisted with game operations, set up team functions, managed the recruiting software, and helped set logistics for the team’s trip to the 2003 Peach Bowl. During both tenures at Clemson, Vaughn helped the Tigers land nationally ranked top-25 recruiting classes. Prior to joining the Clemson staff, Vaughn was a letterwinner at North Greenville University, where he played on the first bowl team in school history. Vaughn earned a degree in sports management and business administration from North Greenville University in 2003. He also has a master’s degree in physical education and sports administration from Florida State University (2005). Vaughn is married to the former Jahna Rico of Lake Tahoe, NV, and the couple has one son, Brayden.

THE VAUGHN FILE MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Season at MT: 3rd Date Hired: August 1, 2008

PERSONAL Birthdate: March 24, 1981 Hometown: Seneca, SC Spouse: Jahna Children: Brayden EDUCATION High School: West-Oak College: North Greenville, B.S. sports management and business administration, 1998; master’s from Florida State in 2005 PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1999-2000: North Greenville (tight end) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 2003: Recruiting assistant at Clemson 2005: Assistant for football operations at Clemson 2006-2007: Velocity Sports Performance 2008-2009: Asst. Director of Football Oper. 2010-Present: Director of Recruiting Oper. BOWL EXPERIENCE 1999: KWTO Bowl (player) 2003: Peach Bowl 2005: Champs Sports Bowl 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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ROBBIE STEWART HEAD FOOTBALL TRAINER 3rd Year/Clemson, 1998

Robbie Stewart is in his third year as the head athletic trainer for football at Middle Tennessee. Stewart made his way to Murfreesboro following seven years at Clemson University. A Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf fitness instructor, Stewart also works with the Middle Tennessee men’s and women’s golf teams. Stewart, a native of Seneca, S.C., joined the Clemson athletic program in 2001 where he assisted with football and was the primary athletic trainer for men’s golf. Along with assisting the director with the daily operation of the sports medicine area, Stewart oversaw all graduate assistants while also handling the recruitment and supervision of the student athletic trainers. For two years at Clemson, Stewart also taught kinesiology to undergraduate students with a variety of majors. Prior to his arrival at Clemson, Stewart served as the head athletic trainer at Gaffney High School in Gaffney, S.C. Stewart held that position for one year. During his brief tenure at GHS, Stewart was responsible for the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of all interscholastic sports. Along with managing the training room, Stewart recruited, educated, and supervised all student athletic trainers. Before taking the job at GHS, Stewart was an intern athletic trainer during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mini-camp in 2001. Stewart, who earned his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee in 2000, worked as a graduate assistant in the Blue Raider sports medicine program for two years (1998 to 2000). At Middle Tennessee, Stewart worked with the women’s basketball and women’s soccer programs. Certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association, Stewart earned his bachelor’s Stewart is married to the former Lindsay THE STEWART FILE degree in secondary education from Clemson in 1998. Stewart is also certified by the Henderson of Covington, La., and they have MIDDLE TENNESSEE two sons, Griffin and Dalton. American Red Cross. Season at MT: 3rd Date Hired: Sept. 15, 2009

PERSONAL Birthdate: Oct. 16, 1974 Hometown: Seneca, SC Spouse: Lindsay Children: Griffin and Dalton EDUCATION High School: Seneca College: Clemson, B.S. secondary education, 1998; master’s from Middle Tennessee in 2000

SPORTS MEDICINE EXPERIENCE 1998-2000: GA at Middle Tennessee 2000-2001: Head Athletic Trainer at Gaffney High School 2001 (summer): Intern for Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2001-08: Asst. Athletic Trainer at Clemson 2009-Present: Head Football Athletic Trainer at Middle Tennessee BOWL EXPERIENCE 2001: Humanitarian Bowl 2002: Tangerine Bowl 2003: Peach Bowl 2005: Champs Sports Bowl 2006: Music City Bowl 2007: Chick-Fil-A Bowl 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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russell patterson HEAD FOOTBALL STRENGTH COACH 5th Year/Presbyterian, 1992

Russell Patterson, the American Football Monthly 2005 NCAA Division I-AA National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, is in his fifth year as the director of strength, speed, and conditioning for the Middle Tennessee football program. Patterson, who spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons at Appalachian State, played a key role in the Mountaineers’ run to the 2005 national championship. In addition to his efforts with the ASU football squad, Patterson worked directly with the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams while overseeing the strength and conditioning program for all 20 of ASU’s varsity sports. A native of Easley, S.C., Patterson developed a five-year plan for an improved training facility at ASU, increased his staff from two to six through a graduate assistant program, and counseled student-athletes on the importance of nutrition. Before his stint at ASU, Patterson spent four years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Clemson, where he had the opportunity to work with Rick Stockstill. At Clemson, Patterson served as the top assistant in the Tigers’ football strength, speed, and conditioning program and director of performance nutrition. Before being promoted to a full-time capacity, he spent three years as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department at CU. During his time at Clemson, Patterson was an integral part of seven bowl teams while working closely with head coach Tommy Bowden on a daily basis. Patterson was responsible for the speed, strength, and conditioning of the Tiger linebackers, defensive linemen, and safeties while coordinating scout days and organizing the winter conditioning program. A two-year letterwinner in football at Presbyterian College, Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree from the school in 1992. Upon graduation, he spent five years as an assistant football coach and strength coach at North Augusta (S.C.) High School before joining the Clemson staff. Patterson is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and the International Sports Sciences Association. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a sports performance coach specializing in Olympic lifts. Patterson, a past speaker in the strength and training field, has delivered talks with titles such as “Strength Training for Speed,” “Proper Warm-up Techniques,” “Force Training and the Westside Principles,” and “Techniques at Improving Change of Direction.” Patterson is married to the former Laura Sharp of Greensboro, N.C.

THE PATTERSON FILE MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Season at MT: 5th Date Hired: June 8, 2006

PERSONAL Birthdate: July 23, 1969 Hometown: Easley, SC Spouse: the former Laura Sharp EDUCATION High School: Easley College: Presbyterian, B.S. mathematics, 1992 PLAYING EXPERIENCE Defensive Tackle at Presbyterian (1988-91) COACHING EXPERIENCE 1992: Palmetto HS (asst. football coach) 1993-97: North Augusta HS (strength coord.) 1998-99: Clemson (graduate assistant) 2000-03: Clemson (asst. strength coach) 2004-05: Appalachian St. (head strength coach) 2006-: MT (head football strength coach) BOWL EXPERIENCE 1998: Peach Bowl 1999: Peach Bowl 2001: Gator Bowl 2001: Humanitarian Bowl 2002: Tangerine Bowl 2004: Peach Bowl 2006: Motor City Bowl 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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troy johnson EQUIPMENT MANAGER 4th Year/Clemson, 2004

LaTroy Johnson is in his fourth season as equipment manager for the Middle Tennessee football program. The Orangeburg, S.C., native made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the previous two years as head equipment manager at South Carolina State University. Before arriving at S.C. State, Johnson spent one season as the wide receiver coach at Bethune-Bowman High School in Bowman, S.C. Johnson coached Chris Williams, who later signed with Carson-Newman, during the 2004 season. Prior to his coaching debut, Johnson served as a student equipment manager for football at Clemson University, where he worked with the wide receivers for four years. Johnson worked all four years under Alphonso Smith, who promoted him to head student manager his senior year. During his time at Clemson, Johnson went to four straight bowl games, worked with Rick Stockstill for three years, and was there when current Middle Tennessee coaches Justin Watts and Willie Simmons were players. Johnson attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, where he played wide receiver and helped lead the Bruins to four straight playoff appearances. Orangeburg-Wilkinson produced former Clemson great Woody Dantzler, a quarterback recruited by Stockstill. Johnson was a freshman when Dantzler was a senior, and that’s when the relationship with Stockstill began. Johnson earned his degree from Clemson in sports management in 2004 and is the father of one son, Aaron LaTroy.

THE JOHNSON FILE MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Season at MT: 4th Date Hired: July 2, 2007

PERSONAL Birthdate: March 6, 1982 Hometown: Orangeburg, SC Children: Aaron LaTroy Ulmer EDUCATION High School: Orangeburg Wilkinson College: Clemson, B.S. sports management, 2004 EXPERIENCE 2000-04: Clemson (student equip. mgr.) 2005-06: S.C. State (head equipment mgr.) 2007-: MT (head equipment manager) BOWL EXPERIENCE 2000: Gator Bowl 2001: Humanitarian Bowl 2002: Tangerine Bowl 2004: Peach Bowl 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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andrew rossetti VIDEO COORDINATOR 2nd Year/Florida State, 2005

Andrew Rossetti is in his second year as coordinator of video operations for the Blue Raider football program. Rossetti became just the second full-time video coordinator at Middle Tennessee when he was hired in August 2009. The Delray Beach, Florida, native made his way to Murfreesboro after spending 2008 at Washington State University as a video assistant. Rossetti is in charge of weekly motivational highlight tapes for the football program, and assists in scoreboard productions for basketball and special events held in the Murphy Center. His other duties with the football program consist of setting up meeting rooms at the hotel during home and away games, making highlight tapes for NFL draft prospects, and handling all video for the coaches’ meetings on a daily basis. His team also makes sure that all practices are filmed and broken down by offense, defense, and kicking game, for the coaches to look at after practice. One of the highlights of his first year was Middle Tennessee’s win in the New Orleans Bowl, which was also a major operation. Rossetti and his staff literally moved their entire operation to the headquarters hotel in New Orleans. Internet cable, about 1,200 feet in all, was strung from the server to each of the eight rooms used by the respective position coaches. All practices there were videoed, and each coach got his own section. They could also call up any of Middle Tennessee’s previous games or practices or any of Southern Miss’s games. Rossetti’s busiest night during football season is the night after a game. No matter where the game is played, he and his staff of four interns break down the game video and have it ready when the coaches come in early the next morning. He also sends it by Internet to the Blue Raiders’ next opponent, as well as all Sun Belt schools for conference games. He then downloads all of the opponents’ videos. A comprehensive video library is another area that Rossetti is in charge of maintaining. Videos of every conference game from the year before are saved on DVD in case a coach wants to refer to it. Before his venture into college football, Rossetti was the cofounder of his own company, PSI recruiting films. While at PSI, Rossetti created video packages for prep athletes looking to get into college and the NFL. It started in south Florida, primarily in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties, and quickly spread to other parts of the country. It was so successful that it branched out to basketball and lacrosse. Rossetti was also responsible for all marketing, media plans, and networking nationwide. While at PSI, Rossetti worked with NFL greats Cris Carter, Ricky Jackson, and Don Shula. Rossetti earned his degree in mass media communications from Florida State University in 2005. Rossetti is single and resides in Murfreesboro.

THE ROSSETTI FILE MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Season at MT: 2nd Date Hired: August 2, 2009

PERSONAL Birthdate: September 2, 1981 Hometown: Delray Beach, FL EDUCATION High School: Boca Raton College: Florida State, 2005 EXPERIENCE 2005-07: PSI 2008: Washington State (asst. video coord.) 2009-: MT (video coordinator) BOWL EXPERIENCE 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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jason spray ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH 6th Year/Middle Tennessee, 2002

Jason Spray has climbed the ladder of success rapidly since his collegiate playing career at Middle Tennessee, and he continues to exemplify the tremendous work ethic that made him a decorated gridiron standout for the Blue Raiders. Spray is in his sixth season working in the Blue Raider strength and conditioning program. Spray serves as the head men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach and is the primary assistant to Russell Patterson in football. In basketball, Spray is responsible for preparing and executing in-season and off-season strength and conditioning programs. He also assists in game and practice preparations and player development from a strength standpoint. Spray’s duties in football see him working primarily with all the skill positions, designing the athletes’ supplemental intake and meal plans, and tracking each player’s caloric assessment. Spray is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and the CSCCA, and is certified by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Spray is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a club performance coach and is certified as a sports nutrionist through the International Fitness Professional Association. Spray is a graduate of Middle Tennessee, where he was a three-year starter for the Blue Raider football team. He was named the 2000 Lifter of the Year, as voted on by his teammates. Spray played on the first Division I-A football team at Middle Tennessee in 1999 and was the starting fullback in 2001, when the Blue Raiders posted an 8-3 record and tied for the Sun Belt Conference championship – also a first in the Division I-A era. The durable and hard-working Spray played in 32 career games at MTSU. He was named co-captain of the 2001 Sun Belt Championship team. Spray earned his bachelor of science in May 2002 and his master of science in 2005. Spray is married to the former Karisse Baker. The couple resides in Murfreesboro.

THE SPRAY FILE MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Season at MT: 6th Date Hired: October 13, 2005 Spouse: the former Karisse Baker

PERSONAL Birthdate: July 17, 1978 Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN EDUCATION High School: Oakland College: MT, B.S. , 2002; master’s, 2005 EXPERIENCE 2002-04: Graduate Assistant at MT 2005-06: Assistant Strength Coach 2007-: Associate Strength Coach BOWL EXPERIENCE 2006: Motor City Bowl 2009: New Orleans Bowl

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football support staff n NICHOLAS COLEMAN Offensive Graduate Assistant 1st Year Middle Tennessee, 2009 Nicholas Coleman is in his first season as the offensive graduate assistant for Rick Stockstill’s staff. Coleman is no stranger to the Blue Raiders as he spent the previous three seasons as a quarterback for Coach Stockstill. Coleman, a native of Decaturville, Tenn., saw action in five games his senior year in helping the Blue Raiders to a 10-3 record and a win over Southern Miss in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl. Coleman began his career at Lambuth before transferring in 2006. Coleman played football, basketball, and baseball at Decatur County Riverside High School where he stands as the all-time passing leader. He earned his degree from Middle Tennessee in 2009.

n danny carmichael Defensive Graduate Assistant 1st Year Middle Tennessee, 2010 One of the most recognized names in Blue Raider history, Danny Carmichael begins his first season as the program’s defensive graduate assistant. A three-year starter at linebacker for the Blue Raiders, Carmichael was the defensive leader on the 2009 team that went 10-3, won seven straight games, and captured the New Orleans Bowl championship. The second team all-conference selection ranked second nationally in forced fumbles and 16th in quarterback sacks his senior year. Carmichael, a native of Woodstock, Ga., finished his Blue Raider career with 264 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 32.5 tackles for loss, and nine forced fumbles. Carmichael earned a degree in physical education from Middle Tennessee in 2010.

n wes hofacker Defensive Video GA 1st Year Middle Tennessee, 2008 Former Blue Raider defensive lineman Wes Hofacker is in his first season as the program’s defensive video graduate assistant. Hofacker, a member of the 2006 Motor City Bowl and Sun Belt Champion Blue Raiders, played under Rick

Stockstill from 2006 to 2008. Hofacker started his career at East Carolina in 2004 before joining the Blue Raiders in 2005. A native of Allen, Tex., Hofacker played in 35 games as a Blue Raider and earned 32 starts. He ended his career with 68 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 14 tackles for loss. Hofacker earned his degree in physical education from Middle Tennessee in 2008. He is working toward a master’s degree in sports management.

Webb is from Springdale, Ark., where he led Springdale High School to a No. 4 national ranking and a perfect 14-0 record to capture the 5A state title in 2005. Coached by Gus Malzahn at Springdale, Webb was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl prep all-star game in 2005. Webb earned his degree from Notre Dame in 2010.

n jan worley Executive Aide for Football 21st Year Middle Tennessee, 1980

Jan Worley is in her 21st year in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Department and curOffensive Video GA rently has the role of executive 1st Year aide for the Blue Raider footNotre Dame, 2010 ball program. Worley joined the Athletic Bartley Webb, a former Department in 1990 as a secreoffensive lineman at Notre tary for football, baseball, and track. With the leap to I-A Dame, begins his first season at football in 1999, Worley dropped baseball and track to Middle Tennessee as an offenbecome executive aide for football. sive video graduate assistant. The Manchester, Tennessee, native graduated from Webb, a highly recruited Middle Tennessee in 1980 and earned her Certified Profesprep player, redshirted in sional Secretary rating in 1993. 2006 and then played in one Before coming to MTSU, Worley lived in Atlanta, where game during the 2007 season she worked at a computer company called Data General. before suffering a career-ending shoulder injury. Webb remained on scholarship and Worley resides in Murfreesboro with her husband, Mike, served as a student coach during the 2008 and 2009 sea- and daughter, Lyndsay, who is a 2008 graduate of MTSU. sons.

n bartley webb

n 2010 student VIDEO STAFF

JAY CARTER

JONATHAN CARTER

JERAMY MENEESE

JEFF SAILING

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JOHN ALBERTSON

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2009 honors RICK STOCKSTILL

 Named SBC Co-Coach of the Year  Named TSWA Coach of the Year

SHANE BLISSARD

 BlueRaiders.com Athlete of the Week on Sept. 7

KEVIN BROWN

 SBC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 28  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

DANNY CARMICHAEL

 Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

DWIGHT DASHER

 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

CHRIS MCCLOVER

 National HM WR Performer of the Week by CFPA on 10/25

SHERMAN NEAL

 SBC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 2

CAM ROBINSON

 Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 2nd Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

BRANDON PERRY

 Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

 Unanimous MVP of 2009 New Orleans Bowl  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC  SBC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 14 , Nov. 9, 16  BlueRaiders.com Athlete of the Week on Sept. 14, Nov. 9  Honorable Mention ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Sept. 13  Sporting News Today Game Ball on Sept. 20  Honorable Mention ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Sept. 27  National HM QB Performer of the Week by CFPA on 10/25  ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Oct. 25  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 2nd Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

ALEX SUBER

MARK FISHER

 Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  2009 Rimington Trophy Watch List  Named 3rd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

DESMOND GEE

MARCUS UDELL

 Named 3rd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

ALAN GENDREAU

 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  Named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award  SBC Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 21  National HM Special Teams Performer of the Week by CFPA

on Sept. 27  Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

PATRICK HONEYCUTT

 Named 3rd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

JUSTIN JONES

 Named to SBC All-Freshman Team by Rivals.com

JEREMY KELLEM

 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  SBC Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 9  Honorable Mention ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Nov. 15  Nominated for the Rudy Awards  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

D.D. KYLES

 Honorable Mention ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Nov. 1  Named 3rd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

JAMARI LATTIMORE

 Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele

CHRIS MCCOY

 Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com  Named SBC Defensive Player of the Year by

Sporting News  Named SBC Co-Defensive Player of Year  Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 1st Team All-Non AQ by ESPN.com  National Defensive Performer of the Week by CFPA  ESPN.com Helmet Sticker on Sept. 20  SBC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21  BlueRaiders.com Athlete of the Week on Sept. 21

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 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 1st Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

PHILLIP TANNER

 2009 Doak Walker Watch List  Voted ESPN/CoSida First Team Academic All-District  Named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award  Named a semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy  One of 52 FBS players nominated to AFCA Good Works Team

MARK THOMPSON

 Named 1st Team Postseason All-SBC  Named 2nd Team Postseason All-SBC by Phil Steele  Named 2nd Team All-SBC by Rivals.com

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2009 final statistics n results 10-3 (7-1, 2nd sun belt) DATE 9/5 9/12 9/19 9/26 10/6 10/17 10/24 10/31 11/7 11/14 11/21 11/28 12/20

OPPONENT at Clemson Memphis at Maryland at North Texas* at Troy* Mississippi State Western Kentucky* at Florida Atlantic* FIU* Louisiana-Lafayette* Arkansas State* at Louisiana-Monroe* vs Southern Miss^

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W/L L W W W L L W W W W W W W

SCORE 14-37 31-14 32-31 37-21 7-31 6-27 62-24 27-20 48-21 34-17 38-14 38-19 42-32

TV ESPN360.com CSS ESPN360.com None ESPN2 ESPNU CSS None ESPN GamePlan CSS ESPN GamePlan CSS ESPN

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n team statistics MT SCORING 416 Points Per Game 32.0 FIRST DOWNS 252 Rushing 110 Passing 127 Penalty 15 RUSHING YARDAGE 2418 Yards gained rushing 2862 Yards lost rushing 444 Rushing Attempts 519 Average Per Rush 4.7 Average Per Game 186.0 TDs Rushing 22 PASSING YARDAGE 3064 Comp-Att-Int 238-436-15 Average Per Pass 7.0 Average Per Catch 12.9 Average Per Game 235.7 TDs Passing 25 TOTAL OFFENSE 5482 Total Plays 955 Average Per Play 5.7 Average Per Game 421.7 KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 57-1119 PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 24-155 INT RETURNS: #-Yards 19-311 KICK RETURN AVERAGE 19.6 PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 6.5 INT RETURN AVERAGE 16.4 FUMBLES-LOST 25-6 PENALTIES-Yards 81-745 Average Per Game 57.3 PUNTS-Yards 82-3183 Average Per Punt 38.8 Net punt average 33.5 TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 27:30 3RD-DOWN Conversions 74/209 3rd-Down Pct 35% 4TH-DOWN Conversions 8/21 4th-Down Pct 38% SACKS BY-Yards 38-253 MISC YARDS 1 TOUCHDOWNS SCORED 52 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS 18-22 ON-SIDE KICKS 0-1 RED-ZONE SCORES (42-52) 81% RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS (29-52) 56% PAT-ATTEMPTS (50-51) 98% ATTENDANCE 123104 Games/Avg Per Game 6/20517 Neutral Site Games

OPP 308 23.7 251 98 130 23 1778 2260 482 512 3.5 136.8 20 2835 241-440-19 6.4 11.8 218.1 16 4613 952 4.8 354.8 74-1634 36-359 15-242 22.1 10.0 16.1 28-14 92-710 54.6 86-3376 39.3 36.5 32:30 75/210 36% 5/17 29% 19-159 -2 38 15-24 0-1 (30-38) 79% (20-38) 53% (33-33) 100% 185085 6/30848 1/30228

ATT. 75,000 28,105 43,167 22,346 17,108 23,882 17,787 15,568 17,808 16,411 19,111 11,896 30,228

SCORE BY QUARTERS Middle Tennessee Opponents

1st 75 86

2nd 149 88

3rd 93 68

4th 99 66

Total 416 308

n rushing PLAYER Dasher, Dwight Kyles, D.D. Cunningham, B. Gee, Desmond Tanner, Phillip Branton, M. Gilstrap, K. Beyah, Malcolm Coleman, N. Banks, Andrew Heyward, Craig Burnette, Brent TEAM Total Opponents

GP 13 12 11 13 2 13 8 10 5 12 12 8 10 13 13

Att 224 139 46 40 18 11 1 2 5 4 4 12 13 519 512

Gain Loss Net 1391 237 1154 879 22 857 193 20 173 131 44 87 83 0 83 52 1 51 49 0 49 22 0 22 19 0 19 11 2 9 9 6 3 23 20 3 0 92 -92 2862 444 2418 2260 482 1778

Avg 5.2 6.2 3.8 2.2 4.6 4.6 49.0 11.0 3.8 2.2 0.8 0.2 -7.1 4.7 3.5

TD 13 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 20

Long 74 53 42 23 18 11 49 18 7 7 6 6 0 74 66

Avg/G 88.8 71.4 15.7 6.7 41.5 3.9 6.1 2.2 3.8 0.8 0.2 0.4 -9.2 186.0 136.8

n passing PLAYER Dasher, Dwight Burnette, Brent Gee, Desmond Coleman, N. Banks, Andrew Beyah, Malcolm Delle Donne, G. McDonald, S. Andrews, G. TEAM Total Opponents

G 13 8 13 5 12 10 13 13 13 10 13 13

Effic Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yds 125.61 219-399-14 54.9 2789 132.16 13-25-0 52.0 160 223.47 2-3-0 66.7 56 163.00 2-2-0 100.0 15 62.60 1-2-0 50.0 3 444.40 1-1-0 100.0 41 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 -200.00 0-1-1 0.0 0 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 0.00 0-1-0 0.0 0 125.66 238-436-15 54.6 3064 112.26 241-440-19 54.8 2835

TD 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 16

Lng 80 23 29 8 3 41 0 0 0 0 80 64

Avg/G 214.5 20.0 4.3 3.0 0.2 4.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 235.7 218.1

n receiving PLAYER Honeycutt, P. McClover, Chris Andrews, G. McDonald, S. Blissard, Shane Turner, Harold Kyles, D.D. Gee, Desmond Jefferson, T. Caldwell, Wes Beyah, Malcolm Delle Donne, G. Cunningham, B. Tanner, Phillip Banks, Andrew Gilstrap, K. Thurmond, M. Total Opponents

G 12 12 13 13 13 9 12 13 6 13 10 13 11 2 12 8 5 13 13

No. 37 35 35 24 19 14 14 13 11 10 8 7 5 2 2 1 1 238 241

Yds 420 541 530 255 283 223 182 145 104 117 65 51 73 33 24 11 7 3064 2835

Avg 11.4 15.5 15.1 10.6 14.9 15.9 13.0 11.2 9.5 11.7 8.1 7.3 14.6 16.5 12.0 11.0 7.0 12.9 11.8

TD 4 5 4 2 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 25 16

Long 24 36 46 35 43 52 80 27 35 22 27 14 50 28 16 11 7 80 64

Avg/G 35.0 45.1 40.8 19.6 21.8 24.8 15.2 11.2 17.3 9.0 6.5 3.9 6.6 16.5 2.0 1.4 1.4 235.7 218.1

n total offense PLAYER Dasher, Dwight Kyles, D.D. Cunningham, B. Burnette, Brent Gee, Desmond Tanner, Phillip Beyah, Malcolm

G 13 12 11 8 13 2 10

Plays 623 139 46 37 43 18 3

Rush 1154 857 173 3 87 83 22

Pass 2789 0 0 160 56 0 41

Total 3943 857 173 163 143 83 63

Avg/G 303.3 71.4 15.7 20.4 11.0 41.5 6.3

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2009 final statistics Branton, M. Gilstrap, K. Coleman, N. Banks, Andrew Heyward, Craig TEAM Total Opponents

13 8 5 12 12 10 13 13

11 1 7 6 4 14 955 952

51 49 19 9 3 -92 2418 1778

0 0 15 3 0 0 3064 2835

51 49 34 12 3 -92 5482 4613

3.9 6.1 6.8 1.0 0.2 -9.2 421.7 354.8

n scoring |------ PATs ------| PLAYER TD FGs Kick Rush Rcv Pass DXP Gendreau, Alan 0 18-22 50-51 0-0 0 0-0 0 Dasher, Dwight 13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-1 0 McClover, Chris 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Kyles, D.D. 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Honeycutt, P. 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Andrews, G. 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Cunningham, B. 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Blissard, Shane 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Turner, Harold 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Gee, Desmond 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 McDonald, S. 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Kellem, Jeremy 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Gilstrap, K. 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Neal, Sherman 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Tanner, Phillip 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Jefferson, T. 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Lattimore, J. 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 McCoy, Chris 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0 Total 52 18-22 50-51 0-0 0 0-1 0 Opponents 38 15-24 33-33 0-1 1 1-4 0

No. 21 2 1 24 36

Yds 106 2 47 155 359

Saf Points 0 104 0 78 0 30 0 24 0 24 0 24 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 12 0 12 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 416 0 308

Avg 5.0 1.0 47.0 6.5 10.0

TD 0 0 1 1 1

Long 47 11 29 47 61

Yds 910 99 43 23 1 17 10 16 0 1119 1634

Avg 22.2 16.5 14.3 11.5 1.0 17.0 10.0 16.0 0.0 19.6 22.1

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Long 74 30 22 13 1 17 10 16 0 74 96

Yds 88 77 58 56 20 0 12 311 242

Avg 12.6 19.2 19.3 28.0 20.0 0.0 12.0 16.4 16.1

TD 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0

Long 29 36 58 56 20 0 12 58 78

n kickoff returns PLAYER Gee, Desmond Beyah, Malcolm Honeycutt, P. Heyward, Craig Robinson, Cam Tanner, Phillip Suber, Alex Gilstrap, K. Jones, Justin Total Opponents

No. 41 6 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 57 74

n interceptions PLAYER Udell, Marcus Brown, Kevin Kellem, Jeremy Suber, Alex Lattimore, J. Crumpton, D. Carmichael, D. Total Opponents

No. 7 4 3 2 1 1 1 19 15

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No. 1 1 0 2 1

Yds 68 31 11 110 28

Avg 68.0 31.0 0.0 55.0 28.0

TD 1 0 1 2 0

Long 68 31 11 68 28

n all-purpose yardage

n punt returns PLAYER Honeycutt, P. Gee, Desmond Neal, Sherman Total Opponents

n fumble returns PLAYER McCoy, Chris Lattimore, J. Kellem, Jeremy Total Opponents

PLAYER Dasher, Dwight Gee, Desmond Kyles, D.D. Honeycutt, P. McClover, Chris Andrews, G. Blissard, Shane McDonald, S. Cunningham, B. Turner, Harold Beyah, Malcolm Tanner, Phillip Caldwell, Wes Jefferson, T. Udell, Marcus Brown, Kevin Gilstrap, K. Suber, Alex Kellem, Jeremy Branton, M. Delle Donne, G. Neal, Sherman Banks, Andrew Heyward, Craig Lattimore, J. Coleman, N. Carmichael, D. Thurmond, M. Burnette, Brent Robinson, Cam TEAM Total Opponents

G 13 13 12 12 12 13 13 13 11 9 10 2 13 6 13 13 8 13 13 13 13 10 12 12 13 5 13 5 8 13 10 13 13

Rush 1154 87 857 0 0 0 0 0 173 0 22 83 0 0 0 0 49 0 0 51 0 0 9 3 0 19 0 0 3 0 -92 2418 1778

Rec PR 0 0 145 2 182 0 420 106 541 0 530 0 283 0 255 0 73 0 223 0 65 0 33 0 117 0 104 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 0 0 47 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3064 155 2835 359

KOR IR 0 0 910 0 0 0 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 99 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 88 0 77 16 0 10 56 0 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0 0 20 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1119 311 1634 242

Avg 38.7 52.0 38.8 39.3

TB 4 0 4 4

Tot Avg/G 1154 88.8 1144 88.0 1039 86.6 569 47.4 541 45.1 530 40.8 283 21.8 255 19.6 246 22.4 223 24.8 186 18.6 133 66.5 117 9.0 104 17.3 88 6.8 77 5.9 76 9.5 66 5.1 58 4.5 51 3.9 51 3.9 47 4.7 33 2.8 26 2.2 20 1.5 19 3.8 12 0.9 7 1.4 3 0.4 1 0.1 -92 -9.2 7067 543.6 6848 526.8

n punting PLAYER DeFatta, David Toulson, N. Total Opponents

No. 81 1 82 86

Yds 3131 52 3183 3376

Long 55 52 55 62

FC 20 0 20 25

I20 Blkd 22 0 0 0 22 0 22 3

n field goals PLAYER FGM-FGA Gendreau, Alan 18-22

Pct 17-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 81.8 9-9 6-8 3-5 0-0

Lg Blk 48 2

n kickoffs KICKOFFS DeFatta, David Gendreau, Alan Total Opponents

No. 63 17 80 63

Yds 3856 948 4804 3748

Avg 61.2 55.8 60.0 59.5

TB 5 0 5 3

OB Retn 0 0 0 1634 2 1119

Net

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n Rod Issac

n Jeremy Kellem

n Kevin Brown

n Antwan Davis

n defensive statistics LEADERS GP 30 Robinson, Cam 13 44 Carmichael, D. 13 6 Issac, Rod 13 20 Kellem, Jeremy 13 98 McCoy, Chris 13 33 Brown, Kevin 13 7 Suber, Alex 13 52 Davis, Antwan 13 11 Lattimore, J. 13 59 Davis, Darin 13 91 Perez, Emmanuel 13 24 Crumpton, D. 13 32 Jones, Justin 12 43 Loreus, Gorby 12 92 Perry, Brandon 13 3 Udell, Marcus 13 47 Smith, Dwight 13 18 Gilstrap, K. 8 94 Tucker, Gary 13 42 Prudhomm, Juno 13 31 Guerra, Denzell 13 51 Carter, SaCoby 13 56 Washington, N. 13 45 Crittenton, J. 8 96 Dangerfield, K. 13 4 Beyah, Malcolm 10 8 Seamster, Sammy 7 2 Gee, Desmond 13 93 Tinsley, P. 9 85 McLendon, Omar 11 99 Hill, Antonio 8 74 Fisher, Mark 13 48 Wade, Adam 13 25 Carson, Jawan 1 26 Cunningham, B. 11 21 Tanner, Phillip 2 9 Dasher, Dwight 13 17 Honeycutt, P. 12 38 Gendreau, Alan 13 37 DeFatta, David 13 34 Branton, M. 13 28 Neal, Sherman 10 15 McDonald, S. 13 27 Jefferson, T. 6 1 McClover, Chris 12 23 Kyles, D.D. 12 50 Boss, Colin 13 28 Turner, Harold 9 Total 13 Opponents 13

|-------Tackles-------| UT AT Total 55 58 113 46 48 94 53 19 72 29 35 64 46 18 64 37 26 63 36 21 57 29 23 52 32 15 47 19 19 38 16 15 31 17 12 29 14 12 26 11 13 24 11 12 23 14 9 23 12 10 22 13 7 20 7 8 15 8 6 14 8 5 13 7 6 13 7 5 12 7 3 10 6 3 9 3 3 6 5 1 6 5 . 5 3 2 5 1 3 4 3 1 4 3 . 3 . 3 3 3 . 3 1 2 3 2 . 2 2 . 2 2 . 2 . 1 1 1 . 1 1 . 1 . 1 1 . 1 1 1 . 1 . 1 1 . 1 1 . 1 1 1 . 1 577 429 1006 588 300 888

For Loss 13.0-56 12.5-56 5.5-11 7.5-27 20.0-74 . 4.5-16 3.0-8 9.5-48 2.5-5 5.5-28 1.5-7 3.0-19 0.5-3 6.0-30 2.0-6 2.0-8 1.0-3 2.0-4 1.0-3 1.0-3 4.5-11 1.0-1 1.0-1 . . 1.0-9 . . 0.5-2 . . . . . . . . 0.5-0 . . . . . . . . . 112-439 82.0-335

|-Sacks-| No-Yards 5.0-40 6.5-44 . 3.0-17 7.0-42 . 2.5-13 1.0-3 5.5-40 . 2.5-17 . 1.0-8 0.5-3 2.0-20 . . . . . . 1.0-4 . . . . . . . 0.5-2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-253 19-159

|---Pass Def---| Int-Yds PD . 3 1-12 2 . 7 3-58 1 . 3 4-77 7 2-56 12 . 1 1-20 2 . 1 . 1 1-0 4 . 1 . 1 . 2 7-88 2 . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-311 52 15-242 53

QBH 1 3 . 1 3 . 2 . 6 1 3 1 1 . . . . 1 . . . . . 3 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 11

|-Fumbles-| Rcv-Yds FF 1-0 1 . 6 . 1 1-11 2 2-68 . . . . . . . 3-31 1 1-0 . . 1 2-0 . 1-0 . . . . 1 . . 1-0 . 2-0 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-110 16 6-28 7

Blkd Kick . . 1 2 1 . . . . . . . . . 1 1 1 . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3

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game-by-game stats n game-by-game passing #9 Dasher, Dwight Clemson Memphis Maryland North Texas Troy Mississippi State WKU FAU FIU Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State ULM Southern Miss TOTALS

Att 42 26 44 43 44 22 35 21 28 25 26 18 25 399

Comp 20 18 27 21 24 11 22 7 13 16 15 10 15 219

Int 3 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 14

Pct 47.6 69.2 61.4 48.8 54.5 50.0 62.9 33.3 46.4 64.0 57.7 55.6 60.0 54.9

Yards 204 231 324 269 245 129 355 90 182 219 263 116 162 2789

TD 1 2 2 2 1 0 3 0 2 2 4 2 2 23

Long 43 40 36 50 35 25 52 40 30 46 80 42 27 80

Sack 3 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 17

Yds 18 11 45 6 22 0 0 0 11 10 2 7 10 142

Effi 82.0 169.2 129.1 116.7 108.8 72.0 176.3 69.3 103.2 164.0 185.7 124.1 140.8 125.6

#10 Burnette, Brent Mississippi State WKU FIU Arkansas State ULM Southern Miss TOTALS

Att 15 3 1 2 1 3 25

Comp 7 3 1 0 0 2 13

Int 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pct 46.7 100.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 66.7 52.0

Yards 48 47 20 0 0 45 160

TD 0 1 0 0 0 1 2

Long 16 23 20 0 0 23 23

Sack 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

Yds 9 8 0 0 0 0 17

Effic 73.5 341.6 268.0 0.0 0.0 302.7 132.2

#13 Coleman, N. WKU TOTALS

Att 2 2

Comp 2 2

Int 0 0

Pct 100.0 100.0

Yards 15 15

TD 0 0

Long 8 8

Sack 0 0

Yds 0 0

Effic 163.0 163.0

#2 Gee, Desmond Maryland Mississippi State FAU TOTALS

Att 1 1 1 3

Comp 1 1 0 2

Int 0 0 0 0

Pct 100.0 100.0 0.0 66.7

Yards 27 29 0 56

TD 0 0 0 0

Long 27 29 0 29

Sack 0 0 0 0

Yds 0 0 0 0

Effic 326.8 343.6 0.0 223.5

n game-by-game rushing PLAYER No-Yds/TD CU Dasher, Dwight 224-1154/13 19-61/0 Kyles, D.D. 139-857/3 3-4/0 Cunningham, B. 46-173/2 DNP Gee, Desmond 40-87/2 1--2/0 Tanner, Phillip 18-83/1 10-36/0 Branton, M. 11-51/0 - Gilstrap, K. 1-49/1 DNP Beyah, Malcolm 2-22/0 - Coleman, N. 5-19/0 DNP Banks, Andrew 4-9/0 3-7/0 Burnette, Brent 12-3/0 DNP Heyward, Craig 4-3/0 -

UM MD 17-89/0 20-26/1 5-32/1 10-34/0 4-8/0 DNP 1--3/0 4-23/1 8-47/1 DNP 3-10/0 1-0/0 - - - 1-4/0 2-5/0 DNP 1-2/0 - DNP DNP - -

NT Troy 16-75/2 18-53/0 18-62/0 6-53/0 8-58/0 3-10/0 2--4/0 1--7/0 DNP DNP - - - - - - DNP DNP - - - DNP - -

MSU WKU FAU FIU ULL ASU ULM 13-47/0 10-66/2 14-108/1 18-178/3 17-89/0 18-73/0 18-88/2 DNP 10-63/1 13-140/1 22-110/0 20-177/0 11-80/0 9-67/0 4-6/0 3-12/0 1--1/0 8-59/1 4-2/0 1-5/0 5-3/0 5--8/0 5--2/0 2-3/0 5-24/0 5-17/1 7-17/0 2-29/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP - 4-34/0 - - - 3-7/0 - - 1-49/1 - - DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-18/0 - - - DNP 2-11/0 DNP DNP DNP - 1-3/0 - - - - - - DNP 3--3/0 3--8/0 DNP 1-1/0 3-10/0 1-3/0 1-0/0 DNP 2-8/0 - - - 2--5/0 -

NT 3-48/0 1-1/0 1-9/0 2-17/0 5-74/0 - 1-9/0 1-24/1 1-21/0 2-4/0 2-56/1 2-6/0 - DNP - - DNP

MSU 3-36/0 4-49/0 DNP 2-29/0 1-16/0 3-45/0 DNP 2-4/0 - - 1--5/0 DNP 1-5/0 DNP 1-16/0 1-11/0 DNP

USM 26-201/2 12-35/0 5-11/1 DNP DNP -

n game-by-game rECEIVING PLAYER McClover, Chris Andrews, G. Honeycutt, P. Blissard, Shane McDonald, S. Turner, Harold Kyles, D.D. Gee, Desmond Caldwell, Wes Jefferson, T. Cunningham, B. Beyah, Malcolm Delle Donne, G. Tanner, Phillip Banks, Andrew Gilstrap, K. Thurmond, M.

No-Yds/TD 35-541/5 35-530/4 37-420/4 19-283/3 24-255/2 14-223/3 14-182/1 13-145/1 10-117/0 11-104/1 5-73/1 8-65/0 7-51/0 2-33/0 2-24/0 1-11/0 1-7/0

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CU UM MD 1-18/1 3-47/0 7-110/0 3-22/0 1-41/0 4-83/1 4-17/0 5-71/1 5-57/0 4-68/0 2-46/1 - 1-19/0 1-9/0 2-16/1 DNP DNP DNP 1-0/0 1-7/0 2-8/0 2-12/0 2-27/0 2-11/0 2-9/0 1-13/0 1-7/0 - - 2-21/0 DNP - DNP - 2-6/0 2-32/0 2-14/0 - 1-6/0 1-28/0 1-5/0 DNP - - - DNP - - DNP DNP DNP

Troy 1-4/0 3-22/0 5-66/0 - 1-10/0 DNP 2-11/0 2-22/0 2-29/0 7-79/1 1-2/0 - - DNP - - DNP

WKU FAU 6-149/2 2-18/0 4-46/0 - 3-49/0 1-6/0 1-12/0 1-40/0 1-4/0 - 6-113/2 1-8/0 1-9/0 2-18/0 - - 1-2/0 - DNP DNP - - DNP DNP 3-26/0 - DNP DNP - - - - 1-7/0 DNP

FIU 1-29/0 3-20/0 3-32/1 - 3-50/1 1-20/0 1-30/0 - - DNP - 2-21/0 - DNP - - -

ULL 1-10/0 4-80/1 3-42/1 1-40/0 3-17/0 1-6/0 2-10/0 - 1-14/0 DNP - - - DNP - DNP -

ASU 3-17/1 3-73/1 2-17/0 1-11/0 1-6/0 2-31/1 1-80/1 - - DNP 1-20/0 - - DNP 1-8/0 DNP -

ULM DNP 1-42/0 4-45/1 2-10/1 3-19/0 - - - - DNP - - - DNP DNP DNP -

USM 4-55/1 4-51/1 1-9/0 3-10/1 2-15/0 2-45/0 1-22/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP


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game-by-game tackles/sacks n game-by-game tackles TOTAL TACKLES Robinson, Cam Carmichael, D. Issac, Rod McCoy, Chris Kellem, Jeremy Brown, Kevin Suber, Alex Davis, Antwan Lattimore, J. Davis, Darin Perez, Emmanuel Crumpton, D. Jones, Justin Loreus, Gorby Udell, Marcus Perry, Brandon Smith, Dwight Gilstrap, K. Tucker, Gary Prudhomm, Juno Carter, SaCoby Guerra, Denzell Washington, N. Crittenton, J. Dangerfield, K. Beyah, Malcolm Seamster, Sammy Tinsley, P. Gee, Desmond Hill, Antonio McLendon, Omar Cunningham, B. Carson, Jawan Wade, Adam Fisher, Mark Honeycutt, P. Dasher, Dwight Tanner, Phillip Gendreau, Alan McDonald, S. McClover, Chris Boss, Colin Kyles, D.D. Turner, Harold Jefferson, T. Neal, Sherman Branton, M.

UA-A 55-58 46-48 53-19 46-18 29-35 37-26 36-21 29-23 32-15 19-19 16-15 17-12 14-12 11-13 14-9 11-12 12-10 13-7 7-8 8-6 7-6 8-5 7-5 7-3 6-3 3-3 5-1 3-2 5-0 3-1 1-3 1-2 3-0 0-3 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0

TOT 113 94 72 64 64 63 57 52 47 38 31 29 26 24 23 23 22 20 15 14 13 13 12 10 9 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

CU 4-3 2-1 3-1 1-3 4-3 3-3 2-1 4-3 3-0 1-2 0-1 4-0 DNP 2-1 3-0 - 1-0 DNP 1-1 - 0-1 1-0 1-2 DNP - - DNP - - DNP DNP DNP 3-0 - - - 1-0 2-0 - - - - - DNP - - -

UM 4-1 5-1 6-0 2-2 2-0 5-0 2-0 1-0 3-0 1-0 0-2 2-0 - 4-1 3-0 1-0 - 3-0 0-1 3-0 2-0 1-0 - DNP 3-0 - 1-0 DNP - DNP - - DNP - - - - - - - - - - DNP - DNP -

MD 0-10 5-5 2-3 6-3 2-3 1-3 2-4 1-5 4-1 0-3 1-2 0-1 2-2 0-2 - 0-3 1-3 0-2 3-1 0-2 - 0-1 - DNP - 1-1 - DNP - DNP - DNP DNP - - - - DNP - 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 DNP - - -

UM 0-0 1.0-8 1.0-9 - - - - - - - - - -

MD 0-0 0-0 1.0-4 3.0-25 - - - - - - - - -

NT 4-2 2-4 4-2 4-1 1-4 3-3 5-2 0-4 1-0 0-2 3-0 3-5 - - 1-1 0-3 0-1 2-3 0-1 - - 1-1 - DNP 1-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 - DNP 0-1 0-1 DNP 0-1 - - - DNP - - - - - - 1-0 DNP -

TROY 4-8 4-4 4-1 2-1 2-4 2-0 3-0 2-2 2-4 1-3 2-0 - 3-2 1-1 0-1 1-1 1-0 3-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 - - DNP - 1-0 2-0 1-0 - DNP 1-0 - DNP 0-1 - - - DNP - - - - - DNP - DNP -

MSU 3-6 2-5 4-0 5-2 3-2 4-3 2-2 5-3 4-1 2-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 DNP - 2-0 2-0 3-1 - 1-1 1-0 - - - 0-1 DNP - - 1-0 - - - DNP - 1-0 DNP - DNP - - - - DNP 1-0 - - -

WKU 4-2 5-0 1-0 2-1 1-1 3-1 3-1 2-1 6-0 2-0 1-0 - 4-1 1-0 1-0 3-0 1-1 - - 0-1 - 1-0 3-0 3-0 - DNP 1-0 - - - - - DNP - - - - DNP - - - - - - DNP - 1-0

FAU 5-9 2-13 2-4 0-2 4-6 4-6 1-0 1-1 2-3 1-3 0-5 - 0-2 1-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 2-0 0-1 - 0-2 - 1-0 0-1 0-1 DNP 1-0 0-1 1-0 - 0-1 - DNP - - - 1-0 DNP 0-1 - - - - - DNP - -

FIU 4-4 4-3 9-1 7-0 1-1 - 3-2 4-0 3-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-2 2-0 - 2-0 0-1 1-0 - 0-1 2-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 DNP - - 1-0 0-1 - DNP 0-1 - 1-0 - DNP - - - - - - DNP - -

ULL 6-2 3-1 7-2 4-0 3-4 1-1 4-2 5-1 1-0 3-2 2-1 4-0 0-1 - 3-0 1-1 - DNP - - 2-0 - 1-0 1-0 - 1-0 DNP - 1-0 - - - DNP - - - - DNP - - - - - - DNP - -

ASU 8-1 5-1 6-1 6-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 1-0 3-1 4-1 1-0 2-0 1-0 0-1 - 1-0 1-0 DNP - 1-0 - - - - - - DNP DNP 1-0 1-0 DNP - DNP - 1-0 - - DNP - - - - - - DNP - -

ULM 3-7 4-6 3-2 3-2 1-3 4-3 4-4 2-1 0-4 1-1 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-2 1-4 DNP 0-2 1-1 1-0 2-3 0-3 2-1 1-0 - DNP 1-1 - 0-1 - 0-1 DNP - 1-0 1-0 - DNP - - DNP - - - DNP 0-1 -

USM 6-3 3-4 2-2 4-1 3-4 5-3 2-3 1-2 0-1 2-1 3-2 1-2 2-0 0-2 2-1 1-0 DNP 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP 1-0 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP DNP -

ASU - 1.0-4 1.0-7 - - - - 1.0-9 1.0-14 - - - -

ULM - 1.5-8 1.0-8 1.0-1 1.0-4 - - - - - - - -

n game-by-game sacks PLAYER Robinson, Cam Carmichael, D. McCoy, Chris Lattimore, J. Suber, A. Carter, S. Kellem, J. Perez, E. B. Perry Loreus, G. Jones, J. McLendon, O. Davis, A.

SKS-A-TOT 4-0-4 4-3-5.5 7-0-7 6-0-6 2-1-2.5 1-0-1 3-0-3 2-1-2.5 2-0-2 0.5-3 1-0-1 0-1-0.5 1-0-1

CU 1.0-11 - - - - - - - - - - - -

NT 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 - - - - - - - - -

Troy 0-0 1.0-3 - - 1.0-3 1.0-4 - - - - - - -

MSU 0-0 - - - - - 1.0-5 1.0-3 - - - - -

WKU 2.0-7 1.0-11 - 2.0-14 - - - - 1.0-6 - - - -

FAU - 0.5-4 - - - - - 0.5-5 - - - - -

FIU 1.0-13 0.5-6 2.0-7 - 0.5-6 - - - - 0.5-3 1.0-8 0.5-2 -

UL 1.0-9 - 1.0-7 - - - 2.0-12 - - - - - 1.0-3

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game-by-game team/starters n game-by-game summaries FINAL GAME SCORE MT 14 Clemson 37 MT 31 Memphis 14 MT 32 Maryland 31 MT 37 North Texas 21 MT 7 Troy 31 MT 6 Miss. State 27 MT 62 WKU 24 MT 27 FAU 20 MT 48 FIU 21 MT 34 UL 17 MT 38 ASU 14 MT 38 ULM 19 MT 42 USM 32

BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 0 7 7 0 10 20 7 0 7 10 7 7 7 0 0 7 0 13 10 9 7 7 7 10 10 20 0 7 7 0 14 0 0 0 7 0 7 7 10 7 0 6 0 0 7 10 3 7 3 28 17 14 3 7 7 7 7 6 0 14 10 7 0 3 17 17 0 14 0 7 14 0 7 7 10 10 7 10 0 0 17 7 14 0 0 7 0 7 7 14 7 10 7 3 3 6 0 14 14 14 14 3 3 12

FIRST DOWNS RUSHING RU PA PN TOT ATT YDS TD 9 8 1 18 37 92 0 12 5 1 18 47 202 0 6 11 1 18 43 164 2 7 6 0 13 37 93 2 5 16 1 22 36 87 2 6 11 1 18 39 158 2 10 11 2 23 45 187 2 8 15 2 25 25 157 3 5 12 2 19 28 109 0 16 5 1 22 49 264 3 2 11 1 14 25 42 0 6 10 3 19 50 178 3 10 14 0 24 41 229 4 7 6 3 16 40 100 1 6 3 2 11 34 239 2 5 19 4 28 38 101 0 14 9 0 23 56 385 4 7 10 0 17 44 146 3 12 8 1 21 50 287 1 5 12 3 20 32 73 1 10 9 3 22 44 164 0 3 7 3 13 36 44 1 9 5 0 14 36 190 2 10 12 0 22 38 139 0 12 10 1 23 44 243 3 6 12 2 20 37 123 1

PASSING C-A-I YDS TD 21-44-3 207 1 9-21-1 159 2 19-27-0 272 2 17-26-1 126 0 28-46-2 351 2 19-30-1 288 2 21-43-0 269 2 35-54-3 313 0 24-44-0 245 1 18-30-0 191 1 19-39-4 206 0 14-20-0 155 0 27-41-0 417 4 10-23-1 150 2 7-22-0 90 0 28-54-2 377 2 14-29-3 202 2 14-38-3 178 0 16-25-0 219 2 25-43-1 220 1 15-28-1 263 4 13-28-1 176 1 10-20-2 116 2 21-39-2 231 2 17-28-0 207 3 18-34-2 271 3

TOT. OFF. PUNTING FUMBLES PENALTY THIRD AVG. TOTAL ATT YDS NO-AVG NO-LOST NO-YDS DOWNS F.POS TOP 81 299 7-38.4 6-0 3-18 9-20 M25 30:22 68 361 3-43.0 3-1 4-40 4-14 C49 29:38 70 436 7-39.1 4-1 6-34 6-17 M23 29:01 63 219 10-41.6 2-1 3-26 6-17 M31 30:59 82 438 8-35.1 1-1 5-40 3-16 MT42 28:49 69 446 5-40.6 4-3 4-25 7-16 MD29 31:11 88 456 10-41.2 3-0 7-65 5-18 M27 29:25 79 470 7-43.6 2-2 7-55 4-13 N32 30:35 72 354 11-37.9 1-1 7-55 4-17 M30 25:52 79 455 9-40.4 1-1 12-92 8-18 T29 34:08 64 248 7-35.1 0-0 8-90 4-14 M27 22:09 70 333 7-36.7 2-0 7-45 5-17 MS39 37:51 82 646 4-39.8 0-0 10-105 5-14 M43 30:49 63 250 8-42.1 5-3 5-49 4-14 W25 29:11 56 329 4-41.2 1-1 6-63 1-12 M38 20:03 92 478 4-20.2 2-0 7-66 5-18 F27 39:57 85 587 5-41.0 2-0 4-35 10-20 M37 30:29 82 324 9-38.8 2-1 9-65 6-17 F33 29:31 75 506 5-37.8 1-0 9-89 9-19 M33 28:36 75 293 7-41.3 2-1 2-19 7-17 UL22 31:24 72 427 6-41.3 3-1 9-83 6-15 M26 30:22 64 220 7-44.9 2-1 15-118 3-14 A37 29:38 56 306 4-44.2 1-0 1-5 3-12 M44 23:11 77 370 5-28.6 1-0 7-35 6-17 ULM32 36:49 72 450 4-35.2 2-1 6-63 9-15 M38 28:19 71 394 5-37.8 0-0 10-75 10-18 U30 31:41

n game-by-game offensive starters OPPONENT Clemson Memphis Maryland North Texas Troy Mississippi State Western Kentucky Florida Atlantic Florida International Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Southern Miss

QB Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher Burnette Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher Dasher

TB WR Tanner McDonald Tanner McClover Kyles McClover Jefferson (wr) McClover Branton McClover Gee McClover Gee Gilstrap Kyles McClover Gee McClover Kyles McClover Gee McClover Kyles McDonald Kyles McClover

WR Honeycutt Honeycutt Honeycutt Honeycutt Jefferson Jefferson Blissard Honeycutt Caldwell Honeycutt Caldwell Caldwell Delle Donne

WR Gee Blissard Blissard Beyah Beyah Caldwell Caldwell Blissard Blissard Blissard Blissard Blissard Blissard

WR Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Andrews Gee Andrews

LT Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams

LG Lewis Lewis Lewis Lewis Lewis Lewis McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy

C Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Hawkins Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson

WILL Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson

LC Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac Issac

SS Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown

RG Stuart McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy McLeroy Stuart Stuart Stuart Stuart Stuart Stuart Stuart

RT Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher Fisher

n game-by-game defensive starters OPPONENT Clemson Memphis Maryland North Texas Troy Mississippi State Western Kentucky Florida Atlantic Florida International Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Southern Miss

LE Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore Lattimore

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T Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry Perry

T Smith Smith Smith Smith Udell (db) Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith

RE SAM MIKE McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy Crumpton (db) Carmichael McCoy D. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy A. Davis Carmichael McCoy Crumpton (db) Carmichael

FS Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem Kellem

RC Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber Suber


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scoring drives n middle tennessee scoring drives NO OF TOTAL DRIVE SCORE SCORE DRIVE OPPONENT PLAYS YARDS TIME TYPE TIME/QTR START Clemson - - - TD 14:07/2nd - Clemson 7 85 2:25 TD 12:29/3rd M15 Memphis 9 96 3:00 TD 10:30/1st MT4 Memphis 3 43 1:49 TD 10:02/2nd M43 Memphis 5 47 1:25 FG 6:14/2nd M43 Memphis 12 76 3:35 TD 2:44/3rd MT24 Memphis 9 60 2:41 TD 14:15/4th MT40 Maryland 5 29 1:21 TD 14:39/2nd MD29 Maryland 3 30 1:20 TD 13:06/2nd MD30 Maryland 4 44 1:05 TD 6:25/3rd MD44 Maryland 8 28 2:07 FG :48/3rd MD39 Maryland 9 76 3:50 TD 9:04/4th MD24 Maryland 8 73 1:30 FG 0:00/4th MD25 North Texas 6 80 1:43 TD 11:38/1st MT20 North Texas 7 33 1:49 FG 9:17/1st NT36 North Texas 9 65 2:43 FG 14:04/2nd MT21 North Texas 3 6 1:06 TD 11:55/2nd NT6 North Texas 12 98 3:01 TD 4:43/2nd MT2 North Texas 7 26 1:12 FG :22/2nd MT43 North Texas 5 48 1:45 TD 10:54/4th NT48 Troy 3 41 1:09 TD :51/3rd T41 Miss. State 12 62 4:32 FG 7:10/2nd MT37 Miss. State 8 34 1:44 FG :39/2nd MT49 WKU 10 47 2:51 FG 5:56/1st M32 WKU 7 53 2:49 TD 14:40/2nd M47 WKU 2 52 :15 TD 12:32/2nd M48 WKU 8 78 2:35 TD 8:09/2nd M22 WKU 10 74 3:28 TD 1:08/2nd M26 WKU 4 4 1:03 FG 13:57/3rd W17 WKU 2 61 :35 TD 13:09/3rd M39 WKU 7 75 2:37 TD 5:51/3rd M25 WKU 4 63 1:22 TD 13:04/4th M37 WKU 6 25 3:09 TD 8:57/4th W25 FAU TD :43/1st FAU 4 8 :58 FG 12:15/2nd F37 FAU 4 35 :31 FG 0:00/2nd F31 FAU 4 80 1:12 TD 13:43/4th M20 FAU 2 74 :42 TD 5:31/4th M26 FIU 3 67 1:08 TD 11:35/1st M33 FIU 3 44 :54 TD 10:03/1st F44 FIU 4 5 :37 FG 4:00/1st F21 FIU 3 73 :57 TD 13:50/2nd M27 FIU 7 62 2:47 TD 8:34/2nd M38 FIU 12 65 4:00 FG 3:21/2nd M31 FIU 11 70 2:40 TD 14:10/4th M30 FIU 3 46 :29 TD 1:39/4th F46 ULL 6 50 1:49 TD 7:30/1st 50 ULL TD 6:24/2nd ULL 2 60 :55 TD 14:05/3rd M40 ULL 7 46 2:08 FG 1:29/3rd M41 ULL 5 71 1:44 TD 13:16/4th M29 ULL 10 51 2:46 FG 9:16/4th M36 ASU 2 79 :38 TD 12:20/1st M21 ASU 8 58 1:37 FG 9:07/1st M20 ASU 8 66 2:54 TD 4:01/1st M34 ASU 9 86 4:03 TD 6:20/2nd M14 ASU 9 91 4:05 TD 7:39/3rd M9 ASU TD :40/3rd ULM 5 66 1:25 TD 2:52/1st M34 ULM 7 45 2:37 TD 6:33/2nd ULM45 ULM 6 73 2:19 TD :33/2nd M27 ULM 2 9 :45 TD 4:10/3rd ULM9 ULM 6 47 2:24 FG 13:08/4th ULM30 ULM TD 10:50/4th USM 12 70 4:20 TD 13:25/2nd M30 USM 3 12 1:12 TD 4:41/2nd SM12 USM 6 78 1:59 TD 10:12/3rd M22 USM 6 76 2:19 TD 0:00/3rd M24 USM 9 80 3:38 TD 3:14/4th M20 USM 3 5 1:45 TD 1:13/4th SM5

n opponent scoring drives SCORING PLAY McCoy 68 FR McClover 18 Rec Tanner 4 run Blissard 40 rec Gendreau 28 FG Honeycutt 24 rec Kyles 7 run Dasher 3 run McDonald 7 rec Gee 6 run Gendreau 27 FG Andrews 32 rec Gendreau 19 FG Cunningham 50 rec Gendreau 20 FG Gendreau 31 FG Dasher 6 run Dasher 2 run Gendreau 48 FG Gee 24 rec Jefferson 35 rec Gendreau 18 FG Gendreau 24 FG Gendreau 38 FG McClover 23 rec Turner 52 rec McClover 34 rec Dasher run Gendreau FG Gilstrap 49 run Kyles 1 run Dasher 25 run Turner 10 rec Neal 29 PBR Gendreau 46 FG Gendreau 23 FG Kyles 8 run Dasher 74 run Dasher 70 run McDonald 27 rec Gendreau 33 FG Dasher 67 run Honeycutt 9 rec Gendreau 21 FG Dasher 1 run Cunningham 42 run Honeycutt 18 rec Lattimore 20 INT Andrews 19 rec Gendreau 30 FG Gee 7 run Gendreau 30 FG Kyles 80 rec Gendreau 39 FG McClover 12 rec Turner 32 rec Andrews 7 rec Kellem 11 FR Dasher 2 run Blissard 6 rec Honeycutt 18 rec Dasher 9 run Gendreau 40 FG Kellem 58 INT Andrews 11 rec Blissard 9 rec Dasher 35 run McClover 23 rec Cunn. 1 run Dasher 1 run

NO OF TOTAL DRIVE SCORE SCORE DRIVE OPPONENT PLAYS YARDS TIME TYPE TIME/QTR START Clemson - - - TD 14:46/1st - Clemson 9 29 4:02 FG 5:16/1st M34 Clemson 11 57 5:45 FG 8:16/2nd M41 Clemson - - - TD 6:02/2nd - Clemson 1 43 :09 TD 2:55/2nd M43 Clemson 5 23 :56 FG 1:15/2nd C43 Clemson 3 32 1:13 TD 9:04/3rd M32 Memphis 9 69 4:20 TD 6:10/1st M31 Memphis 8 48 2:45 TD 1:47/4th MT48 Maryland 3 56 1:20 TD 6:46/1st MD44 Maryland 5 19 1:35 TD 1:19/2nd MT19 Maryland 5 74 2:34 TD 12:22/3rd MD26 Maryland 3 82 1:06 TD 13:01/4th MD18 Maryland 10 49 2:44 FG 6:14/4th MD26 North Texas 2 75 :39 TD 1:47/1st NT25 North Texas 9 62 2:59 TD 7:49/3rd NT38 North Texas 6 74 2:14 TD :02/3rd NT26 Troy 5 33 1:41 TD 5:58/1st MT33 Troy 7 80 2:18 TD :20/2nd T20 Troy 8 71 2:46 TD 12:14/3rd T29 Troy 5 30 2:03 FG 8:42/3rd M38 Troy 3 39 :58 TD 14:53/4th M39 Miss. State 2 44 :26 TD 6:24/1st MT44 Miss. State 16 78 6:57 FG 11:42/2nd MS Miss. State 3 69 1:33 TD 5:37/2nd MS 31 Miss. State 8 35 4:34 FG 3:37/3rd MS 46 Miss. State 3 25 1:02 TD 3:25/4th MT25 WKU 11 44 6:13 FG 8:47/1st W36 WKU 5 73 1:08 TD 0:00/2nd W27 WKU 6 72 2:05 TD 11:04/3rd W28 WKU 7 80 1:50 TD 14:26/4th W36 FAU 6 35 2:37 FG 8:32/1st F44 FAU 8 27 3:43 TD 3:30/1st M27 FAU 7 76 3:22 TD 8:53/2nd F24 FAU 13 59 6:20 FG 14:55/4th F15 FIU 5 51 :59 TD :24/2nd F49 FIU 2 8 :34 TD 13:35/3rd M8 FIU 10 80 4:00 TD 3:51/3rd F20 ULL 14 79 5:41 TD 9:19/1st UL21 ULL 9 83 4:00 FG 9:56/2nd UL10 ULL 9 72 1:03 TD :09/2nd UL28 ASU 7 27 4:17 TD 2:03/2nd M27 ASU 6 80 1:56 TD 7:08/4th A20 ULM 6 78 3:17 TD 11:43/1st ULM22 ULM 13 71 6:07 FG 9:10/2nd ULM20 ULM 8 50 3:41 FG 6:13/3rd ULM30 ULM 11 79 4:31 TD 2:16/4th M21 USM 9 61 4:18 TD 10:42/1st SM39 USM 7 49 2:38 TD 6:35/1st MT49 USM 9 57 4:41 FG 0:00/2nd SM40 USM 8 53 2:36 FG 7:36/3rd SM26 USM 8 54 3:54 TD 6:52/4th SM46 USM 5 62 :39 TD :27/4th SM38

SCORING PLAY Spiller 96 KO Ret Jackson 22 FG Jackson 19 FG Ford 61 PR Ford 43 Rec Jackson 44 FG Jones 33 pass Steele 12 run Smith 3 run Scott 48 run Meggett 1 run Smith 37 rec Smith 64 rec Ferrara 42 FG Dunbar 66 run Dodge 4 run Dunbar 18 run Southward 7 run Reeves 52 rec Parker 2 run Taylor26 FG Parker 28 run Lee 39 run DePasquale 24 FG Dixon 57 run DePasquale 36 FG Dixon 1 run Tinius 37 FG Gaebler 42 rec Jakes 4 run Gaebler 16 rec Gornall 38 FG Holley 2 rec Gent 18 rec Gornall 42 FG Berry 2 run Berry 5 run Berry 4 run Masson 3 run Albrecht 24 FG Wolfe 7 rec Arnold 2 run McLennan 24 rec Ambrose 37 rec Jabour 25 FG Jabour 37 FG Ambrose 25 rec Harrison 2 run Brown 24 rec Hrapmann 20 FG Hrapmann 38 FG Brown 7 rec Parham 33 rec

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miscellaneous statistics n GAME-OPENING DRIVES

n middle tennessee long plays Yards Type Player(s) *80 Pass Kyles, D.D. from Dasher, Dwight *74 Rush Dasher, Dwight 74 KR Gee, Desmond *70 Rush Dasher, Dwight *68 FR McCoy, Chris *67 Rush Dasher, Dwight *58 INT Kellem, Jeremy 56 INT Suber, Alex 53 Rush Kyles, D.D. *52 Pass Turner, Harold from Dasher, Dwight *50 Pass Cunningham, B. from Dasher, Dwight *49 Rush Gilstrap, K. 47 PR Honeycutt, P. 46 Rush Dasher, Dwight 46 KR Gee, Desmond 46 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 44 KR Gee, Desmond 43 Pass Blissard, Shane from Dasher, Dwight 43 Rush Kyles, D.D. 42 Rush Dasher, Dwight *42 Rush Cunningham, B. 42 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 41 KR Gee, Desmond 41 Pass Andrews, G. from Beyah, Malcolm 40 Pass Blissard, Shane from Dasher, Dwight *40 Pass Blissard, Shane from Dasher, Dwight 40 KR Gee, Desmond 40 Pass Blissard, Shane from Dasher, Dwight 40 Rush Kyles, D.D. 37 KR Gee, Desmond 36 Pass McClover, Chris from Dasher, Dwight 36 INT Brown, Kevin 36 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 35 Pass McDonald, S. from Dasher, Dwight *35 Rush Dasher, Dwight *35 Pass Jefferson, T. from Dasher, Dwight 35 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 35 Pass McClover, Chris from Dasher, Dwight *34 Pass McClover, Chris from Dasher, Dwight 32 Pass McClover, Chris from Dasher, Dwight *32 Pass Turner, Harold from Dasher, Dwight *32 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 32 INT Brown, Kevin 31 Pass Andrews, G. from Dasher, Dwight 31 Rush Dasher, Dwight 30 Rush Kyles, D.D. 30 Pass Kyles, D.D. from Dasher, Dwight 30 KR Beyah, Malcolm * touchdown scored on play

Opponent Arkansas State FAU WKU FIU Clemson FIU ULM ULM Louisiana-Lafayette WKU North Texas WKU FIU Louisiana-Lafayette Troy Louisiana-Lafayette ULM Clemson FAU Memphis FIU ULM Louisiana-Lafayette Memphis Louisiana-Lafayette Memphis Arkansas State FAU Louisiana-Lafayette FAU WKU North Texas Maryland North Texas Southern Miss Troy Arkansas State Maryland WKU WKU Arkansas State Maryland ULM Arkansas State Southern Miss WKU FIU Maryland

n third down conversions BY QUARTER Middle Tennessee Percentage Opponents Percentage

1 12-47 .255 24-61 .393

2 24-56 .429 18-52 .346

3 19-53 .358 17-49 .347

4 18-53 .340 16-48 .333

TOTAL 74-209 .354 75-208 .361

MIDDLE TENNESSEE OPPONENT PTS 1ST DNS YDS RES Clemson 0 2 28 INT Memphis 7 4 96 TD Maryland 0 1 20 Punt North Texas 7 3 80 TD Troy 0 0 8 Punt Mississippi State 0 0 1 Punt Western Kentucky 3 3 47 FG Florida Atlantic 0 0 5 Punt FIU 7 1 67 TD UL 7 3 50 TD Arkansas State 7 1 79 TD Louisiana-Monroe 0 2 34 INT Southern Miss 0 0 0 Punt

OPPONENTS PTS 1ST DNS YDS RES 0 0 -5 Punt 0 0 -3 Punt 0 2 38 Punt 0 0 4 Block FG 0 0 -8 Punt 0 1 25 Punt 3 4 44 FG 0 2 53 Punt 0 1 20 Punt 7 5 79 TD 0 1 0 Punt 7 3 78 TD 6 3 61 TD

n second half-OPENING DRIVES MIDDLE TENNESSEE OPPONENT PTS 1ST DNS YDS RES Clemson 7 3 85 TD Memphis 0 0 8 Punt Maryland 0 2 35 Punt North Texas 0 0 -1 Punt Troy 0 0 -9 Punt Mississippi State 0 0 -6 Punt Western Kentucky 3 0 4 FG Florida Atlantic 0 1 27 Punt FIU 0 0 2 INT ULL 7 2 60 TD Arkansas State 0 1 13 Punt Louisiana-Monroe 0 0 4 Punt Southern Miss 0 2 43 Fumble

OPPONENTS PTS 1ST DNS YDS 0 0 2 0 1 13 7 2 74 0 0 9 7 2 71 0 2 0 7 3 72 0 0 0 7 1 8 0 0 9 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0

n three-and-out Clemson Memphis Maryland North Texas Troy Mississippi State Western Kentucky Florida Atlantic Florida International Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Southern Miss Total

MIDDLE TENNESSEE DRIVES/3-AND-OUT 16/6 14/7 17/4 18/8 16/9 14/5 16/4 14/4 19/9 13/1 14/4 13/4 13/5 197/70

OPPONENT DRIVES/3-AND-OUT 16/4 14/6 17/6 18/4 16/6 15/8 16/7 14/3 18/6 14/6 15/6 15/3 13/2 201/67

n red zone Opponent Clemson Memphis Maryland North Texas Troy Mississippi State WKU Florida Atlantic Florida International Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Southern Miss Totals 42 of 52 (80.8%)

Score 14-37 31-14 32-31 37-21 7-31 6-27 62-24 27-20 48-21 34-17 38-14 38-19 42-32

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Times In RZ 3 4 5 4 1 2 6 4 5 6 3 4 5 52

Times Scored 1 4 5 4 0 2 5 2 4 5 2 4 4 42

Total Pts 7 24 26 20 0 6 31 10 20 27 14 28 28 241

TDs 1 3 3 2 0 0 4 1 2 3 2 4 4 29

Rush TDs 0 2 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 2 2 15

RES INT Punt TD Punt TD Downs TD Punt TD Punt Punt Punt Punt

Pass TDs 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 2 2 14

FGs Made 0 1 2 2 0 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 13

FGA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2

Failed to Score Inside RZ Downs Int Fumb Half 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0

Game 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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2009 superlatives n middle tennessee superlatives

n opponent superlatives

INDIVIDUAL Rushes: 26, Dwight Dasher vs Southern Miss Yards Rushing: 201, Dwight Dasher vs Southern Miss TD Rushes: 3, Dwight Dasher vs FIU Long Rush: 74, Dwight Dasher vs FAU Pass attempts: 44, Dwight Dasher vs Maryland, Troy Pass completions: 27, Dwight Dasher vs Maryland Yards Passing: 355, Dwight Dasher vs WKU TD Passes: 4, Dwight Dasher vs Arkansas State Long Pass: 80, Dwight Dasher vs Arkansas State Receptions: 7, Chris McClover vs Maryland Yards Receiving: 149, Chris McClover vs WKU TD Receptions: 2, Chris McClover and Harold Turner vs WKU Long Reception: 80, D.D. Kyles vs Arkansas State Field Goals: 3, Alan Gendreau vs North Texas Long Field Goal: 48, Alan Gendreau vs North Texas Punts: 11, David DeFatta vs Troy Punting Avg: 41.7, David DeFatta vs ULM Long Punt: 55, David DeFatta vs North Texas Long Punt Return: 47, Patrick Honeycutt vs FIU Long Kickoff Return: 74, Desmond Gee vs WKU Tackles: 15, Danny Carmichael vs FAU Sacks: 3.0 by Jamari Lattimore vs Maryland Tackles For Loss: 4.0 by Chris McCoy vs Maryland Interceptions: 2, Kevin Brown vs North Texas; Marcus Udell vs FAU, FIU

INDIVIDUAL Rushes: 27, Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State Yards Rushing: 135, Anthony Dixon, Mississippi State TD Rushes: 3 by K. Berry, FIU Long Rush: 66, Lance Dunbar, North Texas Pass attempts: 54, Riley Dodge, North Texas Pass completions: 35, Riley Dodge, North Texas Yards Passing: 313, Riley Dodge, North Texas TD Passes: 3, Martevious Young, Southern Miss Long Pass: 64, Chris Turner, Maryland Receptions: 11, Jamaal Jackson, North Texas Yards Receiving: 165, Torrey Smith, Maryland TD Receptions: 2, Torrey Smith, Maryland; Jake Gaebler, WKU; Deandre Brown, USM Long Reception: 64, Torrey Smith, Maryland Field Goals: 3, Richard Jackson, Clemson Long Field Goal: 44, Richard Jackson, Clemson; Dustin Rives, FIU Punts: 10 by Matt Reagan, Memphis Punting Avg: 44.9, Ryan Wilbourn, ASU Long Punt: 62, by Will Goggans, Troy Long Punt Return: 61, Jacoby Ford, Clemson Long Kickoff Return: 96, C.J. Spiller, Clemson Tackles: 13, Brandon Maye, Clemson; Aaron Davis, FIU Sacks: 1.0, numerous players Tackles For Loss: 3.0, by B. Akpunko Interceptions: 2, by Cameron Chism, Maryland; C. Broomfield and J. Banks, MSU

TEAM HIGH Rushes 56 (FIU) Yards Rushing 385 (FIU) TD Rushes 4 (WKU, FIU) Pass Attempts 46 (Maryland) Pass Completions 28 (Maryland) Yards Passing 417 (WKU) TD Passes 4 (WKU, ASU) Total Plays 88 (North Texas) Total Offense 646 (WKU) Points 62 (WKU) Sacks By 6 (WKU, FIU) First Downs 24 (WKU) Penalties 10 (WKU) Penalty Yards 105 (WKU) Turnovers 4 (MSU) Interceptions By 3 (North Texas, FIU, ULM)

TEAM HIGH Rushes 50 (MSU) Yards Rushing 264 (Troy) TD Rushes 3 (North Texas, Troy, MSU, FIU) Pass Attempts 54 (North Texas, FAU) Pass Completions 35 (North Texas) Yards Passing 377 (FAU) TD Passes 3 (Southern Miss) Total Plays 92 (FAU) Total Offense 478 (FAU) Points 37 (Clemson) Sacks By 4 (Maryland) First Downs 28 (FAU) Penalties 15 (ASU) Penalty Yards 118 (ASU) Turnovers 5 (North Texas) Interceptions By 4 (MSU)

n D.D. Kyles

LOW 25 42 0 20 7 90 0 56 248 6 0 11 1 5 0 0

n Jamari Lattimore

(MSU) (MSU) (4 times) (ULM) (FAU) (FAU) (MSU, FAU) (FAU, ULM) (MSU) (MSU) (Southern Miss) (FAU) (ULM) (ULM) (3 times) (Troy, MSU, USM)

n Harold Turner

LOW 25 44 0 21 9 126 0 63 219 14 0 13 2 19 0 0

(North Texas) (ASU) (Clem., FAU, ULM) (Clemson) (Clemson) (Memphis) (Memphis, FIU) (Memphis, WKU) (Memphis) (Memphis, ASU) (FAU) (Memphis, ASU) (UL) (UL) (MSU) (seven times)

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SHUT OUT AN OPPONENT: September 30, 2006, at North Texas. Score: 35-0 HAD AN OFFENSIVE DRIVE OF 90 OR MORE YARDS: November 21, 2009 vs Arkansas State (91 yards, TD) RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 300 YARDS: November 7, 2009, vs FIU (385 yards) RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 400 YARDS: November 7, 1998, vs Tennessee-Martin (469 yards) PASSED FOR MORE THAN 300 YARDS: October 24, 2009 vs WKU (417 yards) HAD MORE THAN 500 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: November 7, 2009 vs FIU (587 yards) HAD MORE THAN 600 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: October 24, 2009 vs WKU (646 yards) SCORED MORE THAN 50 POINTS: October 24, 2009 vs WKU (62 points) SCORED ON ITS FIRST PLAY FROM SCRIMMAGE: November 18, 2006 vs South Carolina (Clint Marks to Desmond Gee for 73 yards) FAILED TO HAVE AT LEAST 150 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE: September 15, 2007 vs LSU (90 yards) FAILED TO RUSH FOR MORE THAN 100 YARDS: October 17, 2009 vs Mississippi State (25 carries, 42 yards) FAILED TO PASS FOR MORE THAN 100 YARDS: October 31, 2009 vs FAU (90 yards) HELD AN OPPONENT TO LESS THAN 100 YARDS RUSHING: November 21, 2009, vs Arkansas State (44 yards) HELD AN OPPONENT TO LESS THAN 100 YARDS PASSING: September 30, 2006, at North Texas (63 yards) HELD AN OPPONENT TO LESS THAN 200 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: October 20, 2007, vs Arkansas State (138 yards) HELD AN OPPONENT TO LESS THAN 300 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: November 21, 2009 vs ASU (220 yards) RETURNED A KICKOFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN: November 22, 2008 vs North Texas (Phillip Tanner - 92 yards) RETURNED OPENING KICKOFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN: October 6, 2006 vs Louisville (Damon Nickson - 88 yards) RETURNED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN: September 11, 2004 vs Akron (Kerry Wright - 75 yards) RETURNED A BLOCKED PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN: October 31, 2009 vs FAU (Sherman Neal - 29 yards) BLOCKED AN OPPONENT PUNT: November 7, 2009 vs FIU (Jeremy Kellem) BLOCKED A FIELD GOAL: November 21, 2009 vs ASU (Brandon Perry) RETURNED A PASS INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN: November 28, 2009 vs Louisiana-Monroe (Jeremy Kellem - 58 yards) RETURNED A FUMBLE FOR A TOUCHDOWN: November 21, 2009 vs Arkansas State (Jeremy Kellem - 11 yards) SCORED A SAFETY: October 27, 2007, vs North Texas (twice) SCORED A 2-POINT CONVERSION: October 11, 2008 vs FIU (Dwight Dasher run) SCORED ON OFFENSE, DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS: November 4, 2006 vs Florida Atlantic SCORED ON GAMES FINAL PLAY FOR WIN: September 19, 2009 vs Maryland (19 FG by Alan Gendreau with 0:00 on clock) Final Score: MT 32, MD 31 PLAYER RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 100 YARDS: December 20, 2009, vs Southern Miss (Dwight Dasher - 201 yards) TWO PLAYERS RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 100 YARDS: November 7, 2009, vs FIU (D.D. Kyles - 110 yards and Dwight Dasher - 178) PLAYER RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 200 YARDS: December 20, 2009, vs Southern Miss (Dwight Dasher - 201 yards) PLAYER HAD 100 OR MORE YARDS RECEIVING: October 24, 2009 vs WKU (Chris McClover - 149 yards) TWO PLAYERS HAD 100 OR MORE RECEIVING YARDS: October 24, 2009 (Chris McClover (149) & Harold Turner (113)) PLAYED AN OVERTIME GAME: November 15, 2003 vs Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL 57, MT 51) OPPONENT MIDDLE TENNESSEE WAS SHUT OUT: September 15, 2007 vs LSU. Score: 44-0 RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 250 YARDS: October 6, 2009, by Troy (264 yards) RUSHED FOR MORE THAN 400 YARDS: September 12, 1992, by Nebraska (490 yards) PASSED FOR MORE THAN 300 YARDS: October 31, 2009, by FAU (377 yards) PASSED FOR MORE THAN 400 YARDS: September 6, 2007 by Louisville (401 yards) HAD MORE THAN 500 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: November 20, 2007 vs Troy (551 yards) HAD MORE THAN 600 YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE: November 3, 2007 vs ULM (624 yards) HELD MT TO LESS THAN 100 YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE: September 15, 2007 vs LSU (90 yards) HELD MT TO LESS THAN 50 TOTAL RUSHING YARDS: October 17, 2009 vs Mississippi State (42 yards) HELD MT TO LESS THAN 100 TOTAL PASSING YARDS: October 31, 2009 vs FAU (90 yards) SCORED 50 POINTS: September 6, 2007 by Louisville: Score: 58-42 RETURNED A KICKOFF FOR A TOUCHDOWN: September 5, 2009, by Clemson (C.J. Spiller - 96 yards) RETURNED A PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN: September 5, 2009, by Clemson (Jacoby Ford - 61 yards) SCORED ON A KICKOFF AND PUNT RETURN IN SAME GAME: September 5, 2009, by Clemson RETURNED A BLOCKED PUNT FOR A TOUCHDOWN: October 18, 2008, Louisville (Johnny Patrick) BLOCKED A PUNT: December 3, 2008, ULL (Orkeys Auriene) BLOCKED A FIELD GOAL: December 20, 2009, by Southern Miss (Jamie Collins) BLOCKED A PAT: September 19, 2009 by Maryland RETURNED A PASS INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN: October 11, 2008, by FIU (Anthony Gaitor - 27 yards) SCORED A SAFETY: September 3, 2005 by Alabama PLAYER RUSHED FOR 100 YARDS: November 7, 2009, FIU (K. Perry - 103 yards) HAD OVER 130 YARDS IN PUNT RETURNS: September 5, 2009, by Clemson (5-135 yards)

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No. Name GP/GS CU 80 Andrews, G. 13/12 START 5 Banks, Andrew 12/- XXX 4 Beyah, Malcolm 10/1 XXX 83 Blissard, Shane 13/9 XXX 50 Boss, Colin 13/- XXX 34 Branton, M. 13/1 XXX 33 Brown, Kevin 13/13 START 10 Burnette, Brent 8/1 ... 81 Caldwell, Wes 13/5 XXX 44 Carmichael, D. 13/13 START 25 Carson, Jawan 1/- XXX 51 Carter, SaCoby 13/- XXX 55 Cobb, Jerry 1/- ... 13 Coleman, N. 5/- ... 45 Crittenton, J. 8/- ... 24 Crumpton, D. 13/1 XXX 26 Cunningham, B. 11/- ... 96 Dangerfield, K. 13/- XXX 9 Dasher, Dwight 13/12 START 52 Davis, Antwan 13/11 START 59 Davis, Darin 13/1 XXX 37 DeFatta, David 13/- XXX 16 Delle Donne, G. 13/1 XXX 74 Fisher, Mark 13/13 START 2 Gee, Desmond 13/7 START 38 Gendreau, Alan 13/- XXX 18 Gilstrap, K. 8/1 ... 31 Guerra, Denzell 13/- XXX 75 Hawkins, Chris 10/2 ... 46 Heyward, Craig 12/- XXX 99 Hill, Antonio 8/- ... 17 Honeycutt, P. 12/6 START 6 Issac, Rod 13/13 START 27 Jefferson, T. 6/2 XXX 32 Jones, Justin 12/- ... 20 Kellem, Jeremy 13/13 START 23 Kyles, D.D. 12/6 XXX 11 Lattimore, J. 13/13 START 62 Lettsome, Evon 5/- ... 70 Lewis, Jamal 13/6 START 43 Loreus, Gorby 12/- XXX 63 Lorman, Brian 2/- ... 1 McClover, Chris 12/9 XXX 98 McCoy, Chris 13/13 START 15 McDonald, S. 13/3 START 85 McLendon, Omar 11/- ... 86 McLeod, Byron 1/- ... 60 McLeroy, B. 13/12 XXX 28 Neal, Sherman 10/- XXX 71 Padrick, Jake 5/- ... 91 Perez, Emmanuel 13/- XXX 92 Perry, Brandon 13/13 START 42 Prudhomm, Juno 13/- XXX 30 Robinson, Cam 13/12 START 8 Seamster, Sammy 7/- ... 47 Smith, Dwight 13/12 START 65 Stuart, Alex 9/8 START 7 Suber, Alex 13/13 START 21 Tanner, Phillip 2/2 START 26 Taylor, Stuart 2/- ... 72 Thompson, Mark 13/12 START 88 Thurmond, M. 5/- ... 93 Tinsley, P. 9/- XXX 36 Toulson, N. 1/- ... 94 Tucker, Gary 13/- XXX 28 Turner, Harold 9/- ... 3 Udell, Marcus 13/1 XXX 48 Wade, Adam 13/- XXX 56 Washington, N. 13/- XXX 49 Wicker, Andre 1/- ... 78 Williams, Mike 13/12 START

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Career Games Played/Started Career 2008 2007 2006 No. Name GP-GS GP-S GP-S GP-S 1 C. McClover 24-10 12-0 2 D. Gee 49-25 11-9 11-7 13-3 3 M. Udell 21-1 8-0 4 M. Beyah 22-10 12-8 5 A. Banks 14-0 2-0 0-0 6 R. Issac 34-26 10-7 11-6 7 *A. Suber 46-35 7-7 12-11 11-4 8 S. Seamster 8-0 9 D. Dasher 32-20 9-1 10-7 10 B. Burnette 8-1 11 J. Lattimore 25-14 12-1 13 N. Coleman 6-0 1-0 15 S. McDonald 25-2 12-0 16 G. Delle Donne 32-4 12-3 7-0 17 P. Honeycutt 36-27 12-12 12-9 18 K. Gilstrap 8-1 20 J. Kellem 37-30 12-12 12-5 21 P. Tanner 36-7 12-4 9-1 13-0 23 D.D. Kyles 14-5 2-0 24 D. Crumpton 25-4 12-2 25 J. Carson 13-0 12-0 26 B. Cunningham 11-0 27 T. Jefferson 6-3 28 S Neal 21-0 10-0 28 H. Turner 9-0 30 C. Robinson 44-13 12-0 7-0 12-0 31 D. Guerra 13-0 0-0 32 J. Jones 12-0 33 K. Brown 34-23 12-10 9-0 34 M. Branton 18-1 0-0 5-0 35 C. Allen 0-0 37 D. DeFatta 37-0 12-0 12-0 38 A. Gendreau 25-0 12-0 39 R. Blunt 0-0 40 W. Hale 3-0 3-0 41 M. Dixon 0-0 42 J. Prudhomm 13-0 43 G. Loreus 23-0 11-0 44 D. Carmichael 48-34 12-11 12-10 11-0 45 J. Crittenton 8-0 46 C. Heyward 12-0 47 D. Smith 35-22 12-10 10-0 48 A. Wade 36-0 12-0 11-0 49 A. Wicker 5-0 0-0 4-0 50 C. Boss 21-5 8-5 51 S. Carter 20-0 7-0 52 A. Davis 36-10 12-0 11-0 56 N. Washington 21-0 8-0 59 D. Davis 22-1 9-0 60 B. McLeroy 25-18 12-6 62 E. Lettsome 9-0 1-0 2-0 63 B. Lorman 2-0 65 A. Stuart 20-8 11-0 70 J. Lewis 37-28 12-12 12-10 71 J. Padrick 6-0 72 M. Thompson 50-43 12-12 12-12 13-7 74 Mark Fisher 37-35 12-12 12-10 75 C. Hawkins 21-2 8-1 3-0 78 M. Williams 25-25 12-12 80 G. Andrews 13-12 81 W. Caldwell 31-16 12-11 6-0 83 S. Blissard 13-9 84 R. Drake 0-0 85 O. McLendon 11-0 86 B. McLeod 10-2 9-2 87 S. Roberts 0-0 88 M. Thurmond 5-0 89 D. Nolan 0-0 91 E. Perez 36-11 12-11 11-0 92 ^B. Perry 43-13 12-0 2-0 8-0 93 P. Tinsley 9-0 94 G. Tucker 36-0 12-0 11-0 96 K. Dangerfield 13-0 98 C. McCoy 46-16 12-0 10-3 11-0 99 A. Hill 10-0 2-0 *played 3 games in 2005

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game-by-game recaps GAME 1 l Sept. 5, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 78,371 DEATH VALLEY l CLEMSON, SC

GAME 2 l SEPT. 12, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 28,105 FLOYD STADIUM l MURFREESBORO, TN

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CLEMSON, S.C. (DNJ) - On the opening night of the season, MTSU’s special teams weren’t particularly special. The Blue Raiders surrendered first-half kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns and never recovered, falling 37-14 to Clemson at Memorial Stadium. Heisman trophy candidate C.J. Spiller lived up to the hype and needed just 14 seconds to make his mark on the game. Clemson’s senior tailback took the opening kickoff and raced 96 yards around the right side for an early 7-0 Tiger lead. Not to be outdone, teammate Jacoby Ford got into the act in the second quarter, taking a David DeFatta punt down the left sideline for a 61-yard touchdown. The MTSU offense, in new coordinator Tony Franklin’s debut, fired out of the gate on its first two plays, but fizzled the rest of the first half. A 28-yard pass to Phillip Tanner on the Blue Raiders’ first play from scrimmage and a 12-yard pass to Shane Blissard on the next netted 40 total yards, but MTSU netted just 22 yards the rest of the half. Junior quarterback Dwight Dasher completed 20-of-42 passes for 204 yards for the game — including 4-of-4 for 73 yards and a touchdown to Chris McClover on MTSU’s first drive of the second half — but was also victimized by three interceptions, including one on the Blue Raiders’ third play from scrimmage on a screen pass that was picked off by Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel. Dasher also ran 19 times for 61 yards, but the Blue Raider running attack was limited to just 92 yards on 37 carries. Sophomore receiver Blissard led MTSU in receiving, finishing with four catches for 68 yards. In all, 10 players caught passes for the Blue Raiders, but other than Blissard, none had more than 28 yards. For Clemson, redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Parker made the most of his first career start, throwing for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns while not committing a turnover. While Spiller was limited to just 12 yards rushing on four carries and did not return in the second half, sophomore Jamie Harper and freshman Andre Ellington carried the load, combining to rush for 147 yards on 24 carries as Clemson finished with 361 yards of total offense. The MTSU defense wasn’t as fortunate. Backed into its own end for the entire first quarter, the Blue Raider defense held time and time again, giving up just 43 yards and one Richard Jackson field goal. Down 10-0 early in the second quarter, it was the MTSU defense which got the Blue Raiders on the board first when Chris McCoy picked up a Willy Korn fumble and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-7. It was as close as the Blue Raiders would come. On Clemson’s ensuing possession, the Tigers drove 57 yards in 11 plays, capped by Richard Jackson’s 19yard field goal his second of the night. A three-and-out led to Ford’s punt return touchdown, and after MTSU’s next drive stalled out at its own 18, Parker needed just one play to find Ford for a 43-yard touchdown pass to push the advantage to 27-7 with 2:55 left in the first half. Score by Quarters Middle Tennessee Clemson 1st Quarter 14:46 CU 5:16 CU 2nd Quarter 14:07 MT 8:16 CU 6:02 CU 2:55 CU 1:15 CU 3rd Quarter 12:29 MT 9:04 CU

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Spiller 96 kickoff return (Jackson Kick) Jackson 22 FG McCoy 68 fumble return (Gendreau Kick) Jackson 19 FG Ford 61 punt return (Jackson Kick) Ford 43 pass from Parker (Jackson Kick) Jackson 44 FG McClover 18 pass from Dasher (Gendreau Kick) Jones 43 pass from Parker (Jackson Kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

MT 18 37-92 207 44-21-3 81-299 1-68 0-0 8-144 1-0 7-38.4 6-0 3-18 30:22 9 of 20 1 of 4 1-3 1-11

Clemson 18 47-202 159 21-9-1 68-361 0-0 5-135 3-144 3-39 3-43.0 3-1 4-40 29:38 4 of 14 1 of 2 2-3 3-18

RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 19-61; Tanner, Phillip 10-36; Banks, Andrew 3-7; Kyles, D.D. 3-4; Gee, Desmond 1-minus 2; TEAM 1-minus 14. Clemson-Harper, J 15-75; Ellington, A 9-72; Parker, K 7-25; Taylor, R 9-22; Spiller, C 4-12; Ford, J 1-9; TEAM 1-minus 3; Korn, W 1-minus 10. PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 20-42-3-204; Banks, Andrew 1-2-0-3. Clemson-Parker, K 9-20-0-159; Korn, W 0-1-1-0. RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-Blissard, Shane 4-68; Honeycutt, P. 4-17; Andrews, G. 3-22; Delle Donne, G. 2-14; Gee, Desmond 2-12; Caldwell, Wes 2-9; Tanner, Phillip 1-28; McDonald, S. 1-19; McClover, Chris 1-18; Kyles, D.D. 1-0. Clemson-Ford, J 3-70; Jones, M 2-71; Diehl, C 1-13; Dye, X 1-4; Taylor, R 1-3; Harper, J 1-minus 2. INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-Udell, Marcus 1-0. Clemson-Chancellor, C 1-37; Maye, B 1-2; McDaniel, D 1-0. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-TEAM 3-0; Dasher, Dwight 1-0; Suber, Alex 1-0; Tanner, Phillip 1-0. ClemsonKorn, W 1-1; Parker, K 1-0; Taylor, R 1-0. Total elapsed time: 3:10; Weather: Mostly Sunny, calm

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (DNJ) - MTSU’s Blackout put the lights out for Memphis. Wearing solid black uniforms and before a black-clad, record crowd of 28,105, MTSU dominated the final three quarters and routed the visiting Tigers 31-14 at Floyd Stadium. “It was great,” said MTSU coach Rick Stockstill. Dwight Dasher passed for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and gained 89 more on the ground as the Blue Raiders defeated Memphis for the second time in three years. He did not commit a turnover. It was the second straight standout game against Memphis for the junior quarterback, who racked up 410 yards of total offense in a 21-7 win at the Liberty Bowl in 2007. However, it was Dasher’s first home game as the program’s undisputed starting quarterback. The Blue Raiders (1-1) looked every bit the part of a bowl team against Memphis, limiting the Tigers to just 219 yards of offense. MTSU outscored Memphis (0-2) 17-0 in the second and third quarters, turning what had been a 7-7 contest after the first 15 minutes into a blowout heading into the final period. The Blue Raider offense gashed Memphis for 436 total yards, including 164 on the ground. Tailback Phillip Tanner rushed for 47 yard on eight carries, including a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter which gave MTSU a 7-0 lead. However, the senior left the game early in the third quarter with an injury to his right knee. In his stead, backup D.D. Kyles ran for 32 yards on just five carries, including a seven-yard TD scamper which put MTSU up 31-7 with 14:15 remaining in the game. MTSU fired out of the gate, forcing a Tiger three-and-out on its first possession. Malcolm Beyah’s 41-yard strike to Garrett Andrews on a double pass set up Tanner’s score to cap a nineplay, 96-yard drive to put the Blue Raiders ahead 7-0 just 4:30 into the game. However, Memphis responded with a drive of its own, going 69 yards in nine plays, as Curtis Steele darted 12 yards to knot the score 7-7. From there, though, it was all MTSU. Freshman Kenneth Gilstrap forced and recovered a D.A. Griffin fumble on a punt to set up Dasher’s 40-yard touchdown strike to Shane Blissard and Alan Gendreau’s 28-yard field goal put MTSU up 17-7. Memphis’ best scoring chance before its final drive of the night in mop-up time was late in the second quarter after a Tanner fumble gave the Tigers the ball at the MTSU 42 with 2:54 left until halftime. However, Danny Carmichael and Chris McCoy came up with two sacks pushing Memphis out of field goal range and forcing Tiger quarterback Arkelon Hall to try a Hail Mary to end the half. Blue Raider safety Kevin Brown picked off the pass at the goal line to end the threat. Hall finished the game completing 13-of-22 passes for just 93 yards and the interception. T.J. Pitts led the Tigers in rushing carrying nine times for 40 yards. Score by Quarters Memphis Middle Tennessee 1st Quarter 10:30 MT 6:10 UM 2nd Quarter 10:02 MT 6:14 MT 3rd Quarter 2:44 MT 4th Quarter 14:15 MT 1:47 UM

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Tanner 4 run (Gendreau kick) Steele 12 run (Reagan kick) Blissard 40 pass from Dasher (Gendreau Kick) Gendreau 28 FG Honeycutt 24 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) Kyles 7 run (Gendreau kick) L. Smith 3 run (Reagan kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

Memphis 13 37-93 126 26-17-1 63-219 0-0 3-0 6-152 0-0 10-41.6 2-1 3-26 30:59 6 of 17 0 of 1 2-2 2-11

MT 18 43-164 272 27-19-0 70-436 0-0 3--1 2-29 1-2 7-39.1 4-1 6-34 29:01 6 of 17 0 of 0 4-4 2-17

RUSHING: Memphis-Pitts,T.J. 9-40; Steele,Curtis 5-29; Bass,Tyler 5-17; Smith,Lance 7-8; Hall,Arkelon 8-5; Calhoun,Duke 3-minus 6. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 17-89; Tanner, Phillip 8-47; Kyles, D.D. 5-32; Branton, M. 3-10; Cunningham, B. 4-8; Coleman, N. 2-5; Banks, Andrew 1-2; Gee, Desmond 1-minus 3; TEAM 2-minus 26. PASSING: Memphis-Hall,Arkelon 13-22-1-93; Bass,Tyler 4-4-0-33. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 18-26-0-231; Beyah, Malcolm 1-1-0-41. RECEIVING: Memphis-Calhoun, Duke 4-27; Singleton, C. 3-45; Joachim,Steven 2-23; Smith,Lance 2-19; Onarheim,Deven 2-7; Farr,DajLeon 2-4; Hall,Brian 1-4; Steele,Curtis 1-minus 3. Middle Tennessee-Honeycutt, P. 5-71; McClover, Chris 3-47; Blissard, Shane 2-46; Gee, Desmond 2-27; Beyah, Malcolm 2-6; Andrews, G. 1-41; Caldwell, Wes 1-13; McDonald, S. 1-9; Kyles, D.D. 1-7; Tanner, Phillip 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS: Memphis-None. Middle Tennessee-Brown, Kevin 1-2. FUMBLES: Memphis-Griffin,D.A. 1-1; Pitts,T.J. 1-0. Middle Tennessee-TEAM 2-0; Honeycutt, P. 1-0; Tanner, Phillip 1-1. Total elapsed time: 3:03; Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy


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GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS GAME 3 l SEPT. 19, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 43,167 BYRD STADIUM l COLLEGE PARK, MD

GAME 4 l SEPT. 26, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 22,346 FOUTS FIELD l DENTON, TX

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NORTH TEXAS

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COLLEGE PARK (DNJ) - The sequel was even better than the original. MTSU upset Maryland 32-31 on Alan Gendreau’s 19-yard game-winning field goal on the last play at Byrd Stadium, capping a classic that at least rivaled the Blue Raiders’ win over Maryland in Murfreesboro a year ago — which was regarded as the program’s all-time best win. MTSU (2-1) covered 73 yards in eight plays in the final 1:30 to set up Gendreau’s game-winning kick. Quarterback Dwight Dasher completed four straight passes for a combined 65 yards on the first four plays, including a 35yarder to Chris McClover to the Maryland 10-yard line. D.D. Kyles had two runs that took the ball to the 2-yard line as the clock ticked down. With no timeouts, Dasher rushed the team to the line of scrimmage and spiked the ball to kill the clock with two seconds remaining. Gendreau, a sophomore, nailed the field goal just inside the left upright to silence a crowd of 43,167. With Maryland (1-2) leading 31-29, Dasher threw an interception with 4:52 remaining. But the MTSU defense halted the Terps from putting the game away, and Maryland missed a 42-yard field goal to keep the lead at two points. MTSU followed with its lightning-quick drive. The game was a back-and-forth battle, mostly changing directions on turnovers. Maryland took a 14-13 halftime lead by converting an MTSU fumble into a touchdown late in the second quarter. But the Terps committed four turnovers, which MTSU converted into two touchdowns and a field goal. Despite tossing two interceptions, Dasher was poised in key moments. He completed a 36-yard pass to junior college transfer Garrett Andrews down the sideline on secondand-21 early in the fourth quarter. Four plays later, Dasher darted a short pass to Andrews on a fourth-and-1 play, and Andrews broke two tackles en route to a 32-yard touchdown to put MTSU ahead 29-28. Dasher finished 27-of-44 passing for a career-high 324 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown. Derrick Crumpton picked off a Maryland pass at the 29, and Dasher converted it into a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Gendreau’s extra-point kick was blocked. On the next play from scrimmage, Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott was stripped by Carmichael and Chris McCoy recovered the ball at the 29.For McCoy, it was one highlight of a monster game. The senior had nine tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, a fumble recovery, a blocked field goal and a pass breakup. McCoy’s fumble recovery was converted into Dasher’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Sancho McDonald. The win marked MTSU’s fourth road victory over a BCS major conference opponent in program history, with the other three coming at Vanderbilt. Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F Middle Tennessee 0 13 10 9 32 Maryland 7 7 7 10 31 1st Quarter 6:46 MD 2nd Quarter 14:39 MT 13:06 MT 1:19 MD 3rd Quarter 12:22 MD 6:25 MT :48 MT 4th Quarter 13:01 MD 9:04 MT 6:14 MD 0:00 MT

Scott 48 run (Ferrara kick)

Smith 37 pass from Turner (Ferrara kick) Gee 6 run (Gendreau kick) Gendreau 27 FG Smith 64 pass from Turner (Ferrara kick) Andrews 32 pass from Dasher (pass failed) Ferrara 42 FG Gendreau 19 FG MT 22 36-87 351 46-28-2 82-438 0-0 2-15 6-116 1-0 8-35.1 1-1 5-40 28:49 3 of 16 1 of 1 5-5 4-29

Score by Quarters Middle Tennessee North Texas 1st Quarter 11:38 MT 9:17 MT 1:47 NT 2nd Quarter 14:04 MT 11:55 MT 4:43 MT :22 MT 3rd Quarter 7:49 NT :02 NT 4th Quarter 10:54 MT

Dasher 3 run (Kick blocked) McDonald 7 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) Meggett 1 run (Ferrara kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

DENTON (DNJ) - MTSU coach Rick Stockstill smiles over any win, even if his team does not. The Blue Raiders beat North Texas 37-21 in the Sun Belt Conference opener. Stockstill said his team was left wanting more. He was satisfied just with a road win to improve to 3-1. MTSU did not commit a turnover and forced UNT into five turnovers. After nearly squandering a 30-7 lead, MTSU pulled away with a much needed 24-yard touchdown pass from Dwight Dasher to Desmond Gee in the fourth quarter. Dasher finished 21-of-43 passing for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 75 yards and two scores. Already leading 20-7 and picking up steam, the Blue Raiders marched 98 yards in 12 plays in a threeminute drive that turned the game’s tide until late in the third quarter. Ben Cunningham had back-to-back runs of 11 and 27 yards, and Dasher finished it with a 2-yard TD run. Alan Gendreau added a career-long 48-yard field goal just before halftime to put the Blue Raiders ahead 30-7, and the game seemed to be out of reach. But MTSU’s offense stalled in the third quarter. The Mean Green scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter on impressive drives of 62 and 74 yards. Dodge capped the first drive with a 4-yard TD run, and running back Lance Dunbar finished the second with an 18-yard scoring run to trim MTSU’s lead to 30-21. MTSU finally answered with a four-play, 52-yard scoring drive that included Wes Caldwell’s third-down pivotal catch and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on each team as the game grew heated. When Gee pulled in the over-the-shoulder catch that put the game away, he clapped at some scattered fans in the Fouts Fields end zone stands. UNT’s rally lost momentum from there. MTSU safeties Jeremy Kellem and Kevin Brown picked off UNT passes on back-to-back fourth-quarter drives in the final four minutes to seal the victory. Brown had two interceptions in the game. MTSU’s defense held firm early, and for the second straight week aided the offense by forcing turnovers. UNT returned the opening kickoff 73 yards, but MTSU’s defense held it to three-and-out and Rod Issac blocked a Mean Green field goal. MTSU answered with a six-play, 80-yard drive that only took 1:43 of game clock. It ended when Cunningham snagged a short swing pass and rumbled 50 yards for a touchdown on his first career reception. UNT fumbled on its ensuing possession when linebacker Danny Carmichael rocked Mean Green wide receiver Jamaal Jackson, and Kellem recovered. MTSU converted the turnover into a 20-yard field goal. Gendreau added a 31-yard field goal on a drive that featured Sancho McDonald’s 35-yard catch. Brown picked off a Dodge pass on the ensuing drive and returned it to the 6-yard line, where Dasher ran in from the score three plays later to put the Blue Raiders ahead 20-7 midway through the second quarter.

MD 18 39-158 288 30-19-1 69-446 0-0 3-29 6-109 2-17 5-40.6 4-3 4-25 31:11 7 of 16 0 of 0 1-2 4-45

RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Kyles, D.D. 10-34; Dasher, Dwight 20-26; Gee, Desmond 4-23; Beyah, Malcolm 1-4; Branton, M. 1-0. Maryland-Scott 13-117; Meggett 18-51; Smith 1-13; Jackson 1-5; Robinson 1-3; D. Campbell 1-minus 2; Turner 4-minus 29. PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 27-44-2-324; Gee, Desmond 1-1-0-27; TEAM 0-1-0-0. Maryland-Turner 19-30-1-288. RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-McClover, Chris 7-110; Honeycutt, P. 5-57; Andrews, G. 4-83; Beyah, Malcolm 2-32; Jefferson, T. 2-21; McDonald, S. 2-16; Gee, Desmond 2-11; Kyles, D.D. 2-8; Caldwell, Wes 1-7; Delle Donne, G. 1-6. Maryland-Meggett 6-63; Smith 5-165; Boykins 2-27; T. Galt 2-18; Tyler 2-17; D. Campbell 1-5; Scott 1-minus 7. INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-Crumpton, D. 1-0. Maryland-Chism 2-17. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 1-1. Maryland-Scott 2-2; Robinson 1-1; Turner 1-0. Total elapsed time: 3:20; Weather: 73 degrees, sunny

1 10 7

2 20 0

3 0 14

4 7 0

F 37 21

Cunningham 50 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) Gendreau 20 FG Dunbar 66 run (Knott kick) Gendreau 31 FG Dasher 6 run (Gendreau kick) Dasher 2 run (Gendreau kick) Gendreau 48 FG Dodge 4 run (Knott kick) Dunbar 18 run (Knott kick) Gee 24 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

MT 23 45-187 269 43-21-0 88-456 0-0 3-3 3-69 3-43 10-41.2 3-0 7-65 29:25 5 of 18 0 of 0 4-4 0-0

ASU 25 25-157 313 54-35-3 79-470 0-0 2--3 8-219 0-0 7-43.6 2-2 7-55 30:35 4 of 13 0 of 1 2-4 1-6

RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 16-75; Kyles, D.D. 18-62; Cunningham, B. 8-58; TEAM 1minus 4; Gee, Desmond 2-minus 4. North Texas-Dunbar, Lance 5-101; Dodge, Riley 9-57; Hamilton, J. 1-0; Montgomery, C. 10-minus 1. PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 21-43-0-269. North Texas-Dodge, Riley 35-54-3-313. RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-McDonald, S. 5-74; McClover, Chris 3-48; Cunningham, B. 2-56; Blissard, Shane 2-17; Beyah, Malcolm 2-6; Jefferson, T. 2-4; Gee, Desmond 1-24; Caldwell, Wes 1-21; Honeycutt, P. 1-9; Kyles, D.D. 1-9; Andrews, G. 1-1. North Texas-Jackson, Jamaal 11-82; Lewis, B.J. 5-59; Carey, Darius 4-43; Montgomery, C. 3-25; Dickerson, K. 2-31; Outlaw, Michael 2-20; Dunbar, Lance 2-19; Rucker, Forrest 2-19; Hamilton, J. 2-12; Lott, Alex 2-3. INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-Brown, Kevin 2-43; Kellem, Jeremy 1-0. North Texas-None. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 2-0; Gee, Desmond 1-0. North Texas-Jackson, Jamaal 1-1; Dodge, Riley 1-1. Total elapsed time: 3:25; Weather: 88 degrees, clear

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game-by-game recaps GAME 5 l OCT. 6, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 17,108 MOVIE GALLERY STADIUM l TROY, AL

MIDDLE TENNESSEE TROY

GAME 6 l OCT. 17, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 23,882 FLOYD STADIUM l MURFREESBORO, TN

7

MISSISSIPPI STATE

27

31

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

6

TROY - Tuesday night’s game had the setup for a shootout, but MTSU fired mostly blanks. MTSU lost 31-7 to Troy, the three-time defending Sun Belt champion, in a battle of the league’s top two passing offenses. Troy’s offense was efficient, but MTSU’s floundered in an ESPN2 national TV game that likely carried major implications in the conference race. Troy, which has defeated two of the Sun Belt’s top contenders in Arkansas State and MTSU, improved to 3-2, 2-0 in league play. MTSU fell to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Sun Belt play. Seven points matched the lowest points MTSU has scored in a Sun Belt game, including a 45-7 loss in the Blue Raiders’ last trip to Troy in 2007. MTSU’s offense put up 354 total yards, but most of them came with the game already decided. Quarterback Dwight Dasher was 24-of-44 passing for 245 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. It took nearly three quarters before MTSU’s offense showed any life, but even then it wasn’t enough to challenge Troy. Trailing 24-0, MTSU drove 70 yards on a third-quarter drive, but Dasher was stopped cold on a run on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line to turn it over on downs. On the next possession, Dasher connected with freshman wideout Tavarres Jefferson, a former Ensworth High quarterback, for a 35-yard TD pass — the first scoring catch of his career. MTSU’s offense spun its tires early on. The Blue Raiders went three-plays-and-out on seven of their first 11 possessions, including the first four series of the night. MTSU had only one first down and 26 yards in the first quarter, and it failed to score on three secondquarter possessions that started in Troy territory. The most frustrating failure came when Carmichael forced Troy to fumble, and Jamari Lattimore recovered it at the Trojans’ 38-yard line. But MTSU’s offense stalled, gaining only three yards on one rushing attempt and two incomplete passes before punting with no points and a major missed opportunity. MTSU punted 11 times, one shy of the Sun Belt single-game record. Troy led the Blue Raiders 14-0 at halftime, despite MTSU’s defense mostly holding the Trojans in check. After MTSU’s offense went three-and-out and was backed up to its own 1-yard line, it punted to give Troy the ball on the Blue Raiders’ 33-yard line. Troy then marched to the end zone in five plays, capped by freshman running back Shawn Southward’s 7-yard TD run — the first score of his career. The Trojans delivered a dagger just before halftime when they raced 80 yards in seven plays in 2:18. Troy quarterback Levi Brown, a Mt. Juliet native, connected with wideout Chip Reeves on a 52-yard TD pass between MTSU cornerback Marcus Udell and safety Jeremy Kellem, who were slow to react down the sideline. It put Troy ahead 14-0 with 20 seconds remaining in the first half. Troy scored on its first two possessions of the second half to widen its lead. Dantavious Parker, temporarily filling in at quarterback, scampered 46 yards to the 2-yard line. He ran it in for a 1-yard score three plays later. Michael Taylor added a 26-yard field goal to stretch Troy’s advantage to 24-0 in the third quarter. Parker later broke free for a 28-yard TD run for a 31-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F Middle Tennessee 0 0 7 0 7 Troy 7 7 10 7 31 1st Quarter 5:58 Troy 2nd Quarter :20 Troy 3rd Quarter 12:14 Troy 8:42 Troy :51 MT 4th Quarter 14:53 Troy

Southward 7 run (Taylor Kick) Reeves 52 pass from Brown (Taylor Kick) Parker 2 run (Taylor Kick) Taylor 26 FG Jefferson 35 pass from Dasher (Gendreau Kick) Parker 28 run (Taylor Kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

MT 19 28-109 245 44-24-0 72-354 0-0 0-0 6-107 0-0 11-37.9 1-1 7-55 25:52 4 of 17 0 of 2 0-1 3-10

Troy 22 49-264 191 30-18-0 79-455 0-0 5-40 1-17 0-0 9-40.4 1-1 12-92 34:08 8 of 18 0 of 0 3-4 2-22

RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 18-53; Kyles, D.D. 6-53; Cunningham, B. 3-10; Gee, Desmond 1-minus 7. TROY-Parker, D. 6-83; Greer, Maurice 7-80; Harris, DuJuan 14-64; Southward, S. 12-36; Jernigan, J. 2-5; Taylor, DJ 1-4; Brown, Levi 6-minus 3; TEAM 1-minus 5. PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 24-44-0-245. TROY-Brown, Levi 18-30-0-191. RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-Jefferson, T. 7-79; Honeycutt, P. 5-66; Andrews, G. 3-22; Caldwell, Wes 2-29; Gee, Desmond 2-22; Kyles, D.D. 2-11; McDonald, S. 1-10; McClover, Chris 1-4; Cunningham, B. 1-2. TROYJernigan, J. 6-32; Harris, DuJuan 2-23; Cherry, Patrick 2-14; Bruce, Jason 2-7; Reeves, Chip 1-52; Silvoy, Austin 1-24; Marcum, Zack 1-16; Jarboe, Josh 1-9; Southward, S. 1-7; Davis, Andrew 1-7. INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-None. TROY-None. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-Andrews, G. 1-1. TROY-Jarboe, Josh 1-1. Total elapsed time: 3:15; Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy

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OCTOBER 17, 2009

MURFREESBORO - A gray sky and lackluster play yielded a drab day for MTSU in a 27-6 loss to Mississippi State. MTSU never reached the end zone and lacked pop in a muchanticipated matchup with the first Southeastern Conference team to visit Floyd Stadium. MTSU fell to 3-3 overall with its second straight loss. Mississippi State improved to 3-4 by snapping a three-game losing streak. The game drew a crowd of 23,882, the fifth largest in Floyd Stadium history. Twice MTSU reached inside the 10-yard line early in the game, but settled for field goals. And four fourth-quarter interceptions drove a dull spike through MTSU’s heart. Defensively, MTSU held its own for most of the day. But Mississippi State’s ground game was too powerful, as the Bulldogs rushed for 178 yards. Senior running back Anthony Dixon rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, breaking the MSU’s career record for rushing yards. His 57-yard TD run in the second quarter broke the all-time mark. Mississippi State committed no turnovers. On the flip side, four fourth-quarter interceptions by Mississippi State ended any hopes of an MTSU rally and sealed the outcome. Trailing 20-6, Dasher tossed a 36-yard TD pass to Chris McClover early in the fourth quarter, but it was negated by an offensive pass interference penalty. Dasher threw an interception to Mississippi State cornerback Corey Broomfield on the next play. After Mississippi State went three-and-out on its ensuing possession, MTSU’s offense moved the ball to its own 43-yard line, but Dasher was again picked off by Broomfield. After another MSU three-and-out, Dasher was picked off by Bulldogs safety Jonathan Banks. Wide receiver Sancho McDonald’s deep pass off a lateral was also intercepted by Banks for the fourth pick of the fourth quarter. Other chances to keep the game close were missed in the first half. MTSU marched 62 yards to set up first-and-goal from the 1-yard line, but it could not move an inch on three plays. Instead, Alan Gendreau kicked an 18-yard field goal. MTSU again drove to the 7-yard line later in the second quarter, but it settled for a 24-yard field goal by Gendreau, who tied his own school record with eight consecutive made field goals this season. MTSU had an abbreviated lineup. Three players arrested last weekend for alcohol offense were suspended for the game, including leading wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt and linebacker Gorby Loreus. Starting running back D.D. Kyles sat out with a knee injury. Wide receiver Malcolm Beyah did not play due to a thumb injury, and wideout Tavarres Jefferson missed the last three quarters with a foot injury. Dasher and starting center Mark Thompson both sat out the first quarter as punishment for missing a conditioning workout. With Dasher on the bench, MTSU’s offense did little. Not much changed with him on the field, though. MTSU amassed only 248 yards of offense, including 42 rushing yards. Score by Quarters Mississippi State Middle Tennessee 1st Quarter 6:24 MS 2nd Quarter 11:42 MS 7:10 MT 5:37 MS :39 MT 3rd Quarter 3:37 MS 4th Quarter 3:25 MT

1 7 0

2 10 6

3 3 0

4 7 0

F 27 6

Lee 39 run (DePasquale kick) DePasquale 24 FG Gendreau 18 FG Dixon 57 run (DePasquale kick) Gendreau 24 FG DePasquale 36 FG Dixon 1 run (DePasquale kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

MSU 19 50-178 155 20-14-0 70-333 0-0 2-14 3-38 4-36 7-36.7 2-0 7-45 37:51 5 of 17 0 of 1 3-3 1-9

MT 14 25-42 206 39-19-4 64-248 0-0 0-0 4-78 0-0 7-35.1 0-0 8-90 22:09 4 of 14 0 of 1 2-2 2-8

RUSHING: Mississippi State-Anthony Dixon 27-135; Tyson Lee 10-38; Christian Ducre 1-5; A. Stallworth 43; Robert Elliott 6-0; TEAM 1-minus 1; Chad Bumphis 1-minus 2. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 13-47; Cunningham, B. 4-6; Burnette, Brent 3-minus 3; Gee, Desmond 5-minus 8. PASSING: Mississippi State-Tyson Lee 14-20-0-155. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 11-22-3-129; Burnette, Brent 7-15-0-48; McDonald, S. 0-1-1-0; Gee, Desmond 1-1-0-29. RECEIVING: Mississippi State-A. Stallworth 4-71; Chad Bumphis 4-32; O’Neal Wilder 2-19; Anthony Dixon 2-11; Brandon McRae 1-12; Marcus Green 1-10. Middle Tennessee-Andrews, G. 4-49; Turner, Harold 3-45; McClover, Chris 3-36; Blissard, Shane 2-29; Gee, Desmond 2-4; Banks, Andrew 1-16; McDonald, S. 1-16; Gilstrap, K. 1-11; Delle Donne, G. 1-5; Cunningham, B. 1-minus 5. INTERCEPTIONS: Mississippi State-Johnthan Banks 2-25; C. Broomfield 2-11. Middle Tennessee-None. FUMBLES: Mississippi State-Tyson Lee 2-0. Middle Tennessee-None. Total elapsed time: 3:10; Weather: 45 degrees, cloudy


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game-by-game recaps GAME 7 l OCT. 24, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 17,787 FLOYD STADIUM l MURFREESBORO, TN

GAME 8 l OCT. 31, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 15,568 LOCKHART STADIUM l FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

WKU

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MIDDLE TENNESSEE

27

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

62

FAU

20

MURFREESBORO (DNJ) - MTSU came to Floyd Stadium for a rivalry. It left with a rout. The Blue Raiders lit up Western Kentucky 62-24 in the rivals’ first meeting as Sun Belt Conference foes. MTSU never let off the gas. The Raiders’ 62 points marked the most since a 70-58 record-breaking win over Idaho in 2001, and their 646 yards was the third-most in school history. MTSU was coming off two lackluster losses to Troy and Mississippi State, but Saturday’s win lifted the team to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in Sun Belt play. WKU fell to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in Sun Belt play with its 15th straight loss, the longest losing streak in the nation. Dwight Dasher had 355 passing yards, three touchdown passes, two touchdown runs and 421 yards of total offense — all four career highs. MTSU wide receiver Chris McClover had career highs of 149 receiving yards and two TD catches. MTSU pulled away by scoring 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. Dasher connected with McClover on a 23-yard TD pass to go ahead 10-3 just 20 seconds into the second. WKU’s offense went three-and-out for the first of four consecutive possessions in the second quarter. On the second play of the ensuing possession, Dasher hit Harold Turner on a short pass, and Turner split two defenders to break it for a 52-yard TD. MTSU got the ball back less than two minutes later, and Dasher completed four passes and added a 15yard run on a third TD drive. Dasher again hit McClover, this time for a 34-yard TD pass on fourth-and-4. McClover was a popular target. He also caught a 32-yarder that set up Dasher’s 1-yard TD run late in the second quarter. That capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive to stretch MTSU’s lead to 31-3 with 1:08 remaining in the first half. WKU finally reached paydirt on the last play of the first half on a Hail Mary TD toss from Kawaun Jakes to Jake Gaebler, who caught the ball after it was tipped three times in the end zone. Gaebler also caught a 16-yard TD pass from Brandon Smith in the fourth quarter. But WKU had only 250 total yards and committed four turnovers. Dasher finished 22-of-35 passing for 355 yards, three TD passes and no interceptions. He also led MTSU with 66 rushing yards and two TDs on 10 carries. D.D. Kyles scored on a 1-yard run, and true freshman Kenneth Gilstrap added a lightning-quick 49-yard TD run on a reverse in the third quarter. Score by Quarters WKU Middle Tennessee 1st Quarter 8:47 WKU 5:56 MT 2nd Quarter 14:40 MT 12:32 MT 8:09 MT 1:08 MT 0:00 WKU 3rd Quarter 13:57 MT 13:09 MT 11:04 WKU 5:51 MT 4th Quarter 14:26 WKU 13:04 MT 8:57 MT

1 3 3

2 7 28

3 7 17

4 7 14

Tinius 37 FG Gendreau 38 FG McClover 23 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) Turner 52 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) McClover 34 pass from Dasher (Gendreau Kick) Dasher 1 run (Gendreau kick) Gaebler 42 pass from Jakes (Tinius kick)

Score by Quarters Middle Tennessee FAU

Gendreau 29 FG Gilstrap 49 run (Gendreau kick) Jakes 4 run (Tinius kick) Kyles 1 run (Gendreau kick) Gaebler 16 pass from Smith (Tinius kick) Dasher 25 run (Gendreau kick) Turner 10 pass from Burnette (Gendreau kick)

FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards

WKU 16 40-100 150 23-10-1 63-250 0-0 1-12 11-271 0-0 8-42.1 5-3 5-49 29:11 4 of 14 0 of 1 3-3 1-8

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FT. LAUDERDALE - With its offense struggling and its defense gasping for air, MTSU’s special teams decided to throw a block party. The Blue Raiders blocked three Florida Atlantic kicks, and outscored the Owls 14-3 in the second half to escape Lockhart Stadium with a 27-20 victory. MTSU trailed the majority of the game, not taking its first lead until quarterback Dwight Dasher sprinted 74 yards for a touchdown with 5:31 remaining. The Blue Raiders trailed by as many as 10 in the first half, and seven in the second, but dominated the fourth quarter to get the win. Sophomore tailback D.D. Kyles ran for a career-high 140 yards, including an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter to knot the score at 20. Dasher, meanwhile, went over 100 yards rushing for the second time in his career, gaining 108 on 14 carries. FAU dominated the first half, outgaining MTSU 260-73 and racking up 17 offensive points. Kyles’ 43-yard run — his only carry of the first half — late in the second quarter accounted for more than half of MTSU’s total offense in the first 30 minutes, and Dasher completed just 3-of-13 passes for 24 yards. Dasher’s first-quarter fumble, which was returned 28 yards by FAU defensive lineman Josh Savidge, set up the Owls’ first touchdown of the game and put FAU ahead 10-0. However, the MTSU special teams gave the Blue Raiders a chance. MTSU blocked two punts and a field goal — the first time the Blue Raiders have had multiple blocks since they had three against North Texas in 2002. The first block, a blocked punt by sophomore defensive lineman SaCoby Carter, was returned 29 yards for a touchdown by junior cornerback Sherman Neal. Marcus Udell blocked a field goal in the second quarter, and Jeremy Kellem added a blocked punt in the third. MTSU’s offense didn’t find its stride until the fourth quarter, when the Blue Raiders racked up 183 yards of total offense and its only two offensive touchdowns. Dasher’s 42-yard completion to Shane Blissard set up Kyles’ 8-yard scoring run. After MTSU stopped FAU on fourth-and-four at the MTSU 26, two players later Dasher broke down the left hash for the winning touchdown. MTSU rushed for 239 yards on 34 carries for an average of seven yards per carry. It was the second straight game the Blue Raiders have rushed for more than 200 yards as a team. Defensively, MTSU limited the Owls to just 101 yards on the ground and held running back Alfred Morris — who entered the game as the Sun Belt Conference’s leading rusher — to just 93 yards on 25 carries. FAU quarterback Rusty Smith completed 23-of-45 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but was picked off twice by MTSU senior Marcus Udell. The 2007 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year was knocked out of the game with just over six minutes remaining, hit by MTSU linebacker Danny Carmichael on a failed fourth-down conversion attempt. FAU backup Jeff VanCamp played the final drive for the Owls due Smith suffering a shoulder injury. He completed 5-of-9 passes for 73 yards, including a conversion on fourth-and-six from his own 34. However, his fourth-down attempt to Cortez Gent was ruled out of bounds inside the MTSU 10 with 59 seconds remaining.

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MT FAU FIRST DOWNS 11 28 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 34-239 38-101 PASSING YDS (NET) 90 377 Passes Att-Comp-Int 22-7-0 54-28-2 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 56-329 92-478 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-28 Punt Returns-Yards 1-47 2-17 Kickoff Returns-Yards 5-120 2-17 Interception Returns-Yards 2-18 0-0 Punts (Number-Avg) 4-41.2 4-20.2 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0 Penalties-Yards 6-63 7-66 Possession Time 20:03 39:57 Third-Down Conversions 1 of 12 5 of 18 Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 4 2 of 5 2-4 2-3 RUSHING: WKU-Smith, Brandon 5-34; Wolke, David 9-20; Hayden, Tyrell 6-16; Mason, Brandon 3-16; Ste- Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-9 0-0 phens, Clay 4-14; Jakes, Kawaun 10-6; Willis, Stephen 1-minus 3; TEAM 2-minus 3. Middle Tennessee-Dash- Sacks By: Number-Yards er, Dwight 10-66; Kyles, D.D. 10-63; Gilstrap, K. 1-49; Branton, M. 4-34; Cunningham, B. 3-12; Coleman, N. RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Kyles, D.D. 13-140; Dasher, Dwight 14-108; Gee, Desmond 2-3; Cunningham, 2-11; Heyward, Craig 2-8; Gee, Desmond 5-minus 2; TEAM 1-minus 4; Burnette, Brent 3-minus 8. B. 1-minus 1; TEAM 4-minus 11. FAU-Morris, Alfred 25-93; Stinson, Xavier 9-28; TEAM 1-minus 9; Smith, PASSING: WKU-Jakes, Kawaun 9-20-0-134; Smith, Brandon 1-2-0-16; Mason, Brandon 0-1-1-0. Middle Rusty 3-minus 11. Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 22-35-0-355; Burnette, Brent 3-3-0-47; Coleman, N. 2-2-0-15; Andrews, G. PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 7-21-0-90; Gee, Desmond 0-1-0-0. FAU-Smith, Rusty 23-450-1-0-0. 2-304; VanCamp, Jeff 5-9-0-73. RECEIVING: WKU-Gaebler, Jake 6-100; Black, K.J. 2-17; Stephens, Clay 1-31; Hayden, Tyrell 1-2. Middle Tennessee-McClover, Chris 6-149; Turner, Harold 6-113; Andrews, G. 4-46; Honeycutt, P. 3-49; Delle Donne, RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-Kyles, D.D. 2-18; McClover, Chris 2-18; Blissard, Shane 1-40; Turner, Harold 1-8; Honeycutt, P. 1-6. FAU-Grant, Jamari 6-80; Harmon, Jason 5-77; Gent, Cortez 4-53; Holley, Avery 4-29; G. 3-26; Blissard, Shane 1-12; Kyles, D.D. 1-9; Thurmond, M. 1-7; McDonald, S. 1-4; Caldwell, Wes 1-2. Jean, Lester 3-48; Morris, Alfred 3-45; Stinson, Xavier 2-26; Bonner, Chris 1-19. INTERCEPTIONS: WKU-None. MT-Udell, Marcus 1-11. INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-Udell, Marcus 2-18. FAU-None. FUMBLES: WKU-TEAM 2-1; Wolke, David 1-1; Jakes, Kawaun 1-0; Hayden, Tyrell 1-1. MT-None. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 1-1. FAU-Morris, Alfred 1-0; Smith, Rusty 1-0. Total elapsed time: 3:18; Weather: 53 degrees, mostly cloudy Total elapsed time: 3:01; Weather: 86 degrees, Sunny

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game-by-game recaps GAME 10 l NOV. 14, 2009 l ATTENDANCE: 16,411 FLOYD STADIUM l MURFREESBORO, TN

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MURFREESBORO (DNJ) - MTSU enjoyed its best rushing day in more than a decade, as it ran over FIU 48-21. The Blue Raiders rushed for 385 yards, the most in its Football Bowl Subdivision era and fourth-most in program history. Meanwhile, MTSU (6-3, 4-1 SBC) reached bowl eligibility for the first time since 2006, when it went to the Motor City Bowl. Quarterback Dwight Dasher put up 360 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. He broke Marvin Collier’s record for most single-season rushing yards by a quarterback with 703 yards. Dasher’s 178 rushing yards against FIU finished only two yards shy of his own record for most rushing yards in a game by a Blue Raider quarterback. He had a career-high three rushing TDs. Running back D.D. Kyles added 110 rushing yards. MTSU took a 34-0 lead late in the second quarter and weathered FIU’s 21-point rally in the third quarter. The Blue Raiders ultimately put the game away with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Offensively, MTSU racked up 587 total yards. Defensively, the Blue Raiders forced four FIU turnovers and posted six sacks and 12 tackles for loss. On special teams, MTSU blocked two kicks. MTSU put on an offensive show in the first half, stocked full of trick plays, long gains and improvisation. FIU could merely stand, stare and suffer through it until its rally tightened the score. On MTSU’s third offensive play, Dasher skipped though the FIU defense for a 70-yard TD run. On FIU’s ensuing possession, Jeremy Kellem partially blocked the Golden Panthers’ punt. It was Kellem’s fourth punt block in three seasons, tying the school record for punt blocks in a career. MTSU junior Dwight Smith blocked an FIU field goal in the second quarter, giving the Blue Raiders five blocked kicks in the last two games. Kellem’s block set up Dasher’s 27-yard TD pass to Sancho McDonald to put MTSU ahead 14-0 less than five minutes into the game. With 13:42 remaining in the second, Desmond Gee took a handoff from Dasher and ran right toward the sideline, and then he turned and tossed a lateral to Dasher, who finished with a 67-yard TD run. Linebacker Cam Robinson recovered FIU’s fumbled snap on the ensuing series, which led to MTSU’s 62yard scoring drive that included an impromptu play by Dasher. With two FIU defenders dragging Dasher toward the ground for a sack, the quarterback flipped the ball to Kyles, who raced for a 30-yard gain. Three plays later, Dasher hit Patrick Honeycutt for a 9-yard TD pass. Gendreau added a 21-yard field goal to end MTSU’s 34-0 scoring spree. FIU’s Kendall Berry scored on a 2-yard run just before hafltime, and the Golden Panthers capitalized off three Dasher interceptions in the third quarter to add two more TDs to cut the Blue Raiders’ lead to 34-21. But MTSU picked off three passes in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FIU 0 7 14 0 21 Middle Tennessee 17 17 0 14 48 1st Quarter 11:35 MT 10:03 MT 4:00 MT 2nd Quarter 13:50 MT 8:34 MT 3:21 MT :24 FIU 3rd Quarter 13:35 FIU 3:51 FIU 4th Quarter 14:10 MT 1:39 MT

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RUSHING: FIU-Berry, Kendall 19-103; Younger, Wayne 11-17; Attaway, Chance 5-12; Gaitor, Anthony 3-10; Owens, Daunte 3-4; Turner, Trenard 2-2; Frierson, Jason 1-minus 2. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 18178; Kyles, D.D. 22-110; Cunningham, B. 8-59; Gee, Desmond 5-24; Beyah, Malcolm 1-18; Burnette, Brent 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 5. PASSING: FIU-Younger, Wayne 14-38-3-178. MT-Dasher, Dwight 13-28-3-182; Burnette, Brent 1-1-0-20. RECEIVING: FIU-Frierson, Jason 3-73; Hilton, T.Y. 2-33; Ellingson, Greg 2-31; Whiddon, John 2-20; Hinton, Moses 2-16; Hawkins, Z. 1-7; Fleming, Cory 1-2; Berry, Kendall 1-minus 4. Middle Tennessee-McDonald, S. 3-50; Honeycutt, P. 3-32; Andrews, G. 3-20; Beyah, Malcolm 2-21; Kyles, D.D. 1-30; McClover, Chris 1-29; Turner, Harold 1-20. INTERCEPTIONS: FIU-Henderson, Kent 1-25; Phillips, A. 1-0; Jones, Malik 1-0. Middle Tennessee-Udell, Marcus 2-45; Kellem, Jeremy 1-0. FUMBLES: FIU-Attaway, Chance 1-0; Younger, Wayne 1-1. MT-Dasher, Dwight 1-0; Honeycutt, P. 1-0. Total elapsed time: 3:25; Weather: 72 degrees, Sunny

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Score by Quarters Louisiana-Lafayette Middle Tennessee 1st Quarter 9:19 UL 7:30 MT 2nd Quarter 9:56 UL 6:24 MT :09 UL 3rd Quarter 14:05 MT 1:29 MT 4th Quarter 13:16 MT 9:16 MT

Dasher 67 run (Gendreau kick) Honeycutt 9 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) Gendreau 21 FG Berry 2 run (Rivest kick)

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MURFREESBORO (DNJ) - It did not take a fire and brimstone speech from MTSU coach Rick Stockstill at halftime — only a challenge. And his Blue Raiders responded with a 34-17 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, outscoring the Cajuns 20-0 in the second half. MTSU (7-3, 5-1 Sun Belt) outgained ULL 335 yards to 75 in a lopsided second half where the Blue Raiders secured their seventh win — an important mark because it would earn priority over six-win teams for at-large bowl bids. MTSU trailed 17-14 at halftime after the Cajuns (5-5, 3-3 Sun Belt) scored a touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the first half. But the Blue Raiders turned the game quickly, taking back the lead in two plays to start the second half. MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher broke a 46-yard run on the first snap after halftime, and he hit Garrett Andrews for a 19-yard TD pass on the next play. Alan Gendreau added a pair of 30-yard field goals, one in each of the third and fourth quarters. And running back D.D. Kyles broke a 52-yard run, which set up Desmond Gee’s 8-yard TD run to put the Cajuns away with 13:16 remaining in the game. Kyles finished with a career-high 177 yards on 20 carries for his third straight 100-yard rushing game. Dasher had a very controlled day behind center. He completed 16-of-25 passes for 219 yards, two TD tosses and no interceptions. He also rushed for 89 yards. MTSU had 506 yards of offense with no turnovers. Defensively, the Blue Raiders registered five sacks against ULL, which had only allowed a national-low four sacks on the season. MTSU scored twice in the first half. Dasher hit a wide-open Patrick Honeycutt for an 18-yard TD pass on MTSU’s opening drive, which took less than two minutes to counter ULL’s first score. MTSU drove 57 yards to the ULL 18-yard line midway through the second quarter, but Gendreau’s 35-yard field goal was blocked. On the next play, defensive end Jamari Lattimore jumped in front of ULL’s pass on an inside receiver screen, picked off Masson’s pass and returned it 20 yards for a TD. ULL had three scoring drives of more than 70 yards in the first half. The Cajuns marched 79 yards in 14 plays to start the game, and quarterback Chris Masson scored on a 3-yard run to go ahead 7-0. ULL’s nine-play, 83-yard drive in the second quarter ended with Tyler Albrecht’s 24-yard field goal. Trailing 14-10, the Cajuns drove 72 yards in 1:03 to steal the lead just before halftime. Masson completed five straight passes for a combined 61 yards, including a 7-yard TD strike to Vernon Wolfe with nine seconds remaining to put ULL ahead 17-14 at halftime. Masson passed for 220 yards, one TD and one interception. 1 7 7

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Y D MONROE - MTSU football is where it has never been. MURFREESBORO - Just in time for Thanksgiving, MTSU is uLM S D The Blue Raiders (9-3) earned their ninth win of the season playing for gravy. Saturday — a 38-19 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe — for the The Blue Raiders (8-3) basted Arkansas State 38-14 to inmost single-season victories as a Football Bowl Subdivision (Dicrease their chances at a bowl bid, having already hit the sevenvision I-A) member. win mark that earns priority for at-large bowl spots in the previ MTSU’s six-game winning streak is the longest in a season ous week. since 1990. Its 9-3 overall record and 7-1 Sun Belt Conference MTSU (6-1 in Sun Belt) trails Troy (7-0) in the conference mark are both the best in the FBS era. race. Now the Blue Raiders will wait for their likely bowl destina MTSU’s eighth victory Saturday equaled the 2001 squad for tion as an at-large team to cap their winningest season since the most single-season wins during the Football Bowl SubdiviThankjumping You to college football’s highest level in 1999. sion era. The Blue Raiders won their fifth straight game, also ULM (6-6, 5-3) scored on its opening drive to go ahead 7-0, evening the win streak eight years earlier. but MTSU outscored the Warhawks 38-6 from there until the waning minutes of the game. ULM added a Like the previous four straight wins, MTSU played well in all three phases. On offense, the Blue Raiders had a balanced attack that racked up 427 yards. They scored a touchdown touchdown with 2:16 remaining for the final margin. on defense and allowed ASU (2-8, 1-5) to gain only 220 yards. And on special teams, MTSU blocked a field MTSU had only 306 yards of offense — its lowest total of the six-game winning streak — and Dasher was intercepted twice inside ULM’s 10-yard line in the first quarter, but the Warhawks converted the two goal. MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher was 15-of-26 passing for 263 yards, a career-high four touchdown turnovers into only three points. ULM’s first pick — by Sun Belt all-time interceptions leader Greg James — was returned 78 yards to the passes and one interception. He also rushed for 73 yards. MTSU ran away with the game before the Red Wolves got settled in Floyd Stadium. The Blue Raiders MTSU 20-yard line. But MTSU’s defense held the Warhawks to three-and-out, including Chris McCoy’s sack, and Radi Jabour missed a 45-yard field goal. scored three times in the first quarter, with all three drives taking less than three minutes of game clock. On MTSU’s second offensive play, Dasher connected on a screen pass to D.D. Kyles, who broke free behind ULM’s James Truxillo picked off Dasher on the ULM 10-yard line, and the Warhawks followed with a 71yard drive. But MTSU’s defense again held, as Alex Suber broke up a third-down pass in the end zone, and a Mark Fisher block en route to an 80-yard TD. ASU was stopped cold on its next possession, and MTSU answered with a 58-yard drive that spent only Jabour made a 25-yard field goal to go ahead 10-7. Dasher and MTSU’s offense recovered with a timely spurt, scoring in three of four possessions. 1:37. It was capped by Alan Gendreau’s 39-yard field goal. After an ASU three-and-out series, MTSU marched 66 yards in only eight plays and 2:54. Dasher com- In between his two interceptions, Dasher led MTSU on a 66-yard touchdown drive. Dasher hit Garrett pleted a pass to Sancho McDonald to convert a third-down play and keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Andrews for a 42-yard pass to the ULM 2-yard line, and Dasher ran in for the score on the next play. MTSU had back-to-back TD drives of 45 and 73 yards to end the first half. The first began with Desmond Dasher perfectly placed a 12-yard TD pass to Chris McClover on a fade route. Dasher had two more TD tosses to finish lengthy scoring drives. His 32-yard TD throw to Harold Turner Gee’s 44-yard kick return and ended with Dasher’s 6-yard TD pass to Shane Blissard to go ahead 14-10. capped an 86-yard drive in the second quarter, and Dasher’s 7-yard scoring pass to Garrett Andrews ended a Dasher completed a key 23-yard pass to Patrick Honeycutt on the next drive, and he connected with Honeycutt again for an 18-yard score with 33 seconds remaining in the first half to stretch the lead to 21-10 nine-play, 91-yard march in the third quarter. at the break. But the play of the day belonged to MTSU defensive end Jamari Lattimore and Kellem. With 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Lattimore scooped up an ASU fumble at the 42-yard line, Dasher finished 10-of-18 passing for 116 yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also returned it to the 11, and then made a no-look lateral pass to Kellem, who returned it the rest of the way for ran for 88 yards and two scores. Running back D.D. Kyles added 67 yards on nine carries. MTSU’s defense provided the decisive plays and points in the second half. a TD to put MTSU ahead 38-7. ASU scored two TDs on Reggie Arnold’s 2-yard run in the second quarter and Ryan Aplin’s 24-yard pass to Cornerback Alex Suber’s 56-yard interception return led to Dasher’s 9-yard TD run to stretch MTSU’s lead to 28-13 with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter. It was Suber’s first pick of the season. Dasher scored two Jahbari McLennan in the fourth. ASU rushed for only 44 yards on 36 carries, and quarterback Corey Leonard (Preseason Sun Belt co-Of- plays later on a scrambling run where he juked a ULM defender and jogged untouched into the end zone. Safety Jeremy Kellem added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. MTSU fensive Player of the Year) injured his knee in the third quarter and did not return to the game. picked off three passes and racked up 12 tackles-for-loss. Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 F Arkansas State 0 7 0 7 14 Middle Tennessee 7 14 7 10 38 Middle Tennessee 17 7 14 0 38 Louisiana-Monroe 7 3 3 6 19 1st Quarter 1st Quarter 12:20 MT Kyles 80 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 11:43 ULM Ambrose 37 pass from Revell (Jabour kick) 9:07 MT Gendreau 39 FG 2:52 MT Dasher 2 run (Gendreau kick) 4:01 MT McClover 12 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 2nd Quarter 2nd Quarter 9:10 ULM Jabour 25 FG 6:20 MT Turner 32 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 6:33 MT Blissard 6 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 2:03 ASU Arnold 2 run (Arauco kick) :33 MT Honeycutt 18 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 3rd Quarter 3rd Quarter 7:39 MT Andrews 7 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 6:13 MT Jabour 37 FG :40 MT Kellem 11 fumble return (Gendreau kick) 4:10 MT Dasher 9 run (Gendreau kick) 4th Quarter 4th Quarter 7:08 ASU McLennan 24 pass from Aplin (Arauco kick) 13:08 MT Gendreau 40 FG 10:50 MT Kellem 58 interception return (Gendreau kick) ASU MT 2:16 ULM Ambrose 25 pass from Wells (pass failed) FIRST DOWNS 13 22 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 36-44 44-164 MT ULM PASSING YDS (NET) 176 263 FIRST DOWNS 14 22 Passes Att-Comp-Int 28-13-1 28-15-1 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 36-190 38-139 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 64-220 72-427 PASSING YDS (NET) 116 231 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-42 Passes Att-Comp-Int 20-10-2 39-21-3 Punt Returns-Yards 3-19 5-21 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 56-306 77-370 Kickoff Returns-Yards 6-159 3-61 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Interception Returns-Yards 1-36 1-14 Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 2-16 Punts (Number-Avg) 7-44.9 6-41.3 Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-104 7-101 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1 Interception Returns-Yards 3-146 2-89 Penalties-Yards 15-118 9-83 Punts (Number-Avg) 4-44.2 5-28.6 Possession Time 29:38 30:22 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0 Third-Down Conversions 3 of 14 6 of 15 Penalties-Yards 1-5 7-35 Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 2 1 of 1 Possession Time 23:11 36:49 Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-2 2-3 Third-Down Conversions 3 of 12 6 of 17 Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-2 4-34 Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 1 Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-4 2-3 RUSHING: Arkansas State-Arnold, Reggie 17-55; Leonard, Corey 5-5; Lawson, Derek 6-minus 2; TEAM Sacks By: Number-Yards 4-21 1-7 1-minus 3; Aplin, Ryan 7-minus 11. Middle Tennessee-Kyles, D.D. 11-80; Dasher, Dwight 18-73; Gee, Desmond 7-17; Branton, M. 3-7; Cunningham, B. 1-5; Burnette, Brent 1-3; Heyward, Craig 2-minus 5; TEAM RUSHING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 18-88; Kyles, D.D. 9-67; Gee, Desmond 2-29; Coleman, N. 1-3; 1-minus 16. Cunningham, B. 5-3; Burnette, Brent 1-0. ULM-Revell, Trey 11-49; Goodin, Frank 13-40; Ambrose, Luther PASSING: Arkansas State-Aplin, Ryan 10-22-1-147; Leonard, Corey 3-6-0-29. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, 4-19; Lovett, Rodney 8-19; Wells, Cody 2-12. Dwight 15-26-1-263; Burnette, Brent 0-2-0-0. RECEIVING: Arkansas State-McLennan, J. 3-49; Arnold, Reggie 3-20; Clements, T. 2-36; Gillott, Trevor 2-12; PASSING: Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 10-18-2-116; Burnette, Brent 0-1-0-0; Delle Donne, G. 0-1-0Thompkins, B. 1-41; Stockemer, T. 1-13; Blake, Jeff 1-5. Middle Tennessee-Andrews, G. 3-73; McClover, Chris 0. ULM-Wells, Cody 13-22-1-140; Revell, Trey 8-17-2-91. RECEIVING: Middle Tennessee-Honeycutt, P. 4-45; McDonald, S. 3-19; Blissard, Shane 2-10; Andrews, G. 13-17; Turner, Harold 2-31; Honeycutt, P. 2-17; Kyles, D.D. 1-80; Cunningham, B. 1-20; Blissard, Shane 1-11; 42. ULM-Ambrose, Luther 7-107; McCoy, J.J. 4-41; Jordan, Alvin 3-47; McCall, Anthony 2-23; Lovett, Rodney Banks, Andrew 1-8; McDonald, S. 1-6. 2-5; McNeal, Darrell 1-7; Taylor, Tim 1-6; Goodin, Frank 1-minus 5. INTERCEPTIONS: Arkansas State-Jennings, M.D. 1-36. Middle Tennessee-Udell, Marcus 1-14. FUMBLES: Arkansas State-Arnold, Reggie 1-1; TEAM 1-0. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 1-0; TEAM 1-0; INTERCEPTIONS: Middle Tennessee-Kellem, Jeremy 1-58; Suber, Alex 1-56; Brown, Kevin 1-32. ULMJames, Greg 1-78; Truxillo, James 1-11. Heyward, Craig 1-1. FUMBLES: Middle Tennessee-Kyles, D.D. 1-0. ULM-Truxillo, James 1-0. Total elapsed time: 2:57; Weather: 63 degrees, Sunny Total elapsed time: 3:18; Weather: 65 degrees, Partly Cloudy outh

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GAME-BY-GAME RECAPS Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 32 Dec. 20, 2009 q Louisiana Superdome q New Orleans, LA by Adam Sparks, Daily News Journal

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The Blue Raiders achieved bowl brilliance. MTSU beat Southern Mississippi 42-32 in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. It was only MTSU’s second bowl appearance in its Football Bowl Subdivision era, but the Blue Raiders’ seventh straight win snapped the Golden Eagles’ dominance in the New Orleans Bowl. Southern Miss had won three of the last five New Orleans Bowls. MTSU finished arguably its best season in school history with a 10-3 record after a momentous victory amid a New Orleans Bowl record crowd of 30,228 at the Louisiana Superdome. Southern Miss fell to 7-6. “It just feels great to win a huge game,” said MTSU junior safety Jeremy Kellem. “We’re champions tonight. We might not be the Sun Belt champion, but we’re the New Orleans Bowl champion.” MTSU quarterback Dwight Dasher earned MVP honors, breaking the New Orleans Bowl rushing record with 201 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. He was also 15of-25 passing for 162 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Freshman Ben Cunningham, a former Goodpasture High standout, had a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter to cap an 80-yard drive to put the stake through the Golden Eagles’ heart. Then MTSU senior linebacker Carmichael picked off a Southern Miss pass with less then three minutes remaining, and Dasher scored on a 1-yard run for the final margin. “We were down early, but we fought hard,” Carmichael said. “We always fight back. You think this is the biggest win in school history? You’re darn right it is.” MTSU fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but held Southern Miss to only two field goals in the second and third quarters to take its first lead in an FBS bowl by the third quarter. After the sluggish start, the Blue Raiders, who had only five active players with bowl experience, eventually settled into the national spotlight. Dasher put on a courageous performance while suffering three separate leg injuries — all of which were awkward turns of his left ankle and knee without contact from a Southern Miss defender. The injured Dasher was briefly replaced twice by redshirt freshman Brent Burnette, but the junior starter returned to the game both times. During Dasher’s final absence, Burnette came in and tossed a 22-yard bullet to Wes Caldwell. He then con-

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nected with Chris McClover on a wide-receiver screen for a 23-yard TD to put MTSU ahead 28-20 through three quarters. Dasher had a 35-yard TD run earlier in the third quarter for the second-longest run in New Orleans Bowl history. MTSU trailed 14-0 less than nine minutes into the game, but came back with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Dasher returned from his first leg injury suffered late in the first quarter to lead the Blue Raiders on a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive early in the second. He hit Garrett Andrews on an 11-yard TD toss on third down to cut the Southern Miss lead to 14-7. On its next possession, MTSU drove to the 14-yard line, but Alan Gendreau’s 31-yard field goal was blocked. But on the next snap, MTSU cornerback Alex Suber made the play of the night. Southern Miss set up a wide-receiver screen pass, but Suber eluded a blocking wideout and dove in front of the ball for the interception. It was Southern Miss quarterback Martevious Young’s first interception thrown in 166 pass attempts and only his second this season. Suber’s pick gave MTSU the ball at Southern Miss’ 12yard line. Dasher connected with former Oakland High standout Shane Blissard for a 12-yard TD on another third-down play to tie the score 14-14. Southern Miss made a 20-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to lead 17-14 at halftime. Southern Miss started strong, scoring on its first two possessions. The Golden Eagles marched 61 yards in nine plays and 4:18 en route to their first touchdown to open the night. The key play came when DeAndre Brown caught a 19-yard pass and fumbled as he went to the turf. MTSU defensive back Derrick Crumpton recovered it, but Brown was ruled down at the 19-yard line before the ball popped out. Tory Harrison capped the drive with a 2-yard run for the score. Harrison’s run for the two-point conversion failed, and Southern Miss led 6-0. The Golden Eagles went for two throughout the game because of inconsistencies on its PAT kicking team this season. After MTSU’s second straight three-and-out series, Southern Miss’ Brown caught a 24-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion to put the Golden Eagles ahead 14-0 with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter.

Scoring Summary Score by Quarters 1 Southern Miss 14 Middle Tennessee 0

2 3 14

3 3 14

4 13 14

F 32 42

1st Quarter 10:42 USM Harrison 2 run (run failed) 6:35 USM Brown 24 pass from Young (Young to Brown) 2nd Quarter 13:25 MT Andrews 11 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 4:41 MT Blissard 9 pass from Dasher (Gendreau kick) 0:00 USM Hrapmann 20 FG 3rd Quarter 10:12 MT 7:36 USM 0:00 MT

Dasher 35 run (Gendreau kick) Hrapmann 38 FG McClover 23 pass from Burnette (Gendreau kick)

4th Quarter 6:52 USM Brown 7 pass from Young (pass failed) 3:14 MT Cunningham 2 run (Gendreau kick) 1:13 MT Dasher 1 run (Gendreau kick) :27 USM Parham 33 pass from Young (pass failed) USM MT FIRST DOWNS 20 23 RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 37-123 44-243 PASSING YDS (NET) 271 207 Passes Att-Comp-Int 34-18-2 28-17-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 71-394 72-450 Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards 3-27 2--2 Kickoff Returns-Yards 7-99 5-78 Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 2-12 Punts (Number-Avg) 5-37.8 4-35.2 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 10-75 6-63 Possession Time 31:41 28:19 Third-Down Conversions 10 of 18 9 of 15 Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 1 1 of 1 Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 4-5 Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-10 0-0 RUSHING: Southern Miss-Fletcher, D. 17-78; Young, M. 9-24; Harrison, Tory 10-21; Lampley, Tracy 1-0. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 26-201; Kyles, D.D. 12-35; Cunningham, B. 5-11; Team 1-minus 4. PASSING: Southern Miss-Young, M. 18-34-2-271. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 15-25-0-162; Burnette, Brent 2-3-0-45. RECEIVING: Southern Miss-Baptiste, G. 4-117; Brown, DeAndre 4-65; Fletcher, D. 4-minus 2; Parham, Freddie 3-62; Banks, Leroy 2-13; Lampley, Tracy 1-16. Middle Tennessee-McClover, Chris 4-55; Andrews, G. 4-51; Blissard, Shane 3-10; Gee, Desmond 2-45; McDonald, S. 2-15; Caldwell, Wes 1-22; Honeycutt, P. 1-9. INTERCEPTIONS: Southern Miss-None. Middle TennesseeCarmichael, D. 1-12; Suber, Alex 1-0. FUMBLES: Southern Miss-None. Middle Tennessee-Dasher, Dwight 1-1; Cunningham, B. 1-0. Attendance: 30,228 Total elapsed time: 4:30 Weather: 71 degrees (Indoors)


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2009 notebook BLUE RAIDERS HAVE MEMORABLE SEASON casts in school history but that total jumped to 12 when  Middle Tennessee enjoyed a magical ride to a 10-3 season that has included a New Orleans Bowl championship, wins over Memphis, Maryland, and Southern Miss to go along with a seven-game win streak. The 10 wins are the most at Middle Tennessee since 1992 when that team also went 10-3 and the Blue Raiders became the first team in SBC history to win 10 games. MT was also one of just 21 teams nationally to own at least 10 wins in 2009 and one of just eight non-AQ teams. The Blue Raiders, who won five games away from Floyd Stadium for the first time since 1992, are just the eighth team in school history to record double digit wins (1957, 1959, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992).

DASHER NAMED BOWL MVP

 Quarterback Dwight Dasher became the first bowl Most Valuable Player since the Blue Raiders joined the FBS ranks in 1999 with a record-setting performance in the Louisiana Superdome. Dasher accounted for 81 percent of the team’s offense with 363 total yards and four touchdowns to lead MT to its first bowl win. Along with 162 passing yards, Dasher rushed for a career-high 201 yards to set a New Orleans Bowl rushing record. The 201 yards also went down as the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA bowl history by breaking Vince Young’s mark of 200 yards set against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

DASHER JOINS ELITE GROUP

 Quarterback Dwight Dasher became just the fourth player in NCAA history to gain at least 2,500 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the same season when he put up 2,789 passing yards and 1,154 rushing yards in 2009. Texas’s Vince Young was the first to join the club when he had 3,036 yards passing and 1,050 yards rushing in 2005, then Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour was next in line as he tallied 3,652 passing yards and 1,122 rushing yards in 2007. In 2008, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick threw for 2,849 yards and rushed for 1,130 to become the third member of the club.

SUN BELT HONOR ROLL

 On December 9, Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill was named the Sun Belt Conference co-Coach of the Year while DE Chris McCoy was tabbed the SBC’s co-Defensive Player of the Year. Overall, 11 Blue Raiders were voted allconference with six first team selections and five second team picks. The first-team members were McCoy, Mark Thompson, Jeremy Kellem, Alex Suber, Marcus Udell, and Alan Gendreau. Second-team selections were Jamari Lattimore, Cam Robinson, Danny Carmichael, Mark Fisher, and Dwight Dasher.

the Blue Raiders defeated Southern Miss on ESPN in the New Orleans Bowl. The Blue Raiders played a school record three nationally televised games in 2006 and matched that mark with three in 2009. MT had two national broadcasts in 2007 and again in 2008. During their history, the Blue Raiders have played on ESPN three times, ESPN2 five times and ESPNU four times. The 10 national broadcasts for MT the last four years (under Rick Stockstill) is more than any team in the Sun Belt Conference during that span.

RAIDERS HAVE HIGHEST FINAL RANKING

 Middle Tennessee ended the 2009 football season with its highest ranking in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Raiders received 12 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the most in school history, to end the year tied for 33rd nationally. The media gave Middle Tennessee four votes in the Associated Press Poll as the Blue Raiders finished 37th overall. Both rankings are the highest for the program in school history.

SEVEN IN A ROW

 Middle Tennessee completed the 2009 season with a seven-game winning streak which is its longest since 1985 when that squad went a perfect 11-0 in the regular season (MT did win 8 in a row from end of 2000 to beginning of 2001). The Blue Raiders will enter the 2010 season with the nation’s third longest winning streak behind Alabama and Boise State (both at 14).

MT IN ELITE COMPANY WITH 7 SBC WINS

 The Blue Raiders registered a 7-1 Sun Belt Conference record in 2009 which went down as the most SBC wins ever for MT. The seven wins were the second most ever in a season by an SBC team and the 2009 Blue Raiders became just the fourth SBC team to win as many as seven games in a single season (North Texas, 2003, 2004, and Troy, 2009). The Blue Raiders were one of just 17 teams nationally to have at least seven league wins in 2009.

OFFENSE HAS RECORD YEAR

 The Blue Raider offensive unit amassed a school record 5,482 yards of offense to rank 27th nationally for an average of 421.7 yards a game to go with 416 points. The 2009 offense scored at a 32.0 per game clip to rank 23rd nationally and it’s the highest scoring average since the 2001 squad set a school mark with 37.1 points per contest. The unit was also the first team at MT to top the 3,000-yard mark in passing with 3,064 yards through the air. Only eight teams in school history have averaged more than 30 points per game.

TOP 10 SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS SET IN 2009 TEAM Points: 1st (416) Pass Attempts: 1st (436) Pass Completions: 4th (238) Passing Yards: 1st (3,064) Passing Touchdowns: 1st (25) Total Plays: 1st (955) Total Yards: 1st (5,482) First Downs: 2nd (252) All-Purpose Yards: 1st (7,067) Touchdowns Scored: 2nd (52) Extra Points: T1st (50) Field Goals: 1st (18) Punts: T2nd (82) Punting Yards: 1st (3,183) Kickoff Returns: 2nd (57) Kickoff Return Yards: 2nd (1,119) Interception Return Yards: 3rd (311) Quarterback Sacks: 1st (38.0) Tackles for Loss: 1st (112) Tackle for Loss Yards: 1st (439) INDIVIDUAL Pass Attempts: Dwight Dasher (1st/399) Pass Completions: Dwight Dasher (4th/219) Passing Yards: Dwight Dasher (1st/2,789) Touchdown Passes: Dwight Dasher (1st/23) Total Offense Plays: Dwight Dasher (1st/623) Total Offense Yards: Dwight Dasher (1st/3,943) Rushing Yards by QB: Dwight Dasher (1st/1154) Rushing Yards: Dwight Dasher (7th/1154) Rushing Touchdowns: Dwight Dasher (T7th/13) Field Goals: Alan Gendreau (1st/18) Field Goal Attempts: Alan Gendreau (3rd/22) Consecutive Made FGs: Alan Gendreau (1st/12) Extra Points: Alan Gendreau (T1st/50) Points Scored: Alan Gendreau (T3rd/104) Points Scored by Kicking: Alan Gendreau (1st/104) Punt Attempts: David DeFatta (2nd/81) Punting Yards: David DeFatta (3rd/3131) Kickoff Returns: Desmond Gee (1st/41) Kickoff Return Yards: Desmond Gee (1st/910) Tackles for Loss: Chris McCoy (2nd/20.0) Quarterback Sacks: Chris McCoy (2nd/7.0) Quarterback Sacks: Danny Carmichael (5th/6.5) Quarterback Sacks: Jamari Lattimore (6th/6.0) Forced Fumbles: Danny Carmichael (1st/6) Interceptions: Marcus Udell (2nd/7)

up 186.0 yards a game which went down as their best average since finishing the 2002 season with 208.7 yards a game on the ground. Over the last seven games, Middle Tennessee accounted for 1,737 yards on the ground which is more than they had all of 2008 combined (1,283 yards). The seven-game upswing moved the Blue Raiders from 99th nationally in rushing to a final ranking of 27. The Blue Raiders rushed for over 200 yards in four straight games against WKU, FIU, FAU, and UL for the first time since joining the FBS ranks in 1999, and accomplished the RUSHING GAME STEPPED UP IN 2009 THE NATIONAL STAGE  Thanks to a resurgence the last seven games of the feat five times during the course of the year (243 against  Middle Tennessee entered the Rick Stockstill era in season, Middle Tennessee’s rushing game performed at its USM in New Orleans Bowl). 2006 with only two nationally televised football broad- best since the 2002 campaign. The Blue Raiders churned

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rushing records n INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Most Attempts - Game 1. 38 Joe Campbell vs Sam Houston State 11/30/91

5. 7. 9.

38 38 38 37 37 36 36 35 35

Kippy Bayless vs Tennessee Tech Mike Moore vs Austin Peay Torin Kirtsey vs Tennessee State Dwone Hicks vs Vanderbilt Brigham Lyons vs Tennessee State Kelverrick Green vs Tennessee Tech Kippy Bayless vs Southeast Missouri Joe Campbell vs Western Kentucky Vince Hall vs Morehead State

Most Attempts - Season 1. 296 Mike Moore (1015 yards)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

268 260 249 231 224 219 212 210 202

Kippy Bayless (1346 yards) Vince Hall (1439 yards) Mike Moore (1188 yards) Reuben Justice (878 yards) Dwight Dasher (1154 yards) Dwight Stone (1026 yards) Mike Moore (1247 yards) Brigham Lyons (876 yards) Eugene Gross (882 yards)

Most Attempts - Career 1. 807 Mike Moore (3678 yards)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

n Vince Hall rushed for a school record 1,439 yards in 1984.

n TEAM RECORDS Most Attempts - Game 1. 81 Mississippi Valley St. 2. 3. 4. 5.

64 59 57 56 56

Florida Atlantic UT-Martin North Texas FIU Missouri

Most Attempts - Season 1. 588 (588-2062)

2. 3. 4. 5.

586 559 550 549

(586-1897) (559-1999) (550-2808) (549-2256)

Most Yards - Game 1. 592 UT-Martin

2. 3. 4. 5.

469 461 385 335

UT-Martin Murray State FIU Louisiana Tech

Most Yards - Season 1. 3188 (533-3188)

2. 3. 4. 5.

2874 2808 2647 2614

(547-2874) (550-2808) (478-2647) (471-2614)

Most Touchdowns - Game 1. 8 Morehead State

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4. 5.

8 8 7 6 6 6

Campbellsville Murray State Connecticut Troy State Louisiana Tech UT-Martin

Most Touchdowns - Season 1. 36 1990 3. 5.

36 33 33 32

1985 1992 1993 1991, 2001

Most Yards Per Carry - Game 1. 9.1 Louisville

2. 3. 4. 5.

8.5 7.9 7.6 7.5

North Texas UT-Martin Louisiana Tech Florida Atlantic

10/14/90 11/7/98 11/7/59 11/7/09 10/7/00

Most Yards Per Carry - Season 1. 5.98 (533-3188)

1990 1959 1985 1991 2001

Most Yards Per Game - Season 1. 289.8 (11 games)

11/14/92

9/18/93 9/26/92 11/4/00 9/8/01 10/7/00 11/6/99

2. 3. 4. 5.

2. 3. 4. 5.

5.55 (471-2614) 5.54 (478-2647) 5.29 (404-2138) 5.25 (547-2874)

287.4 255.3 240.6 239.3 239.3

(10 games) (11 games) (11 games) (10 games) (10 games)

9/6/07 11/22/08 11/7/98 10/7/00 11/4/06 1990 2001 1991 2000 1959 1990 1959 1985 1991 1957 1958

676 638 600 599 545 533 491 457 451

Eugene Gross (2753 yards) Joe Campbell (3823 yards) Dwone Hicks (3613 yards) Kippy Bayless (3286 yards) Gerald Anderson (2862 yards) Vince Hall (3075 yards) Marvin Collier (1652 yards) Reuben Justice (1688 yards) Lebrian McGill (2100 yards)

11/19/94 10/29/77 9/5/98 8/30/01 9/2/95 11/23/96 10/23/93 9/22/90 9/22/84

1977 1994 1984 1976 1970 2009 1986 1975 1995 2006

1974-77 2003-2006 1988-91 1999-2002 1991-94 1984-87 1981-84 1985-88 1969-71 1994-97

Most Yards - Game 1. 311 Dwone Hicks vs Louisiana Tech

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

259 251 250 244 235 229 223 219 215

10/7/00 Kelverrick Green vs Tennessee-Martin 11/7/98 Torin Kirtsey vs Tennessee State 9/5/98 Vince Hall vs Morehead State 9/22/84 Walter Dunson vs UT Martin 11/7/92 Joe Campbell vs Morehead State 10/27/90 Ricky Martin vs Murray State 11/10/90 Vince Hall vs Indiana State 12/1/84 Mike Moore vs East Tennessee 11/13/76 Ricky Martin vs Tennessee Tech 11/17/90

Most Yards - Season 1. 1439 Vince Hall (260 carries)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

1346 Kippy Bayless (268 carries) 1277 Dwone Hicks (186 carries) 1247 Mike Moore (212 carries) 1214 Kippy Bayless (198 carries) 1188 Mike Moore (249 carries) 1154 Dwight Dasher, qb (224 carries) 1143 Dwone Hicks (191 carries) 1136 Joe Campbell (151 carries) 1121 Joe Campbell (198 carries)

Most Yards - Career 1. 3823 Joe Campbell (638 carries)

2. 3. 4. 5.

3678 3613 3286 3075

Mike Moore (807 carries) Dwone Hicks (600 carries) Kippy Bayless (599 carries) Vince Hall (533 carries)

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2862 Gerald Anderson (545 carries) 2753 Eugene Gross (676 carries) 2524 Bobby Young (186 carries) 2250 Brigham Lyons (419 carries) 2150 Kelverrick Green (403 carries)

Most Touchdowns - Game 1. 6 Dwone Hicks vs Louisiana Tech

2. 3.

5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Phillip Tanner vs North Texas Eugene Gross vs Florida Atlantic Dwone Hicks vs Connecticut Dwone Hicks vs Vanderbilt Dwone Hicks vs Connecticut Joe Campbell vs Austin Peay Kelverrick Green vs UT Martin Kippy Bayless vs Austin Peay Marvin Collier vs Miss. Valley St. Walter Dunson vs Murray State Walter Dunson vs Murray State

Most Touchdowns - Season 1. 20 Dwone Hicks

2. 3. 6. 7.

19 15 15 15 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

Dwone Hicks Phillip Tanner Kippy Bayless Kippy Bayless Joe Campbell Dwight Dasher Eugene Gross Joe Campbell Dwight Stone Walter Dunson Walter Dunson Dwight Stone

Most Touchdowns - Career 1. 53 Dwone Hicks

2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 9. 10.

44 41 38 27 27 26 26 24 23

Joe Campbell Eugene Gross Kippy Bayless Walter Dunson Gerald Anderson Dwight Stone Brigham Lyons Mike Moore Ricky Martin

1984-87 2003-2006 1951-53 1992-95 1996-99

10/7/00 11/22/08 10/15/05 11/17/01 8/30/01 11/4/00 10/20/90 11/9/96 11/6/93 10/10/87 9/26/92 9/28/91

2001 2000 2008 1994 1993 1991 2009 2005 1990 1986 1991 1992 1985

1999-2002 1988-91 2003-2006 1991-94 1990-92 1984-87 1985-86 1992-95 1974-77 1987-90

Most Yards Per Carry - Game 1. 18.8 Joe Campbell vs Sam Houston (11) 11/30/91

2. 3. 4. 5.

14.7 11.8 11.4 10.8

Joe Campbell vs Morehead St. (16) 10/27/90 Dwaine Copeland vs Ball State (17) 11/2/74 Phillip Tanner vs North Texas (14) 11/22/08 D.D. Kyles vs FAU (13) 11/31/09

Most Yards Per Carry - Season 1. 8.55 Brigham Lyons (75-641)

2. 3. 4. 5.

8.36 8.06 7.95 7.52

Ricky Martin (95-794) Walter Dunson (77-621) Rodney Shelton (21-167) Joe Campbell (151-1136)

Most Yards Per Carry - Career 1. 13.57 Bobby Young (186-2524)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

7.98 6.99 6.57 6.33 6.12 6.02 5.99 5.99

Ray Purvis (199-1588) Walter Dunson (244-1706) ReShard Lee (218-1432) Buck Rolman (198-1254) D.D. Kyles (140-857) Dwone Hicks (600-3613) Joe Campbell (638-3823) Ricky Martin (294-1760)

1992 1990 1991 1993 1990 1951-53 1956-59 1990-92 2001-02 1955-58 2008-Present 1999-2002 1988-91 1987-90

10. 5.93 Charles Rice (107-634)

1960-62

Most Yards Per Game - Season 1. 130.8 Vince Hall (11 games)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

122.4 120.5 116.1 113.6 110.4 109.2 106.2 105.4 103.9

1984 1994 1992 2000 1990 1993 1996 1985 1983 2001

Kippy Bayless (11 games) Walter Dunson (8 games) Dwone Hicks (11 games) Joe Campbell (10 games) Kippy Bayless (11 games) Kelverrick Green (6 games) Gerald Anderson (10 games) Vince Hall (9 games) Dwone Hicks (11 games)

Most Yards Per Game - Career 1. 88.9 Joe Campbell (43 games)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

88.1 87.9 77.5 74.7 69.8 65.1 58.8 58.6 58.6

1988-91 Dwone Hicks (41 games) 1999-2002 Vince Hall (35 games) 1981-84 Dwight Stone (22 games) 1985-86 Kippy Bayless (44 games) 1991-94 Gerald Anderson (41 games) 1984-87 ReShard Lee (22 games) 2001-02 Walter Dunson (29 games) 1990-92 Dwight Dasher (32 games) 2007-Present Eugene Gross (47 games) 2003-06

Longest Run 1. 92 Jim Bostic vs Western Kentucky

2. 3. 4. 7.

89 87 85 85 85 79 79

1941 Tommy Latimer vs Tennessee Tech 11/17/73 Brigham Lyons vs Murray State 9/26/92 Brigham Lyons vs Murray State 9/26/92 Dwight Stone vs Morehead State 9/28/85 Walter Dunson vs Murray State 9/26/92 Phillip Tanner vs Louisville 9/6/07 Dwone Hicks vs Louisiana Tech 10/7/00

Consecutive 100-Yard Games 1. 7 Vince Hall

2. 5.

5 5 5 4 4

Dwone Hicks Kippy Bayless Vince Hall Dwone Hicks Kippy Bayless

1983 2002 1993 1984 (twice) 2000 1994

Most Yards By Quarterback

Game...........201, Dwight Dasher vs Southern Miss, 12/20/09 Season........................................ 1,154, Dwight Dasher, 2009 Career............................1,876, Dwight Dasher, 2007-Present

Most Yards By Senior

Game.................. 250, Vince Hall vs Morehead State, 9/22/84 Season................................................1,439, Vince Hall, 1984

Most Yards By Junior

Game.................259, Kelverrick Green vs UT-Martin, 11/7/98 Season..........................................1,214, Kippy Bayless, 1993

Most Yards By Sophomore

Game................311, Dwone Hicks vs Louisiana Tech, 10/7/00 Season........................................... 1,277, Dwone Hicks, 2000

Most Yards By Freshman

Game...............188, Brigham Lyons vs Murray State, 9/26/92 Season............................................. 735, Eugene Gross, 2003

n career 1,000-yard rushers 1.

Player/Season Vince Hall, ‘84

Rushes 260

Yards *1,439

Avg 5.5

n Dwone Hicks recorded three 1,000-yard seasons.

2. Kippy Bayless, ‘94 3. Dwone Hicks, ‘00 4. Mike Moore, ‘75 5. Kippy Bayless, ‘93 6. Mike Moore, ‘76 7. Dwight Dasher, 2009 8. Dwone Hicks, ‘01 9. Joe Campbell, ‘90 10. Joe Campbell, ‘91 11. Bobby Young, ‘53 12. Gerald Anderson, ‘85 13. Dwight Stone, ‘86 14. Mike Moore, ‘77 15. Dwone Hicks, ‘02 *MT record

268 186 212 198 249 224 191 151 198 186 182 219 *296 184

1,346 1,277 1,247 1,214 1,188 1,154 1,143 1,136 1,121 1,082 1,062 1,026 1,015 1,011

5.0 6.9 5.9 6.1 4.8 5.2 6.0 7.5 5.7 5.8 5.8 4.7 3.4 5.5

n annual rushing leaders Y ear 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971

Player Maxie Runion (Jr.) Not Available John Raymond Smith (Sr.) Bobby Young (So.) Bobby Young (Jr.) Clifton Tribble Terry Sweeney (Jr.) Tillman Harris (Sr.) Ray Purvis (So.) Bucky Pitts (Jr.) Ray Purvis (Sr.) Larry Puryer (Sr.) Phil Grammer (So.) David Petty (So.) David Petty (Jr.) Bob Hlodan (So.) Bob Hlodan (Jr.) Larry Mathews (Jr.) Larry Mathews (Sr.) Taylor Edwards (So.) Reuben Justice (Fr.) Reuben Justice (So.) Reuben Justice (Jr.)

Att Yards TDs Avg --- 710 --- ----- --- --- ----- 640 --- ----- 921 --- --186 1082 8 5.8 --- 685 --- --110 563 4 5.1 80 571 4 7.1 64 490 4 7.7 104 639 3 6.1 64 583 8 9.1 123 500 3 4.1 90 417 6 4.6 92 400 3 4.3 87 332 6 3.8 101 557 3 5.5 89 422 2 4.7 128 550 5 4.3 138 442 9 3.2 110 377 8 3.4 110 375 4 3.4 231 878 4 3.8 116 435 4 3.8

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Rushing Records 259 251 250 235 229 224 223 219 215 214 212 208 207 204 203 202 202 201 200 200

Kelverrick Green Torin Kirtsey Vince Hall Joe Campbell Ricky Martin Walter Dunson Vince Hall Mike Moore Ricky Martin Gerald Anderson Mike Moore Eugene Gross Joe Campbell Joe Campbell Dwone Hicks Dwone Hicks Mike Moore Dwight Dasher Vince Hall Dwaine Copeland

Tennessee-Martin Tennessee State Morehead State Morehead State Murray State Tennessee-Martin Indiana State East Tennessee State Tennessee Tech Youngstown State Western Carolina Florida Atlantic Sam Houston State Western Kentucky Vanderbilt Idaho Morehead State Southern Miss Eastern Kentucky Ball State

11/7/98 9/5/98 9/22/84 10/27/90 11/10/90 11/7/92 12/1/84 11/13/76 11/17/90 11/2/85 11/1/75 11/4/06 11/30/91 9/22/90 8/30/01 10/6/01 9/25/76 12/20/09 11/24/84 11/2/74

n 100-yard rushing games

n Kippy Bayless had 16 100-yard rushing games during his career.

1 972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Melvin Daniels (Jr.) Joe Pelt (Sr.) Dwaine Copeland (Sr.) Mike Moore (So.) Mike Moore (Jr.) Mike Moore (Sr.) Joe Bowers (Jr.) Paul Carter (Fr.) Sammy Bryant (Jr.) Sammy Bryant (Sr.) Danny Colwell (Jr.) Vince Hall (Jr.) Vince Hall (Sr.) Gerald Anderson (So.) Dwight Stone (Sr.) Gerald Anderson (Sr.) Joe Campbell (Fr.) Joe Campbell (So.) Joe Campbell (Jr.) Joe Campbell (Sr.) Walter Dunson (Sr.) Kippy Bayless (Jr.) Kippy Bayless (Sr.) Brigham Lyons (Sr.) Kelverrick Green (Fr.) Lebrian McGill (Sr.) Torin Kirtsey (Jr.) Jamison Palmer (Jr.) Dwone Hicks (So.) Dwone Hicks (Jr.) Dwone Hicks (Sr.) Eugene Gross (Fr.) Eugene Gross (So.) Eugene Gross (Jr.) Eugene Gross (Sr.) Dwight Dasher (Fr.) Phillip Tanner (Jr.) Dwight Dasher (Jr.)

148 89 155 212 249 296 119 96 159 158 124 137 260 182 219 191 118 171 151 198 151 198 268 210 137 137 154 117 186 191 184 189 103 182 202 121 188 224

519 414 858 1247 1188 1015 415 479 635 523 697 949 1439 1062 1026 980 626 940 1136 1121 964 1214 1346 876 655 653 774 548 1277 1143 1011 735 412 724 882 530 714 1154

8 0 5 7 9 8 3 0 2 6 1 7 5 12 13 11 9 8 13 14 13 15 15 10 7 9 7 9 19 20 11 10 7 13 11 3 15 13

3.5 4.7 5.5 5.9 4.8 3.4 3.5 5.0 4.0 3.3 5.6 6.9 5.5 5.8 4.7 5.1 5.3 5.5 7.5 5.7 6.4 6.1 5.0 4.2 4.8 4.8 5.0 4.7 6.9 6.0 5.5 3.9 4.0 4.0 4.4 4.4 3.8 5.2

n 200-yard rushing games Yards Name 311 Dwone Hicks

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Yards 311 203 202 184 169 169 156 143 134 120 117 116 116 114 110 107 105 104

DWONE HICKS (18) Opponent Louisiana Tech Vanderbilt Idaho Connecticut Utah State Idaho UConn Louisiana-Monroe Illinois New Mexico State Maryland LSU Mississippi State Murray State South Florida North Texas Louisiana -Monroe Tennessee-Martin

Date 10/7/00 8/30/01 10/26/02 11/4/00 11/30/02 10/6/01 11/17/01 11/14/02 9/2/00 11/2/02 9/23/00 11/10/01 10/28/00 9/16/00 11/11/00 11/23/02 10/14/00 11/6/99

Yards 235 207* 204 195 177 163 153 150 146 143 141 135 127 119 114 106 102* 101

JOE CAMPBELL (18) Opponent Morehead St. Sam Houston St. Western Kentucky Tennessee Tech Eastern Kentucky Murray St. Western Kentucky Morehead St. Tennessee St. Tennessee St. Murray St. Tennessee-Martin Tennessee St. Austin Peay Western Kentucky Southeast Missouri St. Boise St. Austin Peay St.

Date 10/27/90 11/30/91 9/22/90 11/18/89 11/4/89 11/11/89 10/5/91 11/16/91 9/7/91 9/1/90 9/28/91 10/31/91 9/2/89 10/20/90 9/16/89 10/26/91 12/1/90 10/12/91

Yards 250 223* 200* 197 178 168 164 158 157 152 135 131 130* 128 127 125 109 106

VINCE HALL (18) Opponent Morehead St. Indiana St. Eastern Kentucky Murray St. Tennessee Tech Georgia Southern Murray St. Akron Youngstown St. Murray St. Jacksonville St. Morehead St. Louisiana Tech Tennessee-Martin Eastern Kentucky Austin Peay St. Akron Eastern Kentucky

Date 9/22/84 12/1/84 11/24/84 10/16/82 11/17/84 11/10/84 10/15/83 9/29/84 10/29/83 10/13/84 9/15/84 9/24/83 12/8/84 9/17/83 10/6/84 10/22/83 10/1/83 10/8/83

Yards 190 182 165 157 157 156 153 145 138 137 135 126 123 109 100 100

KIPPY BAYLESS (16) Opponent Southeast Missouri St. Tennessee Tech Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville St. Campbellsville Southeast Missouri St. Tennessee-Martin Murray St. Eastern Kentucky Murray St. Eastern Kentucky Tennessee St. Tulsa Austin Peay St. James Madison Morehead St.

Date 10/23/93 11/19/94 10/1/94 10/29/94 9/18/93 10/22/94 10/8/94 9/25/93 11/13/93 9/24/94 10/17/92 10/2/93 10/30/93 11/6/93 9/10/94 10/16/93

Yards 219 212 202 194 165 146 136 130 124 114 106 106 101

MIKE MOORE (13) Opponent East Tennessee St. Western Carolina Morehead St. East Tennessee St. Carson-Newman College Tennessee-Chattanooga Tennessee Tech Austin Peay State East Tennessee St. Tennessee-Martin Murray St. Eastern Kentucky Eastern Kentucky

Date 11/13/76 11/1/75 9/25/76 11/15/75 9/13/75 10/2/76 11/20/76 10/29/77 11/16/74 9/17/77 10/15/77 10/8/77 10/11/75

Yards 214 154 153 145 137 136 123 118* 115 114 113 112

GERALD ANDERSON (12) Opponent Youngstown State Lenoir-Rhyne Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Tennessee State Jacksonville State Eastern Kentucky Georgia Southern Murray State Eastern Kentucky Youngstown State Mississippi Valley State

Date 11/2/85 9/7/85 11/9/85 11/3/84 9/5/87 9/21/85 11/24/84 12/7/85 11/14/87 10/12/85 10/31/87 10/10/87

Yards 188 144*

BRIGHAM LYONS (9) Opponent Murray State Appalachian State

Date 9/26/92 11/28/92

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Rushing Records 140 135 127 117 111 109 107*

Tennessee State Austin Peay Alabama-Birmingham Morehead State Southeast Missouri State Tennessee State Marshall

9/2/95 10/10/92 9/30/95 9/16/95 10/24/92 10/2/93 12/5/92

Yards 146 143 138 127 123 120 114 103 101

REUBEN JUSTICE (9) Opponent Western Kentucky Tennessee-Chattanooga Tennessee-Chattanooga Tennessee-Martin Tennessee Tech East Tennessee State Tennessee Tech Florence State Eastern Kentucky

Date 11/8/69 10/3/70 10/2/71 9/12/70 11/28/70 11/15/69 11/27/69 9/11/71 10/10/70

Yards 208 141 131 129 113 102 100

EUGENE GROSS (7) Opponent Florida Atlantic Idaho Florida Atlantic North Texas North Texas New Mexico State Louisiana-Monroe

Date 11/4/06 10/18/03 10/15/05 9/10/05 10/2/04 10/11/03 10/21/06

Yards 181 151 148 136 108* 106 104

DWIGHT STONE (7) Opponent Morehead State Southwest Missouri State Georgia Southern Lenoir-Rhyne Georgia Southern Tennessee Tech Morehead State

Date 11/8/86 10/18/86 9/20/86 9/7/85 12/7/85 11/23/85 9/28/85

Yards 146 144 127 116 113 104

RESHARD LEE (6) Opponent Arkansas State Vanderbilt Louisiana-Lafayette New Mexico State (QB) Southeast Missouri Arkansas State

Date 11/3/01 10/12/02 9/29/01 11/2/02 9/28/02 10/5/02

Yards 224 187 164 152 144 102

WALTER DUNSON (6) Opponent Tennessee-Martin Murray State Tennessee St. Northern Illinois Morehead State Tennessee Tech

Date 11/7/92 9/26/92 9/5/92 10/3/92 11/16/91 11/23/91

Yards 259 175 130 124 115 115

KELVERRICK GREEN (6) Opponent Tennessee-Martin Tennessee-Martin Western Kentucky Tennessee Tech Tennessee-Martin Southeast Missouri State

Date 11/7/98 11/9/96 10/19/96 11/23/96 10/11/97 10/26/96

Yards 143 125 124 117 109 109

LEBRIAN MCGILL (6) Opponent Tennessee-Chattanooga Southeast Missouri State Southeast Missouri Tennessee Tech Jacksonville State Austin Peay State

Date 9/14/96 10/27/97 10/21/95 11/11/95 10/4/97 10/7/95

Yards 201 180 178 108

DWIGHT DASHER-QB (4) Opponent Southern Miss Memphis FIU FAU

Date 12/20/09 10/13/07 11/7/09 10/31/09

Yards 172 152 127 110

MARVIN COLLIER-QB (4) Opponent Mississippi Valley State Akron Youngstown State Georgia Southern

Date 10/10/87 11/16/85 11/1/86 9/20/86

120 103

Austin Peay Chattanooga

10/13/64 10/17/64

Yards 159 144

PHILLIP TANNER (2) Opponent North Texas Louisville

Date 11/22/08 9/6/07

CHRIS BRYAN (2) Yards and opponents not available.

n Dwight Dasher is the all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.

Yards 200 142 120 106

DWAINE COPELAND (4) Opponent Date Ball State 11/2/74 Morehead State 9/28/74 Eastern Kentucky 10/;6/73 Austin Peay 10/20/73

Yards 177 140 110

D.D. KYLES (3) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette FAU FIU

Date 11/14/09 10/31/09 11/7/09

Yards 136 110 108

KEVIN BAKER (3) Opponent Western Kentucky Western Kentucky Murray St.

Date 11/5/83 11/6/82 10/16/82

Yards 177 137 132

BOBBY JOE EASTER (3) Opponent Date Western Carolina 11/1/75 Eastern Kentucky 10/11/75 Carson-Newman College 9/13/75

Yards 132 111 100

WADE JOHNSON (3) Opponent Austin Peay St. Tennessee-Chattanooga Tennessee St.

Date 10/22/88 9/30/89 9/5/87

Yards 251 148 127

TORIN KIRTSEY (3) Opponent Tennessee St. Eastern Illinois Murray St.

Date 9/5/98 10/24/98 10/10/99

Yards 229 215 119

RICKY MARTIN (3) Opponent Murray St. Tennessee Tech Murray St.

Date 11/10/90 11/17/90 11/14/87

Yards 165 106 105

LARRY MATTHEWS (3) Opponent Date Morehead State 10/22/66 Tennessee Tech 11/23/67 Morehead State 10/23/65

Yards 177

BOB HLODAN (3) Opponent Tennessee Tech

Yards 142 117

JOE PELT (2) Opponent East Tennessee St. Tennessee Tech

Date 11/11/72 11/18/72

Yards 122

WES COUNTS-QB (1) Opponent Connecticut

Date 11/17/01

Yards 183

JAMISON PALMER (1) Opponent Wofford

Date 9/18/99

Yards 108

DON CALLOWAY (1) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette

Date 11/18/00

Yards 104

PAT MORRISON (1) Opponent Murray State

Date 10/14/67

Yards 110

JOHN BLANKENSHIP (1) Opponent Date Murray State 10/31/70

Yards 123

GENE CARNEY (1) Opponent Murray St.

Date 10/18/69

Yards 125

PAUL CARTER (1) Opponent Eastern Kentucky

Date 10/6/79

Yards 136

MEL DANIELS (1) Opponent Morehead St.

Date 9/23/72

Yards 123

DAVID FRITTS (1) Opponent Murray St.

Date 10/14/72

Yards 106

RODNEY SHELTON (1) Opponent Murray St.

Date 9/25/93

*Occurred in a playoff game

Date 11/26/64

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passing records n TEAM RECORDS Most Attempts - Game 1. 52 Maryland

2. 3. 4.

48 47 46 46 46 46

UCF Texas A&M Maryland UL-Lafayette Troy James Madison

Most Attempts - Season 1. 436 (238-436-15) 2. 414 (256-414-11)

3. 4. 5.

404 397 366 366

(282-404-16) (254-397-14) (224-366-8) (218-366-10)

Most Completions - Game 1. 35 UL-Lafayette

2. 3. 5.

33 31 31 30 30 30 30

Akron New Mexico State Louisiana Tech Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe UCF Maryland

Most Completions - Season 1. 282 (282-404-16)

2. 3. 4. 5.

256 254 238 224

(256-414-11) (254-397-14) (238-436-15) (224-366-8)

Most Yards - Game 1. 459 Idaho

2. 3. 4. 5.

447 417 401 383

Arkansas State WKU Louisiana-Monroe New Mexico State

Most Yards - Season 1. 3064 (238-436-15)

2. 3. 4. 5.

2945 (282-404-16) 2900 (256-414-11) 2720 (224-366-8) 2711 (254-397-14)

Most Yards Per Game - Season 1. 267.7 (11 games)

2. 3. 4. 5.

246.5 (11 games) 243.7 (11 games) 241.7 (12 games) 239.2 (10 games) 239.2 (11 games)

Most Touchdowns - Game 1. 6 Idaho

2. 3.

5 4 4 4 4 4 4

UT-Martin Arkansas State WKU Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas State Louisiana-Lafayette South Florida

Most Touchdowns - Season 1. 25 2009 2. 3. 5.

22 21 21 20

1984 2007 2001 1965

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n Wes Counts, the 2001 SBC Player of the Year, owns the school record with 8,007 career passing yards.

Passes Had Intercepted - Game 1. 7 Tennessee Tech

2. 3.

5 4 4 4 4

11/21/81 10/1/77 10/17/09 9/27/97 11/26/94 10/20/84

UT-Chattanooga Mississippi State Murray State Marshall Austin Peay

Passes Had Intercepted - Season 1. 24 (139-297-24)

2. 3. 4. 5.

23 21 19 18

1968 1969 1974 1975 1977

(130-306-23) (48-152-21) (77-209-19) (76-175-18)

Most Passing Yards Per Attempt - Game 1. 17.3 New Mexico State 10/11/03 (12-208)

2. 2. 3. 4. 5.

16.4 14.5 13.8 13.1 11.7 11.7

Idaho UL-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas St. Troy Wofford

10/6/01 (28-459) 10/19/02 (24-347) 11/3/07 (29-401) 10/9/04 (34-447) 9/8/01 (28-328) 9/18/99 (31-362)

Most Passing Yards Per Attempt - Season 1. 8.9 (153-256-12)

3. 4.

8.9 8.8 8.6 8.6

(82-136-6) (84-156-9) (214-310-6) (106-180-12)

Most Passing Yards Per Completion - Game 1. 23.1 New Mexico State

1994 1985 1961 2001 1963

10/11/03 (9-208)

2. 21.5 3. 20.7 4. 20.4 5. 20.2

Florida International Louisville UL-Lafayette Kentucky

9/29/07 (12-258) 9/6/07 (14-290) 10/19/02 (17-347) 9/21/02 (10-202)

Most Passing Yards Per Completion - Season 1. 19.0 (61-144-12) 1955

2. 3. 4. 5.

16.4 16.2 15.8 15.7

(84-156-9) (48-152-21) (85-200-17) (141-275-16)

Completion Percentage - Game 1. 91.70 UTC

2. 3. 4. 5.

91.30 88.23 83.90 82.14

J’ville St. Arkansas St. Wofford Idaho

Completion Percentage - Season 1. 69.8 (282-404-16)

2. 3. 4. 5.

69.0 65.8 65.2 64.0

(214-310-6) (208-316-7) (163-250-3) (254-397-14)

Efficiency Rating - Game 1. 303.1 New Mexico State

2. 3. 4. 5.

290.6 237.53 237.49 213.9

Idaho Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas State Wofford

1961 1974 1976 1965

10/20/62 (11-12) 10/29/94 (21-23) 10/9/04 (30-34) 9/18/99 (26-31) 10/6/01 (23-28) 2004 2001 2005 1998 1999 10/11/03 10/6/01 11/3/07 10/9/04 9/18/99


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passing records Efficiency Rating - Season 1. 160.16 (214-310-6)

2. 3. 4. 5.

153.2 (121-201-9) 152.6 (82-136-6) 146.8 (153-256-12) 146.8 (106-180-12)

2001 1984 1985 1994 1963

n individual records Most Attempts - Game 1. 47 Wes Counts vs UCF

2. 5. 6. 10.

46 46 46 45 44 44 44 44 43 43 43

Clint Marks vs Louisiana-Lafayette Jonathan Quinn vs UT-Chattanooga Kelly Holcomb vs James Madison Jonathan Quinn vs Tennessee St. Dwight Dasher vs Troy Dwight Dasher vs Maryland Billy Walker vs UT-Martin Kelly Holcomb vs Eastern Kentucky Dwight Dasher vs North Texas Phil Ironside vs UT-Chattanooga Wes Counts vs Troy State

Most Attempts - Season 1. 399 Dwight Dasher (219-399-14)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

390 368 367 298 293 288 283 259 257

Wes Counts (249-390-13) Clint Marks (259-368-14) Joe Craddock (237-367-7) Clint Marks (197-298-7) Jonathan Quinn (167-293-10) Billy Walker (152-288-15) Clint Marks (171-283-9) Wes Counts (188-259-4) Bill Griffith (113-257-17)

11/13/99 9/25/04 9/13/97 9/10/94 9/6/97 10/6/09 9/19/09 10/28/67 12/7/91 9/26/09 9/29/90 10/2/99 2009 1999 2004 2008 2005 1997 1967 2006 2001 1969

Most Completions - Career 1. 706 Wes Counts (706-1079-24)

9. 1917 Clint Marks (171-283-9) 10. 1872 Phil Ironside (140-231-6)

Most Yards - Game 1. 459 Wes Counts (Idaho)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Most Yards - Season 1. 2789 Dwight Dasher (219-399-14)

2. 3.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

668 501 346 342 326 325 295 292 286

447 401 376 362 359 356 355 352 347 347

2749 2677 2603 2327 2209 2154 2083

1998-01 Clint Marks (668-1012-33) 2003-2006 Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) 1991-94 Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) 1995-97 Joe Craddock (342-546-13) 2004-08 Teddy Morris (326-587-34) 1962-65 Dwight Dasher (325-602-20) 2007-Present Andrico Hines (295-496-10) 2002-03 Marvin Collier (292-594-26) 1985-88 Billy Walker (286-549-32) 1964-67

10/6/01 Clint Marks (Arkansas State) 10/9/04 Joe Craddock (Louisiana-Monroe) 11/3/07 Wes Counts (New Mexico State) 10/27/01 Wes Counts (Wofford) 9/18/99 Clint Marks (Florida Atlantic) 9/18/04 Jonathan Quinn (UT-Martin) 11/4/95 Dwight Dasher vs WKU 10/24/09 Joe Craddock vs Kentucky 9/13/08 Andrico Hines (UL-Lafayette) 10/19/02 Wes Counts (UL-Lafayette) 9/25/99

Clint Marks (259-368-14) Joe Craddock (237-367-7) Wes Counts (249-390-13) Wes Counts (188-259-4) Jonathan Quinn (167-293-10) Kelly Holcomb (146-244-9) Clint Marks (197-298-7)

2009 2004 2008 1999 2001 1997 1994 2005

2006 1990

Most Yards - Career 1. 8007 Wes Counts (706-1079-24) 7342 7064 4864 4799 4234 4094 4011 3664 3533

1998-01 Clint Marks (668-1012-33) 2003-2006 Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) 1991-94 Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) 1995-97 Teddy Morris (326-587-34) 1962-65 Marvin Collier (292-594-26) 1985-88 Dwight Dasher (325-602-20) 2007-Present Joe Craddock (342-546-13) 2004-08 Billy Walker (286-549-32) 1964-67 Phil Ironside (258-447-11) 1988-90

Most Touchdowns - Game 1. 6 Wes Counts (Idaho) 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Billy Walker (UT-Martin) Dwight Dasher vs Arkansas State Clint Marks (Arkansas State) Josh Harris (ULL) Jonathan Quinn (Southeast Missouri) Jonathan Quinn (Eastern Illinois) Kelly Holcomb (Eastern Kentucky) Mickey Corwin (Western Kentucky) Mickey Corwin (Morehead State) Wes Counts (South Florida)

Most Touchdowns - Season 1. 23 Dwight Dasher

2. 3. 4.

21 17 16 16

Mickey Corwin Wes Counts Teddy Morris Jonathan Quinn

10/6/01 10/28/67 11/21/09 10/9/04 11/15/03 10/25/97 11/27/97 10/17/92 11/3/84 9/24/83 11/11/00 2009 1984 2001 1965 1997

Most Attempts - Career 1. 1079 Wes Counts (706-1079-24)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

1012 861 675 602 594 587 549 546 537

1998-01 Clint Marks (668-1012-33) 2003-2006 Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) 1991-94 Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) 1995-97 Dwight Dasher (325-602-20) 2007-Present Marvin Collier (292-594-26) 1985-88 Teddy Morris (326-587-34) 1962-65 Billy Walker (286-549-32) 1964-67 Joe Craddock (342-546-13) 2004-08 Mike Robinson (228-537-46) 1974-77

Most Completions - Game 1. 35 Clint Marks vs Louisiana-Lafayette 9/25/04

2. 3. 6. 8.

30 29 29 29 28 28 27 27 27 27 27

Clint Marks vs Arkansas State Wes Counts vs New Mexico State Wes Counts vs Louisiana Tech Wes Counts vs UCF Joe Craddock vs Maryland Wes Counts vs UL-Monroe Dwight Dasher vs Maryland Clint Marks vs Florida Atlantic Wes Counts vs Vanderbilt Phil Ironside vs UT-Chattanooga Wes Counts vs Arizona

Most Completions - Season 1. 259 Clint Marks (259-368-14)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

249 237 219 197 188 171 167 153 152

Wes Counts (249-390-13) Joe Craddock (237-367-7) Dwight Dasher (219-399-14) Clint Marks (197-298-7) Wes Counts (188-259-4) Clint Marks (171-283-9) Jonathan Quinn (167-293-10) Andrico Hines (153-253-3) Billy Walker (152-288-15)

10/9/04 10/27/01 10/16/99 11/13/99 9/6/08 9/22/01 9/19/09 9/18/04 8/30/01 9/29/90 9/11/99

2004 1999 2008 2009 2005 2001 2006 1997 2003 1967 n Kelly Holcomb passed for more than 7,000 yards and registered 31 wins as the starting quarterback.

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15 15 15 14 14

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2008 1994 1967 2004 1999

Most Touchdowns - Career 1. 50 Wes Counts

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

41 37 36 34 33 30 29 28 27

Completion Percentage - Game 1. 91.3 Kelly Holcomb (J’ville)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

88.2 83.9 82.1 81.2 81.0 80.0 79.2 79.2 78.6

1998-01 1962-65 2003-2006 1991-94 2007-Present 1983-84 1964-67 1985-88 1995-97 2004-08

Teddy Morris Clint Marks Kelly Holcomb Dwight Dasher Mickey Corwin Billy Walker Marvin Collier Jonathan Quinn Joe Craddock

Clint Marks (Arkansas St.) Wes Counts (Wofford) Wes Counts (Idaho) Jason Johnson (Illinois) Wes Counts (UConn) Wes Counts (UL-Monroe) Clint Marks (UL-Monroe) Clint Marks (ULL) Joe Craddock (ULL)

10/29/94 10/9/04 9/18/99 10/6/01 9/2/00 11/4/00 9/22/01 10/21/06 10/22/05 12/3/08

Completion Percentage - Season 1. 72.6 Wes Counts (188-259-4)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

70.4 67.0 66.1 65.7 65.1 64.6 63.8 63.0 62.2

Clint Marks (259-368-14) Wes Counts (142-212-2) Clint Marks (197-298-7) Phil Ironside (23-35-0) Clint Marks (41-63-3) Joe Craddock (237-367-7) Wes Counts (249-390-13) Tedd Morris (87-138-7) Kelly Holcomb (130-209-4)

21-23 30-34 26-31 23-28 13-16 17-21 28-35 19-24 19-24 22-28 2001 2004 1998 2005 1988 2003 2008 1999 1963 1991

Most Interceptions - Career 1. 46 Mike Robinson (228-537-46)

2. 3. 4. 6. 9. 10.

34 33 32 32 26 26 26 25 24

Teddy Morris (326-587-34) Clint Marks (668-1012-33) Billy Walker (286-549-32) Brown Sanford (242-534-32) Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) Fred Rohrdanz (136-328-26) Marvin Collier (292-594-26) Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) Wes Counts (706-1079-24)

Passing Efficiency - Season 1. 175.9 Terry Bailey (37-71-6)

2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

171.3 166.6 164.5 164.5 162.2 154.5 151.4 149.2 146.9

Clint Marks (41-63-3) Wes Counts (188-259-4) Bob Hallum (36-66-5) Bob Hallum (36-66-5) Teddy Morris (87-138-7) Mickey Corwin (120-196-9) Marvin Collier (76-129-6) Joe Craddock (96-155-5) Kelly Holcomb (146-244-9)

Passing Efficiency - Career 1. 145.4 Mickey Corwin (237-398-19)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

138.6 135.9 135.7 135.1 134.0 132.5 123.3

Wes Counts (706-1079-24) Joe Craddock (342-546-13) Teddy Morris (326-587-34) Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) Phil Ironside (258-447-11) Clint Marks (668-1012-33) Andrico Hines (295-496-10)

1974-77 1962-65 2003-2006 1964-67 1979-81,83 1995-97 1971-74 1985-88 1991-94 1998-01 1961 2003 2001 1958 1957 1963 1984 1985 2007 1994 1983-84 1998-01 2004-08 1962-65 1991-94 1988-90 2003-2006 2002-03

9. 123.1 Dwight Dasher (325-602-20) 2007-Present 10. 117.8 Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) 1995-97

Most Yards Per Pass - Season 1. 11.2 Terry Bailey (37-71-6)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10.

9.6 9.4 9.1 9.0 8.9 8.8 8.4 8.4 8.2

Teddy Morris (87-1375) Clint Marks (63-593) Marvin Collier (129-1171) Wes Counts (259-2327) Teddy Morris (82-726) Kelly Holcomb (244-2154) Kelly Holcomb (209-1763) Kelly Holcomb (168-1409) Mickey Corwin (202-1658)

Most Yards Per Pass - Career 1. 8.2 Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25)

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

8.2 8.1 7.9 7.4 7.34 7.25 7.2 7.1 7.0

Teddy Morris (326-587-34) Mickey Corwin (237-398-19) Phil Ironside (258-447-11) Wes Counts (706-1079-24) Joe Craddock (342-546-13) Clint Marks (668-1012-33) Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) Marvin Collier (292-594-26) Andrico Hines (295-496-10)

Most Yards Per Completion - Season 1. 21.5 Terry Bailey (37-71-7)

2. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7.

19.4 17.3 16.5 16.4 16.2 16.0

Francis Reynolds (39-94) Fred Rohrdanz (28-92-5) Marvin Collier (56-140-8) Terry Bailey (26-63-5) Mike Robinson (63-139-7) Jonathan Quinn (108-223-7)

Completion Percentage - Career 1. 66.0 Clint Marks (668-1012-33)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

65.4 62.6 59.5 59.4 58.2 57.7 55.5 54.0 52.1

2003-2006 Wes Counts (706-1079-24) 1998-01 Joe Craddock (342-546-13) 2004-08 Mickey Corwin (237-398-19) 1983-84 Andrico Hines (295-496-10) 2002-03 Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) 1991-94 Phil Ironside (258-447-11) 1988-90 Teddy Morris (326-587-34) 1962-65 Dwight Dasher (325-602-20) 2007-Present Billy Walker (286-549-32) 1964-67

Most Interceptions - Game 1. 5 Mike Robinson UT-Chattanooga 3.

5 4 4 4

Sammy Bryant Jonathan Quinn Kelly Holcomb Mickey Corwin

Tennessee Tech Murray State Marshall Austin Peay

Most Interceptions - Season 1. 20 Dickie Thomas (123-255-20)

2. 3. 5. 7. 10.

17 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 12 12 12

Bill Griffith (113-257-17) Billy Walker (152-288-15) Mike Robinson (76-171-15) Clint Marks (259-368-14) Dwight Dasher (219-399-14) Wes Counts (249-390-13) Mike Robinson (75-188-13) Billy Walker (100-192-13) Teddy Morris (108-211-12) Brown Sanford (102-211-12) Mike Robinson (63-139-12)

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10/1/77 11/21/81 9/27/97 11/26/94 10/20/84 1968 1969 1967 1977 2004 2009 1999 1975 1966 1965 1979 1976

n Marvin Collier was one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Blue Raider football history.

1961 1963 2003 1985 2001 1962 1994 1991 1992 1983 1991-94 1962-65 1983-84 1988-90 1998-01 2004-08 2003-2006 1995-97 1985-88 2002-03 1961 1955 1974 1987 1960 1976 1995


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Game..................447, Clint Marks vs Arkansas State, 10/9/04 Season..............................................2,749, Clint Marks, 2004

Most Yards By Freshman

Game..............................314, Wes Counts vs SEMO, 10/31/98 Season.........................................1,763, Kelly Holcomb, 1991

n career 3,000-yard passers

1. Wes Counts, 1998-01

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Clint Marks, 2003-06 Kelly Holcomb, 1991-94 Jonathan Quinn, 1995-97 Teddy Morris, 1962-65 Marvin Collier, 1985-88 Dwight Dasher, 2007-Present Joe Craddock, 2004-08 Billy Walker, 1964-67 Phil Ironside, 1988-90 Andrico Hines, 2002-03 Brown Sanford, 1979-81, 83 Mike Robinson, 1974-77 Mickey Corwin, 1983-84

8,007 7,342 7,064 4,864 4,799 4,234 4,094 4,011 3,664 3,533 3,495 3,302 3,281 3,223

n annual PASSING leaders

n Joe Craddock is one of just three signal-callers in school history to throw for more than 400 yards in a single game.

8. 15.4 Marvin Collier (76-129-6) 9. 15.4 Teddy Morris (47-82-6) 10. 15.3 Kelly Holcomb (92-168-6)

Most Yards Per Completion - Career 1. 14.7 Teddy Morris (326-587-34)

2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8.

14.5 14.4 14.1 14.1 14.0 13.7 13.6 13.6

Marvin Collier (292-594-26) Mike Robinson (228-537-46) Kelly Holcomb (501-861-25) Jonathan Quinn (346-675-26) Fred Rohrdanz (136-328-26) Phil Ironside (258-447-11) Brown Sanford (242-534-32) Mickey Corwin (237-398-19)

Most Passing Yards Per Game - Season 1. 249.9 Clint Marks (11 games)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

236.6 223.1 220.9 214.5 211.5 195.8 189.4 170.2 165.8

Wes Counts (11 games) Joe Craddock (12 games) Jonathan Quinn (10 games) Dwight Dasher (13 games) Wes Counts (11 games) Kelly Holcomb (11 games) Clint Marks (11 games) Phil Ironside (11 games) Mickey Corwin (10 games)

Most Passing Yards Per Game - Career 1. 186.2 Wes Counts (43 games)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

174.8 164.3 158.8 153.5 152.0

Clint Marks (42 games) Kelly Holcomb (43 games) Andrico Hines (22 games) Mickey Corwin (21 games) Jonathan Quinn (32 games)

1985 1962 1992 1962-65 1985-88 1974-77 1991-94 1995-97 1971-74 1988-90 1979-81,83 1983-84 2004 1999 2008 1997 2009 2001 1994 2005 1990 1983 1998-01 2003-2006 1991-94 2002-03 1983-84 1995-97

7. 8. 9. 10.

138.3 127.9 126.2 113.9

Joe Craddock (29 games) Dwight Dasher (32 games) Phil Ironside (28 games) Brown Sanford (29 games)

2004-08 2007-Present 1988-90 1979-81,83

Longest Completion 1. 98 Jonathan Quinn to D. Mostiller (TTU) 11/11/95

2. 3. 3. 4. 6. 7. 9.

95 94 88 80 80 79 78 78 77

Francis Reynolds to T. Akin (Florence St.) 10/30/54 Joe Craddock to J. Grigsby (ULM) 11/3/07 Jonathan Quinn to D. Mostiller (SEMO) 10/26/96 Dwight Dasher to D.D. Kyles (ASU) 11/21/09 Clint Marks to Kerry Wright (ASU) 10/9/04 Torin Kirtsey to Hansford Johnson (MSU) 10/10/98 Joe Craddock to D. McNair (Louisville) 9/6/07 Marvin Collier to Robert Alford (APSU) 10/26/85 Wes Counts to Sulecio Sanford (SEMO) 10/31/98

Consecutive Completions 1. 15 Wes Counts

2. 13 Kelly Holcomb

2001 1991

Most Yards By Senior

Game................................459, Wes Counts vs Idaho, 10/6/01 Season...........................................2,677, Joe Craddock, 2008

Most Yards By Junior

Game..........................355, Dwight Dasher vs WKU, 10/24/09 Season........................................ 2,789, Dwight Dasher, 2009

Year Player Att Comp Int Yds 1949 J. B. Proctor --- --- --- 474 1950 Not Available --- --- --- --- 1951 Not Available --- --- --- --- 1952 Not Available --- --- --- --- 1953 Francis Reynolds 50 20 4 316 1954 Sid Corban --- --- --- 426 1955 Francis Reynolds 94 39 8 757 1956 Jimmy Dunlap 52 28 5 320 1957 Bob Hallum 66 36 5 551 1958 Bob Hallum 53 21 5 301 1959 Whit Watson 50 27 6 280 1960 Terry Bailey 63 26 5 427 1961 Terry Bailey 71 37 6 796 1962 Teddy Morris 82 47 6 726 1963 Teddy Morris 138 87 7 1325 1964 Teddy Morris 156 84 9 999 1965 Teddy Morris 211 108 12 1749 1966 Billy Walker 192 100 13 1351 1967 Billy Walker 288 152 15 1856 1968 Dickie Thomas 255 123 20 1619 1969 Bill Griffith 257 113 17 1382 1970 Dean Rodenbeck 69 32 2 340 1971 Melvin Daniels 113 44 6 585 1972 Fred Rohrdanz 142 66 8 981 1973 Tommy Beaver 114 52 6 575 1974 Fred Rohrdanz 92 28 11 485 1975 Mike Robinson 188 75 13 1117 1976 Mike Robinson 139 63 12 1021 1977 Mike Robinson 171 76 15 911 1978 Duane West 110 45 7 549 1979 Brown Sanford 211 102 12 1474 1980 Brown Sanford 176 74 11 894 1981 Brown Sanford 141 64 9 886 1982 Brad Zeitner 124 51 7 615 1983 Mickey Corwin 202 117 10 1658 1984 Mickey Corwin 196 120 9 1565 1985 Marvin Collier 129 76 6 1171 1986 Marvin Collier 149 81 4 1089 1987 Marvin Collier 140 56 8 923 1988 Marvin Collier 176 79 8 1051 1989 Phil Ironside 181 95 5 1408 1990 Phil Ironside 231 140 6 1872 1991 Kelly Holcomb 209 130 4 1763

TD --- --- --- --- 2 --- 8 4 11 6 2 4 10 6 12 7 16 12 15 7 6 1 3 5 2 5 7 7 5 2 9 4 2 6 12 21 10 8 4 7 10 8 5

Pct --------.400 --.415 .538 .545 .396 .540 .413 .521 .573 .630 .538 .512 .521 .528 .482 .440 .464 .389 .465 .456 .304 .399 .453 .444 .409 .483 .420 .454 .411 .579 .612 .589 .544 .471 .449 .519 .606 .622

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passing records 1992 Kelly Holcomb 1993 Kelly Holcomb 1994 Kelly Holcomb 1995 Jonathan Quinn 1996 Jonathan Quinn 1997 Jonathan Quinn 1998 Wes Counts 1999 Wes Counts 2000 Wes Counts 2001 Wes Counts 2002 Andrico Hines 2003 Andrico Hines 2004 Clint Marks 2005 Clint Marks 2006 Clint Marks 2007 Joe Craddock 2008 Joe Craddock 2009 Dwight Dasher

168 240 244 223 159 293 212 390 218 259 243 253 368 298 283 155 367 399

92 133 146 108 71 167 142 249 127 188 142 153 259 197 171 96 237 219

6 1409 6 1738 9 2154 7 1724 9 931 10 2209 2 1541 13 2603 5 1536 4 2327 7 1753 3 1742 14 2749 7 2083 9 1917 5 1259 7 2677 14 2789

9 7 15 8 4 16 11 14 8 17 6 7 14 8 8 12 15 23

.548 .554 .598 .484 .447 .570 .670 .638 .583 .726 .584 .605 .704 .661 .604 .619 .646 .549

n 300-yard passing games Yards 459 376 362 347 331 314 308

WES COUNTS (7) Opponent Idaho New Mexico State Wofford UL Lafayette Troy State Southeast Missouri St. Vanderbilt

Date 10/6/01 10/27/01 9/18/99 9/25/99 10/2/99 10/31/98 8/30/01

Yards 447 359 317

CLINT MARKS (3) Opponent Arkansas State Florida Atlantic Utah State

Date 10/9/04 9/18/04 10/30/04

Yards 341 336 313

KELLY HOLCOMB (3) Opponent James Madison Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville St.

Date 9/10/94 11/13/93 10/29/94

Yards 355 324

DWIGHT DASHER (2) Opponent WKU Maryland

Date 10/24/09 9/19/09

Yards 401 352

JOE CRADDOCK (2) Opponent Louisiana-Monroe Kentucky

Date 11/3/07 9/13/08

Yards 347 306

ANDRICO HINES (2) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State

Date 10/19/02 11/20/03

Yards 356 332

JONATHAN QUINN (2) Opponent Date Tennessee-Martin 11/4/95 Tennessee Tech 11/11/95

Yards 300

MICKEY CORWIN (1) Opponent Western Kentucky

Date 11/3/84

Yards 339

PHIL IRONSIDE (1) Opponent Tennessee-Chattanooga

Date 9/29/90

Yards 346

BILLY WALKER (1) Opponent UT-Martin

Date 10/28/67

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n Clint Marks had 18 200-yard passing games during his solid Blue Raider career.

n 200-yard passing games Yards 459 376 362 347 331 314 308 299 274 260 245 242 234 229 226 222 220 215

WES COUNTS (18) Opponent Idaho New Mexico State Wofford UL Lafayette Troy State Southeast Missouri St. Vanderbilt UCF Louisiana-Monroe Murray State Tennessee Tech Mississippi State East Tennessee Murray State South Florida Connecticut Troy State Louisiana Tech

Date 10/6/01 10/27/01 9/18/99 9/25/99 10/2/99 10/31/98 8/30/01 11/13/99 9/22/01 9/16/00 11/3/98 10/28/00 11/20/99 10/10/98 11/11/00 11/4/00 9/8/01 10/16/99

Yards 447 359 317 297 272 251 244 243 242 241 234

CLINT MARKS (18) Opponent Arkansas State Florida Atlantic Utah State Florida International Louisiana-Monroe Central Michigan Louisiana-Lafayette North Texas Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe

Date 10/9/04 9/18/04 10/30/04 12/3/05 11/12/05 12/26/06 10/28/06 10/2/04 9/25/04 11/13/04 10/21/06

228 228 223 218 216 208 208

N.C. State Akron Florida Louisiana-Lafayette Maryland Arkansas State New Mexico State

11/19/05 9/11/04 10/16/04 10/22/05 9/9/06 11/5/05 10/11/03

Yards 401 352 290 268 268 256 251 242 235 216 212 200

JOE CRADDOCK (12) Opponent Louisiana-Monroe Kentucky Louisville Arkansas State Florida Atlantic Maryland North Texas Louisiana-Lafayette Mississippi State Louisiana-Monroe Western Kentucky Troy

Date 11/3/07 9/13/08 9/6/07 9/20/08 9/30/08 9/6/08 11/22/08 12/3/08 10/25/08 11/8/08 11/15/08 8/28/08

Yards 341 336 313 291 257 255* 250 235 229* 226 217 210

KELLY HOLCOMB (12) Opponent James Madison Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville St. Eastern Kentucky Southeast Missouri St. Eastern Kentucky Austin Peay St. Murray St. Marshall Tennessee Tech Tulsa Eastern Kentucky

Date 9/10/94 11/13/93 10/29/94 10/17/92 10/22/94 12/7/91 11/5/94 9/28/91 11/26/94 11/23/91 10/30/93 9/21/91


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PASSING RECORDS Yards 356 332 290 275 266 256 256 252 248 240 213 207

JONATHAN QUINN (12) Opponent Tennessee-Martin Tennessee Tech Tennessee-Chattanooga Georgia Southern Tennessee Tech Tennessee St. Southeast Missouri St. Tennessee-Martin Murray St. Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville St. Jacksonville St.

Date 11/4/95 11/11/95 9/13/97 9/9/95 11/22/97 9/6/97 10/26/96 10/11/97 9/27/97 11/15/97 10/4/97 10/5/96

Yards 355 324 269 263 245 240 231 230 219 204

DWIGHT DASHER (10) Opponent WKU Maryland North Texas Arkansas State Troy Florida International Memphis Memphis Louisiana-Lafayette Clemson

Date 10/24/09 9/19/09 9/26/09 11/21/09 10/6/09 9/29/07 9/12/09 10/13/07 11/14/09 9/5/09

Yards 274 272 253 220 220 220 216

TEDDY MORRIS (8) Opponent NA East Tennessee Tennessee Tech Chattanooga Western Kentucky Morehead State Murray State

Date NA 11/13/65 11/25/65 10/16/65 10/5/63 10/26/63 11/6/65

Yards 291 241 211

BROWN SANFORD (3) Opponent Austin Peay St. Western Kentucky East Tennessee St.

Date 10/27/74 11/8/80 11/10/79

Yards 226 201

JASON JOHNSON (2) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana Tech

Date 11/18/00 10/7/00

Date 10/28/67 10/1/66 9/16/67 10/21/67 11/23/67 10/7/67

Yards 230 204

MARVIN COLLIER (2) Opponent Eastern Kentucky Murray St.

Date 10/12/85 8/19/85

Yards 284

JOSH HARRIS (1) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette

Date 11/15/03

MICKEY CORWIN (4) Opponent Western Kentucky Morehead St. Murray St. Savannah St.

Date 11/3/84 9/24/83

Yards 231

BILL GRIFFITH (1) Opponent East Tennessee

Date 11/15/69

9/3/83

PHIL IRONSIDE (4) Opponent Tennessee-Chattanooga Austin Peay St. Western Kentucky Western Kentucky

Yards 230

RONNIE GORDON (1) Opponent Eastern Illinois

Date 11/19/96

Date 9/29/90 10/20/90 9/16/89 9/22/90

210

Austin Peay

10/30/65

Yards 347 306 252 248 239 227 202

ANDRICO HINES (7) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State North Texas Missouri Louisiana-Monroe Idaho Kentucky

Date 10/19/02 11/20/03 10/25/03 9/20/03 11/14/02 10/18/03 9/21/02

Yards 346 265 239 222 208 207

BILLY WALKER (6) Opponent UT-Martin Western Kentucky Navy Austin Peay Tennessee Tech Eastern Kentucky

Yards 300 230 225 213 Yards 339 270 215 211

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

All-Time QB Winning Percentage Bob Hallum (1958-59) .900 (18-2) Phil Ironside (1989-90) .826 (19-4) Teddy Morris (1962-65) .793 (32-8-1) Mickey Corwin (1983-84) .791 (19-5) Dwight Dasher (2007-Present) .777 (14-4) Marvin Collier (1985-88) .700 (28-12) Kelly Holcomb (1991-94) .656 (31-16-1)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

All-Time QB Wins Teddy Morris (1962-65) Kelly Holcomb (1991-94) Marvin Collier (1985-88) Phil Ironside (1989-90) Mickey Corwin (1983-84) Wes Counts (1998-01) Bob Hallum (1958-59)

32-8-1 31-16 28-12 19-4 19-5 19-21 18-2

n Phil Ironside registered a 19-4 record as a starting quarterback from 1989 to 1990.

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2636 2589 2205 1757 1558 1367 1261 1260 1239

Tyrone Calico (194-2636) Kerry Wright (167-2589) Demetric Mostiller (110-2205) Herbert Owenby (110-1757) Vince Parks (81-1558) George Dykes (62-1367) Patrick Honeycutt (116-1261) Cleannord Saintil (106-1260) Cory Simpson (66-1239)

1999-02 2001-04 1993-96 1964-67 1988-92 1961-63 2005-09 2004-05 1992-94

Most Touchdowns - Game 1. 3 Kerry Wright (Arkansas State)

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Kerry Wright (NMSU) Tyrone Calico (Louisiana-Monroe) Tyrone Calico (Idaho) Cory Simpson (Morehead State) Demetric Mostiller (Georgia Southern) Donte Lofton (Lenoir-Rhyne) Herbert Owenby (Tennessee Tech) Vince Parks (UT-Chattanooga)

Most Touchdowns - Season 1. 11 Kerry Wright

2. 3. 5. 10.

9 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6

2004 2003 1994 1965 2001 1965 1998 1961 1996 2008 1967 1995 1984

Kerry Wright Cory Simpson Jerry Smith Kendall Newson Herbert Owenby Sulecio Sanford George Dykes Demetric Mostiller Malcolm Beyah Herbert Owenby Demetric Mostiller Donte Lofton

Most Touchdowns - Career 1. 22 Kerry Wright

n Kendall Newson is the Blue Raiders’ all-time receptions leader with 238 catches from 1998 to 2001.

n individual records Most Receptions - Game 1. 12 Kendall Newson vs New Mex. State 10/27/01 3. 9.

12 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10

Tyrone Calico vs East Tennessee Eldred King vs Mississippi State Patrick Honeycutt vs Arkansas State Cleannord Saintil vs ULL Dennis Mimms vs Eastern Kentucky Jerry Smith vs East Tennessee Kendall Newson vs Wofford Cleannord Saintil vs N.C. State Chris Henry vs Akron Kerry Wright vs North Texas David Youell vs New Mexico State Kendall Newson vs Maryland Ray Palhegyi vs Western Kentucky

Most Receptions - Season 1. 76 Kerry Wright (76-1048) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. 10.

74 73 69 66 65 65 60 54 53

Kendall Newson (74-945) Kerry Wright (73-1280) Kendall Newson (69-918) Cleannord Saintil (66-884) Kendall Newson (65-796) Tyrone Calico (65-695) Chris Henry (60-586) Sulecio Sanford (54-674) Jerry Smith (53-809)

Most Receptions - Career 1. 238 Kendall Newson (238-3074)

2. 194 Tyrone Calico (194-2636) 3. 167 Kerry Wright (167-2589)

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11/29/99 10/25/08 9/20/08 10/22/05 11/13/93 11/13/65 9/18/99 11/19/05 9/11/04 10/25/03 10/27/01 9/23/00 11/3/84 2004 2000 2003 1999 2005 2001 1999 2004 1998 1965 1998-01 1999-02 2001-04

4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10.

116 110 110 109 106 104 100

Patrick Honeycutt (116-1261) Demetric Mostiller (110-2205) Herbert Owenby (110-1757) Hansford Johnson (109-1145) Cleannord Saintil (106-1260) David Youell (104-1031) Chris Henry (100-1032)

Most Yards - Game 1. 244 Demetric Mostiller (UT-Martin) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

209 187 181 180 178 170 168 167 165

Demetric Mostiller (SEMO) Kerry Wright (NMSU) Kendall Newson (New Mex. St.) Kendall Newson (Mississippi St.) Kerry Wright (Arkansas State) Kendall Newson (UL-Lafayette) Robert Alford (Tennessee St.) Kerry Wright (Utah State) Demetric Mostiller (Ga. Southern)

Most Yards - Season 1. 1,280 Kerry Wright (73-1280)

2005-09 1993-96 1964-67 1998-01 2004-05 1999-02 2002-05 11/4/95 10/26/96 10/11/03 10/27/01 10/28/00 10/9/04 9/25/99 9/5/87 10/30/04 9/9/95

Kerry Wright (76-1048) Kendall Newson (74-945) Demetric Mostiller (37-934) Kendall Newson (69-918) Cleannord Saintil (66-884) Demetric Mostiller (47-868) Jerry Smith (53-809) Kendall Newson (65-796) Tyrone Calico (47-752)

2003 2004 2000 1995 1999 2005 1996 1965 2001 2000

Most Yards - Career 1. 3074 Kendall Newson (238-3074)

1998-01

2. 1,048 3. 945 4. 934 5. 918 6. 884 7. 868 8. 809 9. 796 10. 752

2. 4. 5. 6. 8. 10.

21 21 18 17 16 16 13 13 12

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

42.7 40.3 39.3 37.4 34.8 33.0 32.0 31.0 30.7

2001-04 1998-01 1964-67 1993-96 1999-02 1961-63 1955-58 1984-87 1988-92 1992-94

Kendall Newson Herbert Owenby Demetric Mostiller Tyrone Calico George Dykes G. E. McCormack Mike Pittman Vince Parks Cory Simpson

Most Yards Per Catch - Game 1. 46.7 Demetric Mostiller (TTU)

Randall Miller (WKU) Cory Simpson (Morehead St.) Vince Hall (EKU) Kerry Wright (NMSU) Desmond Gee (ULM) Demetric Mostiller (Ga. So.) Tyrone Calico (Idaho) Demetric Mostiller (EIU) DeMarco McNair (Louisville)

11/11/95 3-140 11/4/72 3-128 10/15/94 3-121 10/9/82 3-118 10/11/03 5-187 11/3/07 4-139 9/9/95 5-165 10/6/01 5-160 11/16/96 5-155 9/6/07 3-92

Most Yards Per Catch - Season 1. 26.96 George Dykes (24-647)

2. 3. 4. 5.

25.24 24.88 22.34 21.26

Demetric Mostiller (37-934) Robert Alford (17-423) Kolas Elion (23-514) Vince Parks (31-659)

Most Yards Per Catch - Career 1. 22.05 George Dykes (62-1367)

2. 3. 4. 5.

20.67 Robert Alford (49-1013) 20.05 Demetric Mostiller (110-2205) 19.23 Vince Parks (81-1558) 18.77 Cory Simpson (66-1239)

Most Receptions Per Game - Season 1. 6.91 Kerry Wright (11 games) 2. 6.73 Kendall Newson (11 games)

10/9/04 10/11/03 11/14/02 10/6/01 10/15/94 9/9/95 9/1/84 11/23/67 9/29/90

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RECEIVING RECORDS 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9. 10.

6.27 6.08 6.00 5.91 5.91 5.45 5.40 4.27 4.27 4.27

Kendall Newson (11 games) Kerry Wright (12 games) Cleannord Saintil (11 games) Kendall Newson (11 games) Tyrone Calico (11 games) Chris Henry (11 games) Sulecio Sanford (10 games) Demetric Mostiller (11 games) Tyrone Calico (11 games) Hansford Johnson (11 games)

Most Receptions Per Game - Career 1. 5.53 Kendall Newson (43 games)

2. 3. 4. 5.

4.82 4.31 4.26 3.63

Cleannord Saintil (22 games) Tyrone Calico (45 games) Sulecio Sanford (19 games) Kerry Wright (46 games)

1999 2003 2005 2001 1999 2004 1998 1996 2000 1999 1998-01 2004-05 1999-02 1997-98 2001-04

Longest Reception 1. 98 Demetric Mostiller (Tennessee Tech) 11/11/95

2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9.

95 94 88 80 80 79 78 77

Travis Akin (Florence St.) Jonathan Grigsby (ULM) Demetric Mostiller (SEMO) D.D. Kyles (Arkansas State) Kerry Wright (Arkansas State) Hansford Johnson (Murray State) Robert Alford (Austin Peay) Sulecio Sanford (SEMO)

Consecutive Games with a Catch 1. 43 Kendall Newson

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

32 27 25 24 22

Demetric Mostiller David Youell Tyrone Calico Matt Lowe Cleannord Saintil

10/30/54 11/3/07 10/26/96 11/21/09 10/9/04 10/10/98 10/26/85 10/31/98 1998-01 1994-96 2000-02 1999-01 1996-98 2004-05

106 100

Louisiana-Lafayette Maryland

10/19/02 9/23/00

Yards 244 209 165 155 140 120 118

DEMETRIC MOSTILLER (7) Opponent Date Tennessee-Martin 11/4/95 Southeast Missouri St. 10/26/96 Georgia Southern 9/9/95 Eastern Illinois 11/16/96 Tennessee Tech 11/11/95 Texas A&M 11/18/95 Tennessee Tech 11/23/96

Yards 136 127 126 117

SULECIO SANFORD (4) Opponent Date Murray St. 9/27/97 Southeast Missouri St. 10/31/98 Tennessee Tech 10/3/98 Eastern Illinois 10/24/98

Yards 162 121 117 109 Yards 141 133 129

CORY SIMPSON (4) Opponent James Madison Morehead St. Morehead St. Southeast Missouri

Date 9/10/94 10/15/94 10/16/93 10/22/94

CLEANNORD SAINTIL (3) Opponent Date Louisiana-Lafayette 10/22/05 Florida International 12/3/05 N.C. State 11/19/05

Yards 168 106 104

ROBERT ALFORD (3) Opponent Tennessee St. Eastern Kentucky Jacksonville St.

Date 9/5/87 10/12/85 9/21/85

Yards 132 116 103

MARSHAN JOLLY (3) Opponent Savannah State Tennessee-Martin Morehead State

Date 9/3/83 9/17/83 9/24/83

Yards 161 144 108

HERBERT OWENBY (3) Opponent Western Kentucky Florence State Navy

Date 10/1/66 9/18/65 9/17/66

Yards 139 109 106

DESMOND GEE (3) Opponent Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana-Monroe Kentucky

Date 11/3/07 10/21/06 9/13/08

Yards 149 110

CHRIS MCCLOVER (2) Opponent WKU Maryland

Date 10/24/09 12/19/09

Yards 115 111

VINCE PARKS (2) Opponent Eastern Kentucky Nebraska

Date 10/17/92 9/12/92

n 100-yard RECEIVING games Yards 181 180 170 162 138 135 132 129 117 114 113 103 103 100

KENDALL NEWSON (14) Opponent New Mexico State Mississippi State Louisiana-Lafayette Wofford Troy State Maryland Southeast Missouri Murray St. Louisiana Tech Connecticut Vanderbilt Louisiana-Monroe Louisiana Tech Illinois

Date 10/27/01 10/28/00 9/25/99 9/18/99 10/2/99 9/23/00 10/31/98 10/10/98 10/16/99 11/17/01 8/30/01 9/22/01 10/7/00 9/2/00

Yards 187 178 167 147 144 144 126 119 112 103

KERRY WRIGHT (10) Opponent New Mexico State Arkansas State Utah State Florida Atlantic Missouri North Texas Louisiana-Monroe Arkansas State Florida Georgia

Date 10/11/03 10/9/04 10/30/04 9/18/04 9/20/03 10/25/03 11/13/04 11/20/03 10/16/04 9/6/03

Yards 161 160 141 131 111

TYRONE CALICO (7) Opponent Louisiana-Monroe Idaho Murray State Wofford East Tennessee

Date 11/14/02 10/6/01 9/16/00 9/18/99 11/20/99

n Kerry Wright owns the most touchdown receptions in school history.

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receiving records Yards 110

STEVE DARK (1) Opponent Eastern Kentucky

Date 12/7/91

Yards 107

GARY DAVIS (1) Opponent Tennessee-Martin

Date 10/11/97

Yards 100 Yards 121

KOLAS ELION (1) Opponent Chattanooga

Date 10/20/79

Yards 112

JAMIE JAMISON (1) Opponent Austin Peay

Date 10/31/67

Yards 114

DAVID LITTLE (1) Opponent Eastern Kentucky

Date 10/10/81

Yards 148

MATT LOWE (1) Opponent Tennessee-Chattanooga

Date 9/13/97

Yards 100

GARY MCCROSKEY (1) Opponent Morehead State

Date 9/22/79

Yards 120

RAY PALHEGYI (1) Opponent Western Kentucky

Date 11/3/84

n Tyrone Calico set a freshman record with 65 catches in 1999.

Yards 104 103

DAVID STEWART (2) Opponent Murray State Florence State

Date 10/18/69 9/9/72

Yards 117 106

TOBY WALKER (2) Opponent Tennessee Tech Eastern Kentucky

Date 11/11/95 10/14/95

Yards 113

HAROLD TURNER (1) Opponent WKU

Date 10/24/09

Yards 117

MALCOLM BEYAH (1) Opponent Kentucky

Date 9/13/08

Yards 164

ELDRED KING (1) Opponent Mississippi State

Yards 113 Yards 103 Yards 109 Yards 100 Yards 124

Date 10/25/08

PATRICK HONEYCUTT (1) Opponent Date Florida Atlantic 9/30/08 TARON HENRY (1) Opponent North Texas

Date 10/27/07

JONATHAN GRIGSBY (1) Opponent Date Louisiana-Monroe 11/3/07 CHRIS HENRY (1) Opponent Arkansas State

Date 10/9/04

HANSFORD JOHNSON (1) Opponent Date Troy State 10/2/99

Yards 136

DON CALLOWAY (1) Opponent Louisiana-Lafayette

Date 11/18/01

Yards 120

STEVE COLQUITT (1) Opponent Eastern Kentucky

Date 10/7/67

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Yards 113

MICHAEL PITTMAN (1) Opponent Western Kentucky

Date 11/3/84

Yards 152

JERRY SMITH (1) Opponent East Tennessee

Date 11/13/65

Yards 104

DAVID YOUELL (1) Opponent New Mexico State

Date 10/27/01

Yards 106

CURT WATKINS (1) Opponent Eastern Kentucky

Date 11/13/93

1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Dwaine Copeland Anthony Williams Jeff Shockley Jeff Shockley Gary McCroskey Bruce Bryant Sammy Bryant Marshan Jolly David Little Marshan Jolly Marshan Jolly Ray Palhegyi Robert Alford Tony Burse Mike Pittman Gerald Anderson Mike Gordon Kenny Donaldson Steve Dark Steve Dark Vince Parks Dennis Mimms Cory Simpson Dee Mostiller Dee Mostiller Matt Lowe Sulecio Sanford Kendall Newson Kendall Newson Kendall Newson Tyrone Calico Kerry Wright Kerry Wright Cleannord Saintil Bobby Williams Taron Henry Eldred King Patrick Honeycutt Patrick Honeycutt

12 32 28 25 19 34 28 19 15 15 39 27 20 27 18 18 20 26 30 36 25 44 35 37 47 39 54 69 74 65 45 73 76 66 36 31 51 51 37

81 434 433 371 195 412 244 246 239 209 613 305 396 266 316 96 333 490 293 388 497 555 704 934 868 534 674 918 945 796 606 1280 1048 884 378 427 598 513 420

n annual receiving leaders Year 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974

Player Caught Garnett Rather 9 Not Available --- Travis Akin 17 Jerry Hurst 8 Jerry Hurst 12 Bucky Pitts 13 Bucky Pitts 20 Nicky Lynch 7 George Dykes 24 George Dykes 17 George Dykes 21 Jimbo Pearson 38 Jerry Smith 53 Bob Hlodan 36 Herbert Owenby 32 Jamie Jamison 32 Tim Kalthoff 27 David Stewart 25 Mike Finney 13 David Stewart 20 David Stewart 35 Mike Finney 41 Ed Skinner 12

Yds 154 --- 454 117 168 152 202 108 647 297 423 394 809 462 404 382 343 390 219 254 464 497 161

TD 1 --5 0 2 3 0 1 7 4 5 1 8 4 6 3 2 2 2 0 1 2 1

n In just two years, Cleannord Saintil recorded 106 receptions.

0 3 5 1 1 3 1 0 2 2 4 1 4 0 2 1 2 3 0 0 3 1 8 6 7 2 7 5 5 7 4 9 11 3 1 5 4 3 4


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TOTAL OFFENSE records n individual records Most Plays - Game 1. 64 Dwight Dasher (Maryland) 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9.

62 61 60 59 54 53 53 52 52

9/19/09 10/6/09 9/5/09 11/13/99 9/26/09 10/2/99 10/27/01 9/10/94 10/28/67 9/29/90

Dwight Dasher (Troy) Dwight Dasher (Clemson) Wes Counts (UCF) Dwight Dasher (North Texas) Wes Counts (Troy St.) Wes Counts (NMSU) Kelly Holcomb (JMU) Billy Walker (UT-Martin) Phil Ironside (UT-Chattanooga)

Most Plays - Season 1. 623 Dwight Dasher 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

481 450 441 393 389 367 365 360 359

2009 1999 2008 2004 2002 1967 2005 1968 2003 1997

Wes Counts Joe Craddock Clint Marks Andrico Hines Billy Walker Clint Marks Dickie Thomas Andrico Hines Jonathan Quinn

Most Plays - Career 1. 1352 Wes Counts

Most Plays - Game 1. 95 Mississippi Valley

2. 5. 6.

88 88 88 86 85 85 85

North Texas Missouri Vanderbilt Mississippi State FIU Louisiana-Monroe James Madison

Most Yards Per Play - Game 1. 10.2 Idaho

10/10/87 9/26/09 9/20/03 8/30/01 9/16/00 11/7/09 9/22/01 9/10/94

Most Plays - Season 1. 955 2009

2. 3. 4. 5.

860 826 794 788

2. 3. 4. 5.

660 646 641 608

UT-Martin WKU Troy State Vanderbilt

Most Yards - Season 1. 5482 (955-5482)

2. 3. 4. 5.

5295 (781-5295) 5155 (774-5155) 4769 (770-4769) 4523 (706-4523)

10.1 8.3 8.1 8.1

Louisville Connecticut La. Tech Morehead St.

Most Yards Per Play - Season 1. 6.78 (781-5295)

2. 3. 4. 5.

6.66 (774-5155) 6.41 (706-4523) 6.19 (770-4769) 6.06 (632-3829)

Most Yards Per Game - Season 1. 481.4 (11 games)

2003 2008 1972 1976

Most Yards - Game 1. 685 Idaho

2. 3. 4.

10/6/01 10/14/90 10/24/09 9/8/01 8/30/01 2009 2001 1990 2000 1991

2. 3. 4. 5.

468.6 (11 games) 433.5 (11 games) 421.7 (13 games) 411.2 (11 games)

Most First Downs - Game 1. 37 Vanderbilt

2. 34 Morehead State

Most First Downs - Season 1. 281 2001

2. 3. 4. 5.

252 242 240 231

2009 2000 1990 2003

Clint Marks (1229-(-)107) Marvin Collier Kelly Holcomb Dwight Dasher Teddy Morris Mike Robinson Mike Moore Andrico Hines

1998-01 2003-2006 1985-88 1991-94 2007-Present 1962-65 1974-77 1974-77 2002-03

Most Yards - Game 1. 471 Joe Craddock (ULM)

n Dwight Dasher set the school record in 2009 with 3,943 yards of total offense.

n TEAM RECORDS

2. 1229 3. 1085 4. 1074 5. 996 6. 918 7. 888 8. 809 9. 753

10/6/01 (67-685) 9/6/07 (55-555) 11/4/00 (69-570) 10/7/00 (66-536) 9/24/83 (70-565) 2001 1990 1991 2000 1997 2001 1990 2000 2009 1991 8/30/01 9/22/84

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

461 451 422 421 410 405 382 377 369

11/3/07 Clint Marks (ASU) 10/9/04 Wes Counts (Idaho) 10/6/01 Andrico Hines (ULL) 10/19/02 Dwight Dasher (WKU) 10/24/09 Dwight Dasher (Memphis) 10/13/07 Wes Counts (NMSU) 10/27/01 Wes Counts (Wofford) 9/18/99 Clint Marks (FAU) 9/18/04 Kelly Holcomb (JMU) 9/10/94

Most Yards - Season 1. 3943 Dwight Dasher (623 plays - 1154 r)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

2862 2795 2684 2471 2379 2251 2239 2057 1960

Clint Marks (441 plays - 113 r) Joe Craddock (450-118) Wes Counts (481-81) Wes Counts (326-67) Jonathan Quinn (359-170) Kelly Holcomb (312-97) Andrico Hines (393-150) Andrico Hines (360-315) Billy Walker (389-104)

Most Yards - Career 1. 8181 Wes Counts (1351-8181)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

7235 6998 5969 5886 5566 5026 4296

Clint Marks (1229-7235) Kelly Holcomb (1074-6998) Dwight Dasher (996-5969) Marvin Collier (1085-5886) Teddy Morris (918-5566) Jonathan Quinn (826-5026) Andrico Hines (753-4296)

70 r, 401 p 14 r, 447 p -8 r, 459 p 75 r, 347 p 66 r, 355 p 180 r, 230 p 29 r, 376 p 20 r, 362 p 18 r, 359 p 341 p, 28 r 2009 2004 2008 1999 2001 1997 1994 2002 2003 1967

1998-01 2003-2006 1991-94 2007-Present 1985-88 1962-65 1995-97 2002-03

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total offense records Touchdowns Responsible For - Career 1. 61 Wes Counts

2. 3. 4. 5.

59 56 50 47

Dwone Hicks Teddy Morris Dwight Dasher Joe Campbell

1998-01 1999-02 1962-65 2007-Present 1988-91

n annual leaders

n Andrico Hines led the Blue Raiders in total offense in 2002 and 2003.

9. 4284 Joe Craddock (697-4284) 10. 3915 Joe Campbell (642-3915)

Most Yards Per Play - Game 1. 13.3 Wes Counts (Idaho)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10.

11.8 11.7 11.5 10.9 10.8 10.7 10.7 10.4 10.1

Joe Craddock (ULM) Jonathan Quinn (UT-M) Dwight Dasher (FIU) Kelly Holcomb (EKU) Kelly Holcomb (J’ville St.) Clint Marks (ASU) Kelly Holcomb (MSU) Jonathan Quinn (TTU) Wes Counts (Wofford)

Most Yards Per Play - Season 1. 8.55 Brigham Lyons (75-641)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

8.36 7.86 7.58 7.52 7.31 7.21

Ricky Martin (95-794) Walter Dunson (79-621) Wes Counts (326-2471) Joe Campbell (151-1136) ReShard Lee (108-790) Kelly Holcomb (312-2250)

Most Yards Per Play - Career 1. 6.96 Walter Dunson (248-1706)

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

6.52 6.49 6.15 6.10 6.05

Kelly Holcomb (1074--66) Walt Crowder (97-630) Joe Craddock (697-4284) Joe Campbell (642-3823) Wes Counts (1352-8181)

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451 471 352 298 295 336 447 246 333 382 1992 1990 1991 2001 1990 2001 1994

1990-92 1991-94 1990-92 2006-08 1988-91 1998-01