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motivational speaking to students in local elementary schools. “He’s a great example of what a college student-

athlete should be,” Stockstill says. “He’s what every coach would love for his players to be.” That local involvement resulted in Kellem being nominated for a college football “Rudy” award. Founded by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the inspiration behind the blockbuster Hollywood film Rudy, the award seeks to identify the most inspirational and motivational Division I football players in America who best defined what Ruettiger refers to as “The Four Cs”: Character, Courage, Contribution, and Commitment. Perhaps on April 30, Kellem can add “draft pick” to his list of accomplishments.  MTSU

In Memoriam

Clantina Marie Lapae Stewart Oct. 17, 1989 – March 2, 2011

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native of Memphis, Tina Stewart came to MTSU after an outstanding career at Memphis Central High School. At MTSU, she majored in exercise science. It was said that she had a smile that would light up a room. She proudly stated in the women’s basketball program’s media guide that the people who influenced her the most were her family. Stewart is survived by her father and mother, Adrian and Ida Jackson, and her three siblings, Adrian, Monika and Miesha.  MTSU

“ You’ve got an obligation to this football program, to this University, and to these fans. Photo: Jack Ross

You’ve got an obligation to finish.” Holding Up Their End We asked MTSU head football coach Rick Stockstill what he told his team when its record stood at 3 and 6 and its odds of evening the record and becoming bowl-eligible were low. (The team rallied to win its final three games and received an invitation to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where it lost to Miami University of Ohio.) “I said, ‘You’ve got an obligation to this football program, to this University, and to these fans. You signed the scholarship, and giving up is never written in that scholarship. You’ve got an obligation to finish, and not only to this University and its fans but to yourself in terms of  MTSU how you are going to play these last three games.’ They kept playing.”

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MTSU Magazine April 2011  

MTSU Magazine is the premier print publication for Middle Tennessee State University. Published by the Office of Marketing and Communication...

MTSU Magazine April 2011  

MTSU Magazine is the premier print publication for Middle Tennessee State University. Published by the Office of Marketing and Communication...

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