McCollum Pleased with Effort, Intensity at Saturday Scrimmage

April 6, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee held its final scrimmage today before next Saturday's spring game and head coach Andy McCollum was extremely pleased with the Blue Raiders' effort and improvement.

"We had a great scrimmage today," McCollum stated. "The attitude and intensity was the best we have had all spring. I was particularly pleased with the first unit, and I can't wait to review the film to see which second team guys are stepping up."

Sophomore tailback Reshard Lee, the fifth leading rusher in the Sun Belt last season, set the tone early by ripping off a 96-yard touchdown run. Lee later added a second score when he powered in from one-yard out.

Also in the running game, Heisman Trophy candidate Dwone Hicks averaged 10 yards a carry in limited action, while Don Calloway was equally impressive with several tough runs, including one four-yard burst for a touchdown. Walk-on Allen Young was solid as well with 10 carries, including runs of 28 and nine yards.

Quarterback Andrico Hines continued his steady improvement by connecting on several nice pass plays and directing the offense on five scoring drives. Hines hit senior Tyrone Calico on a 48-yard touchdown pass, then came back and hooked up with Reggie Jones on a 65-yard score. Backup Andre Green completed seven of 10 passes.

Redshirt freshman Chris Henry and walk-on Ryan Edmiston led the receiving corps with four catches each, while Calico recorded three.

The defense had their share of big plays as well, but none were bigger than Chris Johnson's 65-yard interception return for a touchdown. Demetrios Walker, Fletcher Williams, and Sheldon Durham all registered pass breakups, while Curtis Daniely had a sack. The defensive unit also rang up a safety early in the scrimmage.

"I really like the way our defense is flying around this spring," McCollum said. "Randy Arnold played well, as did Sheldon Durham, Brandon Lynch, Michael Woods, and Alvin Fite. Tony Sutton is also catching my eye in the secondary, and Jerry Vanderpool is starting to show that he has to be on the field."

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