Blue Raiders Conclude Spring Drills with Blue-White Scrimmage

April 13, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee held its annual Blue-White Spring Scrimmage on Saturday as the offense competed against the defense in Floyd Stadium. Players from both sides of the ball made big plays with the offense scoring twice and the defense scoring on two occasions.

"I saw a lot of good things out there today," head coach Andy McCollum said. "I also know that we have a lot to work on between now and August 31. We will study the film hard and get a better feel of how we actually played after that. I went into this game wanting to see how our guys would compete, especially the second team players."

Offensively, the Blue Raiders got two solid efforts from the No. 1 and 2 quarterbacks. Starter Andrico Hines completed 15 of 21 passes for 148 yards, while backup Andre Green went 12-for-18 for 137 yards. Green, who tossed the games only interception, also registered a 64-yard touchdown pass to Hashem Joyner.

Senior Tyrone Calico led all receivers with six catches for 54 yards, while Ryan Edmiston and Reggie Jones collected four passes each. Joyner finished with three receptions for 75 yards and tight end Quan Domineck reeled in three passes for 90 yards, including a 54 yarder from walk-on quarterback Blake Rolan.

Senior wide receiver David Youell did not participate in today's scrimmage due to a hand injury suffered during last Saturday's scrimmage.

Don Calloway, who had a game-best 15-yard run, led all rushers with 52 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Fullback Avery Hatten collected 29 yards on four attempts, while Reshard Lee finished with 11 yards on four carries.

Heisman trophy candidate Dwone Hicks was in on just five offensive plays and earned two carries for eight yards.

"Offensively, we did some nice things during the scrimmage and some guys made plays," McCollum added. "But I am disappointed in the three turnovers. We can not win games when we give the other team the ball. It simply will not happen. We have to learn to value the football at all times."

Defensively, the Blue Raiders showcased their improved speed and athleticism. Transfer Aaron Pitts made the first big play when he picked up a fumble and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown, then two series later senior Chris Johnson stepped in front of an Andre Green pass and brought it back 42 yards for a second score.

Senior Curtis Daniely had the biggest day of any defensive player with three tackles, three pass breakups and a tackle for loss. Senior linebacker Chris Gatlin collected eight total tackles, while transfer Will Martin added six stops and Joey Montalbano had five.

"This has been a great spring for our football team," McCollum said. "The attitude and work ethic these guys have displayed has been incredible. Now we have to have dedication this summer and be ready to go strong in August."

Scoring Plays
Don Calloway 1 run (Brian Kelly PAT) (10 plays, 75 yards)
Aaron Pitts 25 fumble return
Hashem Joyner 64 pass from Andre Green (Brian Kelly PAT)
Chris Johnson 42 Interception Return

Field Goals
Brian Kelly: 8-for-10 (long 49)
Paul Wheeler: 7-for-7 (long 53)

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