Blue Raider Newcomers Hit the Field

August 5, 2002 · MT Media Relations
(following today's practice on Aug. 5)

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON THE NEWCOMERS AFTER FIRST PRACTICE: "No one disappointed this morning, but of course it's only one practice. I was very impressed with quarterback Josh Harris. He has great feet, a quick release, and a strong arm. Running back Kelvin German has a tremendous motor and lineman Doug Waller possesses good feet and a ton of confidence. I was also very pleased with the way the receivers moved and caught the football and all our linemen appear to have bright futures in our program. It was an encouraging day."

BATTLING THE HEAT: Head Trainer Joe-Joe Petrone and his staff have spent a great deal of time preparing for the heat during practice this year. Following is a list of things the training staff will be doing to fight off the stifling Murfreesboro heat:
*All players will pre-hydrate before practice with powerade and water
*Each group of players will have a student trainer assigned to them with water. "Coach McCollum has instructed all players to drink as much water as they want and it is a philosophy I share strongly as well," stated Petrone.
*The trainers will use cold towels between drills in order to help lower the core body temperature
*Post-practice will consist of ice tubs that will have a temperature between 50 and 60 degrees. The players will soak in the tubs for 10-15 minutes, which will enable them to relieve muscle soreness. It will also help take out the lactic acid, which will allow the legs to comeback fresh.

LITTLEJOHN ON THE FIELD: One of the highest rated recruits in school history finally stepped on the football field today. Defensive lineman Jeff Littlejohn, rated the No. 6 defensive lineman in the nation by ESPN coming out of high school, was going through drills and showing signs why he is expected to be an impact player. The Gaffney, SC, native sat out all of last year, but used the time to his advantage to improve his body and learn the Blue Raider system. Littlejohn, who originally signed with Miami out of high school, has anxiously been waiting for this day to come for a long time. "Jeff was waiting at the gate to practice on me today," defensive line coach Fred Tate said. "He has a lot of fire and competitiveness. He has a little rust, but I look for great things from him. When he cuts loose, look out because he has a great football mentality and will help this team immediately."

COACH DARIN HINSHAW ON KELVIN GERMAN: "Kelvin gives 100 percent effort at all times and possesses a tremendous motor that just does not stop. He listens well and picked up our offense pretty easy. Kelvin made some great cuts today, which makes me believe he will be a very exciting player to see for Blue Raider fans."

TEMPERATURE UPDATE: At 8:50 AM the temperature was 84 degrees with a heat index of 89, then one hour later it was 87 degrees with a heat index of 95 degrees. By the conclusion of practice the temperature was reading 90 degrees with a heat index of 94.

TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE:The newcomers will practice at 9AM and again at 5PM, while the varsity will report to camp at 1:30PM.

FAN DAY:Fan Day is set for August 17 from Noon - 2 PM at Floyd Stadium. Blue Raider fans will have the opportunity to grab autographs from all the coaches and players, while also being able to snap a photo with members of the Blue Raider family. An autograph poster will be provided. The Bunny Bread Mountain slide will be available to all the kids, while the University will give away FREE Hormel hot dogs and cokes.

TIDBITS: True freshman quarterback Clint Marks from Fort Myers, FL is a southpaw who happens to be wearing jersey No. 17 ... If you would like to purchase a 2002 football media guide the cost is $12, plus $3 for handling and shipping ... To order, please call 615-898-2968 or email your request to mrowens@mtsu.edu ... The media members in attendance this morning included the Daily News Journal (Tony Stinnett) and WKRN TV 2.

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