Camp Notebook #3

August 8, 2002 · MT Media Relations
(following today's practice on Aug. 8)

MCCOLLUM COMMENTS:"It was great to have the veterans back at practice. I thought the entire team showed a lot of enthusiasm and worked hard. The one thing we will do at Middle Tennessee is work hard. We will never be out-worked because that is our edge. I like the way things have gone so far, but it's only one practice. We have a long way to go, but if we remain focused and committed then everything should work out fine. I am just happy to finally have everybody back on the field again."

CONDITIONING RESULTS:Strength and Conditioning Coach Robb Rogers announced the summer conditioning awards and eight Blue Raiders made the "Best Conditioned Athlete" list. The group included seniors LB Randy Arnold, RB Dwone Hicks, TE Lucas Frost, LB Louis Kemp, OL Jonathan Proby, DL Thomas Johnson, DL Jerry Vanderpool, and junior DB Tony Sutton. All eight garnered perfect scores of 34. The team's Lifter of the Year was Joey Montalbano, who won has now won the award for the second time. Others in contention for the award were Hicks, Proby, Vanderpool, WR Tyrone Calico and DL Demetrios Walker.

CALICO EQUALS MARK:During summer testing, senior Tyrone Calico set a mark seen only one other time in strength coach Robb Rogers' 20 years. The all-star wideout power cleaned 374 pounds to tie the best mark by any player under Rogers' tutelage. When Rogers was at Baylor, defensive lineman Daryl Gardner also maxed out at 374. Gardner is currently playing for the Washington Redskins after several years with the Miami Dolphins.

PALM PILOTS DONATED:The Middle Tennessee Athletic Department was the recipient of 20 Palm VIIx personal data assistants recently. The gift was made by long-time corporate partner, First Tennessee Corporation and its regional president, Charlie Myatt. "It's an opportunity to assist the athletic program in a new way," said Myatt. "Hopefully the personal data assistants will give the users the opportunity to use their time more efficiently." The PDA's allow coaches and administrators to download information kept on their office computer and use it while on the road. That includes telephone numbers, email addresses, their daily schedule, and many other functions. "In our business, managing your time is the first thing you learn," said athletic director Boots Donnelly. "This gift from Charlie and First Tennessee will hopefully allow members of our staff to use the latest technology in doing their jobs even better." First Tennessee is one of the largest corporate partners of the athletic department each year. They have been involved with the program since the corporate sponsorship program began nearly twelve years ago.

MOVES:Freshman Sean Waller has been moved to defensive back, while transfer Will Martin has been switched from free safety to pony (outside linebacker).

INTERVIEWS:Four media members were on hand for the morning practice with two members of the Daily News Journal staff, the beat writer from the Tennessean and NewsChannel 5. Tony Stinnett of the DNJ talked to freshmen Sean Waller and Josh Harris, while Monte Hale of the DNJ sat down with QB Andrico Hines and WR Tyrone Calico. Chip Cirillo of the Tennessean interviewed newcomer Jeff Littlejohn for an upcoming feature. NewsChannel 5 interviewed Dwone Hicks, Brandon Lynch, Brandon Westbrook, Glen Elarbee, Andy McCollum, and Asst. AD/Media Relations Mark Owens.

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: Dennis Dodd of CBS Sportsline had a feature on Dwone Hicks that appeared in Wednesday's edition - Andy McCollum will be a guest on ESPN Radio with Mel Kiper on Saturday morning (11:32 AM) - Former Blue Raider Chris Matusek is volunteering his time to work with the snappers during practice. Matusek started four years as the team's snapper and was one of the more consistent players the team has ever had at that position - Sean Waller has the lowest percentage of body fat among the newcomers at 3.2 percent.

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