Camp Notebook #5

August 10, 2002 · MT Media Relations
(following today's practice on Aug. 10)

MCCOLLUM ON TODAY'S PRACTICE:"We went pretty hard this morning. This was one of those test practices to see where our mental toughness is at this point. Overall, I felt good about 80 percent of our team. During inside drills today I was disappointed in our offensive line. Those guys are supposed to be our leaders. Those guys have to understand that it's not about what you did yesterday. You have to work hard every single practice. But we will come back out this afternoon and take care of all that."

FULL PADS SET FOR MONDAY:"The Blue Raiders will don full pads for the first time on Monday morning, and it could not come any sooner for the coaches and players. "Our kids are ready to start hitting and playing physical," McCollum added. "We really need to see how some of our newcomers perform in pads, but at the same time we have to be smart. We are not a team that can afford any injuries."

MCCOLLUM ON DEFENSIVE LINE:"I have been pleased with the play of our defensive linemen to date. I will know a lot more once we put on full pads and start flying around some, but right now they have worked well. Freshmen Devarick Scandrett, Chris Sapp, Marcus Gates, and Jeff Littlejohn have really impressed me, and I believe redshirt freshman Jonathan Callahan will help us this year as well. Callahan is a physical player. Dominic Jones is showing me more than he did in the spring and veterans Jerry Vanderpool, Thomas Johnson, Demetrios Walker, and Curtis Daniely are in the best shape of their career."

WHEELER SHINES:Kickoff specialist Paul Wheeler, a redshirt freshman from nearby Tullahoma, TN, enjoyed a great morning kicking the football. During a kickoff drill, Wheeler boomed all three of his attempts into the endzone. He had kicks that traveled 5 yards deep, 8 yards deep and two yards deep in the endzone.

BLUE RAIDERS SET FOR CHURCH ON SUNDAY:Like he has done the past three years, Andy McCollum will load up his team Sunday morning and take them to church. This week, they will visit World Outreach and next Sunday they will travel to Belle Aire Baptist. "This is great for our kids because I want them to find a church home in Murfreesboro," said McCollum. "I want our kids out in the community as much as possible and this is a great opportunity to visit their families. They come to the stadium on Saturday to watch us play, so we want to return the favor by visiting their church on Sunday."

SOUTHERN SPORTS TONIGHT:The nightly radio show called "Southern Sports Tonight" will broadcast live from campus on Friday, August 16 from 5-8 PM. The show, formerly known as "Conference Call", is on over 130 stations throughout the south. Scott McKinney and Max Howell are hosts on the show.

SBC FOOTBALL NETWORK UP TO THREE AFFILIATES:KFWD-TV (Ch. 52) out of Dallas, the nation's 10th-rated market, is the third affiliate inked to the new Sun Belt football network, joining Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS), a regional cable network in nine southeastern states, and Cox Communications of Northeast Arkansas. It is expected that additional affiliates on the Sun Belt network will be announced in the coming weeks. 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: During the first possession of team drills, QB Andrico Hines completed all three of his pass attempts with two being hauled in by Tyrone Calico and one by Reggie Jones - Former Blue Raider star signal-caller Wes Counts observed today's workout - Season tickets are available by calling 1-888-Yes-MTSU.

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