Calico Becomes Highest Draft Pick Ever at MT; Hicks, Lee Picked Up as Free Agents

April 28, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three former Middle Tennessee football players are now taking their game to the NFL following this past weekend's draft and free agent signings. Wide receiver Tyrone Calico was the headliner as he went as the 60th pick overall in the second round to the Tennessee Titans to become the highest drafted player in Blue Raider history.


"This is a dream come true," Calico said. "I am very excited about being a Tennessee Titan and I look forward to getting started."


Calico, who was the seventh wide receiver taken in the draft, ended his Blue Raider career as the second all-time receptions leader with 194 grabs for 2,636 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Running backs ReShard Lee and Dwone Hicks did not get drafted, but signed free agent contracts with the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans, respectively. Lee received a call from Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells just minutes after the draft and agreed on a contract, while Hicks did not finalize his deal until today.


Hicks, who rushed for over 1,000 yards three years in a row, ended his career as the programs all-time leading scorer and touchdown producer. The Huntsville, Ala., native had 3,613 career rushing yards to rank third all-time.


Lee played just two years for the Blue Raiders, but was one of the more versatile players in school history. He saw snaps at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and also returned kickoffs. In his career, Lee tallied 1,432 yards rushing on 218 attempts for an impressive 6.6 yards a rush average.


MORE MT FOOTBALL NEWS: Kendall Newson, who signed a futures contract with the Miami Dolphins, is playing in NFL Europe for the Rhein Fire. Newson is starting at wide receiver, while also returning kicks. Newson has eight catches in four games to go with a 33-yard touchdown reception. The Fire has a record of 2-2 and will entertain Frankfurt Galaxy this Saturday.

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