GoBlueRaiders.com Football Camp Notebook, Vol. 3

August 4, 2003 · MT Media Relations


(Practice No. 3)


SURPRISE FOR BLUE RAIDERS: The Blue Raider coaching staff surprised the players this morning by loading them up on buses and taking them to see the Tennessee Titans practice. The team stayed for the entire two-hour workout and even had time to visit with former Blue Raiders Dwone Hicks and Tyrone Calico. "It was a good break for the guys, and I wanted them to go up and support our former players. Dwone and Tyrone have done a lot for our program so it was important for us to show them we are behind them all the way."


INTERVIEWING TIPS: Following today's practice, the players gathered in the middle of the field and News 2 Sports anchor John Dwyer spoke to the team. Dwyer, who hosts the Jeff Fisher TV Show, shared with the team tips on how to handle interviews correctly following a game and after a practice. Later in the evening, the Daily News Journal staff, along with Blake Fulton of WTN's SportsNight and The Tennessean's Joe Biddle spoke more to the team on how to conduct interviews. The group even did some mock interviews.


BEST CONDITIONED ATHLETES: The following eight athletes all registered perfect scores in achieving their goals for the summer training period. The athletes ran all 16 110s in the allotted time, did all five leg circuits in the allotted time, increased a minimum of 15 pounds in the bench press, and also in the power clean. The 2003 Best Conditioned Athletes were: LB Kenny Edwards, WR Ryan Edmiston, RB Kelvin German, QB Josh Harris, WR Pierre Ingram, LB Joey Montalbano, P Colby Smith, and DB Tanny Tolbert.


OTHER TIDBITS: LB Kenny Edwards' bench press increased from 325 to 410 ... DL Dominic Jones was the most improved player in the weight room from a year ago ... Joey Montalbano recorded the second best power clean in the I-A era at 352 pounds ... The Blue Raiders had 10 guys bench over 400 in the bench press ... The average age of the Blue Raiders being in the program is 1.56 years (sophomore) ... The training staff used over 1,500 pounds of ice for today's practice.


LIVE: News 2 broadcast their 6:20 PM sports show live from today's practice.


FAN DAY: Middle Tennessee's annual fan day is set for August 16 at Noon in Floyd Stadium. Fans will be able to gain autographs from all the players and coaches, while also having the opportunity to take a picture with their favorite Blue Raider. There will be free cokes and hot dogs, a rock climbing wall, a football toss game, and 102.9 The Buzz will be doing a live remote from the event. Fan day is free and open to the public.

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