Blue Raider Football Camp Notebook for Thursday

August 7, 2003 · MT Media Relations


(Practice No. 6)


MCCOLLUM ON TODAY'S PRACTICE: "It was a very spirited and physical practice, but I was not very pleased with the way the defense played today. They were beaten in the inside drill, and got better as practice went along, but I am still not very happy with their play. That unit has to get better and I know they will. We have a lot of work to do, but we will get there. We're getting better every practice and that is the direction you like to see your team going."


RINGLEY ON SCHOLARSHIP: Redshirt sophomore Kyle Ringley got a nice surprise when Head Coach Andy McCollum put the walk-on from Oliver Springs, TN, on a full scholarship. Ringley, who joined the Blue Raiders in 2001 as a defensive lineman, was recently moved to the offensive line. "I am glad to see that my hard work has paid off," Ringley stated. "I have just tried to do what Blue Raiders do the past two years, work hard and have a good attitude and effort. I just want to help the team in any way I can."


GUESTS: Two area high school programs viewed today's morning practice in Floyd Stadium. Pope John Paul School in Hendersonville and CPA in Nashville attended today's full contact drills. Pope John Paul, coached by former Brentwood Academy and Vanderbilt standout Jeff Brothers, is only in its second year, while David Pack heads CPA.


NOTES FROM TODAY'S INSIDE DRILL: There were 11 offensive plays where the running backs picked up six or more yards ... The backs had five runs of 15 or more yards (Eugene Gross and Kelvin German collected two, and Kevin Davis added one) ... LB Alvin Fite tackled Gross at the line of scrimmage for no gain ... SS Chris Hough prevented a touchdown with a nice tackle ... DL Devarick Scandrett stood Gross up in the backfield on one play ... WS Brandon Lynch stopped Davis at the line.


OTHER TIDBITS: The Blue Raiders practiced on the turf again this morning due the heavy rains last night ... DB Danny Tolbert collected an interception during today's pass scale period, while receivers Tommy Manus, Jerrin Holt, and Pedro Holiday all collected difficult passes ... Manus reeled in three receptions during the period ... SS Justin Rainey had the hit of the day when he drilled receiver Jason Morgan after a catch that knocked the newcomer out of bounds. Rainey is already being tabbed as arguably the team's most vicious hitter.


MEDIA IN ATTENDANCE: Media on hand for the morning practice were Tony Stinnett of the Daily News Journal, Chip Cirillo from The Tennessean, and David White from Channel 4. Stinnett interviewed Alvin Fite, Kyle Ringley, Devarick and Scandrett, while Cirillo talked to running backs Don Calloway, Kelvin German, Kevin Davis, and Eugene Gross. White interviewed Brandon Westbrook, Andrico Hines, Muhammad Rashada, and Calloway.


ANNUAL MEDIA KICKOFF LUNCHEON: Middle Tennessee will hold its annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, August 13 at 11 AM. The event will take place in the Floyd Stadium Press Box (level 4). Guest speakers will be President Sidney McPhee, Athletic Director Boots Donnelly, and Head Football Coach Andy McCollum. Basketball coaches Kermit Davis and Stephany Smith will also be on hand.


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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