Blue Raider Football Camp Notebook for Monday

August 11, 2003 · MT Media Relations


(Practice No. 11)


HEAD COACH ANDY MCCOLLUM ON THIS MORNING'S PRACTICE: "We had too many missed assignments on defense. I was pleased with everything until the 11-on-11 session and the offense just whipped the defense. Our defense hasn't dominated in practice yet. I hope we're getting to the point where we can have that, but it wasn't today.


One thing I saw was young guys beginning to step forward. Sean Mosely, Darren Mustin, and Marcel Horne all caught my eye this morning. These guys are really starting to play well."


COMMUNITY DAY: Tuesday morning (August 12) will be designated "Blue Raider Community Day". The entire football team will be going out in the community to visit various businesses and adult and children centers. At 10:15 AM, 20 players will be at Project Help on campus to assist the two-year-olds with their motor skills, while 10 other players will be at the Senior Citizens Center on St. Claire to deliver meals and call bingo. Ten more players will be assisting the people at the Rutherford County Adult Activity Center. The remaining 65 players will be grouped into 14 teams of four or five guys and travel throughout Murfreesboro to deliver posters, schedule cards, fan day flyers, and season ticket information to as many businesses as possible. "This is Murfreesboro's team and we want to go out and meet people and help as many as we can," head coach Andy McCollum said. "This community has been important to us over the years and we want to show our appreciation."


QB ANDRICO HINES ON TWO-A-DAYS: "We want guys who want to be out here and want to be successful. That's what two-a-days are all about. You have to be mentally tough and want to make it through."


RB DON CALLOWAY ON HIS ROLE AS THE TEAM'S LEAD BACK: "The offense has to be better after last year. Everybody has to communicate better, and, so far I think we're doing that. I have to assume my role as the lead back and try to do my part to help bring these young guys along."


CALLOWAY ON TWO-A-DAYS: "Two-a-days are more of a mental game. Your mind and body get tired and you feel like you just want to stop, but you keep telling yourself to fight through it."


BACKS GETTING ATTENTION: If the offense was the standout unit in this morning's workout, then the stable of running backs had to be the focus of that group. Each of the team's five running backs had quality runs in the scrimmage portion of practice today, prompting McCollum to cite their performances after practice. He said, "I liked all five of our running backs today. They are really running it downhill and playing well. We lost two good backs in Dwone Hicks and ReShard Lee last year, but I'm really excited about our five guys we have back there now. We are much deeper at the running back spot this year."


CRUTCHES ARE GONE: Coach McCollum seemed a little more like himself at practice this morning. Over the weekend, McCollum had the old cast covering his right ankle replaced with a walking cast. McCollum was a bit more mobile in practice today and didn't have to rely on the crutches that were with him for the last few weeks. According to McCollum, his cast is scheduled for permanent removal in a week to 10 days.


TIDBITS: The Blue Raiders attended worship services at World Outreach Church on Sunday and were the guests of the congregation for a meal afterward ... LB Brandon Lynch returned to the team this morning after missing two days of practice due to a death in his family.


MEDIA COVERAGE: On hand for this morning's practice were Daily News Journal sports writer Tony Stinnett and WTVF Channel 5's Brian McKeegan. Stinnett interviewed WR Wardell Alsup, QB Andrico Hines, and DB Tony Sutton following practice. McKeegan conducted interviews with Hines, RB Don Calloway, OL Josh Willoughby, LB Randy Arnold, LB Michael Woods, and DB Muhammed Rashada. Both men also interviewed Coach McCollum.


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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