Blue Raider Football Camp Notebook for Tuesday

August 12, 2003 · MT Media Relations


(Practice No. 13)


GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: Tuesday morning was designated as "Blue Raider Community Day" where the entire football team went out in the community to visit various businesses and adult and children centers. At 10:15 AM, 20 players assisted with Project Help on campus to help two-year-olds with their motor skills, while 10 other players headed to the Senior Citizens Center on St. Claire to deliver meals. Ten more players assisted the people at the Rutherford County Adult Activity Center for nearly one hour. The remaining 65 players were grouped into 14 teams of four or five guys and traveled throughout Murfreesboro to deliver posters, schedule cards, fan day flyers, and season ticket information to nearly 300 businesses. Every player was dressed in their game jersey to be easily recognized and on numerous occasions passers by yelled out "go Blue Raiders".



          DB Walt Bell: "It was nice to get out in the community. After seeing some of the crowds we have had it was good that we were able to get out and get these people back again. It's easier to play with a big crowd behind you."

          WR Sam Williams: "It really helps our program out to get out in the community and meet people. We were able to meet a lot of new people and it let them get a chance to see us as real people and not just as football players."

          WR Kerry Wright: "People were really happy to see us. It was great to see the smiles on peoples faces when they saw us around town."

          WR Wardell Alsup: "Everyone was happy to see us and very positive. They were all telling us to have a good season and they wanted to talk about the year ahead and Coach Mac."

          P Robert Billings: "I thoroughly enjoyed getting out in the community. We got a very good response. It felt good to know that we might get some extra fans by just what we did today."


SEASON TICKETS MAILED: The majority of season tickets have been mailed out according to ticket manager John Brooks. If fans have not received their tickets by August 20, then please contact the ticket office at 615-898-2103 or 1-888-Yes-MTSU. Also, BRAA parking passes will be mailed out the middle of next week.


SOUTHERN SPORTS TONIGHT SHOW COMING TO TOWN ... AGAIN: For the second year in a row, the Southern Sports Tonight radio show will be airing live from Murfreesboro. Scott McKinney and Max Howell will be airing the show live from the Bunganut Pig on August 25 from 5 to 8 PM. Locally, the show can be heard on WNSR 560 AM from 6 to 8 PM or you can listen to the entire broadcast over the internet at southernsportstonight.com.


STEPHENS HONORED: Wes Stephens, who played for the Blue Raiders from 1998-2001, was selected to the first team all-af2 squad as announced by the league today. Stephens set a Tennessee Valley Viper record with 11.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles this season. He finished tied for second in af2 in sacks and led the league in fumbles forced. He also recorded 22.5 tackles, two pass break ups and led the Vipers with 39 quarterback hits. He also caught four passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. The Vipers host the Macon Knights this Thursday night at 7:30 in the American
Conference Championship Game.


TIDBITS: Head Coach Andy McCollum started off the day at 7 AM by speaking to the Optimist Club at the Shoney's Restaurant ... WR Jason Morgan, who signed with the Blue Raiders on July 31, has left the team ... The BRAA's Raider Roundup is set for this Saturday at 6 PM in the football press box.


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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