Football program holds team banquet

SBC Commissioner presents championship trophy

December 9, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee held its team banquet on Saturday night and Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Wright Waters officially presented the Blue Raiders with their championship trophy. Nearly 400 people inside Alumni Memorial Gym stood and cheered to honor the team's accomplishment.

Individually, 22 players received a plaque for earning a "winning performance" from the coaching staff during the 2006 season. A "winning performance" is achieved by grading out at a winner for at least eight games. The players earning a "winning performance" on offense were: Clinton Corder, Franklin Dunbar, Germayle Franklin, Marcus Gates, Desmond Gee, Jonathan Grigsby, Eugene Gross, Clint Marks, and DeMarco McNair. On defense the winners were: Marcus Brandon, Danny Carmichael, Lonnie Clemons, Jonathan Harris, Wes Hofacker, Tavares Jones, Trevor Jenkins, Sean Mosley, Damon Nickson, Justin Rainey, Erik Walden, Colby Smith, and Phillip Tanner.

The four permanent captains, as voted on by the players, also received a plaque. The recipients for 2006 were quarterback Clint Marks, running back Eugene Gross, linebacker Justin Rainey, and safety Jonathan Harris.

Jim Rost and Lewis Gray from the Academic Enhancement Center presented the academic awards for 2006. The senior winner was Germayle Franklin, while Tavares Jones earned the junior award. Trevor Jenkins was given the sophomore honor and Phillip Tanner brought home the freshman award.

The final awards presented were from Strength and Conditioning Coach Russell Patterson. The Lifter of the Year, which shows the most overall gains from the beginning of the calendar year to date, went to junior defensive end Erik Walden. The Dedication award, which is voted on by the players and is given to someone who exhibited the best work ethic both in season and off-season, was presented to Eugene Gross and Tavares Jones. The Power Hour award was given to walk-on Josh Gregory. The Power Hour is a competition held in the fall between freshmen and redshirt freshmen. The players compete in numerous strong man lifting events and the winner is characterized by strength, endurance, and speed.

Colby Smith closed out the night with a few comments on the season as a representative of the senior class.

The Blue Raiders will have off until Friday in order to concentrate on final exams.

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