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Blue Raiders head back to practice field on Friday

MT begins bowl preparations

December 14, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Motor City Bowl bound Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will return to the practice field on Friday to begin preparations for the program's first postseason football game in the I-A era. The Blue Raiders have been off recently due to final exams.

Middle Tennessee will take on Central Michigan at Ford Field on December 26. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM CST and will be shown nationally on ESPN.

"Everybody is excited to get back on the practice field and begin our preparation for Central Michigan," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill. "With final exams over and no classes, we will be able to concentrate solely on football and what it takes to compete in a bowl game. This coaching staff has a lot of experience when it comes to bowl games and we will take that knowledge and prepare these players the best we can. I think we have a good plan in place."

The Blue Raiders, which have spent most of the week running and lifting, will hit the field Friday at 4 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, and again on Sunday at 3 PM. The team will practice Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before departing for Detroit on Friday morning.

While in Detroit, the Blue Raiders will practice each day at Ford Field.

The Blue Raiders will face the MAC champions and a high-powered offensive attack led by freshman quarterback Dan LeFevour. The Chippewas (9-4) rank 31st nationally in total offense and 24th in scoring.

"They are a very talented team with a lot of weapons so we will have to play a near-perfect game in order to come out on top," added Stockstill. "I saw a little of their game against Ohio and they were very impressive."

The Sun Belt Champions will lineup with the league's top scoring offense and a defense that has four first-team all-conference players, including All-American Damon Nickson and all-time sack leader Erik Walden.

"This means a lot to our team and University, especially with what we have been through the past three years," said quarterback Clint Marks. "This is such a great moment. This is why you play college football, to be in a bowl game and to play after Christmas is even better. We are the only game on television that night so that is a great opportunity."

Bowl Practice Schedule
Friday, Dec. 15: 3:45 PM
Saturday, Dec. 16: 2:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 17: No Practice
Monday, Dec. 18: 2 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 19: 2 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 20: 2 PM
Thursday, Dec. 21: 10 AM
Friday, Dec. 22: 3 PM EST at Ford Field
Saturday, Dec. 23: 8 AM EST at Ford Field
Sunday, Dec. 24: 7:30 PM EST at Ford Field
Monday, Dec. 25: 10 AM EST at Ford Field

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