Football Camp Notebook (#2)

August 4, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following afternoon practice on Aug. 4)

TRACK STAR OUT FOR FOOTBALL:Current Middle Tennessee track standout Mardy Scales reported to football camp on Friday and went through both practices on Saturday. Scales, a sophomore from Franklin, TN, won the 200 meters at the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships and was second in the 100 meters. Scales, who lettered in football at Centennial High School, also ran a leg on Middle Tennessee's record-breaking 4X100 relay team. The 5-8, 150-pound Scales has spent the first two practices working with the defensive backs. "I have been wanting to go out for football for a long time," Scales said. "It did not work out last year, but I am on the field now and I really enjoy it. I have missed playing football."

HALL MAKES VISIT:Former Middle Tennessee star and current Tennessee Titan Barry Hall stopped by to observe practice today after spending his afternoon scrimmaging against the Indianapolis Colts. Hall, who received 30 of the 40 reps today, played mostly at right tackle but also saw time at right guard. The Fairmount, GA native, who started 42 straight games for the Blue Raiders, is weighing between 310 and 315 and is presently listed as second/third team at right tackle. "I am having a lot of fun," Hall said. "The difference from the college level to the pros is speed. The game isn't all power now. Even the meetings are faster."

FUTURE UNDER CENTER:The future at quarterback appears to be in good hands after witnessing newcomers Andrico Hines and Andre Green the first day. Both have smooth releases, size, and quickness. Hines, 6-2, 221, is a transfer from Southwest Mississippi CC where he was an all-star performer in 2000. The Riverdale, GA native completed 64 percent of his passes and tossed 15 touchdowns as a sophomore. Green, out of Fayetteville, GA and Sandy Creek High School, was rated the No. 59 player in the country by Rivals100.com last February. As a senior, Green threw for over 800 yards while rushing for more than 1,000. "Both quarterbacks are very impressive individuals," McCollum said. "They handle themselves well out there and are catching on to what we do. I think both players have a bright future at Middle Tennessee."

WEIGHT WATCHERS:If you are looking to lose weight stop by and ask offensive line coach Joe Wickline and graduate assistant Gary Camp. The two have combined to lose 80 pounds since January. Wickline has dropped 50 pounds, while Camp is 30 pounds lighter.

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE:The newcomers will go through just one practice on Sunday beginning at 5:10 PM. The group will attend church together in the morning, have lunch, go over weight room details, then attend meetings before resuming the evening workout.

TIDBITS:Approximately 40 Blue Raider fans witnessed this afternoon's workout - Fan Day/Media Day is scheduled for Aug. 18 at Noon at Floyd Stadium - More details will be revealed next week.

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