Football Camp Notebook (#3)

August 5, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following afternoon practice on Aug. 5)

VARSITY REPORT:After two days of working with the newcomers, the Blue Raider coaching staff will prepare to welcome the veterans back to campus on Monday. The veterans will report at the weight room between the hours of 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Following check-in the varsity will undergo physicals and be sized for equipment.

COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD:Maurice Patton, president of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, stopped by campus today to deliver Andy McCollum's 2000 TSWA Coach of the Year plaque. McCollum was the second Blue Raider head coach to win the award after former head man Boots Donnelly had the honor in 1988 and 1994. "I really appreciate the organization for coming down in person," McCollum said. "It is a great honor and one I will cherish for a long time."

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS:Several preseason football magazines are out and the majority of them have picked the Blue Raiders to win the inaugural Sun Belt Championship. Lindy's Football Annuals, Street & Smith's, The Sporting News, Blue Ribbon, and Preview Sports have all tabbed Middle Tennessee as the team to beat. Football Action 2001 had the Blue Raiders second behind Idaho. Lindy's also picked Dwone Hicks as the offensive player of the year and had Kendall Newson, Brandon Westbrook, Brian Kelly, Tanaka Scott and Jykine Bradley on the all-conference team. Street & Smith's had Hicks as its offensive player of the year and singled out the Oct. 6 contest at home against Idaho as a "Game to Watch." The Sporting News put Newson, Westbrook, Hicks, Scott, and Kelly on the all-league team, while picking Tyrone Calico as the most underrated player and the coaching staff as the top staff in the league. Blue Ribbon had Hicks as the offensive player of the year and Hansford Johnson as the SBC's top returner.

MONDAY'S SCHEDULE:The newcomers will go through two practices on Monday with the first one starting at 9:10 AM and the second beginning at 5:10 PM. The varsity will report between 1:30 and 3:30 PM on Monday.

TIDBITS:Veterans Michael Woods and Joe McClendon stopped by to witness practice on Sunday - During the conditioning runs at the conclusion of practice, the team was put into three different groups and finishing first in their groups today were Alvin Fite, Reshard Lee, Mardy Scales and Kerry Wright - The weather at today's practice was good once again with temperatures in the mid-70s and cloudy - Fan Day/Media Day is scheduled for Aug. 18 at Noon at Floyd Stadium - More details will be revealed next week - If you would like to purchase a 2001 football media guide the cost is $12, plus $3 for handling and shipping - To order, please call 615-898-2968 or email your request to mrowens@mtsu.edu - Tony Stinnett of the Daily News Journal was covering today's practice.

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