Football Camp Notebook (#5)

August 6, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following afternoon practice on Aug. 6)

KELLY ON GROZA WATCH LIST:It was announced today by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission that Middle Tennessee placekicker Brian Kelly is one of 30 preliminary candidates for the 10th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award. Kelly, out of Woodstock, GA, made 11 of 13 field goals as a freshman and has been voted the Sun Belt Conference's preseason all-league team. The kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2000 season and on preseason expectations. The 20 semifinalists for the award will be announced in late October. The awards website, www.palmbeachsports.com/groza, will feature a special interactive online voting section. This feature, which will be operational soon, allows anyone to vote for who they believe will win the award. The online voting, however, is purely for fun. Kelly is one of just five sophomores on the list.

VARSITY PLAYERS ARRIVE:All of the varsity players arrived on campus today and all of them seem to be ready to get practice started. "A bunch of us were so excited this morning we went to the newcomer practice just to get a taste of how it will be," wide receiver Kendall Newson said. "I know all of us are ready to get things going. Wednesday will be a lot of fun." The varsity will go through physicals tonight, then have a full day of orientation on Tuesday before hitting the field for the first time on Wednesday at 8 AM.

TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE:Their will be no practice on Tuesday as the entire team will be going through orientation. The Blue Raiders will hit the field again on Wednesday at 8 AM.

TIDBITS: The varsity players in attendance at the afternoon practice were Dwone Hicks, Chris Johnson, Hansford Johnson, Steve Ellison, Lance Phillips, Wardel Alsup, Kendall Newson, Anthony Hood, Michael Woods, Jykine Bradley, Muhammad Rashada, Brandon Lynch, David Coy and Jonathan Barry - Fan Day/Media Day is scheduled for Aug. 18 at Noon at Floyd Stadium (free hotdogs and cokes will be provided along with opportunities to get autographs and pictures with all the players and coaches) - 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 - The media in attendance this afternoon was Tony Stinnett of the Daily News Journal.

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