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Football Camp Notebook (#9)

August 9, 2001 · MT Media Relations
FOOTBALL CAMP NOTEBOOK (#9)
(following morning practice on Aug. 9)

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON MORNING PRACTICE:"We got better this morning. It was hard at first because of the weather causing so much havoc, but once we hit the field it was all business. I think they won this morning."

WEATHER PLAYS ROLE IN MORNING WORKOUT:Thursday mornings practice was interrupted for the second straight day by stormy weather. Practice was originally scheduled for 7:45 AM, but the team conducted a meeting then went inside the Murphy Center to resume practice. After about 30 minutes, the Blue Raiders went outside to Floyd Stadium and practiced on the turf where they went for little more than an hour. "It's always tough with all the starting and stopping," McCollum said. "Hopefully we will have good weather this afternoon."

DB JOE MCCLENDON ON DEFENSE:"Coach (Steve) Davis' scheme allows us to be more aggressive, and as players we get to roam and use our athletic ability. This lets us show our opponent multiple looks. Everyone seems to know their assignments better right now than they did a year ago."

QB JASON JOHNSON ON OFFENSE:"We are coming along pretty good. Right now we are just trying to get some of the rust off. If we can keep progressing like we have the last couple of days, I believe we will be where we need to."

CNNSI.com PICKS MT:"In CNNSI.com's Sun Belt Conference Preview, the publication picked the Blue Raiders to win the inaugural title. The preview also had various categories where they singled out players and coaches. The first one was titled "The Number" and they used 1,277 which is the number of yards Dwone Hicks rushed for in 2000. Another topic was "Hot and Not" and under the "Hot" heading was Middle Tennessee quarterbacks Wes Counts and Jason Johnson. Senior receiver Kendall Newson was also highlighted in the "Game Balls" category, while Brian Kelly was selected the leagues top placekicker.

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE:Two-a-day practices continue with the first workout starting at 8 AM and concluding at 10:20 AM, while the evening practice will begin at 5:20 PM. Two-a-days will conclude on Aug. 18.

TIDBITS: Redshirt freshman Seth Grabo spent extra time after practice working on snapping the football in a shotgun formation. Grabo is making the move to center - a position he has never played - The Blue Raider Football Preview will begin airing on MTSU Channel 9 on Comcast cable television on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. It will air each Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for the next three weeks. The show features last year's Blue Raider highlight video along with preseason information on the football team, parking, ticket packages, and more - 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.

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