Football Camp Notebook (#10)August 9, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following evening practice on Aug. 9)
MONTALBANO AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP:At the end of practice this evening, head coach Andy McCollum brought the team together and told linebacker r-sophomore Joey Montalbano that he was now on a full scholarship. The Nashville, TN native, who got a spirited round of applause from his teammates, was just named the programs Lifter of the Year on Tuesday for his work in the weight room. Montalbano, a linebacker, started on the kickoff team a year ago and played in 10 games. "This is a great honor," Montalbano said. "The good thing about walking on is you get a chance to prove yourself. Nothing gets handed to you. It's good to know hard work does pay off." A finance major, Montalbano played his prep football for Father Ryan where he was a two-time all-state selection. "Joey is one of the hardest working kids I have ever been around," head coach Andy McCollum said. "This is well deserved and I am glad we could do it. He has great character, work ethic and a sense of urgency. He earned it."
WORKAHOLICS:The Blue Raiders put in a lot of time today in trying to get better. Before tonight's special team's practice, the team had already logged over seven hours of meetings and practice. Despite the long day, the team was very spirited at the end of the evening workout. "The enthusiasm has been great today," McCollum added. "We have worked hard and been on the field a long time, but they know this is what it takes to make Middle Tennessee a better football team."
MCCOLLUM ON SPECIAL TEAMS WORK:"We spend as much time on special teams as we do on offense and defense because it is such a critical part of the game. Last year there were three or four occasions when special teams play made the difference and that is why we work extra hard on that facet of the game."
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: Former players Terrence King, Reggie Primas and Jermaine Francis attended tonight's evening workout - Junior Kareem Bland and transfer Johnathan Shaw both recorded interceptions tonight - Former LaVergne standout and current Stanford Cardinal Luke Powell observed tonight's workout (Powell does not report camp at Stanford until August 16) - 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 email@example.com.
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