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Hines, Billings Honored by Sun Belt

November 10, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee quarterback Andrico Hines and punter Robert Billings were named Sun Belt Conference Players of the Week by members of the league media. It marked the third honor of the year for Hines and the first for Billings.

"It's nice for our guys to be recognized for their efforts, but they will be the first to tell you that without the play of their teammates it would not have been possible," head coach Andy McCollum said. "This is a team game and it really is a team honor, but we are very appreciative of the recognition."

Hines, who has now won the award four times in his two-year career, completed 15 of 22 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown to go along with a team-best 90 rushing yards. The senior signal-caller also had a career long 40-yard touchdown run.

Billings, who also turned in his fourth career honor, averaged 42.8 yards a punt, including a 54-yarder. However, the senior's highlight came on Middle Tennessee's first offensive possession when he faked a punt and ran 54 yards for his first collegiate score. It was the second longest run from scrimmage by the Blue Raiders this year.

The Blue Raiders have now won a total of six player of the week honors this year, which is the second most honors the team has won in a single-season.

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