Football Camp Notebook (#15)

August 12, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following evening practice on Aug. 12)

SPECIAL TEAMS PRACTICE:The Blue Raiders practiced just once on Sunday and the entire 2 1/2 hour workout was dedicated to special teams. The team worked on kickoffs, kickoff returns, punts, punt returns, and punt block. "This was a very good teaching, learning and conditioning practice," head coach Andy McCollum said. "We went through all phases of our special teams, which is something we spend as much time on as we do offense and defense. I am proud of the way our kids came out tonight and competed. They showed a lot of enthusiasm."

BLUE RAIDERS AT CHURCH:The entire Blue Raider football team attended World Outreach Church this morning for worship service. The team tries to attend a different church each week during fall camp in order to meet new people and stay involved in the community. "It was a great service this morning," McCollum said. "Our family got together with the World Outreach family and it was a special day for our football team."

FIRST DAY OF LIFTING:This afternoon marked the first day of weight lifting for the team as a whole (varsity and newcomers together). The team went about 45 minutes with the newcomers partnering up with big brothers (varsity). The session was two-fold. The rookies had to begin getting indoctrinated to the system, while the varsity used the lifting as a recovery workout from the previous practices. "The workout went as smooth as anything we have ever done because of the big brother program," strength coach Robb Rogers said. "Everybody was on time and even the injured guys participated. It was very productive."

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON FIRST WEEK OF PRACTICE:I have been pleased because we have had a good work ethic and a great attitude. This team is coming out every practice wanting to improve. We still have a lot of work to do, but we're making progress. The final week of two-a-days will start working on them at some point, but that's when our leadership has to step up. This coming week is big for this football team."

DC STEVE DAVIS ON DEFENSIVE BACKS:"I really like the attitude and work ethic of all the defensive backs to this point. If you do not give great effort in this defense you have a tendency to stick out like a sore thumb. All our defensive backs are chasing the ball well and learning what we want them to do."

MONDAY'S SCHEDULE:The Blue Raiders hold their morning practice (pads) beginning at 7:45 AM and will start the evening practice at 5:10 PM.

TIDBITS: Tennessee Titan offensive tackle Barry Hall stopped by practice tonight and spent a few minutes with Coach McCollum - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson visited practice today after returning from Alabama to celebrate his father's 85th birthday - Chad Cooper hit a kickoff three yards into the endzone during practice tonight, which drew a huge smile from Coach McCollum - 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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