Football Camp Notebook (#18)

August 14, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following morning practice on Aug. 14)

TODAY'S PRACTICE:The Blue Raiders went in full pads for nearly three hours this morning in what was a spirited workout. The team worked on punt block, pass skeleton, offense vs defense, goal line, and positional drills. "It was a very physical morning," head coach Andy McCollum said. "This is crunch time right now and we have to fight through all the tiredness and soreness. When you are tired and sore you have to do all the little things right. We're not good enough to turn the ball over, drop passes or have missed assignments."

LEE IMPRESSES:Running back Reshard Lee continues to impress the coaching staff with his running ability and knack for finding holes in the defense. Lee, out of Brunswick, GA, sat out last year after coming to campus as the No. 1 rated athlete in the state of Georgia. In today's morning workout, Lee put together a few eye-opening runs including a touchdown during the team's goal line drill. "He really had a good practice this morning," McCollum said. "His speed, physical play and awareness as a running back really impresses me. He can find a hole, hit it with power and run over you."

PASS SKELETON DRILL:During this mornings pass skeleton drill quarterback Wes Counts connected on 5 of 6 passes, while Jason Johnson hit on 3 of 5. Junior Andrico Hines was an impressive 6-for-7. Senior Kendall Newson paced all receivers with four catches, while Tyrone Calico, Kerry Wright and Hashem Joyner added two each.

TEAM VS TEAM:Running backs Dwone Hicks and Reshard Lee both reeled off long runs during the team drill today - Also during the drill LB Sheldon Durham recovered a fumble - Hansford Johnson and Kendall Newson had two catches each.

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

TIDBITS: Middle Tennessee head men's tennis coach Dale Short watched practice today for about two periods - WR Nick Payne was back practicing this morning - OL Josh Willoughby spent the first hour of practice riding a stationary bike while recovering from a sprained ankle - Freshman Curt Brown, who is battling back spasms, rode the stationary bike for about 45 minutes during the second half of practice - TE Brett Bucher was in full pads today for the first time during fall camp. Bucher came into camp late after completing a summer school class assignment - 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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