Blue Raiders Sign Four Mid-Term Football Players

December 17, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, TN - Middle Tennessee head football coach Andy McCollum announced today the signing of four players as mid-term signees. The Blue Raiders fulfilled some immediate needs by bringing in two offensive linemen and two defensive backs who will all be in school this January and be available for spring practice in March.

All-conference lineman Cade Becher (Scottsdale (AZ) Community College), East Tennessee State transfer Quinton Staton, defensive back DeMarcus Green (Glendale (AZ) Community College), and All-state running back Ralph King (currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee) will all be wearing the blue and white in 2004.

"Our target for mid-term signees was defensive back and help along the offensive line and I think we got some players who will impact our program immediately," head coach Andy McCollum said. "These are all quality student-athletes and we look forward to them representing Middle Tennessee and our football program."

Becher, 6-3, 300, earned all-conference honors last year for Scottsdale Community College after helping pave the way for the WSFL's fifth leading rusher. Becher started all 10 games as SCC went 4-6.

Staton, 6-3, 280, was one of just three players to start all 12 games for the Bucs along the offensive line and went on to earn second team all-Southern Conference honors. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native also made the league's coaches all-conference squad during ETSU's final year of football.

Green, 5-10, 185, started every game last year for Glendale Community College where he was part of a secondary that gave up just 135 yards through the air per game to rank first in the conference. The Glendale, Ariz., native was an all-star running back and went on to walk-on at the University of Arizona where they turned him into a defensive back.

King, 5-10, 180, was an all-state running back at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro where he rushed for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons and led the Warriors to a perfect 15-0 record and a state title in 2001. King, a former Mr. Football in Tennessee, will be worked into the secondary this spring. National Signing Day for high school players will be on February 5, 2004.

6-3, 300, Jr., OL, Peoria, AZ/Scottsdale (AZ) CC

Scottsdale: Helped clear the way for the WSFL's fifth-leading rusher in 2003 ... Started all 10 games and earned second team all-conference honors as team went 4-6 ... Also earned second team all-conference honors for the ASFO and the WSCC.

High School: A two-year starter at Peoria High School ... As a senior the team went 10-2 and he earned all-state, all-region and all-city honors ... Made the Arizona All-Star game.

Personal: Parents: Larry and Ellen Becher ... Born: 4/17/83.

5-10, 185, Jr., DB, Glendale, AZ/Glendale (AZ) CC

Glendale: Originally walked on at the University of Arizona where they converted him to a defensive back ... Earned first team all-WSFL, first team all-ACCAC and first team all-region at cornerback in 2003 ... Played mainly against passing teams as a freshman at GCC ... Started every game as a sophomore and led a GCC secondary that allowed just 135 passing yards per game.

High School: Was an all-region running back for Apollo High School ... Started at running back and cornerback ... Lettered three years in football and track and field for three years ... Nominated for the National Honor Society.

Personal: Parents: Charles, Jr. and Olivia Green ... Born: 3/29/83 ... Other: Is partially deaf in both ears.

5-10, 180, r-So., DB, Murfreesboro, TN/Riverdale HS

Noteworthy: Attended Motlow State Community College for one semester before enrolling at Middle Tennessee in January of 2003.

2003: Sat out the year due to NCAA academic requirements.

High School: Rushed for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons for Coach Gary Rankin and Riverdale ... Led the Warriors to a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship in 2001 ... Earned Mr. Football Back of the Year honors and the Daily News Journal Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... Selected All-State, All-Midstate, and All-Region his senior year ... In the state championship game against Hendersonville, King rushed 29 times for 129 yards to finish the year with 2,647 rushing yards ... Against Ooltewah in the semifinal game, King had 25 carries for 227 yards.

Personal: Parent: Ralph King, Sr. ... Born: 12/4/85.

6-3, 280, Jr., OL, Chattanooga, TN/Tyner HS/ETSU

ETSU: Was one of three players to start all 12 games on an offensive line that suffered several injuries ... Named second team all-Southern Conference by members of the media while also making the Southern Conference's coaches team ... As a freshman in 2002, he played in seven games, starting four at offensive tackle ... Started consecutive games at The Citadel, against Elon and against Furman.

High School: Graded out at 90 percent as an offensive lineman ... Recorded 26 pancake blocks ... Named all-state, all-region and all-city in Class AA ... Finalist for Mr. Football ... Selected to play in the Tennessee/Georgia All-Star game ... Made 131 tackles with 17 sacks on defense.

Personal: Parent: Pearl Hale ... Born: 11/15/83.

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