White blanks Blue, 17-0

Massaro announces video boards will be in place for 2007

April 14, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A dominating display of defense coupled with the throwing of Joe Craddock and the running of Phillip Tanner sent the White team to a 17-0 victory over the Blue in the annual Blue-White Spring Game at Floyd Stadium Saturday. With the victory, the White team will be treated to a steak dinner on Tuesday night for the second straight season.

"I thought it was a good day," said head coach Rick Stockstill. "After the first couple of drives, it settled down into a pretty good game. I thought both sides played hard and showed a lot of improvement. Some individuals stood up and made some good plays which was good to see."

The White defense held the Blue to just 49 yards of total offense, gave up only four first downs, and collected six sacks to key the victory. Senior Sean Mosley tallied a game-high four sacks while teammate Damon Nickson added two interceptions to lead the charge.

Craddock, who earned the starting job under center with a solid spring, did not disappoint on Saturday. The junior completed 8 of 11 passes for 113 yards and had just one interception which came off a tipped pass. Craddock's favorite target was junior Bobby Williams who reeled in four receptions for 85 yards.

"I was impressed by Joe (Craddock)," added Stockstill. "I thought he showed good command of the offense and made good decisions out there today. He moved around and found some open guys."

Tanner, a rising sophomore who played on defense a year ago, showed the Blue Raider faithful what they can expect in 2007. The hard running Tanner rushed 20 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns to pace the White's ground attack.

"I was very impressed with the way Phillip (Tanner) ran the ball," said Stockstill. "I thought he ran more like he did last year. He's done a better job since last week when he had those two fumbles in the scrimmage. He has really worked on protecting the football and it showed today."

The White team got on the scoreboard quickly following Nickson's second interception in as many possessions to put the White in business at the Blue 33-yard line. In just four plays, Phillip Tanner burst through the line from six yards out to put the White team in front 7-0.

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On the next possession, Craddock took the White team 83 yards on just seven plays to extend the lead to 14-0. During the drive, Craddock was a perfect 3-for-3 through the air and Tanner added 19 yards and capped off the drive with a 2-yard score.

The final points of the game came in the fourth quarter when quarterback Gene Delle Donne led the White team on a 33-yard drive that ended with a Matt King 31-yard field goal.

The lone standout for the Blue squad on offense was receiver Taron Henry. The senior had three catches for 43 yards including a nice 19-yard grab in traffic from quarterback Patrick Jackson.

Defensively, the Blue squad was led by Erik Walden's three sacks while getting nine tackles each from linebackers Danny Carmichael and Cam Robinson. David Raymond had the unit's lone interception.

Notes: Two of Matt King's four kickoffs were touchbacks ... Tavares Jones and Sean Mosley led the White team with five tackles ... Derek Mason continued his solid spring with six tackles and a sack ... Richard Billings averaged 44.5 yards a punt in four attempts ... David DeFatta attempted a 50 yard field goal but it was wide right ... There were only two penalties for the game and both came against the Blue defense for offsides.

On injuries sustained during the game:"We had an ankle and shoulder-- injury wise. We got out of it with only a couple of injuries. There wasn't anything too serious."

On who will be the number two quarterback for the Fall: "I think Patrick (Jackson) is ahead of the other guys. You can tell he has practiced a couple of years now. He understands the offense better than the other guys. I think there is some separation between one and two and some separation between two and three. This summer is going to be critical for those three guys to better understand the offense and learn to make better decisions in game type situations."

On who will be the number three quarterback for the Fall: "I would say that Salin (Simpson) and Gene (Delle Donne) are tied for third."

On his concern about the team's depth:"Depth is a concern at every position for this team. We can't afford to lose anybody. We played that whole game with Phillip Tanner as the only running back. If we lose anybody to injuries, it could play a big role for this football team."

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
6:59 - White - Tanner 6 run (King kick) 4-33-2:05
2:50 - White - Tanner 2 run (DeFatta kick) 7-83-2:31>br> Fourth Quarter
11:02 - White - King 31 FG, 8-33-6:22

Team statistics
First Downs 4 16
Rushing Att./Yds 17-(-18) 30-109
Passing Yards 67 148
A-C-I 21-8-2 19-11-1
Plays-Yards 38-49 49-257
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 0/0
Punts/Avg. 7/39.6 4/32.8
Int./Yards 1/0 2/11
Third-down conv. 3-of-12 1-of-8
Fourth-down conv. 0-of-1 0-of-0
Sacks by 6-36 6-48

Individual Stats
Rushing: White - Tanner 20-104, A. Banks 1-24, Craddock 3-7, B. Robinson 1-4;. Blue - McNair 5-15, Webb 6-15.

Passing: White - Craddock 8-11-1 113 yards, Delle Donne 3-7-0, 35 yards, A. Banks 0-1. Blue - Jackson 3-10-2 34, Simpson 4-10-0, 25 yards, N. Coleman 1-1-0, 8 yards.

Receiving: White - Williams 4-85, Corder 3-20, Cannon 2-27, Dugger 1-13, Grigsby 1-3. Blue - Henry 3-43, Taylor 3-21, Chicola 1-8, Honeycutt 1-(-5).

Most Dependable QB: Joe Craddock
Most Dependable RB: Phillip Tanner
Most Dependable WR: Patrick Honeycutt
Most Dependable TE: Clint Corder
Most Dependable OL: Franklin Dunbar
Most Dependable DL: Tavares Jones
Most Dependable LB: Danny Carmichael
Most Dependable S: Damon Nickson
Most Dependable CB: Bradley Robinson
Most Dependable Specialist: Matt King

Most Improved Strength Training QB: Joe Craddock
Most Improved Strength Training WR: Bobby Williams
Most Improved Strength Training TE: Clint Corder
Most Improved Strength Training OL: Franklin Dunbar
Most Improved Strength Training DL: Derek Mason
Most Improved Strength Training LB: Danny Carmichael
Most Improved Strength Training S: Josh Gregory
Most Improved Strength Training CB: Alex Suber
Most Improved Strength Training Specialist: Adam Wade

Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic Award: Chris Hawkins
Donald Craig Sophomore Academic Award: Bobby Williams
Dr. James E. Walker Junior Academic Award: Trevor Jenkins
Dr. Sidney McPhee Senior Academic Award: Brandon Nix

VIDEO BOARDS ARE COMING:Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced at halftime of the Blue-White Spring Game that video boards would be placed in Floyd Stadium and Murphy Center.

The boards will be in place for the 2007 season.

"The video boards will greatly enhance fan experience and the overall enjoyment of the game at Floyd Stadium and Murphy Center," said Massaro. "This has been the missing component for both facilities and we are very excited about the possibilities the boards will provide."

More detailed information will be released at a later date.

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