Football Camp Notebook (#19)

August 15, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following morning practice on Aug. 15)

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON MORNING WORKOUT: "It was the most physical and lively practice we have had this fall. We had guys trying to knock the fool out of people, which was very pleasing to me eight days into two-a-day practices. We still have to learn to have all 11 guys swarm to the football on defense and protect the ball better on offense, but we're making progress."

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DAY:The defensive play of the day came during a goal line situation. Sophomore Michael Woods chased down the quarterback and tipped a pass, which allowed Sheldon Durham to collect the ball at the goal line for an interception. "That was a big play," McCollum said. "That's the type of plays we have to make." Woods could not agree more. "The coaches stress to us everyday that we have to make plays and be prepared for everything. The offense did a good job with the play, but we were disciplined and made the stop we had to have."

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE DAY:During team drills, LB Randy Arnold made a nice defensive play by tipping a pass headed in the direction of Kendall Newson. Unfortunately for Arnold and the defense, Newson kept his concentration leaped high in the air with one hand and brought in the pass for a completion. "Just a routine, everyday play for Kendall," commented Daily News Journal writer Tony Stinnett, who was covering today's practice.

PASS SKELETON UPDATE:Today's pass skeleton drill produced another solid showing by the quarterbacks and receivers. QB Wes Counts connected on 7 of 10 passes, while Jason Johnson went 5-for-6. Lance Phillips was 2-for-3, including a 70-yard would-be touchdown to Tyrone Calico. On the receiving end, Kendall Newson led the way with three catches, while Alvin Norris, Ryan Edmiston and Dwone Hicks hauled in two each. Defensively during the drill, Johnathan Shaw registered an interception while Brandon Lynch and Joe McClendon (diving) had prass breakups.

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON DB JYKINE (wah-KEEN) BRADLEY:"Jykine has turned into a pretty good corner over there for us. He has come a long way since his first game here when he lined up at corner against Mississippi State for the first time in his career. Last year he led us in interceptions and he is already a much improved and more confident football player from when he walked off the field last November."

THURSDAY'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: OL Josh Willoughby spent 50 minutes of practice riding a stationary bike while recovering from a sprained ankle - Freshman LB Blake Morris, who has been catching the coaches' eyes during practice, had a nice pass breakup during team drills today - 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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