Football Camp Notebook (#20)

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

ONLINE VOTING FOR LOU GROZA AWARD NOW AVAILABLE: WEST PALM BEACH, FL - The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is pleased to announce that an online voting booth has been set up for college football fans to vote on who they think should win the 2001 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Middle Tennessee place-kicker Brian Kelly is one of the 30 who made this year's watch list. Simply go to www.palmbeachsports.com/Groza to cast a vote for one of the 30 kickers named to the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List. As an added bonus, voters can click on each individual name (BRIAN KELLY, MT) located on the ballot to read a brief biography about the kickers and make a more educated selection. There is no limit as to how many times a person may vote for their favorite kicker. The voting is purely for fun and has no influence on the actual voting for the award. The Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List is comprised of the top 30 preliminary candidates for the 10th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award will be given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL.

RADIO REMOTE ON CAMPUS:The Press Box with Bill King and Greg Pogue will go live from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM from outside the practice facility on Thursday. The show, which airs on 560 AM, will include interviews with head coach Andy McCollum, Dwone Hicks, Wes Counts, Jason Johnson, Tanaka Scott, and Kendall Newson. King and Pogue will also talk with interim athletic director Boots Donnelly and president Dr. Sidney McPhee.

BILLINGS SOLID:Sophomore punter Robert Billings enjoyed a successful outing today kicking from deep in his territory. Out of 13 attempts, Billings sailed seven of them 42 yards or longer against a heavy rush. Two of his punts topped the 50-yard mark.

ALEX ROBINS ON QUARTERBACKS:"I think experience is a big factor, but day-to-day production is more important. We tell them they can not win games by themselves, but they can sure lose one. Right now we're making too many mistakes and we have to improve in that area. I am pleased with the vast majority of the day-to-day production, but it does not take but one bad play to make everything bad from that position."

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON WARDELL ALSUP:Wardell Alsup, a sophomore from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, is having a very solid camp, which has been noticed by head coach Andy McCollum. "Wardell is doing a super job. He has a lot of skills, but we need him to put some more weight on. He's got great feet, loves the game and loves to compete. Right now he's in the hunt for a starting job."

FRESHMAN GETTING NOTICED:True freshman linebacker Blake Morris, out of Cleveland, TN, has been very impressive in two-a-day camp. A former two-time all-state and 2000 Mr. Football finalist, Morris was regarded by most as the top defensive player in the state last season. "Blake has a chance to be an outstanding player for Middle Tennessee," head coach Andy McCollum said. "He's physical, has good movement and is very mature for a freshman. He played at a tough, physical high school in Bradley Central, which has helped him make the adjustment to college. Blake will play somewhere for us this year."

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: Walk-on Joe Moos, who had been playing defensive tackle, made the move to center on the offensive line during this evening workout - TE Lucas Frost was back at practice - 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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