Football Camp Notebook (#21)

August 16, 2001 · MT Media Relations
(following today's practice on Aug. 16)

USA TODAY PICKS BLUE RAIDERS: USA Today had a write-up in today's paper about the Sun Belt Conference and their predicted order of finish. USA Today writer Jack Carey had the Blue Raiders winning the inaugural title with Idaho second and New Mexico State third. North Texas was in the fourth spot, followed by Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe. To view the article click here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2001-08-15-sun-belt.htm.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Head Coach Andy McCollum moved the evening practice and after 21 periods he brought the team together and told them he was taking them to a movie. After hitting the showers and getting a bite to eat, the team loaded up on buses in order to make the 7:45 PM showing of "Rush Hour 2". "This is a good break from our practice and meeting routine," McCollum said. "It gives us a chance to do something as a team and that's important to me."

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON TODAY'S SCRIMMAGE:"I will have to watch the film to really see what happened. I do know that the first half of practice we lost today, but the second half was a different story. The kids came back strong and gave themselves a chance to win. We still have to learn to finish plays. I saw some good things out there today, but we also missed some assignments. What I look for the most in scrimmages is effort, and I saw a lot out there this morning."

ANDY MCCOLLUM ON JOE MOOS:Walk-on Joe Moos, who played his prep football at Riverdale High School, has recently made the move from defensive line to offensive center. Early on the move appears to positive for Moos and the Blue Raiders. "Joe came in here as a freshman and we knew he was a tough kid and gave great effort, but he wasn't big enough. Now Joe has the size and we view this as a great opportunity for him. He is the strongest guy on the team, has great feet and simply wants to be on the field in the worst way. Joe's a fighter and I think he can help this football team. I have been really impressed."

RADIO REMOTE ON CAMPUS TODAY: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.

MORNING SCRIMMAGE HIGHLIGHTS:The Blue Raiders went through a 40-minute scrimmage this morning and following are a few of the highlights: Wes Counts completed 6 of 10 passes, while Jason Johnson connected on 5 of 9 - Hansford Johnson led all receivers with four catches - WR Kendall Newson had three catches - Reshard Lee, Dwone Hicks and Don Calloway all registered long runs - Defensively, Joe McClendon, Sheldon Durham, Wardell Alsup, and Muhammad Rashada all had pass breakups - Curtis Daniely had two sacks, while Brandon Lynch and Alvin Fite recorded one each - Wes Stephens had a TFL.

TANAKA SCOTT ON TODAY'S SCRIMMAGE:"We made some good plays and made some bad ones. We're just trying to get better as a team and I think we are. Our progress starts with the coaching staff and their game plan. We're just trying to execute and today we did a pretty good job."

DWONE HICKS ON TODAY'S SCRIMMAGE:"The defense showed us some different looks, which will only help make us a better unit. We missed a few assignments and made too many mistakes, but we will work hard to get those corrected. The defense has come a long way and I look for them to continue to get better."

FRIDAY'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: Director of football operations, Tom Fiveash, handed all the players Popsicle's following the morning workout -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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