Blue Raiders make clean sweep of SBC awards
Craddock, Suber, Robinson honoredNovember 5, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For the third time under Rick Stockstill and the fourth overall, Middle Tennessee made a clean sweep of the weekly Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week awards. Quarterback Joe Craddock, defensive back Alex Suber, and defensive back Bradley Robinson earned the three honors. Craddock earned the offensive award, while Suber brought home the defensive honor and Robinson took the special team's award.
Pressed into starting duty in place of injured quarterback Dwight Dasher, Craddock not only enjoyed a career game against ULM but he put together one of the best games in school history for a quarterback. Craddock had a school-record 471 yards total offense and five touchdowns in the win. He completed 22-of-29 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns and he rushed for a personal-best 70 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Craddock's 401 yards passing were the third most in school history and the four touchdown passes tied for third most in a game for the Blue Raiders. The 471 yards marked a new school record for total offense, besting the previous mark of 461 yards set by Clint Marks in 2004. Craddock had touchdown passes of 42, 11, 66, and 94 yards. The 94-yard touchdown pass was the third longest in school history and it went down as the longest scoring pass in ULM's Malone Stadium history.
Suber, a former running back, came up huge for the Blue Raiders in their fourth straight win. The Tampa, Fla., product had a career-high 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, and his first career interception in helping lead the Blue Raiders to victory.
Robinson's first career kickoff return will be one Blue Raider fans will never forget. After ULM had taken a 40-37 lead with 57 seconds remaining, Robinson asked to be put in the game for a chance at the return. Coach Rick Stockstill obliged and the kick went to Robinson, who broke through tackles, used a burst of speed and a spin move at midfield to go 89 yards for the game-winning kickoff return for a touchdown. Robinson also had his 13th career interception in the Blue Raider win.
Middle Tennessee (5-5; 4-1) will return home Saturday for its final home game of the season when they face Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM and the team will celebrate Homecoming, a Salute to Veterans, and will say good-bye to 18 seniors.
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