Thursday's football practice update

August 19, 2004 · MT Media Relations
(Practice No. 11)

MCCOLLUM ON TODAY'S PRACTICE: "I thought there were some good things on both sides of the ball and I liked the way Josh Harris executed out there. The offense showed some good signs and I thought the offensive line got a little better today. Defensively, they held the offense to a field goal on a long opening drive and then made some nice plays. I think there were about four sacks and a few pass breakups. The second offensive unit had too many lost yardage plays."

"This was the hottest day we have had and I thought they were dragging a little bit at times, but overall I was very pleased with the practice. The guys flew around and we had a very productive middle drill."

LIFTER OF THE YEAR: The 2004 Lifter of the Year, which is voted on by teammates, was won by Devarick Scandrett. Scandrett, a junior defensive end, set the team best mark of 352 pounds in the power clean, while squatting 800, benching 370 and doing 22 reps with a weight of 225 pounds. Scandrett also registered 11 percent body fat.

SCRIMMAGE RECAP: The Blue Raiders had a 29-play scrimmage that opened with the offense putting together a 12-play drive behind quarterback Josh Harris that culminated in a 42-yard field goal by Colby Smith. Harris completed 7 of 8 on the drive for 33 yards. On the next series, Clint Marks completed 2 of 2 passes but the defense held due to a strong pass rush. Harris and Marks had one more drive each but neither resulted in any points.

SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS: Josh Harris (10 of 11 for 54 yards) ... Clint Marks (2 of 5 for 4 yards) ... Eugene Gross (2 rushes for 12 yards) ... Terry Jackson (3 rushes for 30 yards) ... Kerry Wright (2 rec. for 9 yards) ... Jerrin Holt (2 rec. for 9 yards) ... Pedro Holiday (2 rec. for 12 yards) ... Eugene Gross (2 rec. for 9 yards) ... Stephen Chicola (2 rec. for 4 yards) ... SACKS: Thomas Johnson, Jonathan Harris, Dennis Burke and Antoine Owens ... Pass breakups: Thomas Johnson, Jonathan Callahan.

NEW HAIRSTYLE: As part of freshmen initiation, last night was the offensive line's turn to produce the latest hairstyle. As an example, freshman Darrell Howard is now sporting a look that includes a Nike swoosh logo on one side, and X-Box logo on the back and a Hardee's star on top. It's safe to say a clean shaven head is probably the next thing on Howard's agenda.

FAN DAY: Middle Tennessee's annual fan day is set for August 21 at 1 PM in Floyd Stadium and Blake Fulton of WTN 99.7 will be conducting a live remote. Fans will be able to gain autographs from all the players and coaches, while also having the opportunity to take a picture with their favorite Blue Raider. There will be free cokes and hot dogs, free posters and schedule cards, and fans can purchase this year's media guides. Lightning's Locker Room will also be open. Fan day is free and open to the public.

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