Tuesday's Football Practice Notebook

August 9, 2005 · MT Media Relations
(Practice No. 2)

HIGHLY-RATED RECEIVER JOINS BLUE RAIDERS: Middle Tennessee received a welcomed addition to the 2005 team when highly-regarded wideout Bobby Williams joined the Blue Raiders on Tuesday. Williams, a 6-4, 190-pound standout at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was a Florida Times Union All-First Coast (Super 24) selection while doubling as a standout on the basketball team.

"We're excited to get a player of this caliber on the second day of practice," said Head Coach Andy McCollum. "He is a big and athletic receiver who looked awfully good on film. Today in person it was not hard to see that he can run and catch very well."

Williams took official visits to NC State, Louisville, and Florida International, while receiving offers from virtually every school in the south.

Williams has a link to teammate Eddie Brown as they both played on the same Pop Warner team together as youngsters.

MCCOLLUM ON TODAY'S PRACTICE: "We got a lot done today and a lot of conditioning. I thought we pushed through the heat very well because it was a lot hotter than Monday. I was pleased with our tempo and I continued to see newcomers doing some nice things out there. We just have to keep improving because it is only going to get tougher from here on out."

MCCOLLUM ON THE SECONDARY: "I feel okay about our secondary because we have tons of ability and experience, but we simply have not played well in games. We have to get better back there and become mentally tough. However, I like our work ethic and the direction those guys are headed."

HINSHAW ON THE OFFENSE: "We definitely have more depth than we have had in the past and after the second day we are farther along then at any other time, but we are still very sloppy. We need to get through this acclimation period, get the pads on, and jump into two-a-days. We are mixing in a lot of people right now and our chemistry just isn't there. But things will start getting better once we get into two-a-days."

7-ON-7 STATS: Today's 7-on-7 drill was basically like yesterday's ... very efficient. For the second straight day, Clint Marks went a perfect 8-for-8 in the passing department, while Josh Harris completed 6-of-7 attempts. Redshirt freshman Joe Craddock also completed 6-of-7 passes with his one incompletion a clear dropped pass. Patrick Jackson went 5-for-6 during the drills.

BLUE RAIDER BLAST: The final "Blue Raider Blast" will be held in Downtown Murfreesboro on the square, Thursday, August 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is geared toward Blue Raider fans, alumni, and supporters in Rutherford County and surrounding areas and all interested parties are encouraged to attend and meet Middle Tennessee players, coaches, athletic administrators and University administrators as the athletic department gears up for the start of the 2005-06 school year. Admission to the "Blue Raider Blast" is free; however, food provided by Whitt's Barbecue will be available for $5 per plate. The blast will include music, inflatables, face painting and a special guest appearance by Middle Tennessee mascot, "Lightning," to entertain the youngsters. Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Alumni Office, the Blue Raider Athletic Association and the Middle Tennessee Athletic Department, the "Blue Raider Blasts" are designed to give fans an opportunity to meet with student-athletes, coaches and administrators and to officially start getting geared toward the beginning of all sports. Middle Tennessee also will be hosting the Sun Belt Conference men's and women's basketball tournament, the conference volleyball tournament and the men's and women's indoor track and field championships in 2005-06. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at 615-898-2922.

FAN/MEDIA DAY: Middle Tennessee's annual Fan/Media Day is scheduled for August 20 at Noon in Floyd Stadium. There will be free hot dogs and cokes given away while supplies last, games for the kids, and various drawings. Also, tickets will be on sale as well as this year's football media guide. As always, fans can get player autographs and photos so make plans now to check out this year's team as they prepare for the season-opener on Sept. 3.

FENTON PAYNE AND FRED 5K: On Saturday morning, Aug. 20, the second annual Fenton Payne and Fred 5K Run/Walk to take place on the campus of Middle Tennessee. The event will get underway at 7:30 AM with registration at Peck Hall. The cost is $25 with cash prizes going to the winning male and female and the overall masters (40 years and over). There will also be awards to the top three finishers in all divisions, male and female, 9 and under, then 5 year age groups through 80 and over. For more information, contact Mark Hardison at 615-848-9063.

QUICK HITTERS FROM MCCOLLUM: Eugene Gross has had two really good days for us and Ralph King has an opportunity so we need to see if he can take advantage ... I am very pleased with Ronald Steed and the newcomers, Alex Suber and Eddie Brown ... Our young receivers are really stepping up ... Taron Henry is making great strides out there and is working very hard.

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