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Camp officially ends; team scores well in classroom

August 24, 2005 · MT Media Relations
  • Audio: Coach McCollum on the Wake-up Zone (WM)

    TEAM EXCELS IN CLASSROOM: The Middle Tennessee football program has had a great fall camp in preparation for the season opener on Sept. 3, but their work this summer in the classroom was even more impressive.

    A total of 64 student-athletes attended summer school in 2005 and took a total of 422 hours. The team grade point average for the summer was a 3.10.

    "This is a very positive step to where we want to be academically," said Head Coach Andy McCollum. "We had some individuals that grew up over the summer and understood how important it is to be successful in the classroom. I am also very appreciative Chris Massaro allowed us to enroll nine of our true freshmen in the last summer session. It was critical for them to adjust to a new environment and get a head start on their education."

    CAMP ENDS: Since hitting the field on August 8, fall camp officially came to an end on Wednesday for the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee will now set its sites on No. 24 ranked Alabama with single practices on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before officially beginning game week on Sunday.

    TITANS PRACTICE: Head Coach Andy McCollum surprised the team this afternoon by loading them up on buses and heading to Nashville to view the Tennessee Titans practice. The team stayed for a couple of hours to observe the workout and see former Blue Raider star Tyrone Calico before heading back to campus for dinner and skit night at the Tucker Theatre.

    LIFTER OF THE YEAR/BEST CONDITIONED: Each August, the Middle Tennessee players vote on the Lifter of the Year while the strength staff names the programs Best Conditioned Athletes. It was announced today that junior wide receiver Luke Paschall was this year's Lifter of the Year. Paschall made every workout, was the most consistent, and made the most improvement. As for the Best Conditioned Athlete, six players were named to the prestigious list. They were: Walt Bell, Josh Dutton, Sean Mosley, Brandon Nix, Luke Paschall, and Keon Raymond.

    FLY TO FLORIDA: Middle Tennessee fans can travel to sunny south Florida to support the Blue Raiders in October with games against league rivals Florida Atlantic and Florida International. Southwest Airlines is offering a special internet rate of $39.00 one way from Nashville to Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Flights must be taken before December of 2005. MT plays at Florida Atlantic on October 15 in Boca Raton and Florida International on October 29 in Miami. Ft Lauderdale is 28 miles from Miami and 21 miles from Boca Raton. You must book your flights on www.southwest.com before September 8 to get this special rate. It would be best to book as soon as possible since there are a limited number of seats at this rate. You can also purchase game tickets at the MT ticket office by calling 898-2103.

    JOIN THE BLUE & SILVER CLUB: The Blue and Silver Club is an exclusive membership for football fans of Middle Tennessee. If you want to get the real inside scoop and get a better understanding of the game, the Blue and Silver Club is for you.

    Already, 75 members have joined on and room is limited so act fast and get inside the Blue Raider huddle today. Members are invited to attend the annual preseason staff cookout, will receive a pass for home games to come down on the field to view pregame workouts, and will have the opportunity to have lunch with Head Coach Andy McCollum on Friday's before home games to discuss the upcoming opponent, watch film, and get an understanding of the gameplan. Other members of the staff will also be on hand to provide commentary and answer any questions. Anyone who is not a member and wants to join the club, please call Richard Burnoski at 615-898-2311.

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