Midway progress report on newcomers

Blue Raiders to scrimmage Saturday

March 26, 2010 · Athletic Communications

Middle Tennessee welcomed six newcomers and a transfer into the football program that is going through spring drills for the first time. After nearly two weeks of practices, GoBlueRaiders.com sat down with Head Coach Rick Stockstill to get a progress report on the seven players.

OL Preston Bailey (6-5, 315, r-So., transfer from Tennessee)
"Preston is having a good spring overall. The biggest thing he needs to improve is his conditioning. He has lost some unnecessary weight since he arrived but still needs to drop about 10 to 15 more pounds. If he does this then he can really help us because he is a hard worker, very conscientious, and a good athlete. Preston has good feet and hands and will be able to play either guard or tackle."

WR Jared Bamber (6-4, 228, Jr., transfer from Palomar CC)
"Jared will help us in the run game and the intermediate passing game. He is an athletic, hard working guy who can bang with linebackers and safeties. He will not run by people but is very solid and catches the ball well in traffic."

OL Jeremiah Black (6-1, 288, Jr., transfer from West Hill CC)
"Jeremiah is a great kid and very smart. He is still learning the offense but it is always more difficult for a lineman. He is getting better each day and I really like his attitude and toughness. Right now he has been a little inconsistent snapping the ball so he needs to improve in that area."

WR Jamar Brown (6-2, 218, Jr., transfer from Feather River CC)
"For Jamar to help us this year he really needs to get in great shape. Right now he is too heavy but he can get where he needs to be with a committed summer. Unfortunately, he did not do a lot from the time his junior college season ended until he arrived on campus. He has good hands, catches the ball well, and his bigger body will be an asset in blocking on the perimeter. Jamar is not real fast but he can be very productive for us if he gets in shape."

CB Arness Ikner (5-9, 167, Jr., transfer from Mt. San Antonio CC)
"Arness is very competitive and has quickly learned what we want to do on defense. He gives great effort, plays with toughness, and competes hard every play. If he continues on this pace he will really be a productive player for us."

QB Logan Kilgore (6-3, 174, So., transfer from Carmichael, CA)
"Logan has come in and done a great job of grasping our offense. He can make all the throws, has good touch on the ball, and possesses a very live arm. Along with his attitude, I really like his footwork and presence in the pocket. He needs to get bigger and stronger but has gained 14 pounds since he arrived on campus but he needs to add 14 more. Logan is still very young and we are very excited about him and his future. He has all the intangibles you look for in a quarterback."

WR Tyler Mason (5-7, 158, Jr., transfer from Chabot College)
"Tyler was inconsistent his first two practices but he was thinking too much instead of reacting. He runs well with good speed and has a good change of direction. He just needs to be more consistent catching the ball but I like his attitude and work ethic."

The Blue Raiders will conclude the second full week of drills on Saturday with their first scrimmage inside Floyd Stadium. The scrimmage should get underway around 11:45 AM.

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