Stockstill likes effort

Dasher on Manning List

August 7, 2010 · Athletic Communications


Stockstill on Saturday's Practice: "At times today we were really sharp offensively, but then had periods of sloppy play. Overall, we had too many drops by the wide receivers even though they did come up with a few individual catches that were nice plays. Defensively, we were crisp, flying around, then we would have missed assignments. Some of the inconsistent play is expected because we are throwing so much at them right now.

"We are getting good leadership from our senior class, which is something I like to see. I thought on defense Rod Issac, Kevin Brown, and Jamari Lattimore had excellent days, while Phillip Tanner, Mark Fisher, and Dwight Dasher were good on offense."

Stockstill after two practices: "It is really hard to totally evaluate them until the pads go on but I have been very pleased with how hard they have worked and the effort they have given. Effort is what I judge when they have on shorts, so I have been pretty pleased after two practices."

1. What Blue Raider would do the best on "Dancing with the Stars"? Roderic Blunt
2. Who has the best nickname on the team, and what is it? Stuart Taylor - biscuit
3. Which one of your teammates would be the most likely to appear on "Survivor"? OL Colin Boss
4. What teammate would most likely get involved in politics? OL Mark Fisher
5. From the Twilight series, do you like Team Edward or Team Jacob? Team Jacob
6. Who should be the next judge on American Idol? Ocho Cinco
7. What Super Hero would you like to be! The Hulk
8. What food did your mother have to make you eat as a youngster before you left the table? Liver
9. What song would you pick to be played when the Blue Raiders run out onto the field before a home game? Any song by Rick Ross

NUMBER CHANGES: RB Benjamin Cunningham is wearing No. 2 after being in 26 last year, WR Tavarres Jefferson is in No. 3 (27), and WR Shane Blissard will be in No. 16 (83). WR Andrew Banks is in 19 (5), while linebacker Stephen Roberts will wear No. 30 (87), and WR Harold Turner takes over the No. 37 (28). Also Jadareius Hamlin is sporting No. 61 (97).

DASHER ON MANNING WATCH LIST: Quarterback Dwight Dasher has been named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List which recognizes the top signal-caller in the nation. The award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Dasher has also been named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List.

WILL DASHER RUN LESS? Running quarterbacks always make football coaches nervous, especially one that runs as much as Middle Tennessee's Dwight Dasher, the Most Valuable Player in the New Orleans Bowl last season, and the favorite to become the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Year in 2010.

Will the Blue Raider senior signal-caller run as much as he did last season when he gained 1,154 yards, with a 5.2 average and 15 touchdowns? With more depth at running back, will he have to run as much?

"I would say that I might run less, trying to put up some numbers in the passing game," noted Dasher. "With Phillip (Tanner) coming back, and the other running backs we have, D.D. Kyles and Benny Cunningham, we've got three strong backs this season. I would say that I might be running less this year, but you never know. If the hole is there, I'm going."

Dasher was named one of the Top Five home run hitters in the nation in a recent ESPN.com poll, based on his long touchdown runs in games last fall. His longest was a 74-yard game-winner in the fourth quarter against FAU, but he also had scoring runs of 70 and 67 yards against FIU.

He saved the best for last, however, rushing for a career-high and NCAA Bowl record of 201 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries as the Blue Raiders downed Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl, 42-32.

BEYAH BACK AT RECEIVER: Junior Malcolm Beyah, who experimented at cornerback during the bowl practice sessions and spring drills, returned to wide receiver on day one of fall camp. "Malcolm has worked very hard the first two days, but we want to see that effort every day," said Stockstill. "I am pleased with the way he has approached camp so far."

FAN DAY: Meet the 2010 Blue Raiders and coaches at Middle Tennessee's annual Football Fan Day, Sunday, August 15 from 2 PM - 4 PM at Murphy Center. Autographs, inflatables, free hotdogs and drinks, and loads of fun will be on hand for all members of the Blue Raider family. Bring your kids and friends to get them ready for the 2010 football season. Show you're Blue Raider Pride and pick up 2010 football posters, schedule cards, and much more. Blue Raider fans who would like to purchase the official BLACKOUT t-shirt may do so for $15.00 which will include a ticket to the Oct. 5th game versus Troy. IdeasTees will also be on hand to sell other Blue Raider gear.

NEXT PRACTICE: The Blue Raiders will practice on Sunday at 3:10 PM. The practice is open to the public.

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