Blue Raiders to be represented at Hula Bowl

November 28, 2001 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Seniors Jykine Bradley and Kendall Newson will be donning the Blue Raider helmet at least one more time in their career. On Tuesday, both received an invitation to play in the 2002 Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Football Classic in Maui, Hawaii. The game will be played on Feb. 2.

"This is a tremendous honor for Jykine and Kendall," head coach Andy McCollum said. "We could not find two better people to represent our university at this prestigious game. This is a chance for them to continue their playing career and we wish them the very best."

Bradley and Newson become the first players in Middle Tennessee history to compete in the Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic since Jamie Redmond in 1993. The pair is also the first Blue Raiders to participate in a postseason all-star game since Kelly Holcomb in 1994 (Blue-Gray Game).

Bradley led the Blue Raiders for the second straight season in interceptions with four. The Knoxville, TN, native was fourth on the team in tackles with 53 to go along with a team and career-high 18 pass deflections.

Newson, the school's all-time leading receiver, paced the team in receptions this past year with 65 while snaring a career best seven touchdowns. In one of the more memorable performances in school history, Newson keyed a dramatic comeback victory against New Mexico State by recording seven catches for 119 in the fourth quarter alone.

The game will be played at War Memorial Stadium and can be seen live on ESPN at 7 PM CST.

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