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Stockstill adds Polly to staff, elevates Brock

Staff is complete for 2013 season

February 12, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced today a new addition to his staff, while also changing various job responsibilities among the current coaches.
Former Blue Raider graduate assistant Mike Polly has been hired as the new running backs coach, while Brent Brock has been elevated to recruiting coordinator and director of life skills. Justin Watts will coach the wide receivers and turn over recruiting duties to Brock.

Polly makes his way back to Middle Tennessee after spending the past three years at Murray State where he coached offensive tackles. During Polly's three years at MSU, the Racers ranked in the top five nationally in total offense each season while his offensive line helped pave the way for the program's first 1,000-yard rusher in nearly a decade.

The Erlanger, Ky., native was a graduate assistant for Stockstill from 2007 to 2009 and played a key role in the Blue Raiders' 10-3 2009 season that was capped off with a win over Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl.

"We are proud to add Mike to our staff," said Stockstill. "I knew early on as a graduate assistant he had the potential to be an excellent football coach. In his three years at Murray State I have heard nothing but praise about him in terms of a coach and recruiter. I feel his energy, work ethic, and enthusiasm to be here will be an asset to our program."

Brock, a member of Stockstill's first staff in 2006, moves to recruiting coordinator to take advantage of the NCAA's new recruiting rules that go in affect August 1. Brock will also handle the newly created position of Director of Life Skills.

"I assume most people were aware that Brent (Brock) missed our South Alabama game this past season due to health reasons," added Stockstill. "I wanted to elevate Brent into this role so we can continue improving our recruiting. I need someone working on this every day and someone I can trust and Brent is the perfect fit.

"I think Brent is a valuable member of this staff and has done a great job the past seven seasons. I feel he will have the same impact on our program and players in this new role."

The Blue Raiders will open spring drills on March 23.

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