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Stockstill honored at Champion Within Luncheon today

Award recognizes person who displays heart of a champion

May 4, 2013 · @MTAthletics

NASHVILLE - Middle Tennessee Head Football Coach Rick Stockstill was honored today by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Champion Within Award. The award is to recognize an individual in sports in the state of Tennessee who displays the heart of a champion.

Stockstill received the award earlier today at the Champion Within Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

Entering his eighth season at the helm of the Blue Raiders, Stockstill has captured a league title, won the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, made three bowl appearances, earned two public recognition awards from the NCAA for APR success, appeared on national television a school record 20 times, and produced six of the top eight crowds in Floyd Stadium history.

Under his watch, the Blue Raiders have also produced five all-American's, including one academic all-American, three defensive players of the year, and a bowl game MVP. Middle Tennessee also became the first Sun Belt team to win 10 games in a season, and set the Floyd Stadium single-game attendance record. He also has three NFL Draft picks with Erik Walden in 2008, Chris McCoy in 2010, and Rod Issac in 2011.

"I am honored to even be considered for this award," said Stockstill. "There are a lot of deserving candidates and to be selected in the initial group is very rewarding. I want to personally thank the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Council and the Board of Directors for my inclusion."

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