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Raiders arrive in Fort Worth

Team focused for challenge against Navy

December 26, 2013 · @MTAthletics

FORT WORTH - Middle Tennessee arrived in Fort Worth Thursday morning in preparation for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday against Navy. Kickoff is set for 10:46 AM inside TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

Following meetings at the hotel, the team bused to nearby Burleson Centennial High School for a two-hour practice. With temperatures in the 50s, it made for a pleasant workout as the Raiders continued to work on its game plan and fine tune ways to try and slow down Navy's potent triple option.

"After a couple of days off for Christmas it was great to get back on the field today," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill. "The weather was awesome and the people here have been fabulous.

"We got some good work in today and I liked our focus and preparation. Despite an early morning flight, I thought the guys practiced with good energy and we just have to keep progressing toward Monday."

Senior wide receiver Tavarres Jefferson, who missed most of the 2012 campaign with an injury, is excited to be back in postseason play.

"After being left out of a bowl last year, the seniors know what a great opportunity this is in Fort Worth," added Jefferson. "It will be fun but we also know this is a business trip and we plan on treating it as such. We are excited for Monday but we still have a lot of work to get done."

The Blue Raiders were later met by city officials and bowl personnel at a team reception in Sundance Square. After taking a team picture in front of the Chisholm Trail photo, the players ate dinner and then went to pick out their bowl gifts.

The team will have a press conference in the morning followed by a Kickoff Luncheon before returning to the practice field at 2:45 PM.

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