Five recognized by Athlon Sports
Byard, Barber on first teamJune 13, 2014 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO - Athlon Sports released its All-Conference USA Team and five Middle Tennessee players were honored. The Blue Raiders had two on offense, two on defense and one for special teams.
First team players recognized were linebacker T.T. Barber and safety Kevin Byard. Barber and Byard were the top tacklers on the team in 2013 with Barber also being voted the team MVP in the Armed Forces Bowl. Byard is the NCAA's active leader in interception return yards with 326.
Jordan Parker and Darius Johnson were the second team members. Parker led MT in rushing last year with 745 yards and six touchdowns despite seeing limited time late in the year with a hip injury, while Johnson has started 25 straight games for the Blue Raiders.
Kick returner and running back Reggie Whatley was a third team pick as a specialist. Whatley, one of the top returners in the nation the last two years, has proven to be a game changer his entire career as a returner and running back.
The Blue Raiders open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 at home against Savannah State.
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