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Middle Tennessee State junior S Kevin Byard is a versatile NFL defensive back prospect to monitor, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

In August, Byard was named to the preseason Jim Thorpe watch list. He entered this season as the active NCAA's leader in interception return yards with 326. "In the age when a safety in the NFL must be able to show versatility, the junior from MTSU is one to watch," Pauline wrote. "In five games this season Byard has posted a team leading 3 interceptions and ranks second on the squad with 27 tackles. He’s a three down defensive back with the ability to play the pass sideline-to-sideline as well as thrash opposing ball carriers up the field."
Sep 30 - 7:03 PM

Middle Tennessee junior OLB T.T. Barber should make the NFL "as a situational linebacker/special teams player," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes.

"Barber makes up for size deficiencies with great instinct and intensity," Pauline wrote. "He flies to the action sideline-to-sideline making plays against the run and in coverage. The lack of height makes Barber scheme specific but I have no doubt the junior eventually makes an NFL roster as a situational linebacker/special teams player." The analyst currently grades Barber as a Rds. 6-7 prospect, though Barber has two seasons of eligibility remaining to beat that projection.
Aug 12 - 7:48 PM

Seahawks selected Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten with the No. 172 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

A bit off the radar in Conference USA, Staten is a pure run stuffer. At 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, he'd be slight for a nose tackle in a 3-4, but could remain in the middle of the Seahawks' 4-3. He won't be guaranteed to crack the Seahawks' extremely deep 53-man roster, which already boasts an army of D-linemen.
May 10 - 3:40 PM

The Patriots privately worked out Middle Tennessee State OG Josh Walker last week.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora calls Walker a "deep sleeper" who "could go [in the] 4th round." The three-year Blue Raider starter was not invited to the combine. He has an NFL body -- 6-foot-6, 320 pounds -- and a power game. Walker is a bender who isn't terribly agile, but he's intelligent and tough. New England could be intrigued on Day 3.
May 4 - 11:38 PM

Middle Tennessee St. CB Sammy Seamster visited the Jaguars and Giants late last month.

Prior to that, Seamster had pre-draft visits with the Chiefs and Dolphins. Seamster hasn't been discussed much, but he has a decent chance of being drafted late because he's big and fast, and the NFL lusts after corners that fit that description. The 6-foot, 200-pounder ran 4.44 and 4.47 forties at his pro day workout.
May 3 - 8:51 PM

Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten has private workouts scheduled this week with the Packers and Chiefs.

Staten has already visited the Chargers, and met with the Patriots on campus. The 6-foot-3, 311-pounder will have to make it as blue-collar muscle in the middle: He did 30 bench press reps at MTSU's pro day.
Apr 17 - 6:36 PM

Middle Tennessee State University senior QB Logan Kilgore completed 22-of-40 passing attempts for 277 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in Thursday's 51-49 victory over Marshall.

Kilgore was suffering through his worst collegiate season entering the game, as he had posted a terrible 6/8 TD/INT ratio and a career-worst 112.8 passer rating during MTSU's 3-4 start. Kilgore's best start of the season snapped the Blue Raiders' three-game losing streak and improved the team's record to 4-4.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:24:00 AM

The NCAA awarded Middle Tennessee State freshman DE Steven Rhodes four seasons of eligibility.

Rhodes' story made news this week after a rule in the NCAA book almost prevented him from competing because of past participation in a recreational league while he was a part of the Marines. The freshman obviously is much older than many of his teammates, but he now has time to make an impact on the roster.
Source: NCAA
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 06:00:00 PM

JUCO transfer Marcus Henry suffers separated shoulder during first workout.

The Blue Raiders graduated two of their top four receivers from last season and signed Henry, who was 46-745-9 for NW Mississippi CC in 2011. Staying healthy was a problem for the receiving corps last year, and things are not off to a good start in that regard. Coach Rick Stockstill was anxious to see what Henry can do, but the transfer could not make it through MTSU’s first spring practice Saturday.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 11:13:00 AM

Middle Tennessee running back Phillip Tanner has had an up-and-down career marred by injuries but in the final game of his collegiate career, he put it all together for a big performance.  Despite his team losing to Miami of Ohio, Tanner had a good game with 11 carries for 87 yards and two scores while also catching five passes for another 34 yards.

A couple of years ago, Tanner had 15 rushing touchdowns but just never could reach that pinnacle again.
Fri, Jan 7, 2011 04:30:00 PM

In the first half of the bowl game against Miami of Ohio, Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher looked like his old self as he accounted for 158 total yards and a 49-yard rushing touchdown.  However, his turnover prone nature reared its head in the second half as he threw four picks as the Blue Raiders lost to the Redhawks.

Dasher went from being a top five fantasy prospect to fans asking for his benching.  My how the mighty have fallen.
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Fri, Jan 7, 2011 04:30:00 PM

Middle Tennessee will travel to West Lafayette for their season opener next season as they face Purdue.  The Raiders will be paid handsomely for the trip as they will make $850,000.

This will begin the post-Dwight Dasher era and will be a nice warm up for the Boilermakers.
Thu, Dec 2, 2010 01:15:00 PM

Phillip Tanner had a big night rushing for Middle Tennessee as he finished with 150 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic.

Tanner has never reached the level of performance he showed two years ago when he rushed for 15 yards but he shined tonight.
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Sun, Nov 28, 2010 04:45:00 PM

Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher has struggled mightily since serving a suspension earlier in the season but finally had a good day as he passed for 158 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while also rushing for 62 yards and two more scores.

Too little, too late Mr. Dasher.
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Sun, Nov 28, 2010 04:45:00 PM

Some people seem to think that Dwight Dasher would better serve his team riding the pine but head coach Rick Stockstill has said that Dasher "gives us the best chance to win".  The Daily News Journal seems to think that Stockstill is trying to redshirt quarterback Jeff Murphy and Logan Kilgore with a wide receiver being the only other quarterbacking option.

The season is gone and it looks like Stockstill is going to plan for the future so do not expect Dasher to be sitting on the sidelines this season.
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 02:00:00 PM


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