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Middle Tennessee State redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill is again considered questionable to play against Bowling Green with a shoulder issue.

Stockstill was a game-time decision last weekend. "If the doctors would have left it up to him, he'd have played," head coach Rick Stockstill said. "But he couldn't have played with the injury that he has." To make matters worse, the school's top receiver Richie James went down with an injury in the first quarter.
Sep 19 - 10:04 AM

Middle Tennessee State junior WR Richie James is considered questionable to play against Bowling Green with an ankle injury.

James' game against Minnesota was a total wash, as he dealt with poor quarterback play along with the ankle ailment. James produced over 1,300 yards in 2015 and 1,600 yards receiving last season. He was on that same trajectory in the opening two games, but the injury and passing counterpart could halt his momentum.
Sep 19 - 9:58 AM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James had one catch for -2 yards and two rushes for 25 yards in Saturday's 34-3 loss to Minnesota before leaving with an ankle injury.

Unfortunately, that's not a typo. Without redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill, who was ruled out with an injury, the Blue Raiders' offense looked utterly rudderless. Not only was James erased, but so too was his running mate Ty Lee (two rushing yards, 4-28-0 as a receiver). MTSU's offense should get back on track next week against Bowling Green, but James should be considered day-to-day after leaving with the ankle injury.
Sep 16 - 6:53 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB John Urzua will start in place of Brent Stockstill (shoulder) against Minnesota on Saturday.

Urzua will not be completely green to starting, as he made three starts last season after Stockstill went down with a broken collarbone. He threw for 816 yards with an 8/8 TD/INT ratio in five games for the past season as a whole.
Sep 16 - 3:34 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Stockstill entered Saturday as a game-time decision with an injured throwing shoulder -- he was unable to make any tosses during the practice week. With the rdshirt junior unable to give it a go, John Urzua will start in his place against the Gophers.
Sep 16 - 3:30 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (shoulder) is a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Stockstill has not thrown the ball this week due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. Should he be unable to give it a go against the Gophers, John Urzua would likely be the man to step in for him. Urzua threw for 816 yards with an 8/8 TD/INT ratio while filling in for Stockstill after the latter broke his collarbone late last season.
Sep 16 - 2:59 PM

Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill said that sophomore WR Ty Lee will serve as the team's starting running back moving forward.

"Unless, like I've said all summer, unless somebody else steps forward, it looks like Ty will be our guy," Stockstill said. Lee (5'9/163) received five carries in the season-opener against Vanderbilt, then saw his workload bumped up to 18 totes of the rock in a win over Syracuse on Saturday. He rushed for an even 50 yards on those 18 carries. He also logged a 7-76-1 receiving line in that contest.
Sep 14 - 4:26 PM

Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill said redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill underwent an MRI Sunday.

The elder Stockstill said it's too early to know if his quarterback son will be able to play in Saturday's game against Minnesota. Brent Stockstill seemed more confident about his chances of making the quick turnaround. "I just got a little banged up," he said. "I'm just a little sore. I will be OK." Outside of those words, we've been given no indication as to what potential injury Stockstill is suffering from.
Sep 11 - 3:36 PM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-23 win against Syracuse.

One of the nation's best receivers, James is up to an 18-208-2 line through two games. Double-teams and coverage shading can't stop him, and with Ty Lee developing into a star on the other side, James will only be given more space to work with as the season rolls on. The Blue Raiders play at Minnesota next week.
Sep 9 - 7:31 PM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James caught 10 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-6 loss to Vanderbilt.

This was low-key one of the most impressive performances of the weekend. Not on the part of Middle Tennessee -- they were thoroughly dominated -- but on the part of James, himself. The Blue Raiders managed just 215 total yards of offense as a team. For those ill-inclined to do the math, James accounted for almost exactly half of that output with his 112 yards. He is as match-up proof a receiver as there is in the country. A year ago, the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder posted a 105-1625-12 receiving line. He is looking for a third consecutive season of at least 1,300 yards receiving. James and company will be taking on Syracuse next weekend in a game that should see offensive fireworks galore from both squads.
Sep 3 - 3:03 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (shoulder) practiced without limitation on Monday.

Stockstill underwent offseason surgery on his left (throwing) shoulder and sat out spring practice recovering from the procedure. He described the past seven months as "a different kind of offseason," adding, "I'm excited to be back." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks the redshirt junior as the No. 16 quarterback for fantasy purposes during the coming season. He racked up 3,233 passing yards with a 31/7 TD/INT ratio in 10 games during the 2016 campaign. A broken right collarbone forced him to miss three November games before he returned for bowl action against Hawaii.
Aug 1 - 10:48 PM

Middle Tennessee junior RB Maurice Gordon will be competing for starting honors in August camp.

Middle Tennessee is still sorting through their running backs depth chart as August camp approaches, with Gordon (5'10/194) an intriguing option. He ranked as 247Sports' No. 8 JUCO running back in the 2017 cycle. Gordon will vie for starting work with Shane Tucker and Terelle West come the start of camp.
Jul 24 - 5:29 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt senior RB Shane Tucker said that his goal for the coming season is to score 20-25 touchdowns.

Tucker (6'0/220) has had himself an eventful collegiate career, to say the least. He missed the past campaign with a broken leg which came after he had transitioned from running back to wide receiver. He has since shifted back and is expected to take over the mantle for the uber-productive I'tavius Mathers -- who racked up 2,194 yards and 20 touchdowns on 298 touches from scrimmage last season. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom loves Tucker's fantasy upside in what should be a prolific offensive attack, ranking him as the No. 49 running back for league play.
Jul 6 - 6:24 PM

Bleacher Report ranks Middle Tennessee's receiving corps as the nation's ninth-best.

If we may be so bold, the site might be underrating the Blue Raiders' perimeter talent. Richie James is one of the nation's best, catching 105 passes for a school-record 1,625 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He's topped 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 26 collegiate games. Ty Lee is a worth second-banana, logging 699 yards on 63 catches as a true freshman in 2016. Tennessee transfer Jocquez Bruce, a redshirt sophomore, should work his way into the mix this fall. He suffered a leg injury late last preseason and was lost for the entire regular season. Bruce had been projected as a starter prior to the injury. MTSU had the nation's eighth-ranked offense last season.
Jun 19 - 12:44 PM

Middle Tennessee hired Notre Dame assistant Siriki Diabte to serve as linebackers coach.

"He will be a great example and leader of our linebackers. I love his energy, enthusiasm and passion he possesses for the game of football," said HC Rick Stockstill. Diabte was hired by Notre Dame in March and had been acting as a defensive analyst. Prior to his brief stay in South Bound, he had spent the previous two seasons as safeties coach at Colgate. He is also closely acquainted with Middle Tennessee DC Scott Shafer, whom he worked with as a graduate assistant at Syracuse.
Jun 15 - 6:15 PM


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