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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Middle Tennessee WR Richie James to Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas.

"James lacks size and his focus as a pass-catcher is very average, but he does have talent that could be developed with more time," Zierlein writes. The analyst notes that while the 5-foot-10, 183-pounder does have enough oomph in terms of pure speed to create separation, his routes themselves are less-than-perfect. James is going to be in the Round 6/Round 7 mix later this week.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 2:56 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Middle Tennessee WR Richie James as a potential "sleeper" in the 2018 draft class.

James gets rave reviews for his versatility as Easterling notes, and he calls the 5-foot-10, 183-pound wideout a threat to score "every time he touches the ball." He lined up all over the field while at MTSU, and he even showed effectiveness out of the backfield. His lack of ideal size will hurt his stock, but because he's so dynamic, he'll go on Day 3 and could be a steal.
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 7 - 2:44 PM

The Browns will host MTSU CB Charvarius Ward on a visit.

Ward apparently is a name on the rise after not even being a full-time starter at MTSU. He started eight games in 2017 and two games in 2016. The Browns staff has the Packers fingerprints all over it, and the Packers front office is notorious for bringing in possible priority free agents as top 30 visits.
Apr 2 - 10:54 AM

Middle Tennessee CB Charvarius Ward ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the school pro day on Monday.

Ward (6'0/198) was looking to impress on pro day after failing to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. He turned in plenty fine numbers to help his cause on Monday. In addition to that 4.47-second sprint in the 40, the corner also posted a 4.44-second jaunt through the 20-yard shuttle and jumps of 37 inches (vertical) and 132 inches (broad). Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Ward as a probable UDFA for the spring.
Mar 13 - 3:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Middle Tennessee WR Richie James looked sharp while going through special teams drills at the school pro day on Monday.

James (5'10/183) opted to sit on his combine testing numbers for pro day, but did go through both receiving and special teams drills while additionally meeting with the Bengals, Titans, 49ers and Jaguars. On Three Sigma Athlete, James' composite testing results from Indianapolis landed him in the 42nd percentile of NFL athletes. The versatile wideout is attempting to secure a late Day 3 selection for April.
Mar 13 - 2:16 PM

Middle Tennessee WR Richie James ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

James (5'10/183) is trying to use the combine to improve his stock on what's a likely Day 3 selection. He was unable to impress in the bench press -- indeed, his six reps are rather dismal -- but he rebounded with a respectable 40-yard dash showing on Saturday. Draft Wire's Luke Easterling views James as sleeper prospect for April. He's a big fan of the wideout's versatility.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 1:04 PM

Luke Easterling of Draft Wire believes that Middle Tennessee WR Richie James could be a draft sleeper.

James was somewhat of a surprise early entrant in this year's draft class after playing in just five games, but he had over 100 receptions in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons. Count Easterling as someone who still believes in the former Blue Raider wideout. "James has the versatility to line up all over the field and make big plays, regardless of how he gets the ball," he writes. "While some were surprised to see James declare early for the draft after an injury-shortened campaign, he could end up rewarding a team for taking a chance on him in the later rounds." A strong pro day could see James stock increase substantially.
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 12 - 12:42 PM

Middle Tennessee graduate assistant Dustin Royston has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach.

This past season was Royston's first with the Blue Raiders. During the two years prior, he served as a defensive quality control analyst for Alabama.
Feb 2 - 11:36 AM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James will forego his senior season to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

James had himself a lost campaign this year, playing in just five games due to an early high-ankle sprain and a late broken collarbone. When healthy during his collegiate career, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound wideout is as prolific as they come -- he topped 100 catches and 1,300 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Blue Raiders before injuries knocked him out this time around. Despite those huge statistics, James is naturally undersized and will need a big evaluating process. Both Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Walter Football's Charlie Campbell believe that he could potentially have to fight his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent, though Campbell does see some upside for a late Day 3 selection.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Ty Lee caught five passes for 39 yards in a 35-30 victory on Saturday over Arkansas State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It's a quiet finale for Lee (5'9/163), but he still played a factor in the Blue Raiders pulling out the bowl win. He finishes the year just short of both 80 catches (79) and a thousand yard season (965). Lee was easily the most consistent offensive weapon for MTSU in 2017, and he's shown the versatility to lineup as a wideout, catch the ball out of the backfield, and even spent some time at running back in 2017. He's a potential breakout star for the 2018 season.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 12:24:00 AM

Middle Tennessee sophomore RB Terrelle West ran for 65 yards and a score on ten carries in a 35-30 victory over Arkansas State in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday.

Most of West's damage was done on one run, but when that one run is a 45-yard touchdown in a bowl game, you'll probably take it. Outside of that run, the Blue Raiders' run game was held in check. West wasn't a big part of the offense to start the year -- or even in the middle -- but was effective in his late-season carries, and the sophomore tailback should be due for many more touches in the 2018 season.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 12:12:00 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill completed 19-of-35 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 35-30 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It wasn't always pretty for Stockstill, but he did enough for the Blue Raiders to win on Saturday night. The turnovers were particularly ugly, as they kept the Red Wolves in the game. He also had a few gorgeous passes, including a back-shoulder throw on third down late in the game that allowed MTSU to use much of the clock. Stockstill missed much of the year with injuries, and even when healthy, it was an inconsistent season. He's still one of the more talented quarterbacks coming back in Conference-USA, and if healthy, he should lead the Blue Raiders to another bowl game next season.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 12:09:00 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill completed 21-of-30 passes for 295 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 41-10 crushing of Old Dominion on Saturday.

Stockstill (6'0/221) has been limited to just six games this season, but in four of those games, he has three touchdown passes. He did have the two picks today, but outside of those throws he was accurate in all facets of the passing game. When healthy, he's as good as any quarterback in the conference. He'll get one more game, assuming the Blue Raiders get selected for a bowl game to finish the year.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:08:00 PM

Middle Tennessee State sophomore RB Terrelle West turned 26 carries into 170 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 crushing of Old Dominion on Saturday.

He also added three catches for 25 yards. West has become a bigger part of the Blue Raider offense the last two weeks, but considering he had never rushed for more than 47 yards in a game, this was a surprise. Both scores came in the final 30 minutes; a 6-yarder in the third, and a 36-yarder to open the fourth quarter and give Middle Tennessee a 38-3 lead. The Blue Raiders have now qualified for bowl consideration, and West likely will see a similar amount of touches in that game.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 06:05:00 PM

Middle Tennessee junior RB Tavares Thomas turned 18 carries into 92 yards and two scores in Friday's 41-38 loss to Western Kentucky in triple-overtime.

Thomas has now scored four touchdowns in the last two weeks, after scoring just three touchdowns in the previous eight. His two-yard plunge into the end zone tied the game at 24-24, and he scored again in overtime to momentarily give the Blue Raiders a 38-31 lead in overtime two. Thomas's strong play over the final stanza of the season gives the Blue Raiders run game optimism for the 2018 season, but he'll look to get MTSU into a bowl game next week with a win over Old Dominion.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:19:00 AM


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