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Middle Tennessee State redshirt senior WR Terry Pettis will miss the 2016 season due to a right leg injury.

"Terry is a huge, huge loss," said HC Rick Stockstill. "Losing Ed Batties (to graduation) and now Terry, that’s at least 1,600 yards lost production." Last season, the 6-foot-5, 229-pounder Pettis caught 29 passes for 612 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow wideout Shane Tucker is also expected to miss the season due to a leg injury, though there is a chance that he could return later in the campaign. Regardless, Middle Tennessee's receiving corp suddenly looks suspiciously thin outside of Richie James.
Aug 17 - 1:33 PM

Middle Tennessee senior CB Jeremy Cutrer's "length gives him a chance at knocking down any pass thrown in his general direction," writes NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

A former four-star LSU commit and JUCO star, Cutrer made a splashy introduction to Blue Raider fans last fall with 16 breakups. Despite missing two games due to an ankle injury, the 6-foot-2 corner ended the season with 31 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick on his way to becoming a Second Team All-CUSA selection.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 7:02 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill is in "a fantastic situation to continue to succeed," per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, because the school brought in Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator.

Franklin is better known for having coached Jared Goff at Cal and for having innovated several offensive concepts pertaining to spreading the field and playing up-temp. The 6-foot, 192-pound Stockstill, meanwhile, is better known for having posted 4,005 passing yards and a 30/9 TD/INT ratio as a second-year freshman. MTSU has one of the nation's most underrated offenses heading into the fall.
Jul 9 - 10:14 AM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James is the No. 91 player in Pro Football Focus' college football player rankings.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder burst onto the scene as a true freshman, catching 108 passes for 1,346 yards and eight touchdowns last fall. James led the nation with 955 yards after the catch and his +25.4 receiving grade ranked No. 6 in the FBS. "The slippery slot receiver has a good feel for the passing game and he makes the most of the screens and jet sweeps that Middle Tennessee State throw his way," wrote Steve Palazzolo.
Jul 7 - 5:38 PM

Middle Tennessee State graduate RB Brian Kimbrow retired from the sport.

"I just didn't love football like I used to and wanted to focus on school and my forensics career," Kimbrow said. "Just burned out for real." Kimbrow originally signed with Vanderbilt and then-HC James Franklin as a four-star recruit. Franklin left for Penn State and gave way to Derek Mason, who kicked Kimbrow off the team in 2014 after repeatedly butting heads with him. Kimbrow moved on to MTSU, but will now hang up the cleats.
Source: Rivals
May 6 - 7:48 PM

Titans selected Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard with the No. 64 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Byard (5'11/216) made 46 starts for the Blue Raiders, leaving school as Middle Tennessee's all-time leader in interceptions (19), interception-return yards (377), and pick-sixes (4). Although Byard flashed center-field prowess at January's Senior Bowl, he was surprisingly snubbed for a Combine invite. Long armed (33 1/2") with obvious ball-hawking potential, Byard has an outside chance to develop into a starting free safety in a few years.
Apr 29 - 9:43 PM

Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard is visiting the Ravens this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Byard was not invited to the NFL Combine, but he offers plenty of skills that NFL teams look for. On top of the Ravens visit, Byard is also traveling to the Jaguars, Buccaneers, Panthers and Dolphins, which adds on to Byard's growing list of travel plans. Byard is at his best moving forward, closing at receivers and ball carriers near the line of scrimmage.
Apr 18 - 9:53 AM

Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard will visit the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals.

He visited the Arizona Cardinals' team facilities on Monday and previously visited the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. Byard also worked out for the Carolina Panthers privately last week. The 5-foot-11, 216-pounder, a big Combine snub, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46-4.51 seconds at his Pro Day event.
Apr 14 - 7:33 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler believes that Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard is "in the conversation to be the highest drafted non-combine prospect in the 2016 class."

Wrote Brugler, "Byard has ball skills and instincts (school-record 19 career interceptions), and he impressed NFL scouts with his testing athleticism." Without the Combine invite, said athletic testing occurred during Byard's Pro Day. During his testing adventures, the 5-foot-11, 216-pounder clocked a 40-yard dash time under 4.50 seconds and impressed with a 38-inch vertical jump and a shifty short shuttle run of 4.20 seconds. This past week, he worked out privately with the Panthers on Tuesday, then visited the facilities of the Falcons, Chiefs and Packers over the three days that followed. In December, CBS Sports' Rob Rang referred to Byard as "a fluid athlete with excellent awareness to read the eyes of quarterbacks," while in February, both Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher and Brugler deemed him an undeserving snub from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 5:42 PM

Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard will either work out for or visit four different organizations this week.

The NFL is doing its due diligence on Byard, considered one of the five biggest Combine snubs. The Panthers will work him out on Tuesday, the Falcons will host him for a visit on Wednesday, and then the Chiefs and Packers will do the same on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Byard posted 66 tackles, one TFL and four interceptions last season.
Apr 4 - 1:05 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher is shocked Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Like most other prominent combine snubs, Byard is hurt by his size (5-foot-11, 217 pounds). "However, Byard appears capable of playing a true deep safety role in the NFL and those prospects have been hard to come by in the last few draft classes," Plocher wrote. "Byard looks comfortable playing on the third-level and showed during team drills in Mobile that he could play well against top competition. Byard played better in Mobile than some players at his position who did receive combine invites. From a scouting and evaluation standpoint it would have been very informative to watch a player like Byard — with experience and NFL safety potential — run through the position drills next to his peers." Byard logged 66 tackles, one TFL and four interceptions last year.
Feb 15 - 4:56 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler sees Middle Tennessee State S Kevin Byard's omission from the NFL Scouting Combine as unjust.

Wrote Brugler, "[Byard] projects as more of a late round player, but certainly worthy of a spot on the combine roster." The CBS analyst believes he should have had his crack at the combine due to his stellar statistical production for the Blue Raiders over the course of his four years starting. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 217-pound draft-hopeful recorded 66 tackles (1.0 for loss) and four interceptions. He's picked off 19 passes in 48 games.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 14 - 3:06 PM

Middle Tennessee hired Cal OC Tony Franklin to serve in the same capacity.

Just when it looked like the coaching carousel had slowed to a minimum whirl, Cal suddenly has a major hole to fill. According to ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, Franklin's move to Middle Tennessee is not the result of some sort of coaching rift in the Golden Bears' staff. Indeed, he and HC Sonny Dykes have worked together for the last six years in stints with Louisiana Tech and Cal. In a released statement, Dykes said, "I will miss him both as a colleague and a friend, but at this point in his career he has decided that this is the best move for him and his family. I respect and honor that wholeheartedly, and I wish both Tony and his family nothing but the best."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 8:59 PM

Middle Tennessee freshman WR Richie James caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 45-31 loss to Western Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

James' 29-yard touchdown catch with 9:41 remaining in the contest knotted the proceedings at 31-all, but the Blue Raiders wouldn't score again. Loss aside, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound freshman's done superb work for the season as a whole, having caught 108 passes for 1,346 yards and eight touchdowns. We'll have to wait until next fall to see what he does for encore.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill completed 26-of-39 passes for 327 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's 45-31 loss to Western Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Stockstill finished with nice numbers, firing two of his three touchdown passes in the second half, but a pair of fourth-quarter scores by Western Michigan RB Jamauri Bogan ultimately sealed the Blue Raiders' fate. Including bowl action, Stockstill threw for 300 or more yards in five of his last six contests. The 6-foot, 192-pound redshirt freshman posted 4,005 passing yards and a 30/9 TD/INT ratio for the 2015 campaign.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:57:00 PM


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