Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill (collarbone) indicated that he has been practicing as though he will start in the Hawaii Bowl.

Stockstill suffered a broken collarbone against UTSA at the beginning of November and subsequently underwent surgery. Somewhat remarkably, he said that he began throwing again just a week after that surgery. The 6-foot, 192-pound gunslinger participated in the team's first pre-bowl practice, too. All of these are positive signs for a return against Hawaii on Christmas Eve, but until Stockstill receives medical clearance, his status should be considered up-in-the-air.
Dec 9 - 7:10 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James totaled 403 yards between receiving, rushing and passing, plus four touchdowns, in Saturday's 77-56 win over FAU.

James turned in one of the truly remarkable efforts of the 2016 campaign on Saturday. Not only did he catch four passes for 120 yards and a score -- his eighth 100-yard showing of the year -- he also rushed the ball 22 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns. But wait, there's more. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore also completed 5-of-6 passes for 76 yards. Egads, egads to all of this. Through 12 games, James is working to a 97-1463-11 receiving line, though apparently the wideout can do anything he feels like.
Nov 26 - 10:39 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught 12 passes for 122 yards in Saturday's 42-17 loss to Marshall.

James was without quarterback friend Brent Stockstill, out for the year with a broken collarbone. In Stockstill's place, John Urzua. Urzua was picked off twice and threw for just 220 yards and a touchdown, but that mattered not to the 5-foot-9, 170-pound James, who has now registered six consecutive games of at least 100 yards receiving.
Nov 12 - 10:28 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB John Urzua will start in place of Brent Stockstill (collarbone) in Saturday's game against Marshall.

If Urzua plays respectably against Marshall, he will likely also start against Charlotte and FAU to close out the regular season. He came on for Brent Stockstill in Saturday's loss to UTSA after the latter broke his collarbone early in the game. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound redshirt freshman was predictably scattered in emergency relief, completing 14-of-27 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Despite the three picks, Urzua makes for a fine speculative fantasy flier given the elite pedigree of the offense he plays in (40.5 points on average, 347 passing yards on average).
Nov 7 - 12:44 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill will miss the remainder of the 2016 regular season due to a broken collarbone.

Stockstill broke his collarbone in the first quarter of Saturday's loss to UTSA. While he has already been ruled out for the rest of the regular season, the Blue Raiders are hoping that the 6-foot, 192-pounder might be able to return for Middle Tennessee's yet-to-be-determined bowl in December. In the short term, redshirt freshman John Urzua is expected to start against Marshall this coming weekend. Stockstill finishes his truncated 2016 regular season having thrown for 2,765 yards with a 27/5 TD/INT ratio.
Source: USA Today
Nov 7 - 12:29 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill was forced out in the first quarter of Saturday's game against UTSA due to an apparent right shoulder injury.

Stockstill was knocked out of action near the end of the first quarter. After heading to the locker room, the 6-foot, 192-pounder returned to the sideline sporting a sling and wearing street clothes. John Urzua has replaced him as signal-caller. As if it needs to be stated, Stockstill will not be returning to Saturday's game. UTSA holds a 28-10 lead at the half.
Nov 5 - 4:21 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-35 win over Florida International.

As tends to be the norm, James came through in beautiful fashion on Saturday. He would score from 15 yards out with 3:53 remaining in the first half -- just a warm-up for his 52-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore has surpassed 125 yards receiving in each of his last four games and has compiled a 68-1032-8 receiving line in helping Middle Tennessee to a 6-2 record. Polish the pins and break out the nachos: The Blue Raiders are going bowling.
Oct 29 - 10:26 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill completed 19-of-32 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 42-35 win over Florida International.

In an entertaining shootout that saw an abundance of scoring fun from both sides, Stockstill notched his sixth game of at least three touchdown passes. He hit on three of his four scoring tosses in the first half. For the season as a whole, the redshirt sophomore signal-caller has now thrown for 2,267 yards while sporting a stellar 26/5 TD/INT ratio over the course of eight games played.
Oct 29 - 10:18 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior RB I'Tavius Mathers was an out-and-out beast in Saturday's 51-45 win over Missouri, compiling 263 all-purpose yards and scoring two touchdowns on 36 touches.

Beautiful work by Mathers in helping to drop Missouri to 2-5. He recorded 215 yards rushing and supplemented that stellar number with a PPR leaguer's dream in catching eight passes for 48 yards. This was the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder's best overall game in what has been a stellar season. He has now rushed for at least 135 yards in five consecutive contests. Mathers has also caught at least three passes in six of seven games.
Oct 22 - 9:35 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill completed 42-of-54 passes for 434 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 44-43 double-overtime loss to Western Kentucky.

Fantasy owners who happened to have a Hilltopper or Blue Raider rolling on Saturday were treated to an offensive explosion from both teams. Middle Tennessee was trailing 27-20 after three quarters, but Stockstill hooked up with Richie James on a 38-yard touchdown pass seconds into the fourth quarter to tie up the proceedings, then went on to drive his squad to a go-ahead field goal with 3:52 remaining. Western Kentucky would re-knot the score with a field goal of their own at the end of regulation to push matters into overtime. Stockstill has thrown for at least two touchdown passes in each of his team's first six games. Saturday saw him finish with his first 400-yard passing effort of the season.
Oct 15 - 6:09 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James was superb in Saturday's 44-43 double-overtime loss to Western Kentucky, catching 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

James is an all-world receiver, but this tremendous performance stands out even by his lofty standards. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder hauled in scores of 28 and 38 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively. His 16 catches and 223 receiving yards both set season highs. Through six games, James is now working to a 57-776-5 receiving line.
Oct 15 - 6:06 PM

Middle Tennessee State redshirt junior RB I’Tavius Mathers rushed 21 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Mathers chipped in five catches for 74 yards and another score. The Ole Miss transfer has been a revelation in his first season for the Blue Raiders, adding a running element to this passing offense to the tune of 447 yards and seven touchdowns in the ground (6.6 ypc) and an 18-260-2 line as a receiver.
Sep 27 - 3:34 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught five passes for 81 yards in Saturday's 38-34 win over Louisiana Tech.

James posted a mega receiving line of 14-183-1 against Vanderbilt in Week 2, but through four games, that is his only 100-yard receiving effort of the season. Overall, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore has caught 33 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns.
Sep 24 - 11:25 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-21 win over Bowling Green.

James scored from 16 yards out courtesy of a Brent Stockstill touchdown pass with 1:47 remaining in the first half. That knotted the score at 21-all. The Blue Raiders pulled away for the win after halftime. For the season, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound James has caught 28 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. He is a fantasy gem through-and-through.
Sep 17 - 6:32 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill completed 18-of-30 passes for 278 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 41-21 win over Bowling Green.

Stockstill threw for 30 touchdowns a year ago and is well on his way to matching or surpassing that tally in 2016. For the current season, he has thrown for 1,006 yards with an 11/3 TD/INT ratio. He has thrown for at least three touchdown passes in each of his three games to this juncture.
Sep 17 - 6:25 PM


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