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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.
Nov 18 - 12:19 AM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Ty Lee caught 11 passes for 114 yards in a 41-38 triple-overtime loss to Western Kentucky on Friday.

Lee (5'9/163) clearly has developed a rapport with Brent Stockstill, and was once again his go-to wideout in this one. The 5-foot-9, 163-pound receiver is a difficult cover whether he's operating in the slot, coming out of the backfield or even lining up out wide. Unfortunately for Lee and the Blue Raiders, it wasn't enough to overcome the Blue Raiders defense. Middle Tennessee gets another chance to qualify for a bowl next week against Old Dominion.
Nov 18 - 12:14 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 35-21 win at Charlotte to become the school's all-time passing leader.

Stockstill has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his past 20 games, and he now sits atop the school's passing yardage list with 8,159, overtaking Wes Counts (8,007). The record breaker came in emphatic fashion, too, as he connected with C.J. Windham on a 47-yard big play. The coach's son has the Blue Raiders just one win away from bowl eligibility, too.
Nov 11 - 5:59 PM

Middle Tennessee junior RB Tavares Thomas rushed 29 times for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 35-21 win at Charlotte.

The yardage total was easily a career best for the junior from Texas, who had three rushing touchdowns earlier in the season against Florida International. The Blue Raiders are normally known for their aerial attack, but Thomas certainly has the good to give them a nice complementary run game.
Nov 11 - 5:54 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (collarbone/sternum) completed 13-of-30 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-3 victory over UTEP on Saturday.

Stockstill (6-0/220) hadn't played since September 9 against Syracuse, and it was clear that there was some rust to shake off. Even with the low completion percentage,he was still able to connect with his receivers for three scores against the lowly Miners. We should expect a much better showing -- at least from an accuracy standpoint -- from the talented signal-caller next week against Charlotte.
Nov 5 - 12:37 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Ty Lee caught six passes for 80 yards with a touchdown in a 30-3 victory over UTEP on Saturday.

Lee (5'9/163) has become a go-to wideout in the MTSU offense, and was especially necessary tonight with Brent Stockstill struggling with accuracy and the Blue Raiders unable to run the ball. His touchdown was a 25-yarder from Stockstill that gave Middle Tennessee a 10-0 lead, and that was all the offense they needed against the woeful Miners. MTSU takes on Charlotte next week.
Nov 4 - 10:38 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (collarbone/sternum) is starting Saturday's game against UTEP.

A hearty welcome back to Stockstill, who had missed the last six games while mending from a cracked sternum and separated collarbone suffered in early September. He's one of the nation's most statistically productive quarterbacks when healthy, though there figures to be some rust that needs to be knocked off, here.
Nov 4 - 8:06 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Kyle Banks said he's preparing to start Saturday against UTEP.

"I’m acting like I’m the starter right now and preparing to play," the redshirt freshman said. "We’ll see what happens." MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said starter Brent Stockstill remains questionable. Meanwhile, backup John Urzua was forced to retire recently due to injuries. All that has propelled Banks, the No. 3 QB, to the top of the depth chart. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Banks appeared in his first collegiate game in garbage time against Minnesota last month, completing six of eight passes for 49 yards. He hasn't played much besides that. Banks was rated as a three-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports coming out of the prep ranks.
Nov 3 - 12:22 PM

MTSU redshirt QB Brent Stockstill (collarbone/sternum) is questionable for Saturday's game against UTEP.

Stockstill hasn't been able to play for the Blue Raiders since MTSU defeated Syracuse on September 9. This is a quarterback who has thrown for 61 touchdowns in the last two years and was playing well before the injury, so his return to the Middle Tennessee offense would be tremendous. If he's forced to miss another game, Kyle Banks would get the start, as backup John Urzua retired last week after suffering another concussion.
Nov 2 - 8:34 PM

Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill mentioned redshirt senior RB/WR Shane Tucker as a player who would have to step up in Richie James' absence.

James, the Blue Raiders' superstar receiver, was officially ruled out for the season on Tuesday. "We’ve played an awful lot without him already," Stockstill said. "Ty (Lee) and Shane (Tucker), those guys are going to have to step up. They’ll get more reps, more snaps during the game now because you lost a guy in the rotation. But it’s got to be a collective effort. One guy isn’t going to replace Richie’s production." Tucker, who has shifted between RB and WR during his career, has a meager 12-128-1 receiving line so far this fall. He should be in line for more touches going forward.
Nov 1 - 5:19 PM

Middle Tennessee junior WR Richie James will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken collarbone.

James is the school's all-time leader in all receiving categories despite only playing three seasons. James will not require surgery. He is one of the more talented receivers in the country, a pass catcher who wins with speed and also plays bigger than his size would indicate. Ty Lee and Shane Tucker will see more reps.
Nov 1 - 10:33 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB John Urzua has chosen to retire due to multiple career concussions.

Urzua suffered his most recent concussion against Marshall back on October 20. His first came in 2013, during his junior year in high school. Said the redshirt sophomore, "If it was anything other than a brain injury, I probably wouldn’t think twice about returning." He's started the last six games this season for the Blue Raiders while Brent Stockstill has been on the recovery trail from sternum and collarbone injuries and finishes his collegiate career with 2,338 passing yards and a 15/17 TD/INT ratio. With Stockstill questionable for Saturday's game against UTEP and Urzua now out of the picture, Middle Tennessee could be forced to turn to third-string QB Kyle Banks this weekend.
Oct 31 - 11:07 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill (sternum/collarbone) will undergo another MRI this week.

Stockstill has sat out the past six games while recovering from a cracked sternum and separated collarbone sustained in September. Prior to the Blue Raiders going off on bye this past weekend, the redshirt junior gunslinger told ESPN that he was hopeful that he would be able to return to action against UNLV this coming Saturday. His playing-status for that contest will be determined later in the practice week.
Oct 31 - 5:12 PM

Following Friday's loss to Marshall, Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill said that junior WR Richie James (shoulder) will "probably be on the shelf for a good amount of time."

James injured his shoulder in the third quarter of Friday's loss. The exact nature of that injury concern is not yet known, but Stockstill's pessimistic reaction after the game is a sign that this could be a significant issue -- perhaps even one that threatens James' availability for the remainder of the season. We'll pass along further word as information becomes available. Middle Tennessee has a bye week upcoming.
Oct 20 - 11:46 PM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Ty Lee caught four passes for 95 yards in Friday's 38-10 loss to Marshall.

Lee has been utilized as a running back at times this season, but did not see a carry in the listless defeat. He's done respectable work on the whole, having now caught 43 passes for 531 yards and three touchdowns in seven games. Despite these contributions, Middle Tennessee now sits at just 2-5. Injuries have more or less destroyed the offense.
Oct 20 - 11:35 PM


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