Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

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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

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught 14 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 47-24 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday.

MTSU's defense looked pitiful against Vanderbilt's dreadful offense, but the Blue Raiders' offense showed that it might be even better than it was last fall. The Batman to James' Robin in this offense -- QB Brent Stockstill -- set school records in completing 38-of-65 passes for 399 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
Sep 11 - 11:11 AM

Middle Tennessee sophomore WR Richie James caught eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Alabama A&M.

James caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Brent Stockstill early in the second quarter. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound sophomore is an elite fantasy wideout and hauled in 108 passes for 1,346 yards and eight touchdowns as a baby Blue Raider in 2015. This offseason, Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo referred to him as a "slippery slot receiver." His 955 yards after the catch last season were the most in the country.
Sep 3 - 11:17 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt sophomore QB Brent Stockstill was superb in Saturday's 55-0 win over Alabama A&M, throwing for 329 yards and five touchdowns.

Stockstill completed a cool 30-of-36 passes in the contest. The 6-foot, 192-pounder tossed three touchdowns in the first quarter and wrapped up his day with another two in the second quarter. Last season, he threw for 4,005 yards with a 30/9 TD/INT ratio in 2015. Expect more of the same for the 2016 campaign.
Sep 3 - 11:11 PM

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


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