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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

Per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, Middle Tennessee State senior S Kevin Byard is "a fluid athlete with excellent awareness to read the eyes of quarterbacks and set up his blocks on returns."

Rang wrote that Byard "isn't the biggest or fastest safety," but has proven productive thanks to the aforementioned awareness and fluidity. The 5-foot-11, 217-pound senior and the rest of his Blue Raider buddies will have themselves a test in Thursday's Bahamas Bowl, as Western Michigan has a pair of insanely productive wideouts in Daniel Braverman and Corey Davis. Byard is set to head to the Senior Bowl after that.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 09:45:00 PM

According to ESPN, Middle Tennessee and Western Michigan will play in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Middle Tennessee had already accepted the bowl bid. Now, the other side of the match-up is ready to be set, as Western Michigan will reportedly receive a bid later this week. Both teams finished out with 7-5 records during the 2015 campaign. There will be 41 bowls over the next month-plus.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Middle Tennessee State senior S Kevin Byard will attend the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 226-pounder lacks ideal height for the position but has a nose for the ball and is quick. An AFC North scout said in September that Byard "looks like a corner out there with his cover skills." NFLDraftScout.com pegs Byard as a Day 3 draft pick.
Source: Senior Bowl
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill completed 27-of-38 passes for 322 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 41-7 win over North Texas.

Stockstill threw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Blue Raiders built themselves a 31-7 lead heading into the locker room. This was his sixth game with at least three touchdown passes. The 6-foot, 192-pound redshirt freshman's thrown for 3,421 yards with a 26/8 TD/INT ratio in helping Middle Tennessee to a 6-5 record. With the win, the team's eligible for a bowl.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 05:11:00 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill completed 28-of-43 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 58-28 loss to Western Kentucky.

The overall numbers look fine, but this was a prime example of accumulated statistics that had little effect on the actual outcome. Stockstill didn't throw his first touchdown until the second quarter when the Blue Raiders were already down 35-7. While the team is just 2-4 this season, the 6-foot, 192-pound Stockstill has thrown for 1,803 yards with a 16/3 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:20:00 PM

An AFC North scout said Middle Tennessee State senior S Kevin Byard "looks like a corner out there with his cover skills."

"And then on other plays he's a safety with his run fits and toughness," he added. "He's a versatile player with a nose for the ball, that much I know." NFLDraftScout.com pegs Byard as the No. 7 senior SS prospect and a Day 3 draft pick. "He displays quick feet in his transition to flip his hips and stick with pass-catchers downfield," wrote Dane Brugler. "Byard has above average ballskills with terrific hand-eye coordinate to read the eyes of the quarterback, gain proper positioning and make acrobatic interceptions look easy due to his ball anticipation." The 5-foot-11, 226-pounder lacks ideal height for the position, sometimes a problem in coverage.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 09:27:00 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt freshman QB Brent Stockstill has been named the team's starter for the 2015 season.

Stockstill is the son of Middle Tennessee HC Rick Stockstill. The 6-foot, 192-pound redshirt freshman was competing with incumbent starter Austin Grammer, who passed for 2,557 yards and a 17/12 TD/INT ratio last season. Stockstill (the coach) said that both quarterbacks will play in the team's opener against Jackson State.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 04:42:00 PM

Former Ole Miss junior RB I’Tavius Mathers transferred to Middle Tennessee State.

"I am officially [a] Blue Raider!!!" the running back wrote on social media. "It’s great to come home and play ball for my community. I get to reunite with my lil bro as well. God gave me a second chance and I look forward to taking full advantage of it." As you probably guessed, Mathers hails from the state of Tennessee. Mathers never redshirted, so he'll use that in 2015 and have one year eligibility remaining as a fifth-year senior in 2016. Mathers, a former four-star recruit, led the Rebels with 563 yards in 2013 before falling off to 290 yards and three rushing touchdowns in 2014.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 05:21:00 PM

Middle Tennessee State junior S Kevin Byard is a versatile NFL defensive back prospect to monitor, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

In August, Byard was named to the preseason Jim Thorpe watch list. He entered this season as the active NCAA's leader in interception return yards with 326. "In the age when a safety in the NFL must be able to show versatility, the junior from MTSU is one to watch," Pauline wrote. "In five games this season Byard has posted a team leading 3 interceptions and ranks second on the squad with 27 tackles. He’s a three down defensive back with the ability to play the pass sideline-to-sideline as well as thrash opposing ball carriers up the field."
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 07:03:00 PM

Middle Tennessee junior OLB T.T. Barber should make the NFL "as a situational linebacker/special teams player," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes.

"Barber makes up for size deficiencies with great instinct and intensity," Pauline wrote. "He flies to the action sideline-to-sideline making plays against the run and in coverage. The lack of height makes Barber scheme specific but I have no doubt the junior eventually makes an NFL roster as a situational linebacker/special teams player." The analyst currently grades Barber as a Rds. 6-7 prospect, though Barber has two seasons of eligibility remaining to beat that projection.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Seahawks selected Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten with the No. 172 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

A bit off the radar in Conference USA, Staten is a pure run stuffer. At 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, he'd be slight for a nose tackle in a 3-4, but could remain in the middle of the Seahawks' 4-3. He won't be guaranteed to crack the Seahawks' extremely deep 53-man roster, which already boasts an army of D-linemen.
Sat, May 10, 2014 03:40:00 PM

The Patriots privately worked out Middle Tennessee State OG Josh Walker last week.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora calls Walker a "deep sleeper" who "could go [in the] 4th round." The three-year Blue Raider starter was not invited to the combine. He has an NFL body -- 6-foot-6, 320 pounds -- and a power game. Walker is a bender who isn't terribly agile, but he's intelligent and tough. New England could be intrigued on Day 3.
Sun, May 4, 2014 11:38:00 PM


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