March 2011 Archives
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Suber springs to life with Bombers
March 30, 2011
WINNIPEG -- It was like swapping one dreadlocked player with another. When Jonathan Hefney signed with the Detroit Lions during last year's offseason, fans already knew they were going to miss his high intensity and big plays, but in the back of everyone's mind was the feeling of losing those remarkable dreadlocks.
Enter 24-year old Alex Suber. At 5-foot-7, he's certainly not the tallest person on the field, but with an engine that never stops - combined with those long dreadlocks that make him recognizable anywhere on the field - Suber sprung to life in his first year of professional football.
"My size has been questioned my whole life so I've always played the game with a chip on my shoulder," said Suber. "The Lord has blessed me with the ability to play and I feel like no analyst or critic can take that away from me."
After making the team out of training camp, Suber became a mainstay in both the secondary and on special teams as his big hits on defense and recovered fumbles on punt coverage were always counted on by his teammates. However, the biggest highlight for him was something else.
"Making a play in my first game," said Suber. "My first pass breakup of the opening game of the year." He would end up finishing the year with 51 tackles, 11 special teams tackles and two fumble recoveries totaling eight yards.
Suber attended Middle Tennessee State where he enjoyed a fine collegiate career after playing football for most of his life.
"I've been playing since I was about five years old," said Suber. "I grew up wanting to be like my brother who also played." As a young kid growing up in Tampa Bay, Florida, Suber looked up to his older sibling and also considers his mother and grandmother as role models still to this day.
Before becoming a CFL player, Suber had never really watched a full game before.
"I had heard of [the CFL] but the only game I ever saw was when Ricky Williams debuted, and even then I only watched a couple of plays," he said.
When he wasn't hanging around the Stadium, studying film and working out, Suber could often be found hanging out with his teammates at the mall or catching a movie in the city he grew a liking to.
"I absolutely loved my first year in Winnipeg," said Suber. "Everyone from the fans to the coaches to the staff to the players made it an easy transition for me."
One of those teammates he refers to is his best friend on the team, Clint Kent. The two were almost inseparable last season and were often confused for one another by various members of the Football Club staff because of their similar hair.
Just don't ask either of them whose is better.
"Clint's my homie," said Suber, "but me being the Florida boy, my dreadlocks are better hands down, no contest."
Shortly after the season ended, both Suber and Kent signed contract extensions that will see them remain in blue and gold for a few more years. Those years, Suber says, should have a lot for fans to look forward to.
"Fans can expect a team that plays with confidence, more discipline and a tremendous hunger," said Suber. "From me, they can expect a guy who will play at a high level, with a hunger to be better and lots of enthusiasm!"
After taking a break following his rookie season and spending downtime with his family and friends in Tampa Bay, Suber is now back at Tennessee, training and working hard in order to get ready for his second CFL season - one he hopes will bring him his first ever interception, something that escaped him last year.
Article done by BlueBombers.com and posted on CFL.ca
The newest addition to the Blue Raider family is Kevin Pope. Pope is a 6-3, 230lb defensive end from Fullerton College in California. During his sophomore year at Fullerton College, Pope tallied 27 tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and forced one fumble. It was good enough to earn him a spot on the National Southern Conference first team, and he was named the school's freshman defensive player of the year the previous season.
Here is a look at some of his Fullerton College highlights (Pope is #98)....
Here is the second match up of the tournament, be sure to vote early and often to ensure your clip makes it to the championship....
Malcolm Beyah's streaking TD catch against ULL....
Jared Bamber's clutch 4th down catch against FIU...
So begins the first match up of the tournament, be sure to vote early and often to ensure your clip makes it to the championship....
A combo of Jamari Lattimore's acrobatic sacks....
Sancho McDonald's diving touchdown catch against Minnesota...
2010 Middle Tennessee Football Highlight Tournament....
With the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Final Four in full swing the CoachStockstill.com and Blue Raider coaching staff has been caught up in "March Madness". So in keeping with that theme we have decided to start our own tournament and bracket. For those of you who watch ESPN's Sports Nation our format will be very similar, we will start of 13 hopeful contestants, through each round we will put two highlights from the 2010 football season against each other and with your votes we will work our way through the bracket towards an eventual champion. .Remember this tournament will be decided by Blue Raider Nation so make sure to tell your friends and get involved. The voting will start on Wednesday so make sure to check back with us to make your vote count!!
SI.com's Pro Day Tracker posted an interesting analysis of Middle Tennessee Defensive end Jamari Lattimore and his performance at our Pro Day last Thursday.
Several draft sleepers left a positive impression on scouts:
• Middle Tennessee State defender Jamari Lattimore turned a few heads and answered questions about his speed. Lattimore, who posted 15 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks as a senior turned in a solid workout in 48-degree weather. He measured 6 feet, 2.5 inches and 235 pounds, posted 40 times which clocked between 4.68 to 4.71 seconds and ran the three cone in 7.04 seconds. The latter mark would put him in the top half dozen results of all the outside linebackers at the combine. Lattimore looked solid in position drills and could now get consideration in the late rounds.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/nfl-draft-pro-days-2011/index.html#ixzz1HuUQj98G.
2011 Football Season Tickets are now on sale at the Middle Tennessee ticket office, and the good news is that the prices will be the same as last year. More good news is that the Blue Raiders will play six home games again this year, including September games against Georgia Tech and Memphis. On the schedule are also four Sun Belt conference games, highlighted by the traditional battle with rival Western Kentucky in October.
Reserved sideline tickets for the six-game package are $100.00, while reserved Campus Sideline seats are $70. Chairbacks and Club Level seats are $135 and $100, respectively, but require a minimum donation to the Blue Raider Athletic Association (BRAA) of $250 for chairbacks and $500 for Club Level seats.A general admission pass to the upper deck is $75 and to the campus is $60 for all six games. Endzone general admission for the season is only $50. Reserved sideline seating for groups of 20 or more is $85 per set of season tickets.
Marco Born, Director of Ticketing, has also announced an incentive program for renewal of 2010 tickets.
The ticket office will also offer tickets to the game with Tennessee in Knoxville only on a priority basis.
Season tickets may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-888-YES-MTSU or visit www.GoBlueRaiders.com
Weight: 218 pounds
Previous School:Chattahoochee HS
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
High School: Named the Atlanta Journal Constitution's All-Classification Player of the Year and first team all-state ... Voted the 2010 Atlanta North Forsyth/Fulton TD Club Offensive Player of the Year ... A 2010 ESPN/Rise finalist for Mr. Football USA ... Owns school career records in passing yards (3,987), touchdown passes (44), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (37), and rushing yards by a quarterback (2,385) ... Led Chattahoochee to the 2010 Class AAAA state championship and a 15-0 record after completing 170 of 249 passes for 2,664 yards and 30 touchdowns (only two interceptions) ... Also rushed for 1,509 yards (6.7 yds/carry) and 21 touchdowns to become first player in school history to pass and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season ... In the state title game against Starr's Mill, he passed for 112 yards and rushed for 108 yards ... As a junior, he threw for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 1,149 yards and 17 scores on the ground ... Named North Fulton Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 ... Lettered in football and wrestling ... Played for Coach Terry Crowder ... School produced such players as Seattle Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst, Houston Texan John Busing, Miami of Ohio Ryan Busing and current Wake Forest QB Brendan Cross.
Full Name: Timothy Joseph Byerly ... Parents: Don and Julie Byerly ... Born: 11/15/92.
Weight: 195 pounds
Previous School: Beauregard HS
Hometown: Opelika, AL
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named honorable mention all-state for Class 4A ... Also tabbed all-area and was a member of the Super 8 Area team ... Was second in the state track meet with a triple jump of 43-5.5 ... Collected 45 catches for 832 yards and eight touchdowns his senior season ... As a junior, he reeled in 27 receptions for 439 yards and five touchdowns ... Lettered in football, basketball, and track ... Played for Coach Smitty Grider.
Full Name: Christian Oneal Collis ... Parents: Terence Collis and Racquel Ellington ... Born: 8/28/93.
Weight: 175 pounds
Previous School: Overton HS
Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School: Lettered in football at Overton High School ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Named to the all-midstate second team by the Tennessean as a defensive back ... Also tabbed first team all-district and first team all-region ... Played in the Toyota East-West All-Star Game ... Named MVP of the district and the Offensive MVP for the city ... Played for Coach Terry Anderson.
Full Name: Tracy Lee Hampton ... Parent: Sherry Hampton ... Born: 3/25/92.
Weight: 265 pounds
Previous School: Dr. Phillips HS
Hometown: Orlando, FL
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Lettered four years in football and one year in weightlifting ... Helped lead team to a 14-1 record in 2010 and state runner-up in Class 6A (opened holes for National Player of the Year Dee Hart) ... Was all-county ... Had 75 pancake blocks as a senior and did not allow a quarterback sack ... Voted the school's freshman of the year in 2007 ... Played for Coach Dale Salapa.
Full Name: Darius Levon Johnson ... Parents: Keith Johnson and Nicole Butler ... Born: 12/3/92 ... Other: Cousin Joe Joseph plays for the Washington Redskins.
Weight: 300 pounds
Previous School: Coffee HS
Hometown: Douglas, GA
High School: Lettered three years in football at Coffee High School ... Rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named first team all-region in 2010 ... Played in the 2010 GACA North-South All-Star Game ... Averaged eight knockdowns a game as a senior and did not allow a quarterback sack ... Played for Coach Ken Eldridge.
Full Name: Roberto Meza Loya ... Parents: Roberto Loya Sr. and Gloria Loya ... Born: 2/13/93.
Weight: 210 pounds
Previous School: Pensacola Catholic HS
Hometown: Pensacola, FL
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Earned first team all-state honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Named first team all-area in 2009 and 2010 ... Completed 140 of 230 passes for 2,084 yards and 14 touchdowns to go with 164 rushing yards as a senior at Pensacola Catholic High School ... Threw for 2,674 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior while adding 167 yards on the ground and six scores ... Had 1,579 passing yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore ... Lettered four years in football, three years in basketball, and two years in weightlifting (regional qualifier in 2009) ... Played for Coach Greg Seibert.
Full Name: Shaun Demetric White ... Parents: Charles and Razella White ... Born: 8/27/93.
From MTSU Athletic Communications- Middle Tennessee will return to the gridiron on Wednesday for the start of spring drills just 68 days removed from its third bowl game in five years. The first practice will begin at 3:30 PM Wednesday and the team will also workout on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The Blue Raiders welcome back 50 lettermen and 14 starters, along with two new coordinators in Willie Simmons (offense) and Steve Ellis (defense).
"I am really anxious to get back on the field Wednesday," said Head Coach Rick Stockstill. "The fun part of coaching is to get on that field with the players and staff, and compete. Last year was a very emotional and frustrating season because of all the outside factors but it is clearly in the rearview mirror now."
The focus for the Blue Raiders over the next three weeks will be ball security and playing fast, really fast.
"Turnovers cost us a lot of games last year so we will definitely have an emphasis on ball protection," said Stockstill. "But we also want to play as fast as any team in the country on both sides of the ball, so tempo will be another area we will spend a lot of time on this spring."
That tempo gets started on the offensive side of the ball where the Blue Raiders have 25 returning lettermen and seven starters from a year ago. Four starters are back along the offensive line in Preston Bailey, Colin Boss, Brandon McLeroy, and Mike Williams but only Williams will go through spring practice. Bailey, Boss, and McLeroy are all out following off-season surgeries.
Lining up under center this spring will be sophomore Logan Kilgore and junior Jeff Murphy. Both will be competing for the starting job which will go to the guy who protects the football and moves the chains and gets into the endzone more consistently.
In the receiving department, Middle Tennessee returns 12 pass catchers from 2010 including starters Malcolm Beyah, Tavarres Jefferson, andSancho McDonald. The unit will also add explosive players Reggie Whatley and Kyle Griswould. Whatley was redshirted last year and is moving from running back to receiver, while Griswould sat out 2010 after transferring from Duke.
Defensively, the Blue Raiders have to replace eight starters from a unit that had SBC Defensive Player of the Year Jamari Lattimore and first team all-conference performers Jeremy Kellem and Rod Issac.
Up front all four starters are gone but a strong group of talented players are ready to take their turn. Omar McClendon, SaCoby Carter, Patrick McNeil, Jimmy Staten, and Dearco Nolan all have experience. The unit has also added Gorby Loreus who is making the move from linebacker for his senior year.
The Blue Raiders are really excited about the potential at linebacker where starters Darin Davis and Justin Jones return. The team also has speedsters Craig Allen, David Jones, Stephen Roberts, all expected to make big contributions, along with the consistent Corey Carmichael.
The secondary will also be a place of concern since stalwarts like Kevin Brown, Jeremy Kellem, and Rod Issac are no longer on the team. Seniors Arness Ikner, Derrick Crumpton, and Eric Russell will be counted on to lead the way.
As for special teams, all four key ingredients are back for 2011. Alan Gendreau, a two-time first team all-conference pick, will handle the place-kicking duties, while sophomore Josh Davis takes care of the punting. Davis, who doubles as the team's holder on field goals and extra points, earned second team all-conference honors in his first season with the Blue Raiders. Deep snapper Zeke Anderson also returns.
"The players have had a wonderful off-season, in fact, one of the best since I have been here," said Stockstill. "They have worked extremely hard; they have a great attitude, and are very focused. Now we just have to improve in all facets as a football team during the spring, carry that into the summer, and be ready to go in August."
The Blue Raiders will conclude spring drills on April 9 with the annual Blue-White Game in Floyd Stadium.
SPRING PRACTICE DATES
PRO DAY: March 24
Its that time of year again for players around the southeast to make their plans to attend the 2011 Rick Stockstill Football Camps. Just like in years past our camps will be held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University and we offer camps for all age groups. If you are interested in these great camps click on the links below to download a brochure...
Elite Camps (Rising 9-12 Grades) CLICK FOR ELITE BROCHURE
Session #1- May 29th
Session #2- June 5th
Youth Camp (Rising 1-8 Grades) CLICK FOR YOUTH BROCHURE
May 31-June 3
7-on-7 Team Passing Camp CLICK FOR PASSING CAMP BROCHURE
As spring ball is set to begin on Wednesday of this week we took a few moments to visit with our players and get their thoughts on the 2011 version of Blue Raider Mat Drills...
Weight: 230 pounds
Previous School: Antioch (TN) HS
Hometown: Port a Prince, Haiti
High School: A three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com ... Named second team all-mid-state by the Tennessean and was the district Defensive MVP his senior year ... Named preseason all-state in 2010 by Murphy Fair ... As a senior, he posted 57 tackles, 14 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception while adding three receptions as a tight end ... As a junior he tallied 40 stops, 14 TFLs, 12 sacks, and two forced fumbles ... Played for Coach Mike Woodward.
Full Name: Alexandro Antoine ... Parents: Innocent and Creda Antoine ... Born: 10/26/92.
Weight: 220 pounds
Previous School: William T. Dwyer HS
Hometown: Riviera Beach, FL
High School: Lettered in football at William T. Dwyer High School where he helped lead team to a state championship in 2010 ... As a senior he collected 64 tackles, 11 TFLs, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and scored a touchdown ... Played for Coach Jack Daniels.
Full Name: Shubert Bastien ... Parent: Juliene Laguerre ... Born: 8/20/93.
Weight: 230 pounds
Previous School: Norcross HS
Hometown: Norcross, GA
High School: Lettered two years in football at Norcross High School ... As a senior, he turned in 57 tackles, 19 TFLs, five hurries, four sacks, and four caused fumbles ... Played football for Coach Keith Maloff.
Full Name: O'Shae Malik Bridges ... Parents: Paul Easley and Angelia Bridges ... Born: 5/28/93.
Weight: 200 pounds
Previous School: M. L. King HS
Hometown: Lithonia, GA
High School: Voted first team all-state for Class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal Constitutional and the Associated Press ... Also earned all-region honors on offense and defense, while also garnering all-area and all-county accolades ... A two-star recruit by ESPN who was a two-way standout for M.L. King ... As a senior, he collected 94 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked punts, and two fumble recoveries, while adding 35 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns on offense to go with 245 rushing yards and two scores ... Also returned 12 kickoffs for 350 yards and a touchdown ... Played in the 2010 Georgia North vs South All-Star Game ... Lettered in football and track ... Played for Coach Michael Carson.
Full Name: Kevin L. Byard ... Parents: Kevin Byard Sr. and Artina Stanley ... Born: 8/17/93.
Weight: 190 pounds
Previous School: Southwest DeKalb HS
Hometown: Rex, GA
High School: Originally signed with Tennessee as part of its 2010 class ... Rated as the No. 57 prospect in Georgia and No. 63 overall athlete by Rivals.com ... Was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 80 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com ... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Region team ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 ... Georgia Class AAAA All-State return specialist ... Totaled 40 tackles and two interceptions as a senior in 2009 while catching 25 passes for more than 700 yards and four touchdowns ... Added four kickoff returns, two punt returns and one interception for touchdown as a senior ... Competed in the DeKalb County All-Star Bowl in 2010 ... Played for Coach Buck Godfrey.
Full Name: Marcques A. Dixon ... Parents: Larry Halloway ... Born: 3/9/91.
Weight: 280 pounds
Previous School: Briarcrest Christian HS
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: Lettered in football and track at Briarcrest Christian School ... A two-star recruit by Scout.com ... Earned all-state, all-region, and all-metro honors as a senior ... In 2010, collected 67 tackles, three sacks, and 10.5 TFLs ... As a junior he had 38 stops, 5.5 TFLs, and an interception in seven games ... Played for Coach Major Wright.
Full Name: Jerrold Laron Frazier ... Parent: Laronda Gant ... Born: 4/13/93.
Weight: 290 pounds
Previous School: Cartersville HS
Hometown: Cartersville, GA
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Lettered in football and track at Cartersville High School ... Earned first team all-region honors on defense and was second team on offense in 2010 ... Named all-county three times ... As a senior he had 47 tackles, 11 TFLs, four sacks, three forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries ... Was the team's most valuable defensive player and a team captain his senior season ... Owns the school record in the squat at 545 pounds ... Played for Coach Frank Barden.
Full Name: James Dalton Jones ... Parents: James and Ruthie Jones ... Born: 10/2/92 ... Other: father played football at Troy (1979-82).
Weight: 165 pounds
Previous School: West Laurens HS
Hometown: Dublin, GA
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Was all-region in football four years, all-region in basketball three times, and was all-region in baseball twice ... Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball ... Played for Coach Chad Simmons.
Full Name: Rodney Jerome O'Neal ... Parents: Rodney O'Neal Sr. and Alma O'Neal ... Born: 10/12/92.
Weight: 190 pounds
Previous School: South Atlanta HS
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named first team all-state for Atlanta City schools as a linebacker ... Also earned all-city and all-metro honors while being named the teams MVP ... Registered 101 tackles, including 10 TFLs, three interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and six sacks ... Added 850 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on offense (had a school record 98-yard run vs Woodward Academy) ... Collected 89 tackles as a junior to go along with 15 TFLs, five forced fumbles, and three interceptions ... Played for Coach Julius Moses.
Full Name: James E. Roberson ... Parents: James Roberson Sr. and Leah Ervin ... Born: 4/12/93 ... Other: His father played at Florida State from 1990 to 1994.
Weight: 250 pounds
Previous School: Creekside HS
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
High School: Lettered in football at Creekside High School where he was all-region his senior year ... Named to the Order of the Arrow (Boys Scouts of America) as one of the Top 25 seniors and is a member of the National Honor Society ... Played for Coach Johnny White.
Full Name: Marcus Wayne Robinson II ... Parents: Marcus Robinson and Jacquelyn Robinson ... Born: 11/8/92.
Weight: 170 pounds
Previous School: Clay HS
Hometown: Green Cove Springs, FL
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... As a senior, he tallied 92 tackles, five TFLs, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal ... Named all-county ... Was a three-year starter in football and a four-year starter in basketball ... Lettered in football, basketball, track, and weightlifting ... Played for Coach Matt Toblin.
Full Name: Jared Steven Dwight Singletary ... Parent: Barbara Dennard and Billy Dennard (stepfather) ... Born: 6/16/93.
Weight: 215 pounds
Previous School: Marion County HS
Hometown: Buena Vista, GA
High School: Earned first team all-state and all-region and all-county honors after rushing for 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010 ... Rushed for 223 yards in the first round of the 2010 state playoffs ... Helped lead team to a 10-2 record his senior year and a region championship ... Also rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior ... Lettered in football, basketball, and track ... Played for Coach Mike Swaney.
Full Name: Ykeem Rashad Wells ... Parent: Lucinda Minion ... Born: 1/31/92.
Weight: 184 pounds
Previous School: Tucker HS
Hometown: Clarkston, GA
LSU: Redshirted as a true freshman in 2009 ... Enrolled at LSU in January of 2009 and participated in spring practice with the Tigers.
High School: SuperPrep All-America and a member of the ESPNU 150 as a senior in 2008 ... A Class 4A first-team all-state selection as a senior and helped lead Tucker to the class 4A state championship ... Rushed for 1,211 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season ... Played both running back and defensive back as a senior ... As a junior, carried the ball 121 times for 1,062 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... A five-star prospect in the Sports Illustrated Takkle Top 200 ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Rated as the No. 8 athlete in the nation by SuperPrep ... Ranked as the No. 10 athlete in the country by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the #12 athlete in the country by ESPNU ... Rated as the No. 18 athlete in the country in the Sports Illustrated Takkle Top 200 ... Rated as the No. 10 prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 17 prospect in the state of Georgia by SuperPrep ... A member of the Rivals 250 ... Rated as the No. 66 overall prospect in the Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 ... Coached by Franklin Stephens.Full Name: Drayton Marcel Allen-Calhoun ... Parents: Mom is the late Matilda Allen-Calhoun ... Born: 1/8/91.
Weight: 200 pounds
Previous School: Rickards HS
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Florida State: Played in the first 10 games of his collegiate career in 2009 and made 11 appearances in all, predominantly on special teams ... Finished with four tackles, the first of which came in the opener against Miami ... Registered a tackle in four separate games including solo stops against BYU and Clemson ... Forced a fumble against BYU and recovered the loose ball off a Cougar kickoff return in the second quarter which led to a Seminole field goal as time expired in the half ... Recorded three kick returns for 51 yards, including a career-best of 22 yards against Wake Forest ... Was slowed by injury in the preseason.
High School: Earned PrepStar All-American honors as a senior at Rickards High School ... Ranked as the nation's 10th-best safety by Scout.com and No. 12 by Rivals.com ... A four-star prospect who earned Tallahassee Democrat All Big Bend honors and was second team 3A All-State ... In addition to defensive back, also played quarterback and receiver ... A three-sport athlete, he played basketball and boasted the top 100-meter dash time in the Tallahassee area as a senior ... Played for Coach Rudy Hubbard.
Full Name: Jajuan Michael Harley ... Parents: John and Cynthia Harley ... Born: 1/17/91.
Weight: 308 pounds
Previous School: Mill Creek HS/Georgia Military
Hometown: Landover, MD
Georgia Military: Attended Georgia Military in 2009 and 2010 ... Only saw action in 2010 when he started all nine games as team went 6-3 ... Played for Coach Bert Williams.
High School: Earned first team all-region and first team all-county for Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, GA ... Played in the 2009 Gwinnett County All-Star Game ... Lettered in football and track ... Played for Coach Shannon Jarvis.
Full Name: Kenneth LaVelle James ... Parents: Byron James and Camell Easley ... Born: 8/21/91.
Weight: 270 pounds
Previous School: Myrtle Beach HS
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
High School: Lettered in football and track at Myrtle Beach High School ... During his four-year career, he tallied more than 100 knockdowns, allowed just three sacks, and had only four penalties called against him ... Earned all-region, all-zone, all-area, and Toast of the Coast honors in 2010 on his way to helping team to the AAA State Championship ... Was all-region and all-area as a junior as team played in the state title game ... Nominated for the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl ... A four-year starter who had an overall grade of 93 percent as a senior, 89 percent as a junior, and 91 percent as a sophomore ... Played for Coach Mickey Wilson.
Full Name: Jason Allen Rexroad ... Parents: Brian Rexroad and the late Leslie Rexroad ... Born: 11/24/92.
The entire Middle Tennessee Football family would like to send out our deepest condolences to the family of Tina Stewart and the Lady Raider Basketball program, Blue Raider Nation truly lost a special member of our family last night. If you would like to express your grief or condolences you are invited to participate in the vigil tonight in honor of Tina at 6pm inside the Murphy Center. The northeast corner of the Murphy Center arena, closet to the Hall of Fame, has also been designated as an area for you to leave expressions of remembrance in Tina's honor.
The day so many people have been waiting for has finally arrived, the 2011 Blue Raider Football Schedule has been released. The Blue Raider Football offices have been bombarded by calls from fans in the last two months wanting to know when the team is playing this fall. So many are eager to know so they can plan tailgating trips, get away game hotels booked and several asked which Saturdays are safe so they can plan a wedding that doesn't interfere with Blue Raider Gameday. There are some exciting games on tap for this year's celebration of Middle Tennessee's 100th birthday. This year's schedule includes teams from 5 different conferences including 3 different BCS conference teams from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Conference USA. The Blue Raiders are already scheduled for two televised games on the ESPN family of networks, @ Purdue and a Thursday night home game against Western Kentucky, with the possibility of several more as the season gets closer.
See for yourself how exciting Blue Raider Football will be in 2011....