SBC 2009 Football Preview for Middle Tennessee.

Malcom Beyah, Middle Tennessee FootballCoach Stockstill offered his analysis of the team: “Offensively, if we can get the linemen back who missed spring practice then we could have a pretty good offensive line and finally one with a little depth. I like both our quarterbacks coming out of the spring and thought they really stepped up their play and competed. Our wide receivers have to continue to improve in route running and catching the football. They still have a long way to go. We will also have to rely on some freshmen for depth at running back. Overall, I liked the effort and the way the of- fense competed in the spring and if they keep improving that unit could be successful. Defensively, the linebacker position is a big concern and we will look strongly at the incoming freshmen. We also have to find a couple of people who will be difference makers up front. I thought our secondary showed improvement and competed extremely well.”

With added depth on the offensive line competition has definitely been upgraded so there is not just one particular battle. The best battles to watch this fall will be between Mark Thompson and Jake Padrick at center, Brandon McLeroy and Colin Boss to try to crack one of the guard spots, and Alex Stuart and Jamal Lewis for the other guard position. Everything is tougher in the trenches so keep a sharp eye on the developments here as September rolls closer. Junior Mark Fisher displayed consistency with everything he did. His pass protection was tops on the team and he really improved in his run blocking which was a necessity. Guard Alex Stuart also received recognition for his play.

Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee Football“The talent we have on offense at Middle Tennessee is enough for us to be successful, ” said new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. “The kids picked up the scheme this spring better than any group of the previous two places I have coached. They have tremendous upside and I think they will be more than ready to go when camp opens in August.”

Coach Franklin said of the quarterbacks: “I think both guys did an excellent job of picking up the offense this spring. Dwight (Dasher) has great natural talent and a good feel as a runner and thrower with the potential to be dynamic. Dwight is still learning to be a leader but if he continues to improve he could be a special player. Brent is a well coached kid and has a chance to be a really good pocket passer. He just needs to work on being more efficient as a passer and limit his mistakes. Brent has the intangibles to be good at this level.”

Wide receivers coach Justin Watts spoke of his unit: “We have a good group of experienced players with all our major contributors back from last year. The fall camp will be key as it will determine who we have on the field during crunch time of games but with this offense a lot of receivers will be rotating in. Our receivers will be required to be great run blockers as well as pass catchers so being able to block will go along way with playing time. We return a great deal of speed among this group and we are excited about their big play capability for 2009.”


First Photograph: Malcom Beyah broke onto the scene with an impressive freshman campaign last year.

Second Photograph: Dwight Dasher will take the helm of the offense at quarterback after splitting time at the position the last two seasons.

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