For the fans: Five observations from spring football finale
MURFREESBORO - MTSU football held its spring football finale Saturday at Floyd Stadium.
The Blue Raiders wrapped up the spring with a series of drills and scrimmage in front of a crowd of about 500.
Although not much could be gauged from what was essentially a practice, there were still a few things that stood out.
Here are five observations from Saturday’s spring finale:
A heavier Shane Tucker
Running back Shane Tucker, who just switched back to his old position, looked like his old self out of the backfield. However, Tucker added a little bit of weight as he looks to be more of power back at 6-foot. Although Tucker was once the starting running back, coach Rick Stockstill did not name a starter after spring, and I’Tavius Mathers’ successor could remain under wraps until the opener against Vanderbilt.
Windham looks like a starter
Wide receiver CJ Windham was named the most improved wide receiver. Windham, a sophomore, was inserted into the lineup early last year due to multiple injuries. With nearly a full offseason under his belt, Windham appears to be destined for a starting role on the outside.
On the sideline
Several of MTSU’s recent signees took time out of their weekend to catch the spring finale. Wide receiver Zack Dobson, who just had shoulder surgery, was there with Jordan Ferguson, Cain McWilliams, Brian Anderson and others. More than half of those in attendance were recruits and their guests.
‘I call it Brent Stockstill Jr.’
Although star wide receiver Richie James was limited this spring after another big season, the All-American still showed improvement. James even practiced with the quarterbacks during drills on Saturday. James had success out of the wildcat role last year, especially against Florida Atlantic where MTSU put up 77 points on the Owls out of the formation. But don’t call James out of the wildcat the “Wild Richie.”
“I call it Brent Stockstill Jr.,” James said, referencing MTSU’s starting quarterback.
Offensive line big concern
One of the areas Rick Stockstill said he was most concerned about was offensive line. The Blue Raiders lost six offensive linemen (four to graduation, two medically disqualified). However they do have key names returning such as guard Chandler Brewer, and Robert Behenan looks like the starter at center. Still, depth is crucial in the spread, no-huddle system and as the season dragged on last year, the offensive line went from one of the best in the country to middle of the pack.
Notable Blue Raiders not in action due to injury were: quarterback Brent Stockstill, cornerback Mike Minter Jr. and running back Terelle West
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