Football: 4 Raiders take home All-Conference Honors


Randolph, Harris, junior Khalil Brooks and freshman Reed Blankenship celebrate Harris' touchdown against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. on Nov. 17, 2017. (Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines)

Photos by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (6-6) took home two All-Conference USA Second Team Awards and two All-Conference USA Freshman Team Awards on Tuesday.

Sophomores Ty Lee and Khalil Brooks were named to the all C-USA Second Team, while freshmen Jordan Ferguson and Reed Blankenship were named to the all C-USA Freshman Team.

Sophomore Ty Lee makes a catch against the FIU Panthers on Oct. 7, 2017, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines).

Lee was one of the main catalysts in the Middle Tennessee offense this season, leading the team in receptions (74), receiving yards (916) and receiving touchdowns (5). The Georgia native also carried the ball 39 times this season for a total of 109 yards, leading him to a grand total of 1,029 all-purpose yards.

Brooks was a stalwart for the Blue Raiders defensively, collecting 68 total tackles and leading the team in tackles for loss (15) and sacks (6.5). He also tied the school record for tackles for loss in a single game with five in the win over Florida International.

Blankenship filled a couple of different roles for the Blue Raiders, taking over the starting duties as both a safety and punt returner.

The Alabama native didn’t disappoint, registering 63 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two passes defended, a sack and a team-leading two interceptions. As a returner, he averaged 11.5 yards per return.

Freshman Jordan Ferguson returns an interception against the FIU Panthers on Oct. 7, 2017, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines)

Ferguson stepped up as a major force on the interior of MTSU’s defensive line. The big man had 24 tackles, including 4.5 behind the line of scrimmage and two quarterback hurries. Ferguson provided one of the season’s most memorable plays when he picked off Florida International’s Alex McGough in the fourth quarter to ice the game.

Quarterback Brent Stockstill, guard Chandler Brewer, center Robert Behanan, defensive end Walter Brady, linebacker DJ Sanders, safety Jovante Moffatt and kicker Cannon Rooker joined Blankenship as all C-USA Honorable Mentions.

The Blue Raiders will partake in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Dec. 16 against Arkansas State. Kickoff from the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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