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Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines As the new guy on a roster, you have to step up and make plays in big-time games in order to gain the recognition and respect of your fellow players and coaches. The Blue Raider defense has seen two such players take that step early this season …

Photo by Anthony Fiorella / Sports Reporter When head coach Rick Stockstill announced the hiring new defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, it gave Shafer one more chance to prove himself as one of the greatest defensive minds in college football. In just his second game, Shafer will be thrown into the fire against the team that …

Photo by Tyler Lamb / Sidelines Archives Middle Tennessee will kick off their 2017 season on television Saturday night with a Southeastern Conference opponent they are all to0 familiar with, the Vanderbilt Commodores. Over the past two seasons, the ‘Dores have gotten the better of the Blue Raiders. In 2015, Vanderbilt squeaked by the Raiders …

Photo by Brent Beerends / MT Athletic Communications That first big job at an Football Bowl Subdivision school is something that can put a lot of pressure on young coach’s shoulders. The big plus for Austin Silvoy and Siriki Diabate? They are stepping into a program with a lot of talent at each of their …

Photo by Tyler Lamb / Sidelines Archive When you break it down, a train is a lot like a running game. The locomotive (running back) powers the whole thing, and without that engine, you aren’t going anywhere. The tracks (offensive lineman) lay the groundwork on which the locomotive can travel, guiding it through peaks and …

Photo by Brent Beerends / MT Athletic Communications 2017 was not one of the top years in Blue Raider baseball history, as the team finished the year with a dismal 24-31 record and missed the Conference USA tournament for the second consecutive season. While the Blue Raiders struggled on the mound with a 7.58 team earned …