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Photo by Devin P. Grimes / MTSU Sidelines In August, Middle Tennessee fans had plenty to be optimistic about. Offensively, they returned three of their four biggest weapons from a season ago in quarterback Brent Stockstill and the receiving tandem of Richie James and Ty Lee. Defensively, the revamping of the defensive staff with the likes …

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 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 Sarah Grace Taylor/ Sidelines Archives The Middle Tennessee Blue Raider defensive line was one of the position groups hit hardest by graduation this past year, losing defensive tackles Shaquille Huff, Raynard Felton and Jimal McBride, and defensive ends Steven Rhodes and Chris Hale. As a group, the five seniors combined for 15 tackles, …

Photo by Tyler Lamb / Sidelines Archives Story by Timothy Carroll / Contributing Writer The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team held their first press conference of the new season on Wednesday, the first official time players have been available to media heading into the new season. Coming off of an 8-4 season, the Blue …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor / Sidelines Archive  With the 2017 college football season on the horizon, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will rely on a mix of incumbents and newcomers to erase their bowl misfortune of the last couple seasons and end their Conference USA Championship drought. With a third place finish in C-USA’s …