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Kevin Byard MTSU Pro Day

Photo by John Connor Coulston//Managing Editor On Friday night, Middle Tennessee State University safety Kevin Byard became the latest Blue Raider to be selected in the NFL Draft. The former MTSU safety was selected with the first pick in the third round (No. 64 overall) by the Tennessee Titans, one of the five teams that …

Photo by Gregory French//Staff Photographer  Middle Tennessee State University safety Kevin Byard won’t have to move very far to his new National Football League home with the Tennessee Titans . After arriving on the Middle Tennessee State University campus back in 2011 and putting in thousands of hours on the field and in the weight …

Kevin Byard MTSU Pro Day

Photo by John Connor Coulston // Managing Editor Middle Tennessee held its annual Pro Day Thursday morning at Tennessee State University’s Indoor Practice Facility in front of numerous NFL scouts and front office officials. As many as 24 NFL teams were represented to watch 19 MTSU athletes try to improve their draft stock. Kevin Byard, Jordan …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Middle Tennessee junior forward Reggie Upshaw’s Twitter username is “TheRegister347.” And much like his Twitter handle might indicate, Upshaw and his Blue Raider teammates are still trying to register their upset win over No. 2 seed Michigan State. “I say it set in late last night, early …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Middle Tennessee junior forward Reggie Upshaw took a collective breath and raised his arms to the Scottrade Center ceiling. The upset was complete. The No. 15 seed Blue Raiders had just sealed one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history, knocking off the two-seeded Michigan State …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Only seven No. 15 seeds have ever defeated a No. 2 seed in NCAA history. That number didn’t matter to Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders, as MTSU shocked the tournament field with a 90-81 victory over the two-seeded Michigan State Spartans. But, …