Receivers Stepping Up

Receivers Stepping Up

The Middle Tennessee football team continued spring drills today. The BlueRaiderZone has updates from the practice field, including thoughts on how the receiving core is shaping up from receivers' coach Justin Watts.

Coach Stockstill and his Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders were back on the practice field today, going through two hours worth of drills in shoulder pads and shorts. The biggest question that keeps getting asked is who will start at the Quarterback position this fall. At this point, it looks as if Joe Craddock and Gene Delle Donne have taken the reigns at the top two spots. Each had their moments in practice today, but Craddock's experience and crisp passes seem to keep him at the one spot for now. Coach Stockstill has repeatedly stated that there is no way to determine who will start in the fall with only a few practices to evaluate their talent in the spring. Look for it to be a two man race throughout the summer.

One of the highlights at practice today was the receiving core. Coach Justin Watts was pleased and had good things to say about the group: "We've had some good days of work. The guys have all had good attitudes. Everyone is bigger and stronger, and we've got three starters returning that have a lot of experience. This spring we get to teach a little more technique and fundamentals as opposed to where to go and what to do."

Bobby Williams looks to be in the best shape of his career, and it is easy to see that he has gotten bigger. Coach Watts told the BRZ that "I've been very impressed with Bobby. His confidence has soared, due to him being a little bigger and stronger. He's catching the ball a lot better than last year during the season." Williams could finally be ready to dominate the Sun Belt Conference if he continues making strides throughout the spring and summer. On another note, Taron Henry has taken on the role as the leader of the group, filling a crucial role that Watts considered missing from last year's squad.

Patrick Honeycutt is back on the field after an ACL injury ended his season last year. Honeycutt was having an impressive Spring in 2006, and seems to be picking up where he left off. The redshirt sophomore has impressed coaches with his work ethic and looks to be a factor in the lineup come this fall.

The most pleasant surprise of the afternoon came in the form of redshirt freshman reciever Ben Graves. Graves is listed on the spring prospectus as a varsity candidate, and looked as good as anyone on the field. The 6 foot 3, 208 pound receiver out of Columbus, Ohio enjoyed a solid day, including making a diving catch on a ball thrown over his head toward the sideline. Graves was great all around, and might be a name that Blue Raider fans become accustomed to in the very near future.

Overall, the Wide Receivers seem to be coming together, even if it is only spring practice. If they all stay injury free, the combination of Williams, Henry, and others could become deadly for Sun Belt Conference opponents. Will Stockstill's "basketball on grass" offense come to fruition this fall? Count on it.

The Blue Raiders practice on Wednesday, March 28 from 7:00-9:00pm. The BRZ will be there to keep you updated as spring drills continue.

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