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In four seasons at the helm of the Middle Tennessee program, Rick Stockstill has elevated the Blue Raiders to an unprecedented level. During his short tenure, the Blue Raiders have captured a league title, made two postseason bowl games, appeared on national television nine times, and produced six of the top ten crowds in Floyd Stadium history. The 2009 season was one for the record books. Stockstill's most recent squad accomplished what few believed possible: An FBS-record nine wins; votes in the Top 25 poll; a six-game winning streak; the most Sun Belt victories in school history; four road victories and a second straight undefeated month in November. It all resulted in Stockstill being named Sun Belt Conference co-Coach of the Year and 11 players earning all-conference honors, including co-Defensive Player of the Year Chris McCoy. After 24 years as an assistant, Stockstill was given the chance to run his own program, and all he did was lead the Blue Raiders to a 2006 Sun Belt Conference championship, help set a new single-season attendance record, and take the program to its first postseason bowl game in the I-A era. In taking a Middle Tennessee team predicted to finish sixth in the Sun Belt during the preseason to a league title, Stockstill was also crowned the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year while also garnering that honor from .

Under Stockstill, the Blue Raiders have consistently been among the least penalized teams in the conference and have established a combined plus-32 turnover margin. His teams have amassed the top three tackles for loss and quarterback sack totals in school history and have produced the Sun Belt's top touchdown scorer twice. Individual players have 30 allconference honors, a Player of the Year award, and there have been three different National Player of the Week winners. The Blue Raiders have won 20 of 29 conference games since 2006 and pulled upsets of ACC member Maryland in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, defensive end Erik Walden was taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and offensive lineman Franklin Dunbar and defensive lineman Trevor Jenkins signed as free agents with the Philadelphia Eagles. During the 2006 championship run, Stockstill and his staff saw an All-American player, 11 all-conference players, 11 SBC Player of the Week winners, a consensus National Defensive Player of the Week (Damon Nickson won the Walter Camp and the Bronco Nagurski awards), and the school's all-time sacks leader (Erik Walden). Much of the team's success was attributed to their play on the road that year as the Blue

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Raiders won four conference road games. Only 10 other teams nationally could stake that claim. It is said you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and Stockstill assembled a championship staff well before he coached his first game. Stockstill's current staff sports three National Championships, 72 bowl rings, and 214 years of coaching experience. Along with his extensive background in collegiate coaching circles, the driven and determined Stockstill also has had the advantage of working alongside some of the greatest minds in college football history. These experiences are evident throughout his Blue Raider tenure. Stockstill, who made his way to Murfreesboro after spending the previous two years at South Carolina, has worked with legendary coaches Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier, Danny Ford, Tommy Bowden, Ken Hatfield and Tommy West. Stockstill demonstrated the ability to develop and coach big-time players throughout his 24-year college coaching career. He joined the Gamecock staff in December 2003 and immediately made an impact in recruiting. Stockstill coached the Gamecock tight ends and served as recruiting coordinator in 2005 and was the wide receiver coach in 2004.

Before joining Holtz' staff at South Carolina, Stockstill was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina in 2003. In his first year at South Carolina, Stockstill coached Troy Williamson to one of the best seasons ever for a Gamecock receiver. Williamson made 43 receptions for 835 yards (75.9 per game average) and seven touchdowns. Williamson's 835 receiving yards put him among the single-season leaders at USC, along with his seven touchdowns. Williamson was taken as the seventh pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to his on-field coaching at Carolina, Stockstill coordinated the signing of a top-20 recruiting class for the Gamecocks in his first season and was recognized as one of the

top 25 recruiters in the nation by . From 1989 to 2002, Stockstill was on the coaching staff at

Clemson, where he helped lead the Tigers to some of their most proficient offensive performances in school history. He served in a variety of capacities during his tenure with Clemson, working as recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach. One of his prize pupils was All-America wide receiver Rod Gardner, who was the number 15 pick of the 2001 NFL Draft. Stockstill

played an integral role in Clemson's offense, which set more than 100 school records from 1998 to 2002.

Also recognized as a topnotch recruiter, Stockstill is credited with recruiting Clemson's all-time leading rusher Raymond Priester, second all-time leading passer Woodrow Dantzler and second all-time leading receivers Derrick Hamilton and Rod Gardner. Stockstill coached in 12 bowl games before taking the Blue Raiders to the 2006 Motor City Bowl for his 13th.

Stockstill also has coaching experience at the University of Central Florida (198588), where he tutored wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, who went on to a 13-year career in the NFL, and at BethuneCookman College (1983-84).

Born Dec. 23 in Sidney, Ohio, Stockstill grew up in Georgetown, Ky., and then moved to Fernandina Beach, Fla., where he was inducted into the Fernandina Beach Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a three-year letterman at Florida State as a quarterback, where he was team captain and earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1981 under Coach Bobby Bowden. During his career at FSU, the Seminoles had two top-10 final Associated Press rankings and had wins over powers Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Nebraska. Stockstill, who received his bachelor's degree from FSU in 1982, made three bowl trips with the Seminoles. Stockstill and his wife Sara have a son, Brent, and a daughter, Emily. ?

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Coaching staff

Rick Stockstill

Les Herrin

Manny Diaz

Head Coach

Assistant Head Defensive Coord./

Coach/Defensive Line Linebackers

Tony Franklin Offensive Coord./


Justin Watts Wide Receivers/ Recruiting Coord.

Willie Simmons Running Backs

David Bibee Safeties

Jimmy Ray Stephens Offensive Line

Brent Brock Inside Receivers

Steve Ellis Cornerbacks/ Special Teams

Chris Matusek Andy Vaughn

Director of Football Asst. Director of


Football Operations

Robbie Stewart Russell Patterson Drew Rossetti Troy Johnson Head Football Trainer Head Football Video Coordinator Equipment Manager

Strength Coach

Jason Spray Asst. Strength


Mike Polly Offensive GA

Roger Pollard Tommy Harvell Zach Johnson Defensive GA Defensive Video GA Offensive Video GA

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Craig Allen 35 LB

Zeke Anderson Garrett Andrews Andrew Banks Malcolm Beyah Shane Blissard


80 WR

5 WR

4 WR

83 WR

Roderic Blunt 39 LB

Colin Boss 50 OL

Marquise Branton Kevin Brown

34 RB

33 S

Brent Burnette Wes Caldwell

10 QB

81 WR

Michael Cannon Danny Carmichael SaCoby Carter

13 WR

44 LB

51 DT

Jerry Cobb Nicholas Coleman Jarrett Crittenton

55 LB

13 QB

45 DE

Derrick Crumpton BenjaminCunningham Kendall Dangerfield Dwight Dasher Antwan Davis

24 S

26 RB

96 DT

9 QB

52 LB

Darin Davis 59 LB

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David DeFatta Gene Delle Donne Marquise Dixon Richard Drake

37 P

16 WR

41 CB

84 WR

Mark Fisher 74 OL

Zachary Franklin 85 WR

Desmond Gee Alan Gendreau Kenneth Gilstrap Jesse Grisham Denzell Guerra

2 WR

38 PK

18 CB

58 OL

31 S

Wesley Hale 40 RB

Jadareius Hamlin Chris Hawkins Craig Heyward

97 DL

75 OL

46 RB

Antonio Hill Patrick Honeycutt

99 LB

17 WR

Rod Issac 6 CB

Tavarres Jefferson Jordan Johnson

27 WR

76 OL

David Jones 22 RB

Justin Jones 32 LB

Jeremy Kellem 20 S

D.D. Kyles 23 RB

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Jamari Lattimore Evon Lettsome

11 DE

62 OL

Jamal Lewis 70 OL

Gorby Loreus 43 LB

Brian Lorman Chris McClover

63 OL

1 WR

Chris McCoy Sancho McDonald Omar McLendon Byron McLeod Brandon McLeroy Jeremy Michel

98 DE

15 WR

85 DE

86 WR

60 OL

57 OL

Sherman Neal 28 CB

Dearco Nolan 89 DE

Jake Padrick Emmanuel Perez Brandon Perry William Pratcher

71 OL

91 DE

92 DT

29 RB

Juno Prudhomm Jamal Ramsey Stephen Roberts Cam Robinson Ryan Rosenvall Sammy Seamster

42 S

12 QB

87 LB

30 LB

19 QB

8 S

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