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Prediction: 8-4

Head coach: Andy McCollum
4th year: 17-16

Overview: The biggest shocker of the 2001 college football season was MTSU's inability to win the Sun Belt. Far and away the league's most talented team, the shocking loss to kept the Blue Raiders out of the New Orleans Bowl where it would've given a great run for its money. Now, the team is focused and angry and should roll through the Sun Belt even though the team isn't nearly as strong as last year's. The defense has several concerns, but the offense will put up points at will.

2002 Schedule
*Predicted Wins in Bold
Aug. 31 - at
Sept. 7 - at
Sept. 21 - at
Sept. 28 - SE St.
Oct. 5 - at St.
Oct. 12 - at
Oct. 19 - UL Lafayette
Oct. 26 - at
Nov. 2 - at St.
Nov. 16 - UL Monroe
Nov. 23 -
Nov. 30 -

Best Offensive Player: Senior RB . With two talented backs to help him out and keep him rested, Hicks should tear up the Sun Belt conference and could lead the nation in scoring.

Best Defensive Player: Junior FS . He's bigger than most of the players listed as linebackers in MTSU's 3-5-3 alignment and can run as well as any corner. 

Key player to a successful season: Cornerbacks and . The MTSU pass defense gave up over 254 yards per game last year. Allen and Rashada have to grow up and star immediately. 

The season will be a success if¿ MTSU wins the Sun Belt. Anything less would mean the season is a complete failure.

Key game: Nov. 23 vs. . This is the payback game for the Blue Raiders after letting the Sun Belt title slip away last year. The game is just as important.

2001 Fun Stats: 
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Average yards per pass: MTSU 8.6 - Opponents 7.1
- 3rd down conversion percentage: MTSU 51 - Opponents 41
- Sacks: MTSU 27 - Opponents 16

Final Thoughts: MTSU doesn't have quite enough talent to upset or , but it'll push the big boys. With four road SEC games, MTSU will be battle tested for the Sun Belt season and if it can get by the road game at and beat at home, it'll finally get it bowl game and will be able to shine on a national stage.

MTSU Offense Preview | MTSU Defense Preview

Ten Best Players
1. RB , Sr.
2. FS , Jr.
3. RB Reshard Lee, Jr..
4. OT , Jr.
5. WR , Sr.
6. QB , Jr.
7. PK , Jr.
8. WR , Sr.
9. P , Jr.
10. RB , Jr.

2002 Recruits

Star of the class
Kelvin German RB 5-11 190 Fairburn, Ga. (Sandy Creek H.S.)
Named to Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State team ... Was All-County (junior and senior) and Preseason Top 11 in the county as voted on by AJC ... Voted the Fayette County Offensive Player of the Year ... Rated the No. 24 tailback in the country by Rivals100.com ... Was the team¿s top offensive player as a junior and senior and was also the team captain both years ... Set single-season school records for rushing yards (1,274), carries (213), and touchdowns (11) his senior year ... Set a school single-game record with 38 carries in a contest as a senior ... Rushed for a school record 274 yards in a game his senior season ... Had a total of three games where he topped the 200-yard rushing total ... Lettered in football and track ... Ran the 100, 200 and 4X100 relay for the track team.

Instant Impact Players
Vernon Jones ATH 6-4 205 DeFuniak Springs, Fla. (Baker H.S.)
Aaron Pitts DB 6-0 175 Silver Creek, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln JC)
Chris Sapp DL/OL 6-5 240 Albany, Ga. (Dougherty H.S.)

Other 2002 Recruits
Jonathan Bonner LB 6-0 215 Birmingham, Ala. (Huffman H.S.)
Dennis Burke LB 6-2 215 Marietta, Ga. (Sprayberry H.S.)
Paul Cantrell OL 6-4 316 Canton, Ga. (Sequoyah H.S.)
Kevin Copeland DB 5-9 185 Warm Springs, Ga. (Manchester H.S.)
Kevin Davis RB 5-10 216 Pine Mountain, Ga. (Manchester H.S.)
Kenny Edwards LB 6-0 225 Madison, Fla. (Georgia Military JC)
Germayle Franklin OL 6-5 295 Waycross, Ga. (Ware Co. H.S.)
Marcus Gates DL/OL 6-4 265 LaGrange, Ga. (LaGrange H.S.)
Eugene Gross DB 5-11 195 Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro H.S.)
QB 6-3 180 Santuck, S.C. (Union H.S.)
John Henry OL 6-6 305 Nashville, Tenn. (Hillsboro H.S.)
Tyrone Hicks DB 5-10 175 Huntsville, Ala. (Lee H.S.)
Pierre Ingram WR 6-4 200 Stockbridge, Ga. (Stockbridge H.S.)
Dominic Jones DE 6-4 275 Coffeeville, Miss. (Northwest JC)
Jeff Littlejohn DL 6-3 342 Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney H.S.)
Clint Marks QB 6-2 180 Fort Myers, Fla. (Estero H.S.)
Will Martin DB 6-1 200 Clarksville, Tenn. (Coffeyville CC)
Nick McAfee FB 5-11 222 Marietta, Ga. (Marietta H.S.)
Brent Moore LB 6-3 210 Dalton, Ga. (Northwest Whitfield H.S.)
Charlie Myles LB 6-1 240 Pascagoula, Miss. (Gulf Coast CC)
Bobby Payne DE 6-5 262 Morrilton, Ark. (Morrilton H.S.)
Justin Rainey ATH 6-1 185 Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern H.S.)
Devarick Scandrett DE 6-4 240 Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Persons H.S.)
Tony Sutton DB 6-0 193 Troup, (Tyler (Texas) JC)
Doug Waller OL/DL 6-4 290 DeFuniak Springs, Fla. (Southwest JC)
Sean Waller WR 5-10 160 Madison, Tenn. (Hunters Lane H.S.)
Michael Watkins WR 6-2 175 College Park, Ga. (Banneker H.S.)
Niko Whiteside ATH 5-11 193 Gadsden, Ala. (Gadsden H.S.)
ATH 6-2 180 Spartanburg, S.C. (Greenwood H.S.)

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