Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Middle Tennessee season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 8-6 overall, 7-1 in Conference USA
Head Coach: Rick Stockstill, 14th year, 87-78
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE OFFENSE
– The Blue Raider offense that was way too inconsistent and lacked the scoring pop – but was good enough to get to the Conference USA Championship – has to replace seven starters, with the biggest hole at quarterback. Brent Stockstill closed out his career as the 28th greatest passer in college football history – at least in terms of yards – and now the battle for the starting quarterback job will go well into fall camp.
Sophomore Asher O’Hara is the most experienced option after serving as Stockstill’s backup, but sophomore Chase Cunningham is a baller and JUCO transfer Randall Johnson is a 6-5, 235-pounder who can move.
– The receiving corps has to replace a few parts, too, but Ty Lee is an all-star caliber target who’ll be the No. 1 guy. Sophomore Like Shifltett and junior CJ Windham are bigger 6-2, 200-pound options to bring some bulk.
– The ground game that failed to hit the 2,000-yard mark and averaged fewer than four yards per carry gets back leading rusher Chaton Mobley, a 235-pound sophomore who ran for 660 yards and four scores. Senior Terrell West adds a bit of flash, but the backs are working behind a revamped line that loses three starters.
– There isn’t a ton of bulk up front, but the line couldn’t pass protect and struggled way too much at keeping defenses out of the backfield. There’s just enough overall experience returning to hope for a wee bit of improvement.