About Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Murfreesboro is located in Rutherford County with a population of 108,755 according to the 2010 census, up from 68,816 residents certified during the 2000 census. The city is the center of population of Tennessee and is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. It is Tennessee's fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The town was named "Murfreesboro" for Revolutionary War hero Colonel Hardy Murfree. In 1818, Murfreesboro became the capital of Tennessee until 1826, when Nashville became the capital.
About the Football Program
The Middle Tennessee football program saw their first season begin play in 1911 with L.E. Mutt Weber serving as the head coach. The Blue Raiders joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2001 where they won two conference championships.
Head Coach Rick Stockstill
Rick Stockstill was named head coach of Middle Tennessee State University’s football team in 2006. Stockstill, a two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year recipient, has elevated the Blue Raider program both on and off the field during his six seasons at the helm. During his short tenure, the Blue Raiders have captured a league title, won the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, made three bowl games in six years, earned two public recognition awards from the NCAA for APR success, appeared on national television a record and Sun Belt Conference-best 18 times, and produced six of the top eight crowds in Floyd Stadium history. Before his time at Middle Tennessee, Stockstill served as an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman (1983-84), UCF (1985-88), Clemson (1989-2002), ECU (2003), and South Carolina (2004-05).
Opening its doors on Oct. 14, 1933, Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium has undergone multimillion dollar renovations through its existence to become one of the premier facilities in the regions and Conference USA. The stadium holds 30,788 fans, equipped with 16 indoor suites and 38 outdoor boxes. The stadium allows for further expansion in which they could see the seating capacity increase to over 70,000.
ames Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Laureate
Albert Gore Sr., Former US Senator
Rep. Bart Gordon, Former US Congressman
Kelly Holcomb, Former NFL quarterback
Hilary Scott, Member of country music group Lady Antebellum
Terry Weeks, 1988 National Teacher of the Year
Chris Young, Country music star
Erik Walden, Green Bay Packers
Randy Wood, Founder of DOT Records
Something You May Not Know about Middle Tennessee
The Aerospace Department has one of the largest university Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) programs in the country. This program allows graduates to be recommended to the FAA for the final segment of Air Traffic Controller Training and hiring. AT-CTI is independent of the five aerospace concentrations, allowing any MTSU Aerospace student to enter the program.
Breakdown of the Blue Raiders
Players to Watch
Kevin Byard S - 5-11 - 216 Redshirt Sophomore Lithonia, GA (M.L. King HS)
Earned Freshman All-American honors as well as being named Second Team All-SBC. Named the SBC Defensive player of the Week and the College Performance Awards National Defensive Player of the Week on November 26, 2012. Byard tied for third on the team with 74 tackles and led the team with four interceptions, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Tied the school record with two interceptions returned for a touchdown.
Named honorable mention for the All-Sun Belt team in 2012. Presented the Terry Whiteside Award for excellence in academics, football, strength training, community service and campus activities. Earned Sun Belt Player-of-the Week on October 29th. Completed 63.3 percent of his passes in 2012 along with 2571 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Jordan Parker RB - 6-1 - 220 Sophomore Lawrenceville, GA (Collins HS)
Named the TSWA Offensive Player of the Week on November 5th and November 28th. Earned a spot on the Third Team All-SBC and SBC All-Freshman Team. Led the team in rushing with 851 yards and three touchdowns.
Josh Walker OL - 6-5 - 323 Redshirt Senior Spring City, TN (Rhea County HS)
Named Honorable Mention for the All-SBC Team. Named Most improved Strength Training Offensive Lineman. Started all 12 games in 2012 without allowing a sack all season.