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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Jordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee, Rs Sr DE,...Ferguson is coming off an incredible 2021 season. Ferguson ended 2021 with new career marks in tackles (58), tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (9.0), hurries (14), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). The second team all-conference pick ranked 22nd nationally in tackles for loss. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 DE Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  Middle Tennessee head coach Rick Stockstill announced the permanent captains for the Blue Raiders in 2022. Wide receiver Yusuf Ali, quarterback Chase Cunningham, defensive end Jordan Ferguson, wide receiver Jaylin Lane, and defensive tackle Ja'Kerrius Wyatt were honored as the 17th group of permanent captains in the FBS era at Middle Tennessee. The team voted on the five captains, and Coach Stockstill made the announcement during a team meeting. "This is the ultimate honor when your teammates make you a permanent captain for the season," said Stockstill. "These five guys have meant a lot to this program, and all are very deserving. It's not just your play on the field but the way you conduct yourself off the field and how you lead and push your teammates. When your peers give you a vote for the way you practice every day and compete on the field and in the classroom there is not a better honor out there." It marks Ferguson's third year as a captain, and the first for Ali, Cunningham, Lane, and Wyatt. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 DE Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  From the beginning of preseason football in 2021 to Wednesday's first practice, Middle Tennessee State quarterback Chase Cunningham has been on quite the roller coaster ride. He began last season competing with highly touted Power 5 transfer Bailey Hockman, who ultimately won the job. When Hockman quit the team after three games, Cunningham took over and performed admirably in his five starts, sparking the MTSU offense. Then, in early November, he tore the ACL in his right knee, once again giving up a position he had fought hard for during his four years with the Blue Raiders.

Cunningham was back on the field Wednesday, again competing for a starting position. But now he's healthy and has the experience from last year."I'm good to go...I'm 100% and ready to roll," said the 5-foot-11, 188-pound Cunningham, a redshirt senior who prepped at Knox Catholic. "I was feeling good today." A storm cut the first practice short by about 45 minutes, but that didn't take away from Cunningham's return after being out nine months. "I'm happy for Chase," coach Rick Stockstill said. "Anytime you have an injury of that magnitude, there's always a little doubt in your mind when you get out there and do it. But he wasn't favoring it or anything. He threw some nice balls in individual (drills). "Chase brings a lot of leadership to the team. The team respects him. I'm glad he's healthy and able to play his last year of college ball." - Daily News Journal


rSr/2023 QB Chase CunninghamMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaylin Lane, Middle Tennessee,...The rising redshirt sophomore receiver was named Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American as a punt returner last year when he ranked second nationally in punt return average (11.5) and was 26th nationally in combined kick return yards (580). Lane finished the year with 42 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns, while also leading the team in punt returns (19 for 295) and kickoff returns (13 for 285). Lane also had a punt return for a touchdown. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Jordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee, Senior DE,...Ferguson, who has been on everyone's C-USA preseason first team this summer, is coming off an incredible season on and off the field. Ferguson ended 2021 with new career marks in tackles (58), tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (9.0), hurries (14), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). The second team all-conference pick ranked 22nd nationally in tackles for loss. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2023 DE Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Kyle Ulbrich - Middle Tennessee,...Ulbrich (6-0, 203) attended two high schools and two colleges. He took a redshirt year in 2017 at Valparaiso and then averaged 37 yards punting in 2018. At Middle Tennessee in 2019 he had 46 punts for a 41.4 average, with seven go for 50 or more yards and nine downed inside the 20-yard line. He finished 2020 with a career-best 43.8-yard average while having 13 boots of 50 or more yards and was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List . Last season Ulbrich had a 44.4-yard punting average with 16 punts of 50 or more yards and 24 downed inside the 20-yard line. He was a three-year varsity starter at Mentor High School (sophomore and junior year) and Lake Catholic High School (senior year). As a senior, had 27 punts and averaged 40.7 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards (placed 12 inside the 20). Long field goal was 38 yards and 41 percent of kickoffs were touchbacks. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  Jaylin Lane had a breakout freshman season, catching 42 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 93 yards and a score last season. He also had a punt return for a TD and averaged more than 20 yards per kickoff return. His 15.5 average on punt returns has earned Lane some preseason hype, including being named preseason All-American by Athlon. "I try not to look too far ahead," Lane said. "I'm just focused on building team comradery and focused on being better than I was last year. The accolades will come if they come. I'm just trying to win ball games." - Daily News Journal

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  Conference USA released the 2022 preseason watch list, as selected by the league's 11 head coaches on Monday. Five student-athletes from each of the conference's 11 member institutions are recognized as key players to watch ahead of the 2022 season. Representing Middle Tennessee are WR Izaiah Gathings, WR Jaylin Lane, DE Jordan Ferguson, DL Zaylin Wood and punter Kyle Ulbrich. Gathings finished the 2021 season with 24 receptions for 302 yards and a touchdown after transferring from Gardner-Webb. The 6-4, 222-pound wideout is poised for a breakout campaign in 2022. Lane, who has been on most preseason all-conference teams, finished the 2021 season with 42 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns, while also leading the team in punt returns (19 for 295) and kickoff returns (13 for 285). Lane was a freshman all-american as a returner last year. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  Two Middle Tennessee football players have been named to the East-West Shrine Bowl 1,000 list, as announced by bowl officials Wednesday. Defensive end Jordan Ferguson and receiver Izaiah Gathings are the Blue Raiders who have been named to the list. Each year, approximately 1,000 all-star game eligible players are drafted, signed after the draft, or attend a rookie mini-camp. The aim for Shrine Bowl 1,000 is to serve as a look into the scouting process, as well as begin to preview college players who are currently all-star game eligible for the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl and 2023 NFL Draft class.

The comprehensive list includes players from all four levels of college football and consultation with NFL and college personnel. Ferguson had a banner season in 2021 when he established new career marks in tackles (58), tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (9), hurries (14), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). He ranked 22nd nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.3) and was 30th in sacks per game (.69). - Middle Tennessee football


rSr/2023 DE Jordan FergusonMiddle Tennessee
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  Freshman Nick Vattiato threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yard scoring pass to Jarrin Pierce with 6:24 left, and Middle Tennessee beat Toledo 31-24 on Friday in the Bahamas Bowl. Two plays after Toledo's 32-yard punt, Vattiato connected with a wide-open Pierce along the right side for a 28-17 lead. The 59-yard play was the longest completion in Middle Tennessee's bowl history. On Toledo's next possession, quarterback Dequan Finn was pressured by Jordan Ferguson and defensive lineman Zaylin Wood intercepted a tipped pass, leading to a 35-yard field goal for a 31-17 lead.

Toledo got within seven points with 1:08 remaining, but Thomas Cluckey recovered an onside kick to secure it. "Winning a bowl game, you're a champion, you're Bahamas Bowl champion and these seniors, these guys, they can take that with them the rest of their lives ," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said after his 101st victory with the program. Pierce caught four passes for 114 yards and Ferguson had a sack to reach nine on the season for Middle Tennessee (7-6), which was a double-digit underdog. Mike DiLiello rushed for 44 yards, including a 17-yard score to put the Blue Raiders ahead for good at 21-17. - Middle Tennessee/AP College Football


rSr/2022 WR Jarrin PierceMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB DQ Thomas, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Thomas, a senior, currently ranks as the school's all-time leader in tackles for loss (51.5) and is tied for third all-time in sacks (20.5). He ended the regular season ranked third on the team with 81 tackles, including 15.5 TFLs, 5.0 sacks, two interceptions, six hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2022 OLB DQ ThomasMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DE Jordan Ferguson, RS Jr., Middle Tennessee,...The second team is highlighted by a pair of guys who possessed first team numbers. Defensive end Jordan Ferguson and linebacker DQ Thomas both made the second unit. Ferguson, a Ted Hendricks Award finalist, ended the regular season with new career marks in tackles (55), tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.0), hurries (14), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2). - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PR Jaylin Lane, Fr., Middle Tennessee,...Lane, another freshman, enters the bowl game leading the nation with a 16.9-yard punt return average and had one returned for a touchdown. Lane is also the team's kickoff returner and one of the top receivers. - Middle Tennessee Football

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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Reed Blankenship, Sr., Middle Tennessee,...Blankenship, a senior, led the Blue Raiders with 106 total tackles to go with a career-best 10.0 TFLs, nine pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Blankenship, the program's all-time leader in tackles, was also a first team pick in 2018. - Middle Tennessee Football

rSr/2022 FS Reed BlankenshipMiddle Tennessee
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  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): DB Deidrick Stanley, Middle Tennessee,...Tight end Jimmy Marshall, defensive back Greg Grate, offensive lineman Jordan Palmer and kick returner Jaylin Lane all earned honorable mention recognition. Marshall led the Blue Raiders in receptions with 45 grabs for 510 yards and six touchdowns, while Grate was second on the team in tackles and had three interceptions. Palmer started all 12 games at center. - Middle Tennessee Football

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