2006 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team

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2006 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football
Middle Tennessee MT Wordmark.png
Sun Belt Co-Champions
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2006 record 7-6 (6-1 SBC)
Head coach Rick Stockstill
Offensive coordinator G.A. Mangus
Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz
Home stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
(Capacity: 30,788)
Seasons
« 2005 2007 »
2006 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy §   6 1         8 5  
Middle Tennessee §   6 1         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         5 7  
Louisiana–Lafayette   3 4         6 6  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   2 5         3 9  
FIU   0 7         0 12  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2006 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team represented Middle Tennessee State University in the 2006 college football season. Middle Tennessee entered the 2006 season coming off a losing 4-7 record (3-4 SBC) in 2005, which saw the dismissal of former head coach Andy McCollum. The team's new head coach was Rick Stockstill. The Blue Raiders play their home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium and compete in the Sun Belt Conference.

The 2006 season saw a new coaching staff turn the Blue Raiders around from the losing record of the previous year, adding 3 wins to the total of the previous season. Also, that season saw the Blue Raiders play in their first bowl game, the Motor City Bowl, in the division 1-A era.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 6:00 p.m. Florida International Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN ESPN+ W 7-6   20,058
September 9 5:00 p.m. at Maryland* Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD L 24-10   47,704
September 14 6:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech* Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN ESPNU W 44-0   20,806
September 23 6:00 p.m. at #16 Oklahoma* Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK L 59-0   84,326
September 30 6:00 p.m. at North Texas Fouts FieldDenton, TX ESPN+ W 35-0   16,986
October 6 7:00 p.m #8 Louisville* LP FieldNashville, TN ESPN2 L 44-17   32,797
October 21 6:00 p.m. at UL-Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 35-21   11,717
October 28 4:00 p.m. at UL-Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA W 34-20   22,093
November 4 2:30 p.m. Florida Atlanticdagger Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN CSS W 35-14   18,712
November 11 4:00 p.m. at Arkansas State Indian StadiumJonesboro, AR W 38-10   10,176
November 18 11:30 a.m. at South Carolina* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC PPV L 52-7   70,442
November 25 2:30 p.m. Troy Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN (Battle for the Palladium) CSS L 21-20   17,812
December 26 6:30 p.m. vs. Central Michigan* Ford FieldDetroit, MI (Motor City Bowl) ESPN L 31-14   54,113
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Starting Lineup‡[edit]

Head Coach: Rick Stockstill (1st year)

Offense[edit]

Offensive Coordinator: G.A. Mangus (1st year)
Offensive Scheme:

The 2006 Blue Raiders revamped their Offensive Staff from the 2005 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team.

Position Number Name Class
QB #17 Clint Marks r-Sr.
TB #20 Eugene Gross r-Sr.
FB #38 Hunter Birtsch r-Jr.
TE #80 Clinton Corder r-Jr.
TE #85 Stephen Chicola Jr.
WR #87 Bobby Williams So.
WR #13 Taron Henry r-Jr.
WR #83 Jonathan Grigsby r-Jr.
LT #54 Franklin Dunbar r-So.
LG #79 Brandon Nix Jr.
C #50 Paul Cantrell r-Sr.
RG #77 David Price r-So.
RT #73 Germayle Franklin r-Sr.

Defense[edit]

Defensive Coordinator: Manny Diaz (1st year)
Base Defense:

The 2006 Blue Raiders revamped their Defensive Staff from the 2005 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team.

Position Number Name Class
LE #13 Tavares Jones Jr.
LT #97 Trevor Jenkins So.
RT #56 Wes Hofacker r-So.
RE #45 Sean Mosley r-Jr.
SLB #39 Marcus Brandon r-Sr.
MLB #1 Justin Rainey r-Sr.
WLB #25 J.K. Sabb Sr.
LCB #24 Bradley Robinson r-Jr.
RCB #27 Regie Doucet Sr.
FS #5 Damon Nickson Jr.
SS #8 Kent Wilson So.

Special Teams[edit]

Position Number Name Class
K #46 Colby Smith r-Sr.
KR #22 DeMarco McNair r-Jr.
KR #2 Desmond Gee Fr.
P #46 Colby Smith r-Sr.
PR #24 Bradley Robinson r-Jr.

* Note: r before the class year means that the player has used a redshirt year.

Game Capsules[edit]

Florida International[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
FIU 6 0 0 0 6
Middle Tennessee 0 7 0 0 7


Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 3 0 7 0 10
Maryland 10 7 7 0 24


Tennessee Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee Tech 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Tennessee 3 0 20 21 44


Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma 24 21 7 7 59


North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 14 7 7 7 35
North Texas 0 0 0 0 0


Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisville 10 13 7 14 44
Middle Tennessee 10 0 0 7 17


LA-Monroe[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0
LA-Monroe 0


LA-Lafayette[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0
LA-Lafayette 0


Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
FAU 0
Middle Tennessee 0


Arkansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0
A-State 0


South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Middle Tennessee 0
South Carolina 0


Troy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Troy 0
Middle Tennessee 0


Motor City Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Central Michigan 0
Middle Tennessee 0


References[edit]

  • 2006 Middle Tennessee Football Media Guide