2011 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team
|2011 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football|
|Conference||Sun Belt Conference|
|2011 record||2–10 (1–7 Sun Belt)|
|Head coach||Rick Stockstill (6th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Buster Faulkner (1st year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Steve Ellis (1st year)|
|Home stadium||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
|2011 Sun Belt football standings|
|Arkansas State †||8||–||0||10||–||3|
|† – Conference champion
As of January 9, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011 Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders team represented Middle Tennessee State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Blue Raiders were led by sixth year head coach Rick Stockstill and played their home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium. They are members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 2–10, 1–7 in Sun Belt play to finish the season in eighth place.
During the Off Season
On January 13, 2011, it was announced that both coordinators, Mike Schultz (Offensive) and Randall McCray (Defensive), would not return for the 2011 football season. After a very successful 2009 season, when the team went 10–3 and won the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, during the 2010 season the team fell in several statistical categories. The team's turnover margin went from being ranked 8th in the nation to being 120th in the nation. Middle Tennessee's total offense fell from 27th in the nation to 69th in the nation, while their total defense fell from 50th in the nation to 72nd in the nation. Both coordinators only served for one season at Middle Tennessee.
On January 24, 2011, Rick Stockstill announced that he promoted cornerbacks coach Steve Ellis to defensive coordinator and running backs coach Willie Simmons to offensive coordinator. Two days later, Coach Stockstill completed his staff by hiring Joe Cauthen to coach the linebackers and serve as the special team's coordinator, and Buster Faulkner to coach the quarterbacks and be the passing game coordinator.
During the season, on October 14, 2011, Willie Simmons abruptly resigned from his job as offensive coordinator following his arrest on aggravated assault charges. On October 17, Buster Faulkner was named MTSU's offensive coordinator.
|April 9||1:00 PM||Blue-White Spring Game||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||Blue 67–60||3,409|
|September 3||11:00 AM||at Purdue*||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||BTN||L 24–27||42,110|
|September 10||6:00 PM||Georgia Tech*||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||ESPN3||L 21–49||30,502|
|September 24||3:30 PM||at Troy||Veterans Memorial Stadium • Troy, AL (Battle for the Palladium)||ESPN3||L 35–38||20,185|
|October 1||6:00 PM||Memphis*||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||ESPN3||W 38–31||20,098|
|October 6||6:30 PM||Western Kentucky||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN (100 Miles of Hate)||ESPNU||L 33–36 2OT||23,307|
|October 22||7:00 PM||at Florida Atlantic||FAU Stadium • Boca Raton, FL||Sun Belt Network||W 38–14||16,344|
|October 29||6:30 PM||Louisiana-Lafayette||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||Sun Belt Network||L 20–45||13,500|
|November 5||6:00 PM||at Tennessee*||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||FS South||L 0–24||88,211|
|November 12||2:30 PM||at Louisiana-Monroe||Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA||ESPN3||L 14–42||11,987|
|November 19||2:00 PM||Arkansas State||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||ESPN3||L 19–45||12,806|
|November 26||2:30 PM||Florida International||Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium • Murfreesboro, TN||L 18–31||10,227|
|December 3||3:00 PM||at North Texas||Apogee Stadium • Denton, TX||L 7–59||15,962|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
- Football loses two coordinators MTSUSidelines.com, Jan. 13, 2011.
- Stockstill elevates Ellis, Simmons GoBlueRaiders.com, Jan. 24, 2011.
- Stockstill completes staff with Cauthen, Faulkner GoBlueRaiders.com, Jan. 26, 2011.
- Faulkner named new MTSU play caller DNJ.com, Oct. 17, 2011
- 2011 Schedule GoBlueRaiders.com, June 12, 2011.