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August 20, 2012

Position Preview - QB's

Logan Kilgore

2011 stats - Completed 214 of 365 passes for 2,231 yards with 18 TD's and 12 INT's.

Kilgore will undoubtedly be the starting QB for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders to start the 2012 college football season. The junior QB has been very impressive so far in fall camp, improving on the accuracy of his throws and displaying a deep knowledge of the offense.

Kilgore has also started to become one of the vocal leaders of the team and won multiple awards during the spring - including one for strength training.

While there are a lot of positives to talk about coming out of practice, there has been the downside of Kilgore's history - turnover problems. Up until the last game of the 2011 season, Kilgore had thrown and INT in every game he had started. For Kilgore to take his game to the next level, he will have to eliminate his mistakes and be smarter in where he places the football.

Predicted stats for the 2012 season - 2,800 yards, 25 TD's and 10 INT's.

Shaun White

White is currently a redshirt freshman and has seen no live snaps at the collegiate level aside from the Blue and White Spring game, where he completed 14 of 28 passes for 140 yards and one INT.

White has shown a growing knowledge of the offense during the fall camp practices, and has used his bump up in reps to show off his remarkable arm strength.

While he has displayed a lot of improvements in his skillset, he has struggled with accuracy - missing on some easy passes.

I expect by the time the Blue Raiders take the field for their first game this season, White will be the number two QB on the depth chart. Murphy would be the guy if healthy, but playing at a high level with his torn ACL is hard to fathom. If the past tells us anything White will see the field at some part of the 2012 season and maybe, just maybe, start some games.

Predicted stats for the 2012 season - 600 yards, three TD's and four INT's.

Jeff Murphy

2011 stats - Completed 84 of 140 passes for 794 yards with three TD's and three INT's while playing in nine games and starting three.

Murphy possibly could have competed for the starting job with Kilgore during camps this offseason, but unfortunately experienced a major setback after spring drills when he tore his ACL. As of right now, he has opted against surgery and will try to play through the pain during this, his senior year. According to head coach Rick Stockstill, who also played through a torn ACL during his collegiate days, Murphy has shown amazing strength during fall camp. However, the pain will probably wear him down in the end.

Right now looks as if he is the backup QB, but I believe by the time the season starts he will fall to third on the depth chart behind Shaun White. If that happens I would not be surprised to see him go ahead and have season ending knee surgery.

Cameron Deen

2011 stats at South Hills - Completed 256 of 454 passes for 2,947 yards with 26 TD's and 12 INT's.

Deen has been limited in snaps so far during fall camp, but has shown a lot of promise. I would not expect much from Deen when it comes to playing time this season, though.

More than anything, Deen provides some much needed depth at QB position for Middle Tennessee, a luxury the coaching staff is certainly welcoming.

Right now I would place him fourth on the depth chart, but it is very likely he will move up to third if, in fact, Murphy decides to go ahead and have surgery on his torn ACL.

If Deen were to see some time on the field this season, Blue Raider fans should not worry because he certainly has the tools to succeed.

Austin Grammer

Grammer could quite possibly be the future leader of the Blue Raiders as he displayed a promising skillset in high school.

During fall camp, Grammer has gotten some snaps, but they have been very limited and it seems that nerves got the best of him in the early going.

His throwing motion looks to have some flaws in it, but nothing that cannot be fixed with coaching and more repetitions. In fact, as camp has progressed, Grammer has already been showing some improvements in that area.

With four QB's ahead of him on the depth chart it should be a no brainer to redshirt the freshman. Redshirting Grammer ensures that he has more time to polish up his abilities, knowledge of the offense, and add on more size to his frame.



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