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MTSU Senior RB Tanner Not Expected to Play

Middle Tennessee senior running back Phillip Tanner is not expected to play against Maryland on Saturday.

The senior team leader injured his right knee on the second snap of the third quarter in Middle Tennessee’s 31-14 victory over Memphis on Saturday and did not return. After the game, Tanner was in a straight-leg brace and on crutches.

“When they put you in a brace, I would be very surprised if he could play for a few weeks,” Middle Tennessee Coach Rick Stockstill told The Daily Journal. “So I would say he would be out for a while.”

The loss of Tanner means the Blue Raiders will be without the back who scored all 15 of their rushing touchdown last season. Expect backup D.D. Kyles, who rushed for 32 yards on five carries against Memphis, to be Middle Tennessee’s primary running back option against the Terrapins.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 14, 2009; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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I mentioned last season that our student band seems not to understand the concept that they should not be playing at all while we are on offense and lined up for a snap. You could see our players waving their arms downward to try to get them to stop playing on several occasions. It helped contribute to THREE terps false starts in the 2nd half alone. It's disruptive and needs to stop. Period. We must have the only student band in America that doesn't understand this concept!

Posted by: Barno1 | September 14, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Notre Dame band does. In fact, the concepts both bands employ are similar. A new set of downs or a few nice plays, both bands tend to play a "keep it going" beat.

I think freshman on the o-line contributes more to false starts than anything else.

Posted by: kozora | September 14, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The band can't be the cause to the false start penalties. I would attribute that to lack of concentration.

As my old PeeWee coach used to say back in the day, "Watch the ball." I don't remember a band during my PeeWee days. Perhaps the Fridge needs to fallback on some old wisdom...

Posted by: SirPelleas | September 14, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

both bands tend to play a "keep it going" beat.

Posted by: kozora | September 14, 2009 3:59 PM

Nothing wrong with a keep it going beat, EXCEPT WHEN THE OFFENSE IS LINED UP FOR A SNAP!!! Inexcusable.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 14, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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