Middle Tennessee running back Phillip Tanner has had an up-and-down career marred by injuries but in the final game of his collegiate career, he put it all together for a big performance. Despite his team losing to Miami of Ohio, Tanner had a good game with 11 carries for 87 yards and two scores while also catching five passes for another 34 yards. A couple of years ago, Tanner had 15 rushing touchdowns but just never could reach that pinnacle again.
In the first half of the bowl game against Miami of Ohio, Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher looked like his old self as he accounted for 158 total yards and a 49-yard rushing touchdown. However, his turnover prone nature reared its head in the second half as he threw four picks as the Blue Raiders lost to the Redhawks. Dasher went from being a top five fantasy prospect to fans asking for his benching. My how the mighty have fallen.
Middle Tennessee will travel to West Lafayette for their season opener next season as they face Purdue. The Raiders will be paid handsomely for the trip as they will make $850,000. This will begin the post-Dwight Dasher era and will be a nice warm up for the Boilermakers.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher has struggled mightily since serving a suspension earlier in the season but finally had a good day as he passed for 158 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while also rushing for 62 yards and two more scores. Too little, too late Mr. Dasher.
Phillip Tanner had a big night rushing for Middle Tennessee as he finished with 150 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic. Tanner has never reached the level of performance he showed two years ago when he rushed for 15 yards but he shined tonight.
Some people seem to think that Dwight Dasher would better serve his team riding the pine but head coach Rick Stockstill has said that Dasher "gives us the best chance to win". The Daily News Journal seems to think that Stockstill is trying to redshirt quarterback Jeff Murphy and Logan Kilgore with a wide receiver being the only other quarterbacking option. The season is gone and it looks like Stockstill is going to plan for the future so do not expect Dasher to be sitting on the sidelines this season.
Despite throwing 10 picks and losing three fumbles in four games, coach Rick Stockstill is sticking with Dwight Dasher as his starting quarterback. Stockstill says "He still gives us the best chance to win." Part of the reason that Dasher is still taking the field is that backups Logan Kilgore and Jeff Murphy have been a bit banged up. Dasher is not going to return to form, so it is best to just let him go if you are still holding on.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher just cannot seem to snap back into last year's form and the troubles continued tonight against Arkansas State. Dasher passed for 146 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions while doing some damage on the ground with 61 yards rushing and a score. Dasher was a fantasy superstar last year but has fizzled out this year.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher has not looked like the star he was last year but against Louisiana-Monroe, he took a couple steps towards being a star once more. Dasher finished the game on 11-of-19 passing for 219 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while also rushing for 66 yards. After shaking off the rust the past two games, Dasher is almost back so you might consider picking him up if he is available.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher struggled for the second consecutive week, throwing four interceptions and rushing for just 35 yards. Dasher did score twice, but the turnovers are troublesome, and the yardage isn't anywhere near what owners waited four weeks to get. You've waited this long, you have no choice but to keep waiting while Dasher shakes the rust off.
The diagnosis for Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher has been confirmed, he suffered a dislocated pinkie in his left (non-throwing) hand, but there was no break. Dasher is expected to tape it up and play next week against Georgia Tech. The Blue Raiders better solve their offensive line woes between now and then or Dasher and the offense will struggle once again.
“I don’t feel like we should’ve gone out there thinking we had to do other things because Dasher was there,” Middle Tennessee State running Phillip Tanner said. “Dwight Dasher is Dwight Dasher. He is a great player and I have the utmost respect for him, but for me to say that we were more excited to play because we’ve got Dwight Dasher is degrading to (Logan) Kilgore and (Jeff) Murphy. ...I’m going to play my game no matter who is out there at quarterback. To say that we were a better team with Dasher out there, well, I don’t know." Woah. We can only hope that Tanner is just venting some frustration over the loss to Troy and tired of answer questions about his formerly suspended quarterback. If he believes they are not a better team with Dasher calling the shots, that's a problem.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher was finally able to take the field Tuesday against Troy, but it was a night to forget. Dasher was held to just 201 total yards of offense and two scores. He also dislocated the pinkie on his left (non-throwing) hand and threw a pick. Troy did a good job of mixing up their blitz packages, which kept Dasher and the Raiders offense from getting in sync. It didn't help that Dasher missed most of the first quarter getting his finger taped.
"We've got that Dwight Dasher feeling right now," wide receiver Sancho McDonald said after practice on Tuesday. "Dwight has a special chemistry with everybody. We know what he can do. It's nothing against the other quarterbacks because they did a good job, but when he is on the field people get the feeling that (MTSU) will really get rolling." There is no question that the players and coaching staff are giddy about the return of their fleet footed signal caller. Dasher will get his first game action on Tuesday October 5 against Troy.
Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill confirmed that Dwight Dasher will start against Troy on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Dasher has been practicing with the team while serving his suspension and while he may not be in mid-season form, he's still a good start in Week Six.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher lost his appeal with the NCAA to have his suspension reduced from four games to three and will miss this week's game against Louisiana-Lafayette. What's the old saying, "don't look a gift horse in the mouth"? I'm surprised Dasher and the Raiders decided to open up that can of worms (I'm going for a cliche record in this post). Considering it was just one more game, they should have just been thankful for what they got. It speaks to how desperate they are to get Dasher back behind center.
Middle Tennessee State is hoping to hear back from the NCAA on their appeal to limit Dwight Dasher's four-game suspension to time served on late Thursday or early Friday. It seems unlikely the NCAA will bend on this one, but we'll see.
The NCAA has made their decision on the future of Dwight Dasher and he will be suspended for four games and will have to repay a $1500 loan. The Blue Raiders have moved on without him and have preformed decently well. Look for Dasher to reclaim the job but struggle to reach last year's heights.
Middle Tennessee State and the NCAA have had discussions about the status of suspended quarterback Dwight Dasher, but it doesn't look there will be a decision anytime soon. “I apologize for my optimism,” coach Rick Stockstill said at today's press conference. “Last week I said I was optimistic that we were going to have something. .... There has been some dialogue (between MTSU and NCAA), but it hasn’t moved as quick or fast as I’d like it to or hope for it to. We’re still in limbo, still in waiting pattern. I just hope it’s soon, but we don’t know anything else.” Those hoping to catch a break and possibly have a decision before this week's game against Memphis will have wait.
With Dwight Dasher's status still up in the air and Logan Kilgore suffering from a foot injury, the Blue Raiders' quarterback situation needs some examination. Junior college transfer Jeff Murphy filled in nicely for Dasher and Kilgore against Austin Peay by throwing for over 300 yards, but coach Rick Stockstill says "We're going to have to evaluate the whole situation." If news comes back that Dasher is eligible he will be the starter for the rest of the year but if not, the choice will be between Kilgore and Murphy.
The NCAA has yet to rule on the eligibility of Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher. "We were hoping to hear something (last) week or early (this) week," MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro. "All indicators are that we will hear something early (this) week." Hopefully we'll have a resolution on this situation one way or another this week.
Middle Tennessee is moving on without Dwight Dasher and tonight it was with a grinding ground assault. The team rushed for 353 yards and seven touchdowns as they beat Austin Peay 56-33. Phillip Tanner led the assault with 18 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns while D.D. Kyles had 76 yards and two scores. Tanner is someone to keep an eye on as he ran for 15 touchdowns two years ago.
The status of Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher is still up in the air but coach Rick Stockstill is hopeful a decision comes this week. “I’m hopeful — and it may just be my optimism — but I am hopeful that we find out something this week,” Stockstill said. “I don’t have any new news, and I don’t even have any new information (like if) they’ve looked at it and have a question for us." Logan Kilgore will continue to start for the Blue Raiders as long as Dasher remains suspended and, considering the circumstances, he looked pretty good in the loss to Minnesota in Week One.
Middle Tennessee State running backs Phillip Tanner and Ben Cunningham are competing for the starting role. "(Tanner) has worked extremely hard. He has been pushed by Benny," Stockstill said. "I look at it as Phillip is 1, and Benny is 1-A. I have confidence in both those guys. D.D. Kyles has been slowed by a hamstring injury and appears out of the running. The big question is will the Blue Raiders lean more on Tanner and Cunningham if quarterback Dwight Dasher is unable to return, or will the unit as a whole struggle without him? The answer to that question won't be determined until they strap them on in less than a week.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher has been ruled ineligible by the Athletic Department. "While there are a lot of sides to the story involving student-athlete Dwight Dasher, all parties agree that there was a $1,500 loan," MTSU Athletic Director Chris Massaro said today. "Therefore, due to a violation of the NCAA amateurism legislation, we are declaring Dwight Dasher ineligible for competition but will be seeking his reinstatement. While we are seeking reinstatement, Dasher will be allowed to practice. It is anticipated that Dasher will miss some competition. The University is sending a letter to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff today. I do not have or expect to have a timetable for the NCAA's decision. The prescribed penalty on this type violation is a 30 percent reduction in the number of games in a season, which can be mitigated either higher or lower." Obviously not the news fantasy owners wanted to hear, but at least we have some clarity on the situation. Dasher won't play in the opener against Minnesota and you can expect him to sit the first few games of the season. After that the situation is still up in the air.
The status of Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher is still up in the air. But what is clear is he can't be suspended just for his love of poker. From The Daily News Journal: "Dasher cannot be declared ineligible based solely on gambling in poker. NCAA bylaw 10.3 only includes sports gambling as grounds to declare a student-athlete ineligible." One hurdle down, but there is still the little matter of the unpaid loan. Hopefully we'll have resolution before Thursday night's kickoff against Minnesota.
Reports are surfacing that the unpaid loan given to Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher was to play in a high stakes poker tournament. Apparently Dasher doesn't know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Rumblings that Dasher's woes were gambling related started to make the rounds on Internet message boards last weekend. Given the circumstances use caution in starting Dasher in Week One against Minnesota.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher is expected to practice with the team today, but his status for the opening game against Minnesota and the season remain unclear. The Athletic Department is still looking into the matter of an unpaid loan and stolen checks. We are less than two weeks away from the start of the season; we'd consider Dasher questionable at best against Minnesota.
Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill said the investigation into quarterback Dwight Dasher is "not a distraction" and he will continue to practice with the team. While I'd expect him to say nothing else, I don't believe that for one second. Considering that we are talking about money possibly changing hands, the MTSU athletic department needs to tread carefully. Which could include holding Dasher out until the situation is resolved.
Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher is under investigation regarding a "large sum of money" borrowed from a hospital patient that was not paid back. If Dasher is lost for the season or for any extended period of time, it could be the end of the Blue Raiders' season and would be a huge hit fantasy wise.
Quarterback Dwight Dasher completed 10-of-16 passes for 116 yards a touchdown and an interception in Middle Tennessee State's scrimmage on Saturday. Dasher should pick up where he left off last season, a campaign in which he scored 36 touchdowns (13 rushing).
Middle Tennessee State running back Phillip Tanner (knee) is back at spring practice and has the words "I'm back" written in black letters on the tape on his arm. "That was to tell the guys on defense, let them know that I'm back out there and I'm ready," Tanner said. As we mentioned yesterday, Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill is looking for one of his running backs to hit the 1000-yard mark this season. Add Tanner to your late round sleeper list.
"Ideally, I want a 1,000-yard rusher from the tailback spot and around 600 or 700 yards from the quarterback," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill said. Stockstill also mentioned that he is hoping running back Phillip Tanner has "his best year." Tanner is coming off a knee injury that cost him nearly all of the 2009 season. He has a good shot a becoming that 1000-yard back Stocksitll craves. But he is going to have to wrestle carries away from quarterback Dwight Dasher and running back D.D. Kyles.
Middle Tennessee offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has decided to take the same position at Lousiana Tech, where he will join new coach (and fellow spread offense aficionado) Sonny Dykes. Not only does this move improve the fantasy stock of Ross Jenkins (should he overcome his recent off-field troubles) but it is a definite blow to Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher threw for 162 yards and two scores and rushed for 201 yards and two more scores in the win over Southern Miss in the New Orleans Bowl on Sunday night. Dasher's rushing total is a record for a quarterback in a bowl game, beating Vince Young's 200 yards in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Even more amazing is Dasher did it despite having to be attended to twice for rolling his left ankle. The first time it looked as though Dasher did some serious damage and would not return.
Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee State will play in the R.L. Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m. There are numerous offensive studs in this one, starting with Blue Raiders quarterback Dwight Dasher. On the other side, quarterback Austin Davis, running back Damion Fletcher and wide receiver DeAndre Brown lead Southern Miss.
Up to his usual tricks, Middle Tennessee State's junior quarterback Dwight Dasher threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas State. Dasher also added 73 yards rushing. Dasher has accounted for 3,376 yards of offense and 28 touchdowns in 2009, and is the 6th ranked fantasy quarterback.
Taking advantage of playing the Florida International defense, Middle Tennessee quarterback Dwight Dasher accounted for five scores in a Blue Raider win. Dasher passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and added 178 yards and three touchdowns rushing. Dasher continues to account for the majority of Middle Tennessee's yardage and scoring, and has been one of the most consistent fantasy performers this season.
Against Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State's Dwight Dasher completed 22 of his 35 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns, while adding a team high 66 yards rushing and two touchdowns. After struggling a little bit against Troy and Mississippi State the past two weeks Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher is back to his old ways again, filling up stat sheets and bringing smiles to the faces of Blue Raider Nation.It's back to breaking ankles and frustrating cornerbacks in the Sun Belt for Dasher now so get him back in your line up.
Middle Tennessee wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt and backup quarterback Nicholas Coleman were arrested and charged with providing alcohol to minors early Sunday morning. Honeycutt and Coleman "had several kegs of beer and were charging money at the door for empty cups." We can only assume the cups were going for $3 a pop.
Honeycutt is the team's leading receiver with 20 catches for 220 yards and a score. “We will be reviewing the situation and taking appropriate action,” said athletic directon Chris Massaro.
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher was held to just one touchdown in the 31-7 loss to Troy. Dasher finished with 245 yards passing and 53 yards rushing. Credit Troy's defense for putting constant pressure on Dasher throughout the night. Dasher also had a second touchdown pass dropped late in the fourth quarter.
Once again junior quarterback Dwight Dasher took the reigns of the Middle Tennessee State offense into his own hands, and this time led the Blue Raiders to a big win over ACC opponent Maryland. Dasher tallied 324 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air, and added 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground. North Texas' defense, yielding 324 yards per game, is now in Dasher's sights so expect another solid fantasy outing.
The box score doesn't do justice to the performance Dwight Dasher gave against the Clemson Tigers suffocating defense. Dasher fought through severe cramps coming on and off the field several times to finish the game 20-of-42 with 204 yards passing, a touchdown and three interceptions. In addition Dasher led the team in rushing with 61 yards. Coach Rick Stockstill has to have a ton of confidence in Dasher's ability to be a game changer after a performance like this. Dasher fought through cramps, turnovers, and the adversity that comes with both to lead Middle Tennessee State to a respectable showing against Clemson. Keep an eye on Dasher as the Sun Belt schedule begins, because this kid has the ability to be a fantasy sleeper.
Dwight Dasher will enter fall camp as the starting quarterback for Middle Tennessee State. Dasher had a strong spring game completing 17-of-23 passing for 144 yards. Dasher also added a rushing touchdown. With offensive coordinator Tony Franklin now calling the shots, Dasher is one to watch this fall. He is not someone to draft, but should be on your short list of potential waiver pick-ups once the season gets rolling.
MTSU's Phillip Tanner has expanded his role in spring ball to include catching the ball out of the backfield. Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin will have the Blue Raiders spread out in four-wide sets much of the time. If Tanner is solid in pass blocking, he will be on the field for most of the offensive plays. He's a solid fantasy player as the most legitimate running back on the roster.
Middle Tennessee State running back Phillip Tanner did not practice on Wednesday due to a strained hamstring. Tanner is not a household name, but he did have 17 touchdowns in 2008. Hamstring injuries can be finicky, but he should be ready to go this fall.
Middle Tennessee State has hired former Auburn coordinator Tony Franklin to run its offense. Suddenly the Middle Tennessee State offense becomes a lot more than just running back Phillip Tanner. There's going to be some offensive fireworks in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2009.
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