Countdown to Kickoff - 79 days

To get ready for the 2011 football season, BlueRaiderZone is doing an in-depth look at Middle Tennessee's roster. One player per day, we're counting down the days until kickoff. Today's featured player is r-JR. OL Preston Bailey.

Preston Bailey

Class: r-Jr.
Position: OL
Height: 6-5
Weight: 288 pounds
Previous School: Montgomery Bell Academy
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Honors: 2010 - Earned the team's Donald Craig Sophomore Academic Award.

2010: Saw action in all 13 games and earned 12 starts ... His 825 snaps played was second among linemen ... Had 37 knockdowns with a high of seven against ULM ... Was in on 60 or more snaps nine times ... Earned eight winning grades from the coaches ... Played all 41 offensive snaps against Minnesota in his first Blue Raider game then had 82 plays in win over APSU ... Was in on all 75 snaps against Troy ... Played all 66 offensive snaps at WKU.

2009: Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules.

High School: Helped lead MBA to record 13 wins on way to undefeated Division II 2A State Championship ... Three-year starter on offensive line and also played on defense as a nose guard ... Honored as Mr. Football Division II Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2007 ... PrepStar All-America ... Named First Team Division II 2A All-State by the Tennessee High School Coaches Association and First Team All-State by the TSWA as a senior ... Honored First Team All-Midstate as a junior in 2006 ... Member of Tennessean's All-Midstate team in 2007 ... No. 6 prospect on Knoxville News Sentinel Top 25 ... Invited to Army All-American game but could not attend because of injury ... Also participated in basketball and threw shot put and discus on track and field team ... Played for Coach Daniel McGugin.

Full Name: Preston Tillman Bailey III ... Parents: Preston Baily Jr. and Tina Bridgeforth ... Born: 1/13/90 ... Major: Liberal Studies.

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