Kilgore provides promise

While I'm not one to relish in moral victories, I can take away positives from an unfortunate situation. Such is the case for this past Saturday's heartbreaking loss against Big 10 foe Purdue. Although the Blue Raiders dropped a game in which they were arguably he better team, fans should be excited by the promise shown by their new quarterback.

Listed at 6-3 and 186 pounds, quarterback Logan Kilgore brings a dramatically different look to Middle Tennessee's familiar spread offense. Gone are the days of steady legs and shaky throws that became commonplace during the reign of Dwight Dasher. Instead, Kilgore brings a new skillset to the offense that has been notably absent in recent years.

When Kilgore first arrived in Murfreesboro he did so to great acclaim. Known as a strong, accurate passer the JUCO transfer lived up to the hype in Spring and showed some flashes of brilliance during limited starts in 2010. Saturday it was officially the dawn of the Logan Kilgore era and he didn't disappoint.

The stats are enough to make the box score pop to fans that might have missed the game:

- 27-for-45 passing

- 60% completion rate

- 330 passing yards

- Two touchdowns

What doesn't translate through a stat sheet, however, was Kilgore's poise and pocket presence. First and foremost, he protected the ball, which is imperative to a Middle Tennessee squad that had the nation's worst in turnover margin last season. His lone blemish came on a fluke interception of a screen pass into heavy coverage.

Other than that, Kilgore made good decisions and led the Blue Raiders to 24 points in their season opener. His field vision was evident early, as he hit Malcolm Beyah for a beautiful 26-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. You can view the play HERE.

For the next three quarters, Kilgore made plenty of spectacular throws. He has zip. He has touch. Most importantly, he has solid pocket presence, which was evidenced by the fact that he wasn't the victim of a single sack in four quarters of play. Instead, he showed a natural ability to identify and avoid the pass rush of the Boilermakers, a trait that will definitely come in handy against upcoming opponent Georgia Tech.

When it's all said and done, Kilgore is exactly what the scouting reports told us. Most Blue Raider fans were already well aware of his potential, but there was still the question of how he'd do after an off-season spent preparing to start. After one game, it seems as if he's prepared for the role which is a huge plus for Middle Tennessee fans.

As the season wears on it will become evident how prepared he actually is and, more importantly, how successful the Blue Raiders are with Kilgore at the helm.

Until then, keep it tuned to for more on Kilgore and the rest of the 2011 squad.

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