MTSU Players to Watch: Offense

MTSU returns eight starters on offense. Everyone knows about all-everything QB Dwight Dasher, but we recently caught up with Blue Raider Zone Editor-in-Chief Kellen Farmer to find out what other player Gopher fans should keep their eyes on.

Outside of the quarterback position, already covered in another article, we asked Kellen Farmer of Blue Raider Zone who the stand out players were on the MTSU roster.

"The offensive line isn't too exciting," Farmer said, but "the offensive line has four starters coming back, they've been there for several years together. [It] is definitely one of the strengths of the team. They work well together, they do what they do well. They are not going to kill you with size, but they're quick and they can make their blocks."

The leader of the offensive line is left tackle Mark Fischer. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman from Nashville, TN was voted second team all-Sun Belt last season and started every game for the Blue Raiders last season.

At running back is 6-foot-0, 208-pound Philip Tanner from Dallas, TX. "He's the guy who hurt his knee last year, (he had a) bone contusion that caused him to miss the season," Farmer said. "He was a track guy when he got to school and from everything I have heard he has come back and actually gotten faster."

"The surprise guy would be Benjamin Cunningham," said Farmer. The sophomore from Nashville "had three TDs last year, but he didn't have a whole lot of carries. He has put on a ton of muscle and has worked really hard in the off-season."

MTSU lost their top two wide receivers from 2009. Look for Gary Andrews and Sancho McDonald, the top two returning receivers, to figure into the passing attack. Vincent Van Horne transferred from the same JUCO as Logan Kilgore, so there could be some instant chemistry between the two if Kilgore is the starter.

The wild card could be Reggie Whatley. The 5-foot-7, 170 pound true freshman from Rome, Georgia is listed at running back, but could line up wide as well as in the backfield and could figure heavily in the MSTU return game.

The MTSU spread will test the untested Gopher defense right out of the gate. Whether the QB is Dwight Dasher or Logan Kigore, the young Minnesota defense will have to come out disciplined and unified to slow down the MTSU offense.


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