Quarterback remains big question mark for Blue Raiders

MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill threw for more than 3,400 yards and 29 touchdowns in his senior season. FILE

MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill admits it will be strange not seeing No. 12, his son Brent, under center for the Blue Raiders in 2019.

The record-setting quarterback led the Blue Raiders the previous four seasons, and his departure obviously leaves a big gap at the position.

MTSU opens the season Aug. 31 at Michigan.

"I go back to January and our team meetings when we came back after the Christmas break," coach Stockstill said. "Our players sit in the same chair and same place every day and every year.

"A lot of seniors weren't there anymore. There were empty seats and it was very strange. Brent was the best quarterback to ever play here. He was a great team player and we will miss him. We'll miss all of our seniors that graduated, but it happens for every senior when their time has come. I'm very appreciative for everything they did for our program."

Stockstill threw for more than 3,400 yards and 29 touchdowns last season, and only red-shirt sophomore Asher O'Hara saw playing time at quarterback. He was 9 of 20 passing for 114 yards and rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries.

"We've obviously got to find out who our quarterback is going to be," coach Stockstill said. "We've got to be able to know what we can do schematically.

"It starts with the offensive line and running the ball effectively and efficiently. We lost some lineman and we've got to be more consistent at wide receiver. We dropped too many balls last year."

Coach Stockstill also noted that the Blue Raiders have to improve and linebacker and in the secondary.

"We have to solidify our two deep in the fall," he said. "There are definitely some things we've got to iron out."

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