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Stockstill changes the practice schedule to emphasize tempo

Entering his sixth year as head coach, Rick Stockstill led MTSU through the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Since arriving in Murfreesboro, Stockstill has worked with his share of offensive coordinators (GA Mangus, Tony Franklin, Mike Schultz), but has always operated out of a no-huddle offensive system.

The newest offensive coordinator, Willie Simmons, wants to stress an up tempo and attacking style.

In order to emphasize the importance of the different tempos the Blue Raiders will utilize, Stockstill has changed up the practice schedule to include a 20-play offensive script immediately following stretch.

Stockstill explained, "Usually after (stretching), we go into special teams. But we've talked all winter about trying to be the fastest team in the country. So we started off practice with, 'Hey, this is what we expect.'"

Willie Simmons told Adam Sparks of the Daily News Journal, "We are a tempo team, but within that tempo we have about five or six tempos. We want a drastic difference between our fastest tempo and our slowest tempo. It's always going to be fast, but I want a hyper-overdrive tempo.”

Here are the photos from Spring practice #1 at MTSU.

MTSU opens at Purdue before hosting Georgia Tech in week 2. The other non-conference games are against Memphis and at Tennessee.