Stockstill opens Spring practice with new coaches and new goals

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Spring practice starts today at Middle Tennessee State.

Head coach Rick Stockstill has two new coordinators and a couple of new assistants. Willie Simmons was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Special teams coordinator / corners coach Steve Ellis is the new defensive coordinator.

Former Murray State offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner is the new quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator and former Valdosta State defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen takes over the special teams coordinator / linebackers job.

Rick Stockstill talked about his concerns this morning.

Stockstill said, “Being a team. I did not feel like we were a close team last year like we have been in the past. I want to make sure it is WE and not ME. I have stressed with everyone to be on the same page, support each other, and pull the rope in the same direction. We have not mentioned one word about winning a certain number of games next year or winning a conference championship.”

“We have only talked about winning the day so we will focus on winning Wednesday and then worry about Thursday on Thursday. I have signs around our offices and locker room about winning the day with three code phrases. One is doing things as fast as we can, two is effort, and three is finish everything you start.”

Stockstill will focus on turnovers and protecting the football.

“I will also stress our tempo because we want to play as fast as anyone in the country while also protecting the football. Over the last two years we have won just one game when we lost the turnover battle and that was against Austin Peay. We also have to create more explosive plays because we were not effective in that area a year ago.”

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