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Team preview: Middle Tennessee

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(All information as of June 20, 2007)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Rick Stockstill knew he had 'em after the Oklahoma game.

When the players looked into the eyes of their first-year head coach after a 59-0 loss and saw he was the same guy who addressed them after a one-point win against Florida Inter-national, a hard-fought two-touchdown loss to Maryland and a blowout victory over Tennessee Tech, they were believers.

"Players lose respect for coaches when they see the coach change, when a coach gets all high and mighty after a big win and down in the dumps after a loss," Stockstill said. "They saw how we responded -- we didn't change."

At that moment, the Blue Raiders bought in to Stockstill's system and came together in a big way.