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Inside Training Camp: Linebackers | Racers

The unquestionable leaders of the 2012 Murray State defense will be the linebackers.

RacersThe group is led by preseason all-conference outside linebacker Qua Huzzie.  In his first season as a Racer, Huzzie led the OVC with 14 tackles-for-loss.  He finished the year with 80 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that was returned 24 yards for a touchdown.

Playing opposite of Huzzie is transfer Corey Addison.  Addison went through spring practice after coming over from South Carolina.  Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, Addison appeared in 13 games over the previous two seasons, marking 10 tackles.

Junior Blake Salter will open the season as the starting middle backer.  Salter appeared in all 11 games last season, earning the start in the middle against Louisville.  He had his most productive season in 2011 as he recorded 33 tackles.  He posted a season-high seven stops against EKU.

Sophomore middle linebacker Fred Harvey joins the Racers after spending two years at Memphis.  He was rated as a three-star recruit coming out of high school and was named the scout team player of the year as a redshirt in 2010.

Freshman T-Ray Malone comes to MSU after earning all-region honors at Smyrna High School.  He posted 69 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions as a senior.

 

Practice Notes

•  The defense was awarded the victory by head coach Chris Hatcher.

•  Safety Brandon Wicks made some big plays, including having the best hit on a running back.

•  Linebackers Qua Huzzie and Corey Addison each made big plays during the scrimmage.

•  Wide Receiver Walter Powell caught a short pass in the right flat, before making a move and racing for a 60-yard touchdown.

•  Safety Darian Yahyavi intercepted a pass in the endzone during goaline.

•  The Racers will return to the field for their second practice of the day at 6:30 p.m.

•  The team will hold its first scrimmage Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Stewart Stadium.

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