Joe Craddock Ready to Lead Middle Tennessee State Football Team

Matt BoweCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2008

As summer is drawing to a close, college football is right around the corner. You know what that means: predictions.

Every college football fan in America will don the Lee Corso mask and go around spouting off, myself included. But what is the majority opinion on the fate of the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders?

Ask any member of Blue Raider nation and they will tell you that this year isn't going to be the best. This year, the team is a growing group of players. Just look at the roster. Out of the entire team, only ten players are graduating. The team lacks age, but don't give up yet. There are still PLENTY of strong players on this team.

Take Joe Craddock. He slipped up last year, partly due to injuries, and gave up some time to Dwight Dasher. This senior is back and looking to get that starting spot. It's his spot to take, and he just needs to grab it.

He played great in the Blue and White game, throwing three touchdowns and running for one more. Among all that, he has motivation. He will lose his job if he starts to slip. Dwight Dasher is right behind him and ready to take snaps.

That gives Craddock the fight to play the best he can play because his job depends on it. For now though, he's the conductor of this orchestra.

That's just one of the many players that are very talented and make up the team. There's the stunning playmaker, Desmond Gee, who is on the preseason All-Sun Belt team. Also making an appearance on the preseason All-Sun Belt team is DB Alex Suber.

Suber is very physical, very smart, and extremely reliable when covering guys. Patrick Honeycutt is the standout receiver on the team, Lonnie Clemons is the leader of the LB corps, David Defatta will lead the special teams group, and there are countless other young guys ready to take to the field.

This team is very talented and is led by a good coach, but they lack in that all-important experience. That may become Achilles' heel for the team, but we won't know anything for sure until they take to the field against Troy on Aug. 28.