2008 Sun Belt Insider Spring Questions
Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher
Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher
Posted Mar 4, 2008

With spring ball kicking in, here are some of the Sun Belt's key questions answered by the inside sources, the Scout publishers.

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Key Sun Belt Questions Answered

- 2008 Sun Belt Spring Analysis

Who’s the right quarterback to revolve the Middle Tennessee offense around? What’s the missing piece to finally getting a Sun Belt title?

John Turner, Publisher www.BlueRaiderZone.com

Dwight Dasher is the man. As a matter of fact, Joe Craddock may not participate in spring football practice since he has joined the Blue Raiders baseball team. His participation in spring practice will be decided once it's determined if he will get significant playing time on the baseball team.
It was clear that Dasher was the choice of Coach Stockstill last year. Dasher started his first game against Western Kentucky and he would have started every game after that, but he was sidelined due to injuries. This gave Craddock a chance to come in as the starter a couple of games late in the year.
Dasher's versatility makes him the coaches choice. The Blue Raiders offensive line is good, but young, so Dasher's mobility will help offset a lack of experience on the offensive line.
Also, leading receiver Bobby Williams has transferred in the off-season. Just last week 2 receivers, Walter Dozier and Dale Galvin, were kicked off the team. The Blue Raiders have only one returning running back, Phillip Tanner. It is going to be important to have a QB that can make plays due to a lack of other playmakers on offense.
The Blue Raiders have added speed in the off-season, but the one big question is who will be the playmaker? If the Blue Raiders hope to win the Sun Belt they will need someone at the skill positions to make plays.
Another big question is the kicking game. Last year it could be argued that the outcome of the Western Kentucky and Virginia games would have been different if the Blue Raiders could hit their field goals. It took a last second kickoff return by Bradley Robinson to beat Louisiana-Monroe, a game that should have been won earlier but break downs in the kicking game kept that score closer than it should have been. True freshman Alan Gendreau was signed to a scholarship this year to help shore up the kicking game.

What's the one thing the UL Lafayette needs to work on this spring to get over the hump?

Brian Thompson CajunRedZone.com

The defense, pressure from the front seven and pass converge in the secondary. Offense, Desormeaux has just played on year under center without being moved around. The passing game needs more consistency.