Middle Tennessee Football: Blue Raiders QB Kilgore ready to take next step

MTSU quarterback Logan Kilgore ready to take next step

4/25/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore returns for his senior season after leading the Blue Raiders to an impressive 8-4 record (6-2 Sun Belt Conference) in 2012.Blog Photo - Middle Tennessee Football: Blue Raiders QB Kilgore ready to take next step

He became just the second signal-caller in school history with back-to-back 2,000-yard passing seasons, throwing for 2,571 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

But Kilgore had a lot of work to do this offseason in order to elevate his game and prepare for the program’s transition to a revamped Conference USA.

“Logan has improved in all areas,” said coach Rick Stockstill during a phone interview. “He’s shown great toughness, his pocket presence has been outstanding, he’s been very accurate with his throws, and he’s improved his footwork—both mechanically and fundamentally.”

Buster Faulkner’s arrival as offensive coordinator has made life much easier for Kilgore as a field general. He introduced a run-heavy scheme, which really set things up for the passing game and gave Kilgore plenty of opportunities to see what success looks like.

MTSU’s receivers averaged at least 8.0 yards per target last season and Kilgore saw his passer efficiency rating jump from 119.7 to 139.9 after throwing the least amount of interceptions by any starting Sun Belt quarterback.

Both statistics—among others—should be even better in 2013.

“Logan had an excellent spring,” said Stockstill. “He’s an extremely hard worker, committed, and humble—everything you want in a quarterback. We expect a great year for him, and he expects the same for himself. We’re really excited about him.”

Middle Tennessee enters uncharted territory in its first season as a member of Conference USA, where the Blue Raiders face new opponents such as East Carolina, Marshall, UAB, Southern Miss and UTEP.

That’s considered good news for Stockstill, who is still “sick” after being snubbed from a post-season berth despite eight wins and a solid conference record.

“We went down and beat Georgia Tech by 21 after being 28-point underdogs,” Stockstill said. “They play for the ACC championship, finish 6-7 and make a bowl. We go 8-4, won four of our final five games and don’t make a bowl.

“I’m so glad to be in Conference USA right now. I don’t know enough about the other teams right now to see how we stack up, but I’m excited about everything the conference presents.”

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