Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 4/21/14
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee State football coach Rick Stockstill exits spring practice confirming notions already formed before it began. Eight starters return to a defense that helped the Blue Raiders go 8-5 overall and 6-2 in their Conference USA debut to earn a berth in the Armed Forces Bowl. If the team is to post a third-straight eight-win season or better, then Stockstill will lean heavily on the defense, especially early. The offense -- where six starters were lost, including three-year standout quarterback Logan Kilgore -- it's not so certain. That's especially so at quarterback, where the Blue Raiders did not settle (and won't until preseason drills in August) on which of three hopefuls will get the starting nod when the season opens Aug. 30 against visiting Savannah State. "We're more experienced on the defensive side of the ball right now," Stockstill said after Saturday's annual Blue-White Spring Game played at the school's s...
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