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April 18, 2009

Spring game: Five who shined

Middle Tennessee put a wrap on spring practice Saturday as the White team claimed a 35-17 victory in the Blue-White Spring Game at Floyd Stadium.

The White team's victory earned it a steak dinner Saturday night.

Several standout performances on both sides of the ball treated fans at the stadium to a glimpse of what to expect this fall.

GoMiddle.com breaks down the top five performers from the game.

Jamari Lattimore - Lattimore was a major factor in the White team being able to enjoy a juicy steak dinner Saturday as a reward for its spring game win. Lattimore showed a consistent pass rush off the edge and sacked Blue team quarterbacks three times. The junior finished with eight tackles and provided one of the game's biggest highlights on a 40 yard interception return for a touchdown to put the contest out of reach.

Dwight Dasher: The junior quarterback showed the Blue Raider faithful just how impressive he can be at running the new Tony Franklin offense. He showed great poise and leadership throughout the afternoon. Dasher looked sharp in the passing game, completing 17 of his 23 attempts through the air. Dasher finished with 144 passing yards and made some real nice plays with his feet as well. The speedy quarterback had a 21 yard touchdown run on a keeper off right tackle.

Brent Burnette: The redshirt freshman did his best to send a message to the coaching staff that the competition for the starting quarterback job should continue into the fall. Burnette looked poised in the pocket and was able to keep his cool under pressure from a White team defense that was able to find its way in the backfield on many occasions. Burnette threw for two touchdowns, including strikes to Eldred King and Gene Delle Donne, despite playing against the team that included most of MT's key receiving threats. Burnette was 18-of-27 passing for 157 yards in the game.

Patrick Honeycutt - The senior from Pelham (Ala.) has really made a name for himself during his career in Murfreesboro as one of the Blue Raiders' most consistent receiving threats. Honeycutt once again displayed good hands and the ability to get separation on Saturday. The sure handed receiver finished the day with five catches for 72 yards. More importantly, it was very evident that Honeycutt and quarterback Dwight Dasher have become very comfortable with one another and have developed a very nice rhythm that should spell good things to come for the passing game this season.

Josh Gregory - The safety from Huntsville (Ala.) shined for the Blue team on defense. Gregory impressed coaches with his ability to snuff out the football and make plays time and time again. Gregory led the team with 13 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. Gregory hopes his efforts today and all spring will help push for some significant playing time this fall. He played mostly on special teams last year and led the Raiders in special teams tackles with nine.


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