Rick Stockstill

Champion Within Award Recipient
Year Honored:
Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders


In his seventh year at the helm of the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders football, Coach Rick Stockstill turned in arguably his best coaching effort. Following a tough 2-10 campaign in 2011, Stockstill worked day and night to get the program back to the success it enjoyed the previous two seasons.

His Blue Raiders responded by going 8-4, finishing second in the Sun Belt Conference, and getting a huge upset win at Georgia Tech in late September. The six-game turnaround from 2011 to 2012 matched the nation’s top win improvement with Ohio State and Kent State. 

Individually, eight players earned all-conference honors while safety Kevin Byard was voted to the FWAA Freshman All-American Team. Byard is just the third freshman All-American in school history.

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