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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 19

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 19

MTSU boss, Vol Berry
are TSWA honorees

Middle Tennesssee State University head football coach Rick Stockstill ran away with the Tennessee Sports Writers Assosication’s Coach of the Year award.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry did the same with the group’s Player of the Year honor.
Stockstill received more than 78 percent of the votes cast to gain the state’s best coach award after leading the Blue Raiders to their best season since joining the Sun Belt Conference.
MTSU finished the 2009 season with a 10-3 record and a New Orleans Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi.
Along the way, the Blue Raiders won seven consecutive games, including contests against Maryland and Memphis.
Berry, a junior who earned 60 percent of the top player vote and will enter the NFL Draft this year, already has the coveted Jim Thorpe Award in his trophy case.
The Volunteer safety was also an All-SEC and All-American performer in ’09 with 83 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, seven pass deflections and three quarterback hurries.

Ex-Liberty star Sain
is top OVC newcomer

Murray State’s B.J. Jenkins and Tennessee State’s Josh Sain shared the Ohio Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week award.
Jenkins averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game last week as the Racers won three games to improve to 8-0 in league action. Sain, a Liberty product, averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds en route to claiming his share of the award.
Otherwise, Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried was the OVC Player of the Week.
Tennessee State’s Jacquan Nobles claimed  the league’s Freshman of the Week award.
UT Martin’s Catarius Taylor was a finalist for the newcomer award. Fellow Skyhawk Zach Jones was in consideration for the freshman honor.

NFL veteran Baggett
added to UT grid staff

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has added 11-year NFL assistant Charlie Baggett to his Volunteers staff where he will be assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.
The Vols announced Monday that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will remain on staff.
Baggett worked last season with the St. Louis Rams and worked with Dooley at the Miami Dolphins.

Titans wideout Britt
pays fines, does time

GLEN RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say Tennessee Titans wide receiver and former Rutgers star Kenny Britt was arrested in New Jersey on outstanding traffic warrants during a motor vehicle stop.
Police say the 21-year-old was pulled over in Glen Ridge on Friday night and found to have three outstanding traffic warrants from two New Jersey towns totaling $865.
Glen Ridge Police Lt. Fred Egnezzo says the tickets were for minor traffic violations and Britt paid the $865 and was released.
Britt, a Bayonne, N.J., native, lives in Nashville. Picked by the Titans in 2009, he became the first player from Rutgers ever drafted in the first round.
Egnezzo says Britt didn’t retain a lawyer because there was no need after he paid the fines.

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