In a cursory glance at the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football roster for a completely different story, something stood out immediately. Well the lack of something is truly what stood out.
Vanderbilt transfer and former four-star recruit Brian Kimbrow is no longer listed on the 2016 roster for the Blue Raiders. It could easily be some sort of mistake made by the program in leaving him off the roster, but the last time we noticed an important player not on the roster ended with the story of kicker Cody Clark leaving the program.
It is no secret that Kimbrow had a very tumultuous time at Vanderbilt that ended with him seeing little to no playing time once head coach Derek Mason took over for James Franklin. He ended his Vanderbilt career with only 748 yards rushing on 148 carries and only six touchdowns.
Once joining the Blue Raiders as a graduate transfer, Kimbrow had significant trouble breaking into the two-deep at either running back or wide receiver. It did not help his cause that both positions, while light in experience, are two of the most talented positions on the Blue Raiders roster.
The Blue Raiders were already one of the most explosive offenses in the nation in 2015 with the #15 passing offense in the nation (311.7 ypg.), the #32 total offense in the nation (457.4 ypg.), and the #35 scoring offense in the nation (34.0 ppg.). MTSU returns starting quarterback Brent Stockstill (3,993/30TD) and top receiving target Richie James (107/1,334/8TD) for the upcoming season.
With Kimbrow no longer on the team, that leaves the Blue Raiders with 19 wide receivers that include former running back Shane Tucker and former tight end Terry Pettis. The Blue Raiders now have six running backs on the roster.
There was hope that Kimbrow, along with Ole Miss transfer I'Tavius Mathers, would help get MTSU over the hump and competing for the Conference USA title in 2016.
Alas, it looks like the former high school star out of Memphis has hung up his cleats for good.
If any more information regarding an official reason behind Kimbrow leaving MTSU, we will let you know.