Whenever a son plays underneath his father on any team, there is obviously going to be some controversy when the player sees significant playing time. The case at Middle Tennessee State, however, is a lot more controversial.
According to the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Brent Stockstill, son of head coach Rick Stockstill, will make his first career start on Saturday against Jackson State.
The redshirt freshman won the starting job over returning starter Austin Grammer.
Grammer started all twelve games for the Blue Raiders last season, while Stockstill only saw action in the first game before taking the redshirt. The head coach said that both his son and Grammer have been competing all summer long and that it doesn’t matter what you did do, but what you will do.
“I told all of our players coming into camp that every position is open competition and I will say the same thing next year,” Rick Stockstill said. “I believe in competition and what you did yesterday doesn’t matter. You have to improve and earn it every day.”
The two players will see action in the opening game on Saturday.
The crazy thing about this situation is that Grammer had a decent season in 2014. He threw for 2,557 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while rushing for 442 yards and six touchdowns, while leading the Blue Raiders to their third straight season of bowl eligibility.
I won’t say that the coach started his son for that reason alone, but you have to believe that reason was a factor. This is going to be an interesting development.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Daily News Journal