Byard’s college number retired by MTSU

Titans safety Kevin Byard is having his college number retired at Middle Tennessee State University. School president Sidney McPhee and Blue Raiders coach Rick Stockstill surprised Byard with the announcement after Thursday’s training camp practice.

Byard, a two-time All-Pro for the Titans, will officially have his No. 20 retired on Sept. 30 when Middle Tennessee hosts Texas-San Antonio at Floyd Stadium. It is just the second jersey retired by Blue Raider football, joining Teddy Morris, whose No. 14 was retired in the 1960s.

Byard wound up at MTSU out of high school after Kentucky backed out its commitment to him.

“I wasn’t prepared for that, but honestly this jersey is fire. I love it, love it. What an honor,” he said.

Byard said Stockstill’s recruitment of him made signing with Middle Tennessee the obvious right choice.

“Just going back to those days at MTSU, and honestly going back to recruiting days when Coach Stock came into that (high school) gym and kept it real with me. He said, if that school does not come through for you, come play ball for me at MT,” Byard said. “That always stuck with me, and I’ve always appreciated the mentor and father figure role you played in my life. I played with a lot of great players at MTSU and for a lot of great coaches. I couldn’t have done it on my own. A lot of people I want to be able…

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