MSU Football Notes - Aug. 13
TE - Ryan Boatright
TE - Ryan Boatright

Aug. 13, 2014



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TE Boatright Ends Playing Career

Missouri State sophomore tight end Ryan Boatright (Tulsa, Okla.) announced Wednesday (Aug. 13) that he will end his football playing career as the result of a recent football-related concussion.

According to Boatright, his most-recent concussion is the fifth of his football career, dating back to high school, and he says the time is right to walk away.

“Basically, I've had five concussions in my football career, and I'm trying to make a smart decision for my future,” he said. “I'll still be at every practice and stay part of this team in every way I can.”

Boatright noted he will remain enrolled at MSU and continue working toward his degree in logistics and supply chain management.

Bears head coach Terry Allen said he supports Boatright’s decision, and the backup tight end who played in 11 games last season will be missed on the field.

“Losing Ryan is a setback, but obviously his health and his future far outweigh the loss,” said Allen. “But he’s still very much a part of our football team, and he’ll be out here every day.”

According to Allen, fifth-year seniors Josh Mattes and Jordan Rainey will be forced into more reps at tight end with both players recently transitioning to that position for their final season. Meanwhile, fellow returnees Richard Darden and Adam St. Peter will also join the battle for Boatright’s No. 2 spot behind starter Gannon Sinclair.


Women’s Clinic Next Wednesday

The Missouri State football staff is gearing up for the 2014 Women’s Football Clinic, a fun, informative, casual and relaxed evening of fun with the football Bears.  The clinic will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Plaster Stadium and Forsythe Athletics Center.

The evening will feature presentations by the coaching staff with videos and equipment demonstrations. A question-and-answer session with the Bears players and coaches will also be a part of the evening’s game plan, as well as a group photo and opportunities to win door prizes. Football-themed BearWear will be on sale during the event with items for women, men and children available.

The 2014 clinic is just $20 and is a chance for some the most energetic, fun-loving women in the Springfield area to meet the Missouri State players and coaches as they begin their journey for the 2014 season. The clinic registration fee includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages, t-shirt, a group photo and door-prize opportunities, in addition to a fun night of football-related activities and entertainment. 

To register for the 2014 MSU Women’s Football Clinic, please return the registration brochure or register on-line. For questions, please contact:
    Brenda Espy
    Missouri State University Athletics
    Hammons Student Center 320
    (417) 836-5244


Bears Will Break Training Camp Saturday

The football Bears will close out their 2014 training camp this Saturday at Robert W. Plaster Stadium with a 10 a.m. intrasquad scrimmage. The team will begin preparation for the Aug. 28 season opener at Northwestern State when fall classes begin on the Springfield campus Monday.

As Plaster remains an active construction site, spectator seating for the scrimmage will be limited to the upper level on the west (press box) side of the stadium. Admission for Saturday’s scrimmage is free, and fans may enter the stadium using the ramps on the west side.


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