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Doc Holliday’s Grand Tour Of C-USA: Memphis Tigers

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on July 25, 2008

Memphis Tigers

Head Coach: Tommy West (41-44 in 7 years at Memphis, 76-79 overall)

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium: (62,380)

2007 Record: 7-6 (6-2 C-USA East)

Postseason: Lost to Florida Atlantic 44-27 in the New Orleans Bowl

Key Returnees on Offense: WRs Duke Calhoun, Carlos Singleton, Steven Black, Maurice Jones, RB T.J. Pitts, TE Brett Russell

Key Returnees on Defense: FS Brandon Patterson, DE Greg Terrell, LBs Josh Weaver and Winston Bowens

The Skinny: In what was one of the most bizarre and inspiring seasons for football in Memphis, starting with the slow start to begin the ’07 season and the tragic death of Taylor Bradford in September and ending with the fourth bowl appearance for the Tigers in five years, this year is looking to be a rebuilding time for Memphis. The Tigers say goodbye to incumbent QB Martin Hankins, who’s moved on to bigger and better things and hello to anyone (including me) filling the void left by Hankins in at QB. While it’s up in the air who’s going to be the quarterback come August 30th when the Tigers open up at Ole Miss, it’s safe to say that the receiving corps will be one of the keys for the offense to click as Duke Calhoun and Steven Black return along with Carlos Singleton and Maurice Jones, who were among the team’s leaders in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions. Along with an experienced group of wide receivers, they also welcome back TE Brett Russell for his senior season.

On defense, the Tigers seem to be loaded at safety with former Germantown High standout Brandon Patterson and Tony Bell. Linebackers Josh Weaver and Winston Bowens will also pick up the slack in the defensive unit as well as end Greg Terrell and tackles Clinton McDonald and Freddie Barnett who look to return to their status as one of the best defensive units in Conference USA.

Doc’s Prediction: After ripping this team a new one on this site in late September and early October last year and waking up to jump on the football bandwagon of the Tigers in early November, what momentum that the Tigers carried into their fourth bowl appearance in five years should carry over into this season. Given the fact that their schedule looks favorable, Memphis has winnable games against Rice, UAB, Nicholls State, Arkansas State at home. A showdown with Louisville looms on October 10th and the Tigers open the season in Oxford with Ole Miss to begin the Houston Nutt era, there’s no excuse for the Tigers to not be in contention for the C-USA East crown.

Projected Record: 7-6 (5-3 C-USA East)

2008 Memphis Tigers Schedule:

August 30th-@ Ole Miss

September 6th-Rice

September 13th-@ Marshall

September 20th-Nicholls State

September 27th-Arkansas State

October 2nd-@ UAB

October 10th-Louisville

October 18th-@ East Carolina

October 25th-Southern Mississippi

November 8th-@ Southern Methodist

November 22nd-Central Florida

November 29th-Tulane

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2 Responses to “Doc Holliday’s Grand Tour Of C-USA: Memphis Tigers”

  1. The General said

    Off topic i know Doc, but i just wanted to make sure our favorite son from Dayton(Matt) wasnt at home and attending a minor league game last night where he is notorious for his heckling.

    http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/dragons/2008/07/25/ddn072508basebrawla1.html

  2. moondogleft said

    If the Tigers get any kind of defensive effort, they’ll be good. If not, they’ll struggle to win games like last season.

    The offense is really good and they can win eight games this season and earn another bowl bid.

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