Memphis Tigers Football Season Preview History
2011 Memphis Football Preview:
Memphis had one of the worst seasons of any team in the country in 2010, stumbling to a 1-11 finish and ranking toward the bottom in most important categories. However, coach Larry Porter may have the depth of talent and experience on this year's Tiger team to bring them back to respectability.
One of the biggest strengths of Memphis' offense is their wide receiving corps. Led by Marcus Rucker and Curtis Johnson, the Tigers could put up some points, or at least improve on last year's anemic showing. Andy Summerlin is a newcomer at quarterback, and while it may take some time to break him in, he has a lot of potential.
The Memphis defense will have to improve over last year's, and it all starts with the defensive line, which will be led by defensive lineman Frank Trotter. However, the Tigers will have to step it up in the defensive backfield, and will be looking for big things out of their secondary. That might be easier said than done, though, as they will be relying on a slew of youngsters that have yet to prove themselves.
2010 Memphis Football Preview:
Coach Larry Porter has his work cut out for him entering the 2010 season to prove that the Memphis Tigers are as menacing as their name suggests. The team hasn't won a bowl game since 2005 and finished last season with a 2-10 record - the worst in Conference USA East. But the refreshing part about a brand new season is that last year's numbers don't matter. Now with a little more experience under his belt, Tigers quarterback Will Hudgens will return to the team after making progress in 2009.
Joining Hudgens will be a class of new recruits that Memphis fans hope can help their team turn the page and mount a winning season. New recruit Lonnie Ballentine can straight out fly for a man of 6'3'', and his athleticism and natural abilities can lend themselves well to either the safety or wide receiver position. In addition, new outside guard Johnnie Farms will give Hudgens a cushion to work with by holding off opponents with what's rumored to be raw power.
Memphis' season opens at Mississippi State on September 4, and some big games follow. On October 16th, Tom, the team's real-life tiger mascot, will be on hand when Memphis takes on their biggest rival, Southern Miss, in the Black and Blue Bowl.
2009 Memphis Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tommy West
The Memphis Tigers should have an exciting football in 2009. Memphis Head Coach Tommy West will be looking to get their spread offense going and put some points on the scoreboard. If the Tigers offense doesn't sputter, then watch out for Memphis to win some games. West and his squad should easily improve upon on their 6-7 record from 2008.
2008 Memphis Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tommy West
The Memphis Tigers football program has established itself in recent years as a team that has to be reckoned with in the Conference USA. Head coach Tommy West looks to have found a solid home at Memphis and Tiger fans will fill the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis this coming season to cheer on their team to conference honors and another bowl bid.