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Memphis sophomore RB Tony Pollard hauled in nine passes for 91 yards in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Now this was a surprise. Pollard has been used sparingly this year, but with the Tigers struggling to get anything going on the ground, Memphis turned to Pollard as a playmaking receiver out of the backfield, and Houston struggled to contain the 5-foot-11, 200-pound tailback. Pollard has likely earned more touches in the Memphis offense going forward.
Oct 19 - 11:54 PM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller caught 10 passes for 178 yards in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Miller (5'11/190) got off to a slow start like the rest of the Memphis offense, but was lights out in the second half. He didn't reach the end zone, but he and the rest of the Tiger wideouts set up several short-yardage scores for sophomore tailback Patrick Taylor Jr. Miller showed in the final 30 minutes why he has a chance to be one of the first wide receivers off the board this spring. He'll have another field day against New Mexico State next week.
Oct 19 - 11:51 PM

Memphis sophomore RB Patrick Taylor Jr. ran for four touchdowns and 39 yards on 14 carries in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

Taylor (6'3/223) couldn't get anything going on the ground between the 20s, but he usurped several scores from the Memphis passing game. Two of his rushing touchdowns came from a yard out, and the others both came within ten years (nine and 5, respectively). The sophomore bruiser now has seven touchdowns on his 2017 campaign.
Oct 19 - 11:48 PM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards and a touchdown on 33-of-53 passing in a 42-38 victory over Houston on Thursday.

To be blunt, Ferguson was awful in the first half, and his inaccuracy was very much responsible for the Tigers having a 17-0 deficit at halftime. From the start of the third quarter on, however, Ferguson was outstanding. He was able to connect with wideout Anthony Miller and playmaker Tony Pollard often in the second half, putting Memphis back in the game. His touchdown pass was a big one, a 21-yard strike to Sean Dykes to give the Tigers the game-winning score with just 1:28 left in the game. Ferguson and the Tigers will look to stay in the AAC race next week against Tulane.
Oct 19 - 11:45 PM

One NFL executive has been most impressed by Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller so far this season.

"He runs very good routes and has a large catching radius," the executive told Daniel Jeremiah. "All he does is make plays." The evaluator expects average testing numbers for Miller but expects the receiver to have success in the NFL. In just six games Miller has 45 catches for 606 yards and nine touchdowns to his name.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 19 - 11:13 AM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller "will be one of those third-round receivers who contributes immediately for whatever NFL team drafts him," writes NFL Media's Chad Reuter.

Miller didn't get going until Week 3 (Week 1 against UL-Monroe was played in abysmal conditions and Memphis' game the next week was canceled due to a hurricane), but he's been his usual flammable self since then. He owns a 45-606-9 receiving line through six games. "At 5-11, 190 pounds, Miller isn't physically imposing, but pro quarterbacks will love his deep speed, strong hands and muscular build whether he's lined up in the slot or outside," Reuter wrote. We're with Reuter on this one. Miller doesn't have the measurables that NFL teams require of first-round receivers, but he has the strength, speed and agility to consistently break free from coverage. Miller caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 17 - 1:03 PM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller caught 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 30-27 win over Navy.

Miller (5'11/190) caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and an eight-yarder in the fourth quarter. The redshirt senior wideout is working to a 45-606-9 receiving line. He has just a pair of 100-yard receiving efforts this season, but the numbers are starting to come together even despite a few off contests.
Oct 14 - 8:42 PM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson completed 24-of-40 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 30-27 win over Navy.

Ferguson has put in an up-and-down season to date, but he's come on strong over his last two games. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder connected on touchdown passes in the first, third and fourth quarters on Saturday and has put up 10 total touchdown passes in his past two games. He'll try to keep it going against Houston in a road date next Thursday.
Oct 14 - 8:37 PM

Memphis redshirt junior RB Doroland Dorceus rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Friday's 70-31 win over UConn.

Dorceus missed almost the entirety of September due to an undisclosed injury, returning to take a mere two carries in a loss to UCF last weekend. Finally healthy enough to give it a full go in Friday's contest, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder showed no signs of rust. He averaged a steady 5.5 YPC while posting a long run of 26 yards against the Huskies, finding the end zone near the end of the third quarter and again early in the fourth quarter. We expect him to continue to perform well moving forward now that he is back healthy.
Oct 6 - 11:40 PM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller caught 15 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 70-31 win over UConn.

Miller has had himself something of an up-down season to date, but Friday's explosion is a hearty enough reminder of what the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has in his toolbox of skills. His first touchdown haul came on a smooth adjustment to a back shoulder throw from 17 yards out with one minute gone in the second quarter. He would score twice more before halftime, then came out and capped off his huge evening via a strong-handed 32-yard touchdown grab near the end of the third quarter. On that play, the UConn defender was all hands on deck, not even turning around to defend the ball but rather just sort of clawing at Miller to no avail. Through five games, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder is now working to a 35-516-7 receiving line. He's posted 409 of those 516 yards in wins over UCLA and UConn, but has not logged more than 50 yards receiving in any other contest.
Oct 6 - 11:14 PM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson dismantled UConn in Friday's 70-31 win, completing 34-of-48 passes for 431 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ferguson threw his first touchdown pass of the game about four minutes in and then proceeded to put on a spectacular offensive show. The redshirt senior connected on four of his seven scoring passes in what finished as a 28-point second quarter for the Tigers. This was Ferguson's second game this season with at least six touchdown passes, as he also scorched UCLA back in September. The consistency hasn't been there outside of these two supernova showings, though -- he owns a 3/4 TD/INT ratio in Memphis' other three games this season. Navy shows next on the schedule as Ferguson tries to put together back-to-back stellar games for the first time this year.
Oct 6 - 10:59 PM

Memphis sophomore RB Patrick Taylor Jr. (undisclosed) will not play in Friday's game against UConn.

Taylor (6'3/223) was not in uniform during pregame warm-ups on Friday evening. Just what the injury concern here might be has not come to light. Through four games, the sophomore has rushed for 276 yards (5.3 YPC) and three touchdowns. Almost half of that yardage came in a 131-yard performance in a season-opening win over UL-Monroe. Doroland Dorceus and Darrell Henderson will see the bulk of work on Friday with Taylor sidelined.
Oct 6 - 6:38 PM

Memphis HC Mike Norvell has been impressed with freshman La'Andre Thomas' transition from quarterback to corner.

Thomas (6'1/185) initially joined the Tigers as a dual-threat quarterback recruit before shifting over to the secondary this summer. Said Norvell, "I think he’s got a special future at corner as he continues to progress." While the Tigers like what Thomas is bringing to the table right now on the defensive side, Norvell is not ruling out moving him back to quarterback in the future.
Oct 5 - 6:47 PM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson completed 27-of-49 passes for 321 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 40-13 loss to UCF.

Ferguson is capable of spectacular efforts, such as his six-touchdown immolation of UCLA two weekends ago. This was not one of those efforts. He did not even throw his lone touchdown of the evening until there were just five seconds remaining in the game. We like him to bounce back next Friday, when he faces off with a UConn team which houses one of the worst secondaries in the country.
Sep 30 - 11:39 PM

Memphis freshman LB JJ Russell (undisclosed) is going through warmups and is dressed for the game against UCF on Saturday.

Russell (6'1/210) was carted off the field two weeks ago after colliding with a UCLA player on a kickoff play. It was feared he had suffered a significant injury, but the telecast relayed that it wasn't feared to be season-ending, and now he has a chance to play Saturday.
Sep 30 - 6:49 PM


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