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Memphis junior LB Genard Avery is a "well built, stout run defending linebacker who shows skill in pursuit, making plays outside the box, to the flanks," notes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"Avery is a bit one-dimensional and struggles in coverage but could be a solid back-up on the inside of a 3-4," Pauline wrote. Avery (6'1/256) was a first-team All-AAC selection last year after leading Memphis with 10 TFL, five sacks and six QB hurries.
Jun 25 - 10:51 AM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Anthony Miller is "an ultra-productive receiver" who "has no outstanding physical skill in his game," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He’s reliable catching the ball but small and does not show long speed on the field," Pauline wrote. "Miller offers return skills and could be drafted late as a slot receiver/return specialist." The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Miller caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He and QB Riley Ferguson will once again form one of the country's most dangerous aerial duos in 2017.
Jun 24 - 9:46 AM

Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson indicated that the Tigers could play at an even faster tempo this fall.

The media noticed at the spring game. "As someone who was in the press box trying to chart stats, I can tell you that this group was flying," wrote The Commercial Appeal's Tom Schad. Ferguson ended up going 4-for-4 for 112 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage. "I know we went fast last year, but we can go even faster," Ferguson said. "Just being the quarterback, knowing when to go fast and when to slow down. The tempo, it’s all controlled through us. So as long as we just keep getting better at that, we’ll be fine." Ferguson is going to put up monster numbers in 2017. He threw for 3,698 yards with a 32/10 TD/INT ratio in his first season as a starter last year.
May 21 - 1:12 PM

Memphis senior WR Roderick Proctor returned for the spring game after missing most of last year with undisclosed injuries.

Proctor hauled in a 55-yard completion during the game. He has the "potential to be a home-run threat" in Memphis' explosive offense this fall, according to The Commercial Appeal's Tom Schad.
May 18 - 2:04 PM

An NFC area scout says Memphis redshirt senior QB Riley Ferguson is a "better pure passer than Paxton Lynch" and has "better pro dimensions and arm talent than [Nate] Peterman or [Josh] Dobbs ever dreamed of."

"People at Tennessee will tell every scout that Ferguson was their heir apparent to Tyler Bray," the scout said. "He had beaten out [Justin] Worley, Josh Dobbs, and Peterman before leaving UT on his own." The 6-foot-3, 189-pound Ferguson posted 3,698 yards with a 32/10 TD/INT ratio in his first season as Memphis' starter. He's an under-discussed prospect to keep an eye on.
May 18 - 1:08 PM

Memphis HC Mike Norvell received a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Just a little one-year extension for Norvell. In addition, Memphis increased the assistant coach salary pool by $250,000, bringing it up to $2.76 million. After being hired by Memphis in the winter of 2015, the 35-year-old first-year FBS head coach went on to lead his crew to an 8-4 regular season campaign, capped off by Memphis' third-straight bowl appearance. They ended up losing the Boca Raton Bowl to Western Kentucky.
May 12 - 4:13 PM

Saints signed Memphis CB Art Maulet.

Maulet (5’10/189) spent two years at Memphis after transferring from JUCO, logging 7.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles, and showing impressive blitzing skills for a defensive back with 4.5 sacks. While Maulet flashed playmaking ability in the American Athletic Conference, he was not a dominant producer and tested as a sub-par, 30th-percentile athlete before the draft. Maulet’s best bet to become an NFL player will be on special teams, and perhaps eventually in the slot.
May 1 - 5:05 PM

Bengals selected Memphis K Jake Elliott with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Elliott (5’9/167) set Memphis school records in points scored (445), consecutive PATs made (202), and field goals made (82), starting all four years and twice earning American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. Elliott went 44-for-54 (81.5%) on field-goal tries over his final two seasons and converted 63.7% of his career kickoffs into touchbacks. While Elliott lacks Janikowskian leg power, he draws high marks for accuracy and placement. He has a chance to become a long-term NFL placekicker.
Apr 29 - 2:27 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Memphis DB Art Maulet's "size (5-foot-10, 189 pounds) will require him to move inside to the slot where his athleticism and ball skills are a plus."

Maulet recorded 71 tackles (7.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble during the past campaign. Zierlein notes that the 5-foot-10, 189-pounder "[s]howed immense improvement in coverage from last year to now." The analyst was hoping to see a speedy run at the Combine, but that did not come to pass, as Maulet clocked a Teez Tabor-esque 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash during testing in Indianapolis at the beginning of March. Size and speed limitations could lock him out of the draft later this week. If he does manage to creep in, his selection likely won't come until Round 6 or Round 7 on Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 10:18 PM

Memphis received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 TE Nick Robinson.

Nice little get-back for HC Mike Norvell, here, as Robinson loops back around to the Tigers with his commitment after backing off it in October. Presumably this fresh pledge will be his final one. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 12 TE prospect in the 2017 class. Outlet analyst Josh Helmholdt calls Robinson "a versatile receiving weapon who can flex out in the slot and create mismatches with his speed and athleticism." The analyst even sees him as having potential to be used as a threat on the outside given the height advantage that he will hold on most corners he faces off with.
Source: Rivals
Jan 26 - 6:32 PM

Memphis promoted associate head coach/running backs coach Darrell Dickey to offensive coordinator.

The Tigers needed a new play-caller after Chip Long jumped to Notre Dame. Kenny Dillingham, a graduate assistant last year, was promoted to quarterbacks coach. Dickey, the former head coach of North Texas, was offensive coordinator and running backs coach for Justin Fuente at Memphis before Fuente bolted for Virginia Tech.
Jan 16 - 1:58 PM

Memphis redshirt junior WR Anthony Miller will return to school for the 2017 season.

Miller turned in a beautiful statistical season for the Tigers in 2016. Working across 13 games, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns. He and QB Riley Ferguson figure to once again make up one of the most prolific aerial duos in the country come the start of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 3 - 1:02 PM

Memphis redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson completed 25-of-43 passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Tuesday's 51-31 loss to Western Kentucky in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Ferguson was magnificent in a lost cause, throwing touchdown passes in every quarter of the contest. Despite his fine work, the Tigers' defense just wasn't up to the task against Hilltoppers QB Mike White and RB Anthony Wales. Ferguson finishes his first season replacing Paxton Lynch having thrown for 3,698 yards with a 32/10 TD/INT ratio.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:11:00 PM

Memphis (8-4) will play Western Kentucky (10-3) in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 20.

This game is going to be a wild shootout, and not just because these teams have great offenses. Western Kentucky ranks No. 2 in the FBS with 45.1 points a game but will have to do without HC Jeff Brohm, who left for Purdue. Behind QB Riley Ferguson (3,326 yards, 28 scores and nine picks) and WR Anthony Miller (1,283 receiving yards and 11 touchdown), Memphis puts up 39.5 pints per game. The Tigers' shaky defense gives up 442.7 yards per game, while WKU has one of the country's worst pass defenses.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Memphis K Jake Elliott accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Elliott has started in all four of his years on campus. He's the school’s all-time leading scorer, having passed Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Source: Senior Bowl
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:51:00 PM


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