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Memphis redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson completed 20-for-27 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns in Saturday's win over Bowling Green.

Ferguson added a rushing score. Ferguson has picked up where Paxton Lynch left off over the first three games, albeit against a weak slate. He has 843 passing yards and an 11/2 TD/INT rate. The degree of difficulty is about to get tougher with revenge-seeking Ole Miss on deck.
Sep 25 - 11:42 AM

Memphis senior RB Sam Craft (hamstring) is probable for Saturday's game against Bowling Green.

Craft was a full-participant in practice on Wednesday and looks ready to roll for Saturday. The 6-foot, 210-pounder has yet to play this season due to his bum hamstring. He holds little fantasy upside at this juncture.
Sep 23 - 3:20 PM

Memphis redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson completed 26-of-40 passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's win over Southeast Missouri State.

No Paxton Lynch, no Justin Fuente, no problem for Memphis. Ferguson will need to cut down on the interceptions moving forward, but he plays in a fantasy-friendly offensive scheme and should continue to post nice numbers moving forward. The Tigers are off next weekend and will take on Kansas after the bye.
Sep 4 - 12:34 AM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy and Jake Trotter report that Memphis is no longer being considered for inclusion in the Big 12.

Boise State and East Carolina have both reportedly been nixed from Big 12 expansion consideration over the past few weeks. Looks like Memphis will be joining them at the sad reject table in the cafeteria. Trotter and McMurphy are reporting that the remaining schools in contention here are Air Force, BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, Colorado State, Houston, Rice, South Florida, SMU and Tulane. Houston, BYU and Cincinnati are the names that have been most consistently rumored as the heavy hitters in this conversation.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 9:10 PM

Memphis named redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson the starter for 2016.

HC Mike Norvell indicated that he "really liked" the leadership that Ferguson has showcased during the offseason. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder took first-team reps in spring practice and has been doing likewise this month, making it a relatively easy call for Norvell. During the team's spring game, he completed 15-of-20 passes for 162 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Now officially tabbed the starter, Ferguson holds real value in deeper fantasy formats.
Aug 22 - 1:00 PM

Memphis received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 T Obinna Eze.

"Recruiting is hard and people lie and say what they want but I was able to believe in [Memphis' staff] and trust them," Eze said. Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame were just a few of the programs chasing after the hulking 6-foot-8, 283-pounder's commitment. He is aware that Memphis might seem a jarring choice in the face of such vaunted contenders, but said, "I don’t give a crap about names and conferences and big places. I give a crap about relationships and where I feel comfortable and who I can trust." Eze is raw to the sport of football after spending much of his early life in Nigeria and noted that the Tigers are understanding of his developmental needs and would allow him time to grow into the game with a redshirt if necessary. He stands as Rivals' No. 225 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 16 - 2:35 PM

Memphis redshirt junior QB Riley Ferguson has gained about 28 pounds since arriving on campus.

"I’ve put on good weight," Ferguson, a former Vol, explained. "When I was at Tennessee, I felt like it was bad weight. I’ve been putting on really good weight and I still feel like I can move around a bit." Ferguson, the heavy favorite to be Paxton Lynch's heir and new Memphis HC Mike Norvell's first Tiger QB, said the school has one of the best receiving groups in the country. "No. 3, Anthony Miller, he’s one of the best receivers in the nation. No doubt," Ferguson said. Ferguson and Miller are both marquee breakout candidates in Norvell's spread up-tempo scheme.
Jul 30 - 1:27 PM

Four-star 2017 TE Nick Robinson committed to Memphis.

"Memphis is a great place and a place I can call home," Robinson said. "The coaches are what really made me commit because they are pretty good coaches." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 11 tight end for the 2017 cycle. Outlet recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt views him as somewhat undersized, but noted that he is "a plus-athlete who can certainly play the flex position and create mismatches with linebackers."
Jun 16 - 2:02 PM

Four-star 2017 T Obinna Eze will visit Ohio State and Notre Dame later this month.

"I've seen pretty much everything in the SEC but I want to go elsewhere and see what they have to offer," Eze said. "Once I get that out of my way, I think I'll be ready." The 6-foot-8, 283-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 225 overall prospect, but that comes with tremendous room for growth. He hails from Nigeria and remains relatively new to the sport. Don't expect him to put out a list of finalists, though. He said earlier this offseason that he plans on speeding through the rest of the recruiting process once he has made his visits. He reaffirmed that to Rivals this week, saying, "I'm not naming no list. I'm going straight to make a commitment."
Source: Rivals
Jun 11 - 6:06 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney wrote that because four-star 2017 T Obinna Eze was on the junior varsity team last season, "the question remains whether [he] has tremendous amounts of untapped talent."

Eze moved to the States from Nigeria and due to transfer rules at Davidson Academy, had to play on the junior varsity (rather than varsity) team in 2015. Gorney sees this as a double-edged sword, as the 6-foot-8, 283-pounder could have that "untapped talent" the analyst is speaking to, but he could also have "serious issues about his development heading to his senior season." A strong showing at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge could help alleviate some of those concerns about development, as he will be facing some of the best talent in the country at that event.
Source: Rivals
Jun 5 - 1:47 PM

Four-star 2017 T Obinna Eze indicated that he does not plan on making his commitment this summer.

"I’m going to spend my summer visiting places and getting to know people," Eze said. He added that once his 2016 season at Davidson Academy is in the books, he will "speed [the recruiting process] up three times faster than it is." The 6-foot-8, 283-pounder has received offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida (among others), with 247Sports' Crystal Ball forecasting an eventual landing with the Crimson Tide. "I just feel honored to have such a program [as Alabama] recognize me [with an offer]," Eze said, "and feel that I’m valuable enough to come to their program. It’s just an honor."
May 29 - 8:01 PM

Memphis junior RB Jarvis Cooper will transfer.

Last season, Cooper rushed for 389 yards on 91 carries (4.3 YPC) and five touchdowns. He was buried on the depth chart behind Doroland Dorceus, Darrell Henderson and Jamarius Henderson. In a statement, HC Mike Norvell said, "Jarvis is a fine young man who has represented the University of Memphis well." It's something of an awkward decision for the 6-foot-1, 245-pounder given that he got a giant Memphis tattoo on his back after joining the university.
May 17 - 8:20 PM

Memphis redshirt sophomore QB Riley Ferguson lit it up in the Tigers' spring game, going 15-for-20 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Ferguson is the heavy, heavy favorite to beat out Brady Davis and Clay Holgorsen for the right to replace Paxton Lynch. Ferguson started at Tennessee but transferred to Coffeyville Community College after losing out to Josh Dobbs for the starting job. Former Arizona State offensive coordinator and new Memphis HC Mike Norvell's fast-paced spread guarantees huge numbers for whoever emerges as Lynch's heir.
May 10 - 3:48 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco was a huge fan of the Broncos' decision to trade up to draft Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

"[Lynch] is a project of sorts, but he is a big, physical player and we know John Elway likes big quarterbacks. I like the aggressiveness of the move," Prisco wrote. At the same time, he understands the pressure attached to the big play. "Any time you take a passer in the first round it becomes the move to question. When you trade up to do it, even more so," the analyst cautioned. Overall, Prisco handed the defending champs a B- for their haul in Chicago.
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 8:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that QB's Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz "aren't close to impact rookies."

We already knew that both players in question were viewed as developmental prospects rather than Week 1 starters, but we will focus on Lynch here. While Kiper does not forecast much 2016 production from the Memphis gunslinger, Broncos GM John Elway indicated late in the week that he believes Lynch is closer to NFL productivity than the general consensus. Mark Sanchez still figures to start early in the season, but if we are to take Elway at his word, it is possible we see Lynch play a role for the defending Super Bowl champions before the 2016 season has been completed.
May 7 - 3:20 PM


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