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Memphis redshirt sophomore RB Doroland Dorceus received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for the 2014 season and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Dorceus played in three full games in 2014 and then suffered an injury in the fourth against Ole Miss only eight carries into the contest. Those three games left Memphis fans with optimism, however, as he carried the ball 46 times for 237 yards four touchdowns. The injury specifics were not disclosed outside of saying it involved the running back's right leg.
Jul 8 - 10:01 AM

Memphis redshirt senior WR Tevin Jones "offers possibilities at the next level as fifth man on the depth chart," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At present moment, Pauline doesn't grade Jones as a draftable prospect. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Jones had 33 catches for 442 yards and three touchdowns last year.
Jun 27 - 7:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Memphis redshirt senior OT Ryan Mack as a Rd. 6 pick.

Mack transferred to Memphis from Louisville in December for his final season of eligibility. "I liked Ryan Mack as a prospect when he wore a Louisville jersey and believe he’s late round worthy and can line up at right tackle on Sundays," Pauline wrote.
Jun 27 - 7:30 PM

NFL Media ranks Memphis HC Justin Fuente as the No. 15 best coach in college football.

Surprised he cracked the top 15? You shouldn't be. Don't be fooled by the 17-20 career record: Fuente is one of the sport's best coaches. "Fuente has turned around one of the worst programs in the FBS, leading it to a 10-win season and top-25 ranking," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Don't discount his role in TCU's success, too, as that program wasn't the same on offense after he left." Fuente agreed to a contract extension in December. It would be a surprise if he exhausted that contract before agreeing to take over a far bigger program.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 4 - 4:29 PM

Rams selected Memphis DE Martin Ifedi with the No. 227 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Ifedi (6'3/275) left Memphis as the school's all-time leader in sacks (22.5) and piled up 36 tackles for loss with four career forced fumbles. His senior-year stats would've been much better if not for a knee injury that cost Ifedi the first four games of the season. Ifedi ran 4.88 at the Combine with a 31-inch vertical. Long armed (33 7/8") with the ability to contribute at both strong-side end and defensive tackle, Ifedi may never grow into an every-down NFL player, but is talented enough to become an effective rotational piece.
May 2 - 5:38 PM

Dolphins selected Memphis CB Bobby McCain with the No. 145 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

McCain (5'10/195) made 43 starts for Memphis, tallying 12 interceptions, 6.5 TFLs, and a forced fumble. He also averaged 25.3 career yards per kickoff return. A ballhawk with elite short-area quicks, McCain managed a 4.51 forty at the Combine but was a top performer in the three-cone and shuttle drills, and showed explosion with a 10-foot-10 broad jump. A tenacious, twitchy mover, McCain projects as a playmaking slot corner with special teams value.
May 2 - 2:13 PM

The Patriots and Colts privately worked out Memphis CB Bobby McCain last week, according to Aaron Wilson.

McCain, who started for four seasons, will likely be selected on the third day. He tested well above average athletically for corners in this draft and in previous ones. His three-cone time of 6.8 seconds is very good, and the Patriots tend to prioritize that figure at multiple positions. His 20 yard short shuttle is even better.
Mar 31 - 10:26 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis sees Memphis' Bobby McCain and Western Michigan's Donald Celiscar as the draft's most underrated corners.

"McCain is a terrific athlete, as he showed at the combine, with great instincts," Davis wrote. Davis believes the 5-foot-11, 190-pound McCain has "excellent feet" and good make-up speed. The analyst is also a believer of the unheralded Celiscar. "Celiscar is a tough player, and that really shined through last season vs. Virginia Tech, among other games," Davis wrote. "I won't be surprised if he ends up playing safety in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 6:10 PM

Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain "has the makings of a very good cover corner," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"I was really impressed with McCain's footwork this week. He doesn't have great size at 5-11, 190, but he's really quick." Davis' colleague Mike Mayock also praised McCain on Friday, calling him the "ideal nickel candidate." The corner picked off five passes this year after posting six interceptions in 2013. McCain is "a sleeper at the cornerback position," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 5:27 PM

Former NFL safety and current broadcaster Brian Jordan praised Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain's "great reaction time" and noted that he "comes out of breaks really well."

"His size works against him, but his aggressiveness works for him," Jordan said. NFL.com's Charles Davis is also a fan of the 5-foot-11, 190-pound McCain, saying that the corner has "excellent feet" and good make-up speed. "I'm not seeing him get beat," Davis said from the Shrine Game. McCain, a four-year starter, had 13 career picks. "If the ball is in the air, it belongs to me," McCain told NFL.com.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 4:44 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock calls Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain the "ideal nickel candidate."

"McCain (5-11, 190) was one of the standouts this week. Mayock points out that when you're a small cornerback -- and McCain's listed height is a bit generous -- "you better have great feet." And McCain does. Mayock calls him an "ideal nickel candidate," NFL.com's Mike Huguenin writes. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline noted earlier this season, that McCain is a "sleeper" and he's "a late round prospect with potential as a nickel/dime back in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 4:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that "it wouldn't be a surprise if [Memphis redshirt senior DE Martin Ifedi] uses this platform in St. Petersburg [at the East-West Shrine Game] as a launching pad up draft boards."

"Ifedi has somewhat of a DE/DT tweener frame and skill-set, but looked effective in both spots during drills," Brugler wrote. "Off the edge, he used natural dip and body momentum to ride the offensive tackles' hip before showing the strong hands to finish in the pocket. And then lining up inside, Ifedi was able to use his foot quickness and upper body power in unison to rip and shed past blockers." Ifedi was moved all over the Tigers' 3-4 scheme the past few years, so the versatility implied by the analyst is very real, and figures to appeal to the NFL. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in November that the 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior was "athletic," and offered up the "versatility to line-up in a number of defensive fronts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 3:44 PM

Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain intercepted a pass in Monday's wild 55-48 double-overtime victory over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Chatter revolves around the teams' post-game brawl, which is unfortunate, because we might not see a better game during bowl season. As for McCain, he's a "sleeper at the cornerback position," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. The corner finished the campaign with five picks after posting six interceptions in 2013. "He’s a feisty 195-pound corner with excellent ball skills but average height (under 5-feet/10-inches) and ordinary speed (4.5s)," Pauline wrote earlier this season. "McCain is a late round prospect with potential as a nickel/dime back in the NFL."
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Former Louisville redshirt junior OT Ryan Mack will transfer to Memphis.

This is a nice, stealthy addition for the Tigers. Mack has NFL talent but wore out his welcome in Kentucky. His play fell off this season, and, when it did, he began getting penalized at an alarming rate. Eventually, Mack was replaced by Aaron Epps in the starting lineup on Oct. 18 versus NC State. Still, the big-bodied Mack is surprisingly athletic and is a road grader in the run game. He's eligible to play immediately.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:13:00 PM

Memphis and HC Justin Fuente agreed to a contract extension.

Financial details have not yet been released. "Our football program has enjoyed unprecedented success under Coach Fuente’s leadership and we are excited to finalize this process and move forward," said athletic director Tom Bowen in a statement. "The future of Tiger football is very bright and we look forward to the opportunity to build upon our success in the days and years ahead." The Tigers just won a share of the American Athletic Conference and posted the most regular season wins seen at the school since 1963. Memphis, 9-3, will soon play in a bowl game for the first time since 2008, taking on BYU in the Miami Bowl on Dec. 22.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 05:30:00 PM


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