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Memphis CB Bobby McCain "showed flashes of next level ability" last season, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

He was sidelined for three games due to a knee injury during his junior campaign. "McCain showed flashes of next level ability during what was an injury plagued 2013 season," Pauline wrote. "He comes with average size/speed but solid ball skills and looks like a potential dime back/special teams player for the next level." McCain had six interceptions for 108 total yards last year, finishing as the FBS' co-leader in interceptions per game with a 0.7 average. He recorded three interceptions in the Tigers' 23-10 win at USF.
Aug 8 - 3:19 PM

Memphis OT Al Bond might have to move inside in the NFL, observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Bond is a college tackle with the size and athleticism to line up at guard in the NFL," the expert wrote. "He’s effective run blocking and in pass protection, showing skill on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion." Pauline grades Bond as a Round 7 prospect.
Aug 8 - 2:33 PM

Memphis redshirt senior DE Martin Ifedi "is a terrific player constantly making plays behind the line of scrimmage," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Ifedi collected 14.5 TFLs and 11.5 sacks last year. "He has size/speed limitations and lacks the height most teams want in a pass rushing end," Pauline wrote. "That said he has enough skill to make a roster as a third down specialist in both three and four man lines." Ifedi has been moved all over the Tigers' 3-4 scheme the past few years, versatility that will surely appeal to the NFL. Pauline presently grades him as a UDFA.
Aug 8 - 1:02 PM

Memphis redshirt senior DE Martin Ifedi has displayed great versatility and competitive drive during his career, but has only average measureables, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Ifedi has been moved all over the Tigers' 3-4 scheme the past few years. Brugler watched him in the "B-gap" as a three technique on game tape and observed that the player "displays good fight through the whistle with his average size and strength, but lacks dynamic movements and doesn't show much that separates him from others."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 7:04 PM

Texans selected Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine with the No. 256 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

It's the last pick in the draft. Compared to past years' Mr. Irrelevant, Ballentine is a pretty legit prospect. He was a sure tackler for the Memphis Tigers and goes 6-foot-3, 219 with 4.39 speed, an explosive 10-foot-5 broad jump, and a 38-inch vertical. Ballentine was better with the action in front of him in Conference USA, but has tools for more if an NFL position coach and conditioning program can get him to max out his borderline-freakish tools. He'll compete for a roster spot as a special teamer initially.
May 10 - 7:13 PM

The Chiefs, Cardinals and Texans hosted Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine for a pre-draft visit. Several teams plan to work him out soon, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

The 6-foot-3, 219-pounder has tremendous size and speed (4.38-4.40 forties) for the next level, and it seems like teams are starting to take notice. With that kind of size/speed combination, teams will be eager to get a better feel for his skill set in their private work outs. Ballentine has the athletic ability to make an NFL team, but if he doesn't get drafted, he'll most likely sign as a practice squad player.
Apr 25 - 4:00 PM

The Patriots hosted Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine for a private workout last week.

Ballentine has also visited with the Chiefs and Cardinals. The 6-foot-3, 219-pounder is an interesting size/speed prospect who has run forties between 4.38-4.40. And the price won't be high: He was pegged as an undrafted free agent by Optimum Scouting and is ESPN.com's No. 38 safety.
Apr 6 - 6:47 PM

Memphis freshman RB Marquis Warford has decided to leave the Tigers' football program.

He announced the decision on Twitter, writing simply, "[A] change is needed." Head coach Justin Fuente subsequently confirmed Warford's intentions. "Man I'm just trying to play ball, when it comes down to it I want to win and compete simple," Warford tweeted. No reason was given for Warford's decision. Warford, a three-star member of Memphis' 2013 recruiting class, finished second on the team with 303 rushing yards.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 05:22:00 PM

Former Nebraska junior DT Chase Rome will transfer to Memphis.

"I’m really excited," said Rome. "Seeing the passion that the players have for the program is something I haven’t seen anywhere. They are so optimistic despite a few tough seasons and have such great drive there." Rome wavered between playing with the Cornhuskers last year or sitting out the season, but he appears to be locked in with Memphis.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Sophomore DT Chase Rome has rejoined the Nebraska football program after leaving for personal issues just a week ago.

"He got through some issues and he’s ready to come back," head coach Bo Pelini said. Many suggested Rome took time away from the team because he was unhappy with his playing time.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 08:39:00 AM

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini confirmed that sophomore DT Chase Rome will be away from the team "for the foreseeable future" to deal with personal issues.

Beat writer Sean Callahan hints that Rome's departure may have been due to a lack of playing time. "His personal goals – and personal perception of where he should be on this football team – doesn’t match the team goals," Pelini said. Rome fell down the depth chart but had four tackles thus far in 2012, but even with his addition the Cornhuskers have given up 653 rushing yards this season.
Thu, Sep 13, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Transfer Jacob Karam appears to have the upper hand in winning the Tigers’ QB competition.

Taylor Reed had a nice freshman season under Larry Porter in 2011. He started nine games and threw for 1,690 yards with 10 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. The problem was Reed’s 10 TDs were the only scoring passes Memphis had on the season and three quarterbacks combined to have a pass efficiency rating that ranked 109th. The position needed a boost under first-year coach Justin Fuente and Karam, a Texas Tech transfer and a graduate student with two years of eligibility remaining, could help. He threw only 18 passes in two seasons with the Red Raiders, but Karam appears to have the edge over Reed as spring drills wrap up in Memphis.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:38:00 PM

Memphis wide receiver Marcus Rucker was the only bright spot for the Tigers in their blowout loss to Southern Miss as he caught four passes for a whopping 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Rucker had done nothing much up to this game so keep an eye on him to see if this is just a fluke or a sign of things to come.
Sat, Oct 16, 2010 09:45:00 PM

Porter will replace Tommy West, who was let go a couple of weeks ago.
Sun, Nov 29, 2009 11:15:00 AM

Memphis running back Curtis Steele rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in Friday's 33-30 overtime loss at Tulsa.

Steele ends his collegiate career with his second 200-yard game and a total of 1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns in his senior campaign.
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Sat, Nov 28, 2009 11:15:00 PM


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