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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

Memphis HC Justin Fuente is reportedly renegotiating his contract with the school.

School officials are smartly trying to lock Fuente in before bigger schools descend. The Tigers, after all, won a share of the American Athletic Conference and just 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.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Memphis senior S Fritz Etienne accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Etienne has good size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and has put up nice numbers this year. He transferred to Memphis from Coffeyville Community College in December, 2011, and has started over the past two seasons.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Memphis redshirt senior DE Martin Ifedi accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote a few weeks back that Ifedi had been "a monster" since returning from a knee injury that cost him four games earlier this season. Pauline, who thinks Ifedi will be a "late-round steal," noted that the 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior was "athletic," and offered up the "versatility to line-up in a number of defensive fronts." Ifedi has been moved all over the Tigers' 3-4 scheme the past few years, versatility that will surely appeal to the NFL.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:56:00 AM

Memphis senior CB Bobby McCain will attend the East-West Shrine game.

McCain was recently called a "sleeper" at the position by Tony Pauline. The senior has four interceptions on the season, including two against Ole Miss. Add on another four pass breakups this season, and McCain has made an impact in pass coverage.
Source: Shrine Game
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Memphis OT Al Bond "is a late round prospect who will be playing on Sunday’s," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He controls defenders at the line of scrimmage and easily gets out to the second level then annihilates linebackers. Built more like a guard, Bond is a late round prospect who will be playing on Sunday’s," Pauline writes. It's possible, with Bond's size and athleticism, he could end up playing guard at he next level. Pauline adds that Bond "plays strong, athletic football.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 04:10:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Memphis redshirt senior DE Martin Ifedi had been "a monster" since returning from an injury.

There was some talk that Ifedi would enter the 2014 draft, but he opted to stay at Memphis for his senior season. He then suffered a knee injury and missed the first four games of the season. Since then, Ifedi has been "slowly rising up draft boards" according to analyst Pauline. In the month of October, Ifedi posted 22 tackles (four for loss). Pauline noted that the 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior was "athletic," and offered up the "versatility to line-up in a number of defensive fronts." Pauline finished his write-up saying that Ifedi would be a "late-round steal."
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Memphis CB Bobby McCain is "a sleeper at the cornerback position," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

McCain already has three interceptions -- including two against Ole Miss -- and three pass break-ups in five Tigers' games. "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. "McCain is a late round prospect with potential as a nickel/dime back in the NFL." 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 missed three games due to a knee injury.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 08:16:00 PM


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