College Football 2018 Preview: Memphis Tigers
Memphis Tigers 2017 record 10-3
Memphis Tigers 2018 College Football Preview
The Memphis Tigers are considered one of the top squads in the AAC West in 2018.
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Overview: Second year head coach Mike Norvell looks to duplicate last season’s 10-3 mark with a veteran laden team to lean on.
Offense: The Memphis Tigers return virtually everyone but the losses are huge with quarterback Riley Ferguson and receiver Anthony Miller gone. Brady White and David Moore are the contenders for the Tigers at QB and whoever wins the job has options galore. John Williams and Damonte Cox will be the top Tigers receivers while Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor combined for over 2,000 rushing yards. The Memphis offensive line is a veteran group as well so the offense will be solid once again.
Defense: The Memphis defense was youthful in 2017 and a year of experience should help this unit improve from their #117 rank. The Tigers defensive line gets back Joseph Dorceus, Jonathan Wilson and O’Bryan Goodson. The Memphis linebacking crew features the return of Austin Hall and Curtis Atkins who led the team in tackles a season ago. Corner TJ Carter was the top playmaker in the Tigers secondary with five interceptions as a freshman.
Special Teams: Memphis PK Riley Patterson was deadly on shorter field goals going 9-10 but struggled from 40+. The Tigers will need to find a punter but Tony Pollard is an outstanding returner with four TD’s on kick returns.
Outlook: Memphis probably takes a step back offensively but will still be very good while the defense should be improved on paper so the Tigers will be tough to unseat in the AAC West.
9-1 vs. Mercer
9-8 at Navy
9-14 vs. Georgia State
9-22 vs. South Alabama
9-28 at Tulane
10-6 vs. UConn
10-13 vs. Central Florida
10-20 at Missouri
11-3 at East Carolina
11-10 vs. Tulsa
11-6 at SMU
11-23 vs. Houston