Practice #20, Aug. 23, 2011

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The end of training camp is near as the Tigers worked their 20th practice since opening training camp on August 4th. The squad has battled through extremely warm temps, two-a-day sessions and two major scrimmages and will see their efforts all come together in just nine days down the road at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Coach Larry Porter has been installing the game plan for the Sept. 1 meeting with the Mississippi State Bulldogs the last couple of days.

"I think we are ahead of schedule in terms of game plan," said Porter. "Now we just need to close in on the little things. I think that is the difference in terms of us executing extremely well. I look forward to tomorrow being a better day with the little things and us continuing to move forward with this game plan."

The Tigers appear to be in good shape coming out of camp from an injury standpoint as several players that had been out early in camp have been major factors on the field this week. The most recent returnee to the field is running back Jerrell Rhodes, and Coach Porter reinforced the fact that Rhodes is back out on the field and doing well and feeling good.

The squad will be out in shells for Wednesday's practice in the morning and will be off on Thursday. Going out in the morning tomorrow gives them more time to rest and recover before returning to business on Friday. Wednesday will be the official end of training camp, and game week will basically start this Friday because of the short week with the Thursday night meeting.

This will be the 44th overall battle between Memphis and Mississippi State on the gridiron. The two squads last met each other in Memphis during the 2002 season. To purchase tickets, please contact the Tiger Ticket Office at 901-678-2331 or purchase online through

Next Monday, Aug. 29, will be a busy day as Coach Porter will hold his first media luncheon at noon. He will attend the Highland Hundred meeting at 6 p.m. at the Botanic Garden, and then will travel down the road to Brookhaven Pub for his weekly radio show with Forrest Goodman from 7-8 p.m. The radio show airs on WREC AM600. The press luncheon will be carried live on Memphis Tiger Vision on

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