71  A.J. Antonescu
A.J. Antonescu

Hometown:
Ridgeland, MS

High School:
Ridgeland HS

Last College:
Holmes CC

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 290

Position:
OL

Experience:
2L

Awards:
Tiger 3.0 Club (Spring 2011, Fall 2012)


09/15/2012

Memphis vs Middle Tennessee

Memphis vs Middle Tennessee at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. on September 15, 2012.

08/23/2012

2012 Memphis Football Photo Shoot

Preseason Photo Shoot. Photos by Joe Murphy.

Career


Junior college transfer to Memphis from Holmes Community College in the fall of 2010 ... Has played in nine games, making five starts ... Has worked 321 of 360 snaps in games in which he played ... Has a career high 87 snaps played.

Honors (Academic/Athletic)


Member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2011 spring semester.

2011 (Redshirt Sophomore)


Played in nine games and made five starts ... Four of his five starts came at center, with the other start at left guard ... The other four games in which he saw action came on special teams ... Worked 321 of 360 snaps in games in which he played on the offensive line ... Played over 65 snaps in four of his five starts ... Got his first collegiate starting nod at center in the season opener vs Mississippi State ... Played a career-high 87 snaps vs the Bulldogs ... Also started at center against Arkansas State and worked all 67 plays ... Missed the Austin Peay and SMU games with an injury ... Returned as the starting center vs Middle Tennessee (75 plays) and Rice (72 plays) and worked every snap ... Started at left guard against East Carolina and played 20 of 59 snaps ... Saw majority of action on special teams in four of the last five games.

2010


Transferred to Memphis from Holmes Community College in August of 2010 ... Redshirted as a result of the Tigers returning a veteran offensive line.

2009 (Freshman: Holmes CC)


Competed for Coach Danny Robertson in 2009 ... Earned preseason All-America and preseason all-state distinction ... Received postseason all-state honorable mention honors ... Allowed only 0.5 sacks in seven starts for the Bulldogs ... Competed in the 2009 Bernard Blackwell North Mississippi vs South Mississippi All-Star Game ... Invited to compete in the annual JUCO All-America Game.

Prep


Earned three varsity letters while competing under the tutelage of Coach Kenny Burton at Ridgeland High School ... Finished his prep career without allowing a sack as a starter ... Led the Titans to a 10-1 (7-0) record and the Mississippi Region 3-4A title in 2007 ... Also earned three letters on the Titans baseball team, serving primarily as a pitcher ... Garnered 2007 all-district honors on the diamond.

Personal


Son of the late Jill Antonescu ... Born July 11 in Greenwood, Miss. ... Younger brother of former Tigers offensive lineman Michael Antonescu ... His grandfather, Jack Salveson, was a pitcher for the New York Giants and was the youngest player in Major League Baseball during the 1933 season ... Majoring in history.

Click link below for a Memphis Commercial Appealfeature article about A.J. and his brother Michael.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/nov/27/lifes-curves-fail-to-throw-tiger-siblings/

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