Memphis senior adds to preseason recognition
Senior defensive end now on three distinct watch lists
Senior named to second list this week
Senior DE on brink of establishing Memphis career sack record
Athlon Sports announces 2014 American Athletic Conference preseason team
Get ready for your 2014 Memphis Tigers football season with this behind-the-scenes look at the team's winter and summer workouts.
Don't miss the 2014 season opener on August 30 when the Tigers host Austin Peay at 6 PM at the Liberty Bowl!
The University of Memphis football team wrapped-up its final day of two-a-day practices on Wednesday. Head coach Justin Fuente talks about the final two-a-day practice.
The Tigers suited up in full pads for the first time today in preparation for two-a-days starting tomorrow.
Memphis opens up the 2013 season hosting Duke on September 7.
Day two of preseason camp is in the books for the Memphis Tigers football team and it was another scorcher. Watch highlights and interviews from day two right here on the Memphis Tiger Network.
The Memphis football team opened up their preseason camp today. Check out some highlights from the first day and hear from junior DB Bobby McCain and head coach Justin Fuente.
Memphis Football vs Temple at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on November 30, 2013. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Football vs Cincinnati at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Photos by Joe Murphy.
Photos by Joe Murphey. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - October 19, 2013
Photos by Joe Murphy. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. September 21, 2013.
Memphis vs Duke at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2013
Named to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List compiled by the Maxwell Football Club ... Bednarik Award is annually presented to college football's Defensive Football Player of the Year ... Enters his senior season on the verge of setting the school record for quarterback sacks ... Ranks second all-time in sacks at Memphis with 20 during his career, one shy of Tremont Lawless' (1996-99) career total of 21 ... Has accounted for 108 lost yards on sacks ... Over playing career has 111 total tackles including 26.5 for lost yardage (-129 yards) ... Has forced four fumbles, recovered a fumble and broke up two passes at the line of scrimmage ... Begins 2014 ranked seventh on NCAA FBS Football's Active Career Total Sack and Solo Sack lists with 20 and 18, respectively ... Enters his senior season having played in all 36 games during his playing career after redshirting in 2010 ... Has started 22 games over his career including the Tigers' last 21 contests.
Named to the American Athletic Conference Team as selected by the league's coaches ... Also recognized as a member of the American Athletic Conference's inaugural All-Academic Football Team following the 2013 semester ... Had a 4.00 grade point average for the Spring 2014 semester earning him recognition as having one of the top-30 student-athlete GPAs for the semester ... Dean's List recognition for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters ... Member of Tiger 3.0 list for five semesters including the last four ... In addition to the Fall 2010 semester, earned the Tiger 3.0 recognition for the Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters ... Named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Recognized as the 2013 winner of the University of Memphis' Zach Curlin Award, given annually to the school's top male student-athlete ... The Zach Curlin Award was created in 2011 and is presented annually to an outstanding male student-athlete who possesses Curlin's drive, enthusiasm and determination for academics and athletics while maintaining a concern for others ... Curlin, who joined the Memphis coaching staff in 1924, served as the head football, basketball and baseball coach, in addition to serving as athletic director and the head of the physical education and intramural departments ... the Houston native claimed the city of Memphis as his own, as evident by his service within the community ... Volunteers regularly for team community service projects, reading to children in the Shelby County School System as well as visits to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Dorothy Day House ... Beyond involvement in team projects, has been a regular at the Orange Mound Community Center, serving as a clinician for various physical activities for children ... has tutored children at the Hickory Ridge Community Center ... Was also a registration volunteer and attended a Memphis VA Hospital Mental Health Summit ... Prior to junior year was a Preseason Second-Team Defense selection on All-American Athletic Conference teams as tabbed by Athlon Sports' College Football and Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... Selected to the 2012 All-Conference USA Second Team as selected by the league's coaches ... Named to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year midseason watch list as both a sophomore and junior.
Led Memphis' defensive linemen in tackles, finishing with 52 tackles including 14.5 for lost yardage (-73 yards) and 11.5 quarterback sacks (-62 yards) ... The 11.5 sacks ranks second all-time in school history while the 14.5 tackles for loss ranks eighth on the Memphis season charts ... Also had three quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and forced a fumble during the 2013 season ... Began junior campaign by registering quarterback sacks in the Tigers' first three games as well as six of the team's first seven contests ... Opened up the 2013 season with fifth career multi-sack game, registering two sacks among his six total tackles and three tackles for lost yardage (-14 yards) ... Following week had seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss (-5 yards) and a sack ... Enjoyed a career game in the Tigers' 31-7 win over Arkansas State ... After helping Memphis' defense limit Arkansas State to just seven points and 255 yards of offense was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week ... The award marked the first time a Memphis player had garnered weekly recognition from the league since the formation of the conference ... Against A-State led the Tigers with 10 tackles including 4.5 for loss (-16 yards) and 2.5 quarterback sacks (-11 yards) ... Became the first FBS player to register more than four tackles for loss during the season and the performance ended up ranked tied for third at season's end ... The 4.5 tackles for loss against Arkansas State ranks fourth all-time on Memphis' game charts ... After no tackles for lost yardage in the Tigers' American Athletic Conference opener against UCF, had quarterback sacks in the Tigers' next three games ... Started the streak with a sack for a 10-yard loss among his four tackles against Houston ... Had a sack among his five tackles against Houston and registered another sack against Cincinnati ... Forced a fumble for one of his two quarterback sacks in the Tigers' win over USF.
Led Memphis with 11 tackles for lost yards (51 yards) and 7.5 quarterback sacks while starting 10 of 12 games played during the 2012 season ... Finished the year with 46 tackles - 13 solo stops and 33 assists, had four quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles during the year ... After tallying eight total tackles through the first three games, registered quarterback sacks among his tackles in the Tigers' next three games ... Registered Memphis' first quarterback sack of the season against Duke ... In Memphis' win over Rice, had two tackles for loss (13 yards) and a quarterback sack ... With Memphis leading 14-10, a tackle for loss at the end of the third quarter helped stall a Rice drive and forced the Owls to punt on the first play of the fourth quarter ... A week later at ECU had three tackles for loss (18 yards) and finished with 2.5 quarterback sacks (17 yards) ... Also forced a fumble against ECU ... Had a career-high seven tackles against SMU ... Equaled a career and season high for sacks with 2.5 against SMU ... Had three tackles for loss against the Mustangs and forced a fumble ... Shared in a quarterback sack on UAB's final offensive series in the Tigers' "Battle for the Bones" victory ... Finished the season with a six-tackle effort against Southern Miss including sharing a pair of tackles for lost yardage in the fourth quarter (-7 and -2 yards).
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Played in all 12 games ... Saw most of his action at defensive tackle ... Collected 13 total tackles with nine solo stops and four assists ... Also credited with one TFL, one sack, one pass breakup, one QB hurry, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Saw first playing time of collegiate career in the season opener vs Mississippi State ... Had a season-high two solo stops vs Austin Peay ... Registered a forced fumble, QB hurry and pass breakup vs the Governors, all the first of his collegiate career ... Posted a season-best three total tackles (1-2) vs SMU ... The two assisted hits vs SMU were a season high ... Posted first collegiate TFL (5 yards) and sack (5 yards) vs the Mustangs ... Logged first collegiate fumble recovery vs East Carolina ... Tied a season high with two solo tackles vs UCF ... In season finale vs Southern Miss, tied season highs with three total tackles and two solo hits.
Westside High School
Played for Coach Mark Byrd at Westside High School ... Helped team to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs in 2009 ... Logged 85 tackles, including 17 sacks ... Returned an interception 15 yards for a TD against Milby ... Also tallied 23 TFL ... Selected to the All-Greater Houston All-State second team ... An Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A All-State honorable mention pick ... Named to the MaxPreps.com District 5A-20 first team ... Logged a season-high 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, against Sharpstown High ... Posted five or more tackles in seven games in 2009 ... Recorded three sacks against both Sharpstown and Madison ... Credited with two forced fumbles vs Alief Elsik ... Invited to participate in the Space City Classic All-Star Game ... Named to the all-academic team ... Nominated for the Bayou Bowl All-Star Game ... Logged 14 tackles in five games as a junior.
Son of Ben and Victoria Ifedi ... Born Sept. 4, 1991, in Houston, Texas ... Earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management in May, 2014.