16 former players go through drills for NFL scouts
Tiger players visit local children's hospital
Memphis goes through first local practice for Miami Beach Bowl
Memphis has six players named to league's first-team
All-Star game slated for Jan. 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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 UConn at the Liberty Bowl on November 29, 2014. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Football vs USF on November 22, 2014 at the Liberty Bowl. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Football vs Houston on Oct. 11, 2014, at the Liberty Bowl. Photos by Cecil Anderson.
Memphis Football vs Houston Fan Gallery. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. October 11, 2014. Photos by Charles Goodin
Memphis hit the midway point of the second week of preseason camp, conducting a 100+ play scrimmage on Wed., Aug. 13.
Memphis' all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 22.5 (-125 yards) and finished career ranked tied for fourth in tackles for lost yardage with 36 (-159 yards) ... Concluded playing career ranked sixth among active NCAA FBS players in total quarterback sacks ... Additional active career rankings at the conclusion of senior year included ninth in solo sacks and 14th in total tackles for lost yardage ... In addition to quarterback sacks and tackles for lost yardage, wrapped up collegiate career with 140 total tackles, four pass breakups, four fumbles forced and two recovered ... Career numbers came despite missing four games due to injury the first half of senior season ... Played in 45 career games, starting 31 ... Following collegiate career played in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was invited to attend the NFL Combine.
Despite missing four games early in senior season, significant performance in 2014 led to being selected to the American Athletic Conference postseason all-conference team for a second straight year ... American's all-conference teams were selected by a vote of the league's coaches ... Was also recognized as a member of the American Athletic Conference's inaugural All-Academic Football Team following the 2013 season ... 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 four straight ... 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 ... Prior to senior season was named to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List compiled by the Maxwell Football Club; the Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List; and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List ... Additionally, was a nominee for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
Recognized as the 2013-14 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 ... Volunteered 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, was a regular at the Orange Mound Community Center, serving as a clinician for various physical activities for children ... Tutored children at the Hickory Ridge Community Center ... Was also a registration volunteer and attended a Memphis VA Hospital Mental Health Summit ... 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.
In nine games played during senior season registered 29 total tackle tackles including 9.5 tackles for lost yardage (-30 yards) ... With 2.5 quarterback sacks during the season (-17 yards) became Mempis' all-time leader in sacks, passing Tramont Lawless who had 22 during his career (1996-99) ... Also had four quarterback hurries, broke up two passes and recovered a fumble during the Tigers' American Athletic Conference championship season ... Helped lead Memphis to its first conference title since 1971 and just the program's second, 10-win season along with a bowl victory in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl ... The 2014 season marked Memphis' first, 10-win season since 1938 ... After return to the Memphis lineup was part of a seven-game win streak to end the season ... Memphis finished the year ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense (19.5 ppg) and third in red zone defense, allowing opponents to convert on just 68.8 percent of drives inside the 20 ... Started the season opener against Austin Peay and was part of a defensive unit which recorded a shutout with a 63-0 victory ... The shutout was the first since 2000 and the first time the Tigers opened the season with a shutout since 1971, ironically the previous year the Tigers won a conference championship ... After being out four games, returned to start against Houston and had a season-high seven tackles ... Had a quarterback hurry and two tackles for lost yardage against UH ... In homecoming win over Tulsa equaled a season high with seven tackles ... Helped set the tone in the conference victory over the Golden Hurricane with a quarterback sack on a fourth-and-five play from the Memphis 30 ... Had five, first-half tackles including one for lost yardage in Temple victory as the Tigers became bowl eligible for the first time since 2008 ... Fourth-quarter sack against USF established a new school record for a career ... Had two tackles in the Tigers' win over UConn as Memphis claimed the American Athletic Conference championship ... First tackle against the Huskies came on third down and forced a Connecticut punt ... With Memphis leading 13-3 midway through the third quarter, recovered a fumble at the UConn 38 to set up a Memphis touchdown drive.
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.