Memphis closes out league play with two at Liberty Bowl
Senior cornerback recognized for second time this season
Bobby McCain and Dontrell Nelson each had interception returns for touchdowns to help Memphis beat Tulane 38-7.
Game 6 - vs Houston - October 11, 2014 - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Memphis, Tenn.
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 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 at No. 10 Ole Miss. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. September 27, 2014. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Football vs Middle Tennessee on September 20, 2014, at the Liberty Bowl. Photos by Joe Murphy.
Memphis Football vs Austin Peay on Aug. 30, 2014 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Photos by Joe Murphy
After being sidelined for three games during junior season, enters his senior year having played in 32 career games ... Has started every game he has played in over the last two seasons (21 total) and has started 30 games over his career ... Enters senior year with 90 total tackles, including 70 solo stops ... Nation's leader in interceptions during injury-shorted season and has seven career picks as well as 11 pass breakups as a Tiger ... Also has 1.5 quarterback sacks (-9 yards) and 5.5 tackles for lost yardage (-22 yards) during career ... Has recovered two fumbles and forced another.
Entered the 2013 season as a Preseason Second-Team pick for American Athletic Conference all-conference team by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and Third-Team Special Teams pick by Athlon Sports' College Football ... Earned Tiger 3.0 list recognition for the Fall 2011 semester ... Earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll distinction for 2011-12 ... Tabbed All-Conference USA Honorable Mention as a returner in 2012.
NCAA FBS Football's co-leader in interceptions per game with a 0.7 average ... Had six interceptions for 108 total yards ... Returned two picks for touchdowns during the season ... The six interceptions ties four former Tigers for the fifth-most in a season while his 122 interception return yards is the third-highest in program history ... Shared the NCAA statistical championship with Virginia's Anthony Harris ... In injury shortened season (missed the Houston and SMU games then later the Temple contest), had 25 total tackles including 21 solo stops ... In addition to the six interceptions for the year, broke up four passes and recovered two fumbles ... Began the year with interceptions in two of the Tigers' first three games ... Had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown against Duke to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter ... In addition to four tackles also recovered a third-quarter fumble in the game ... Intercepted second pass of the year against Arkansas State ... With Memphis trailing just 21-14 early in the fourth quarter of the Cincinnati game, helped keep the Tigers in the contest when he picked off a pass in the end zone after the Bearcats had drove to inside the Memphis five ... Recovered fumble on Tennessee-Martin's final offensive series to help secure a 21-6 Memphis victory ... Became the first player in American Athletic Conference history to intercept three passes in a game in the Tigers' 23-10 win over USF ... Doubled his season interception total with the record-setting game at USF ... Fifth player in Memphis history to interception three passes in a game ... Second interception of the USF game was returned 36 yards for a touchdown with 1:35 to play to help seal the Tigers' win ... Also had a pick on the game's final play in the end zone ... With the scoring return against the Bulls, became the first Memphis player to score on two interception returns in the same season and the first Tiger to have three interceptions returned for touchdowns during a career ... Four tackles at Louisville tied a season high and broke up a pass against the Cardinals ... After missing the Temple game, finished the year with three tackles at UConn.
Starting all 12 games as a sophomore, finished with 36 total tackles (26 solo stops and 10 assists) ... Also had three pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards) and 1.5 quarterback sacks (-9 yards) ... During the season had 28 kickoff returns for 721 yards ... The 28 kickoff returns ties for fifth most in program history while the 721 yards ranks fourth ... Became the team's regular kickoff returner the third game of the season against Middle Tennessee and established career highs with five kickoff returns for 138 yards against the Blue Raiders ... Set a single-game record with the highest kickoff return average (43.7 yards per return) against Duke ... Against the Blue Devils had a 95-yard kickoff return, tying for the fourth-longest in school history ... First tackle for loss during the year came against Rice, one of three tackles while also breaking up a pass in a Conference USA-opening victory ... Had five tackles including a shared tackle for loss on the road at SMU ... In addition to a season-high seven tackles, accounted for 178 all-purpose yards on the road at Marshall ... Had four kickoff returns for 117 yards including a 52-yarder against the Thundering Herd ... Also caught a pass on a fake punt, for a 61-yard gain down to the Marshall four ... The Tigers would score two plays later to cut a Marshall lead to 31-28 in the fourth quarter ... Had tackles for loss in the final two games of the season as the Tigers finished the year with a three-game winning streak ... Helped Memphis maintain the momentum from the first half on UAB's first series after intermission with a first-down tackle for a seven-yard loss back to midfield ... The Blazers would have to punt three plays later ... First solo quarterback sack dropped Southern Mississippi's quarterback for an eight-yard loss on the Golden Eagles' first series of the second half.
Played in 11 games ... Made nine starts ... Logged 29 total tackles with 23 solo hits and six assists ... Had four pass breakups, one interception (return for TD), one forced fumble and one TFL (1 yard) ... Saw his first collegiate action in the season opener vs Mississippi State ... Recorded first collegiate tackle (solo hit) vs Arkansas State ... Had a season-high two pass breakups vs SMU ... Logged season bests for total tackles (8) and solo stops (7) vs Middle Tennessee ... Had one solo stop and one pass breakup vs Rice ... Credited with three total stops (2 solo, 1 assist) vs East Carolina ... Picked off his first collegiate pass and returned it 79 yards for a TD vs Tulane ... Also had four solo tackles vs the Green Wave ... The interception return for a TD was the first by a Tiger since the 2003 campaign ... His interception return for TD reversed the momentum of the contest, as Tulane held a 17-14 lead and was driving inside the Tigers 20 for another score ... The interception return for TD started a Tigers' 19-0 scoring run the final 17:31 of the game ... Logged three solo stops, one TFL (1 yard), one forced fumble and one pass breakup vs UAB ... The TFL and forced fumble were the first of his career ... Closed his first collegiate season with six total tackles (3 solo, 3 assists) vs Southern Miss.
Oxford High School
Played for Coach John Grass at Oxford High School ... Rated the No. 36 player in the state of Alabama, according to Rivals.com ... Rated as a three-star prospect as a cornerback by Rivals.com ... Versatile player who played both sides of the ball ... Credited with 35 tackles and an interception in 2010 ... Hauled in 25 passes for 378 yards and three TD as a senior ... Also carried the ball 28 times and gained 212 yards with six scores ... Was 10-of-21 passing for 221 yards ... Pulled off a rare trifecta, returning a punt and an interception for a TD and added a rushing TD in the Yellow Jackets' 41-28 win against Pell City in October of 2010 ... Helped squad to a 7-6 record and a Class 6A state playoff second-round appearance ... Worked in the secondary in 2009, totaling 39 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups ... Scored on a one-yard run and a 20-yard blocked punt return in the 2009 season opener vs Hoover ... Boasted 288 yards on 11 kickoff returns as a junior ... Took the opening kickoff 87 yards for a score against Huffman.
Son of Bernard and Tosha Lawler ... Born Aug. 18, 1993, in Sylacauga, Ala. ... Majoring in sports management.