Memphis has had five players accept free agent opportunities
Spring game slated for April 6.
Rucker, Smith & Steeples showcase talent
You may have seen the first of this year's Memphis football commercials this week; well the Memphis Tiger Network was behind the scenes at the 2012 commercial shoot. Check out some of what you may have seen already and more of what you didn't.
There was little down time for any of the 105 student-athletes who went through the University of Memphis' first practice of preseason camp Monday at the Park Avenue Campus.
The Tigers went from station to station and drill to drill throughout a two-hour workout which focused on teaching and fundamentals. In fact, the afternoon session began a few minutes earlier with a walk through.
Memphis 37, Tulane 23 - AP Photos
Memphis vs UCF - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn. Oct. 20, 2012 - Photos by Lance Murphey
Memphis vs Middle Tennessee at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. on September 15, 2012.
Memphis vs. Middle Tennessee (9/15/12) - AP Photos
Images from the Tigers' season opener against UT Martin.
Played in 44 career games, making 26 starts as a Tiger ... During four-year career with the Tigers, made 126 receptions for 1,665 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Finished career ranked fifth in receptions, sixth in receptions and tied for seventh in touchdowns ... Averaged 13.2 yards per reception ... Had two, 100-yard receiving games during his career ... Following collegiate career, played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College Football All-Star Classic.
Named a 2012 All-Conference USA honorable mention selection ... 2010 All-Conference USA honorable mention ... Honored with the 2009 SAE-Paul Gingold MVP Award after being named the Offensive MVP of the Blue-Gray spring game.
Started all 12 games at wide receiver for the Tigers and led the team with 47 receptions for 525 yards and three touchdowns ... Averaged 11.2 yards per receptions as a senior ... Was not his longest reception of the season but one of the most impressive pass receptions of the season came in the season opener against UT Martin ... With the Tigers trailing 17-10 in the final minute of the UT Martin game, caught a short pass then crossed the field while breaking tackles for a 20-yard touchdown run which tied the game ... Had three receptions for 45 yards against UT Martin and also returned three kickoffs for 52 total yards ... Had a season-high six kickoff returns for 104 yards at Arkansas State ... Caught a career-high 10 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns against Middle Tennessee ... The 177 receiving yards against MTSU marked the second-most in a game in Memphis history (Bob Sherlag set the school record with 186 receiving yards against Mississippi State in 1965) ... Had touchdown receptions of 49 and 10 yards against Middle Tennessee ... On the road at Duke had two rushing attempts for eight yards and also caught three passes for 19 yards ... Caught seven passes for 88 yards at East Carolina ... Had four receptions for 37 yards against UCF ... Snared six passes for 44 yards at Marshall ... Finished career with 10 pass receptions for 93 yards during the Tigers' three-game win streak to end the season ... Caught four passes for 55 yards in win over Tulane ... Helped break a 13-13 tie late in the first half, with receptions of 18 and 21 yards to help set up a 24-yard field goal ... In the Battle for the Bones at UAB, caught a 12-yard pass on the second play of the Tigers' first offensive series as Memphis jumped out to a 21-0 lead ... Also had a 14-yard reception to convert a third-down play early in the third quarter as the Tigers extended a halftime lead to 31-3 with an early, third-quarter touchdown ... Finished the UAB game with four catches for 25 yards ... Closed out his collegiate career with two catches for 13 yards.
Played in eight games ... Made two starts ... Team's fourth-leading receiver with 20 catches for 195 yards ... Had one receiving TD ... Caught a career-high seven passes for a season-best 73 yards and one TD in the season opener vs Mississippi State ... His score vs the Bulldogs came on a 11-yard reception in the fourth quarter ... Hauled in four passes for 34 yards vs Arkansas State ... Logged six receptions for 64 yards vs Austin Peay ... Had a season-long catch of 18 yards vs the Governors ... Caught one pass for nine yards vs Rice ... Saw game action vs UCF, UAB and Marshall ... Closed the campaign with two receptions for 15 yards in the season finale vs Southern Miss.
One of six Tigers to start all 12 games ... Only Tiger to register a reception in each of the 12 games ... Team leader in receiving yards (704), receptions (41) and scoring by a non-kicker (48 pts) ... Finished the season ranked among the Tigers' single-season leaders for receptions (24th), receiving yards (12th) and TD receptions (T7th) ... Tied for the squad's lead in offensive plays of 20 or more yards (11) ... Six of his 11 plays of 20 or more yards went for TD ... Led the team with 28 of his pass receptions resulting in first downs ... Opened the season with three receptions for 45 yards and a TD against Mississippi State ... Scored Memphis' only TD in the game on a 27-yard pass from Cannon Smith ... Had five receptions for 49 yards and one TD vs East Carolina ... Continued his streak with a solo reception for eight yards against Middle Tennessee ... Tallied two catches against UTEP and a 37-yard reception vs Tulsa ... Had five receptions vs Louisville ... Set a career-best receiving mark against Southern Miss with 155 yards on four receptions ... Also posted his first multiple TD game vs the Golden Eagles with a 22-yard TD grab in the first quarter and an 81-yard reception in the fourth quarter ... The Southern Miss contest was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career ... The 155-yard performance rank 11th-best in school history, and his 38.8 yards-per-catch mark ranks third in school history ... The 81-yard TD reception ranks as the 13th-longest in school history ... Hauled in two receptions for 65 yards against Houston ... Logged five catches for 76 yards against Tennessee ... Scored twice vs the Volunteers off a four-yard pass in the first quarter and a 38-yard pass in the fourth quarter ... Tallied three receptions for 45 yards vs Marshall ... Nearly hit the 100-yard mark with 90 yards on four receptions against UAB ... Scored in the third quarter against the Blazers on a 28-yard pass ... Logged a career-high six receptions against UCF...Had 81 yards vs the Knights, including a 23-yard TD reception in the first quarter.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Played in all 12 games ... Ranked second on the team in average yards-per-reception (13.4) and third in receiving yards (241) and receiving TD (2) ... Tied for fifth on the team in receptions (18) ... Totaled four receptions for 20 yards or more ... Ten of his 18 receptions were for first downs or TD ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Ole Miss and tallied two receptions for 24 yards ... Hauled in two receptions for 53 yards and caught his first career TD pass against UTEP ... Posted a long reception of 31 yards vs the Miners ... His TD catch came on a 22-yard reception in the first quarter vs UTEP ... Registered one reception for 11 yards against Southern Miss ... Credited with a season-high five receptions for 89 yards against East Carolina, including a TD catch ... The TD catch came on a season-long, 43-yard reception from Will Hudgens ... Registered two receptions for six yards against Tennessee ... Recorded four catches against UAB for 54 yards, including two for third-down conversions ... Caught one pass for a six-yard gain against Houston.
Redshirted ... Registering four receptions for 126 yards and a TD in the 2009 Blue-Gray spring game.
Played for Coach Rodney Saulsberry at Whitehaven High School ... Helped the Tigers to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the state playoffs ... Caught TD passes of 41 and 20 yards in the Class 5A playoff win over Ridgeway ... Hauled in TD receptions of 48 and 40 yards in a win over Collierville ... Tabbed by The Memphis Commercial Appeal as a Shelby-Metro Most Wanted prospect in 2007 ... Invited to participate in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game ... Named to the 2007 MIAA 4A-5A Best of the Preps Team by The Commercial Appeal... Rated as a three-star athlete by Rivals.com ... Caught a 61-yard pass against Collierville as a junior ... Helped the Tigers to a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 record in the region in 2006 ... Averaged over 15 points for the Whitehaven hoops squad ... Named All-Metro Class 3-A in track as a junior.
Son of Felecia Rucker ... Born May 19 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Majoring in professional studies/organizational leadership.