Commencement festivities moved to Sunday due to Grizzlies' game conflict.
Memphis Tigers kickoff 2014 season on Saturday
Tigers recognized for GPA of 3.0 or higher during 2013-14 season.
Tigers begin preseason camp in 10 days
Tigers will go through NCAA-limit 15 sessions
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.
Photos by Joe Murphey. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - October 19, 2013
Has played in 23 games over two-year career with the Tigers ... Has finished his first two seasons in a Memphis uniform strong, with seven starts in November or December during the 2012 and 2013 seasons ... Heads into junior season with 648 career snaps on the offensive line.
Academic recognition includes earning Tiger Academic 30 distinction for the Spring 2013 semester ... Tiger Academic 30 recognizes the top 30 student-athlete grade point averages for each semester .... Had a 3.75 GPA for the Spring 2013 semester ... A member of the American Athletic Conference's inaugural All-Academic Football Team following the 2013 season ... A Dean's List honoree each semester as a Tiger ... Has also earned Tiger 3.0 list recognition every semester - Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 ... Received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal for carrying better than a 3.75 cumulative GPA in the spring of 2013 ... Also named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2013.
Saw action in 11 games as a sophomore, closing out the year with starts in five of the Tigers' final six games of the season ... Playing time came at three positions - left guard, right guard and center - as well as on special teams ... Member of an offensive line which blocked for a redshirt freshman quarterback who became just the second rookie to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season ... In addition to passing for over 2,000 yards, the offense accounted for over 1,500 rushing yards ... Helped Memphis offense rank fourth in the American Athletic Conference in Red Zone Efficiency, scoring 32 times on 38 chances (84.2 percent) ... Over the last half of the season, played 55+ snaps in four of the Tigers' final six games ... Played all 61 snaps against Cincinnati and UT Martin ... Played a season-high 66 of 69 snaps in final game of the season at UConn.
Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman, first seeing playing time primarily on special teams (punting unit) before having his role expanded to include work on the offensive line ... Went on to start three of the final four games of the 2012 season ... First action on the offensive line came at Duke with 13 offensive snaps ... Saw action at right guard the final five games of the season starting with 39 of 48 offensive snaps at SMU ... Played all 84 offensive plays the following week at Marshall in his first career start ... Played all 64 offensive snaps at right guard as Memphis began a three-game winning streak to end the season with a victory against Tulane ... Played more than half the snaps in the "Battle for the Bones" victory at UAB (32/59) ... Closed out the season playing 52 of 62 snaps against Southern Miss ... Blocked for a unit which raised its total offense in Conference USA games from 243.0 yards per game to 327.1 yards an outing (26 percent increase in yardage from 2011 to 2012) ... In C-USA games, Memphis raised its rushing offense total by 63 percent ... Memphis averaged 318.33 yards of total offense during the 2012 season ... The season total represented a 44-yard improvement from the previous season ... Memphis almost doubled its rushing average from the previous season, averaging 151.75 yards on the ground ... Memphis' 71.43 fourth-down efficiency percentage ranked tied for seventh nationally ... Only five teams converted on fourth down more times than the Tigers (20-of-28).
Lindale High School
Played for Coach Mike Meador at Lindale High School in Lindale, Texas ... Lettered three seasons on the offensive and defensive lines and as a long snapper ... As a senior, part of an Eagles squad that finished 10-3 overall and 5-0 in league play and advanced to the Division 1-3A playoff regional round ... Team captain as a senior in 2011 ... Named District 14-3A co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 and 2011 ... A Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State honorable mention pick on offense ... Named to the academic all-state first team in 2011... Invited to play in the East Texas FCA All-Star/Heart of a Champion Bowl ... Also lettered in baseball, track and field and powerlifting ... 2011 regional qualifier in the shot put and powerlifting ... A Merit Award winner in chemistry, history, physics and business ... Ranked fourth academically in his senior class (248 students).
Son of Kevin and Hollie Simmons ... Born May 12, 1994 in Waco, Texas. ... Health and human performance major.