Memphis has had five players accept free agent opportunities
Departing senior presented award by Selmon Family, PremierPlayers.com
Rucker, Smith & Steeples showcase talent
Rucker, Smith & Steeples to showcase talent
Devey named team MVP
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.
Memphis vs UCF - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn. Oct. 20, 2012 - Photos by Lance Murphey
AP Photos: Football vs. East Carolina
Images from the Tigers' season opener against UT Martin.
Preseason Photo Shoot. Photos by Joe Murphy.
Saw action on both sides of the ball at Memphis ... Played in 30 career games for the Blue and Gray, starting 21 contests in the secondary for the Tigers' defense over the final two years of his career ... Also made two starts at quarterback ... On the defensive side, registered 101 total tackles with 53 solo stops and 48 assists ... Also had eight pass breakups, forced a fumble and recovered two others during career ... Offensively, saw action under center in eight contest ... Was 23-of-44 passing for 248 yards and one touchdown ... Played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game as well as the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic ... Transferred to the University of Memphis from Miami, Fla., in 2009.
Named to the Tiger 3.0 Club for the 2010 and 2011 spring semesters ... Selected to the Tiger Academic 30 for the 2010 spring semester, an award honoring the top-30 student-athletes in the athletics department ... Earned Dean's List recognition for the 2010 spring semester ... One of three Tigers (all quarterbacks) to earned a 4.0 GPA in the 2010 spring semester ... Received the Black and Blue Award at the 2011 team's postseason banquet.
Member of head coach Justin Fuente's initial Leadership Council during senior year ... Registered 50 total tackles - 21 solo stops and 29 assists for a Memphis defense which led Conference USA in total defense in league games during the 2012 season ... Ranked fifth on the team in total tackles ... Also broke up a pair of passes and recovered two fumbles during the year ... Played in all 12 games as a senior starting the final 10 games of the season ... Registered six total tackles at Duke ... In Memphis' first victory of the season, pass breakup on third down in the red zone helped limit Rice to a second-quarter field goal ... Had a season-high nine tackles against East Carolina ... Followed up ECU game with seven total stops against UCF ... Tallied eight total tackles including a season-high five solo stops in Marshall game ... Helped limit Tulane's offense to 291 yards of total offense, finishing with three tackles in a victory which began a three-game Tiger win streak to end the season ... In addition to three tackles, closed out his collegiate career with a big pass breakup against Southern Miss with the Tigers leading 7-3 early in the second quarter of the season finale.
First full season of action on the defensive side of the ball ... Started 11 games in the Tigers' defensive backfield ... Lone game missed was the regular-season finale vs Southern Miss ... Squad's sixth-leading tackler with 51 total hits (32-19) ... Also sixth on the team with 32 solo stops ... Team leader with six pass breakups ... Had one forced fumble ... Logged first college start on defense in the season opener vs Mississippi State ... Credited with first collegiate tackles with five total stops (3-2) vs the Bulldogs ... Recorded a career-high 10 tackles (2-8) vs Arkansas State ... The eight assisted hits were also a career best ... Had four total tackles (2-2) and two pass breakups vs Austin Peay ... The pass breakups vs the Governors were the first of his career ... Logged four total tackles (3-1) and recorded the first forced fumble of his collegiate career vs Middle Tennessee ... Credited with four solo hits and two pass breakups vs Rice ... Had six total tackles (5-1) vs East Carolina and five total hits (3-2) and one pass breakup vs Tulane ... Logged nine total tackles vs UAB, including a career-best eight solo stops ... Also had one pass breakup vs the Blazers ... In final appearance of the season, had two total tackles (1-1) vs Marshall.
Played in seven games at quarterback, starting two ... Was 22-of-43 passing for 246 yards with one TD and three interceptions ... Also credited with 19 rushes for one yard and one TD ... Started the season opener under center at Mississippi State ... Was 11-of-15 passing for 111 yards and one TD vs the Bulldogs ... His first career TD pass was a 27-yard strike to Marcus Rucker in the fourth quarter against the Bulldogs ... Started the following week vs East Carolina ... Was 3-of-6 passing for 19 yards, before leaving the game with an injury ... Missed the Middle Tennessee and UTEP games as a result of the injury suffered against East Carolina ... Played in a reserve role at quarterback in conference games vs Tulsa, Southern Miss and Houston and non-league meetings against Louisville and Tennessee ... Scored his first career rushing TD vs Houston ... Also connected with Marcus Rucker for a career-long pass of 47 yards ... Both plays (47-yard pass, 1-yard TD run) came on the same drive vs the Cougars ... Missed the final three games of the season with an injury ... Made the move to safety in spring drills ... Had a solid spring practice, before suffering a hand injury that required surgery ... Continued to practice during non-contact work despite a cast on his hand.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Transferred to Memphis from Miami, Fla. in the fall of 2009 ... Practice with the team, but was ineligible to play because of NCAA transfer guidelines.
2008 (Freshman; Miami, Fla.)
Saw action in one game ... Was 1-of-1 passing for two yards ... Also had one rush for two yards ... Played in the season opener against Charleston Southern ... Was 1-for-1 passing for two yards and rushed once for a two-yard gain.
One of the nation's top prep school quarterbacks from Hargrave Military Academy in 2007 ... Split his high school career between Christian Brothers and Olive Branch (Miss.) ... In 2007 at Hargrave, broke the school record with 476 yards and four TD in one game ... As a senior in 2006 at Olive Branch, completed 130-of-273 passes for 2,314 yards, 27 TD and seven interceptions ... Also rushed for more than 500 yards and seven TD for the Conquistadors ... Led Olive Branch to a No. 2 state ranking in Class 5A ... Selected to play in the U.S. Army High School All-America Game after his senior year ... Named a Tom Lemming High School All-American selection ... Also a Mississippi Coaches All-State selection ... Named Mississippi NE Regional 5A Offensive Player of the Year and selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game ... Named Memphis Commerical Appeal'sBest of the Preps Top 5 Offensive Player of the Year ... As a junior, played at Christian Brothers in Memphis ... Originally committed to Ole Miss out of high school before attending Hargrave Military Academy.
Son of FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith ... Born Oct. 21 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Older brother, Arthur, played guard/center for the North Carolina Tar Heels football program from 2001-05 ... Majoring in sports and leisure management.