Postgame Notes
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Nov. 17, 2011

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Game 11 - vs. Marshall - November 17, 2011 - Memphis, Tenn.

TEAM GAME NOTES
• Captains for today's game were receiver Cam Baker, receiver Curtis Johnson, running back Billy Foster and defensive lineman Dontari Poe.

• Memphis did not commit a turnover in the game marking the second-straight game the Tigers have not turned the ball over.

OFFENSIVE NOTES
• Redshirt freshman Kevin Wright extended his receiving streak to 11 games with a 10-yard reception on the fourth play of the game. Wright has caught a pass in every game of his short career. Wright finished the game with eight receptions for 83 yards --- both totals are new career highs. His previous highs were his six receptions against Middle Tennessee and the 82 yards against Rice.

• Senior running back Billy Foster made a one-yard touchdown run with 6:56 remaining in the first quarter. Foster has scored in three of the last four games from the run. He totals six rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD this season and leads the Tigers in scoring by a non-kicker.

• With his eight-yard reception in the second quarter, senior receiver Tannar Rehrer extended his receiving streak to 15 games, dating back to the Tennessee game last season. He has caught at least one pass in 22 of 23 career games with the Tigers.

• True freshman QB Taylor Reed left the game in the third quarter following an ankle injury. Reed had completed 12 of 20 pass attempts for 109 yards before leaving the game. Reed has started nine of 11 games this season. He has not thrown an interception in the last three games.

Andy Summerlin made his fourth appearance this season at quarterback. He last played versus UCF. Summerlin came in with 9:37 remaining in the third quarter. Summerlin's one start this season was in the 2011 opener versus Mississippi State. He completed the game completing 11 of 26 pass attempts for 129 yards.

Tannar Rehrer posted nine receptions for a career best 91 yards. He has logged five or more catches in eight games this season. He had a streak of five, five-reception games going into the UCF game but the streak was snapped when he was injured early in the game. His previous career best for receiving yards was 89 against Rice earlier this season.

DEFENSIVE NOTES
• Senior Lavaris Edwards made his first start of the season at cornerback today. Edwards has missed four of the last five games of the season with an injury. He returned to the field as a reserve against UAB last weekend. He started today for true freshman Bakari Trotter, who left the UAB game with an injury. Edwards has made two career starts for the Tigers. He also started against Southern Miss last year.

• Senior defensive lineman Frank Trotter dropped Rakeem Cato for a loss of nine yards in the first quarter to log his 34th career TFL. He finished the game with 2.5 TFL which gives him 35.5 in his career and ranks fourth all-time in school history. He surpassed Marcus Bell (34) and Tony Williams (35). Bell is on the Tiger football staff. The sack is also the fifth of the season for Trotter as he leads the team in that category this season.

• Junior safety Mitch Huelsing intercepted Rakeem Cato in the third quarter at the Memphis 21. It was Huelsing's first career interception.

• Senior corner Lavaris Edwards intercepted Rakeem Cato at the Memphis 41 in the third quarter and made a six-yard return. It was Edwards' second pick of the season; the third of his career. Memphis scored off a 26-yard field goal in its next drive.

• Senior defensive lineman Frank Trotter stripped the ball out of the hands of Rakeem Cato as he was sacked by Tommy Walker and Johnnie Farms in the fourth quarter. Trotter made an 18-yard return for a touchdown to put Memphis up 22-10 with 11:22 remaining in the game. The fumble recovery is the second of his career. The forced fumble was the second of the season Walker.

Mitch Huelsing recovered a fumble by Tron Martinez in the fourth quarter. It is his third fumble recovery of the season and his career.

• The Tiger defense forced five turnovers in the game today. It was the eighth time this season that Memphis has garnered multiple turnovers in a game; and the second team Memphis has had four or more takeaways in a single game. The Tigers came into the game ranked tied for 24th in turnovers gained and tied for 13th nationally in fumbles recovered. For the season, the U of M has registered 27 takeaways, while the squad logged just 13 takeaways during all of the 2010 season.

• Memphis recovered four fumbles in the game (one of those was on a blocked Tom Hornsey punt that was picked up by Marshall, fumbled and then scooped up by Hornsey). The last time the Tigers recovered four fumbles in a single game came against Michigan in 1995.

• Senior linebacker Terrence Thomas led the Tigers in tackles today with 12 stops. It is the fourth time this season and the fifth time in his career that he has logged double digit tackles. He has led the Tigers in tackles six times this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
• Freshman Kendrick Golden, who joined the team as a walk-on this fall, picked up a fumbled punt snap and made a 36-yard return for a touchdown with 14:41 remaining in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead, 13-7. This is the first game this season that Memphis has scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery on special teams. Memphis has also scored on fumble recoveries on defense (Martin Ifedi vs East Carolina) and offense (Kevin Wright vs Austin Peay. Earlier this year against Tulane, Golden recovered a blocked punt and made an eight-yard return.

• True freshman Charles Harris blocked a Marshall punt in the second quarter to mark the fourth blocked kick for the Tigers this season. Memphis' last blocked punt was earlier this year against Tulane (Ricky Holloway).

• The special teams unit was quite busy today. In the third quarter, punter Tom Hornsey was blocked on a punt attempt. Hornsey recovered the ball and advanced the ball 27 yards to the Memphis 49. The 27 yards rushing led the team.

• Punter Tom Hornsey entered the Memphis career Top 5 in punts after his seven punts for 272 yards today. Just 23 games into his career in the Blue and Gray, he is now fifth in career punts with ( 164) and fifth in yards (6,938)

 

 

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