Blue-Gray Game Set for April 6
March 23, 2013
MEMPHIS - Tiger Nation will have an opportunity to get a final look at the University of Memphis football team prior to the 2013 season rolling around when the squad holds the annual Blue-Gray Game April 6 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The event, along with parking around the stadium, is free and open to the public. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.
Pregame festivities begin on Tiger Lane at 10 a.m. There will be live music along with inflatables including the Tiger Slide and a bounce house. Fans can join TOM III and the Mighty Sound of the South band in welcoming the team to the stadium for "Tiger Walk" on Tiger Lane at approximately 11 a.m.
During the day, fans can inquire about joining the football program's booster group, The Highland Hundred, which will have an information table set up. Fans can also renew or purchase season tickets. The Tigers will hold the line on ticket prices for the 2013 season, with no price increase from last year. Season ticket prices begin at $55 and the package is a better value this year as UM will play seven games in the Liberty Bowl.
Following the game, the team will hold a clinic for children in eighth grade and under. The clinic is presented by fred's Super Dollar. There will be an autograph and photo session with the players following the clinic.
In 2013, the Tigers begin play in the soon to be renamed and rebranded Big East Conference. Memphis will open the season at home Sept. 7 when the squad plays host to Duke.
Families can expedite having children take part in the children's clinic, by downloading and completing the following waiver, then bring it to the game.
Practice No. 8 Recap
"The defense came out with intensity, played physical and played good assignment football," Justin Fuente said following the practice. "Last Thursday we had a pretty physical, tough and spirited practice but I'm not sure our execution was quite there. Today I thought the defense put it all together and played tough and played physical and played smart.
"Offensively, it was a very disappointing performance just from an execution level, emotional level and physical level. It was unacceptable.
Defensive end Ricky Hunter had a 20-yard interception return during the scrimmage. The Tigers have closed practices slated for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the coming week.