Tigers Battle Injuries in Second Scrimmage
April 8, 2000
Memphis, TN -
The Tiger football team traveled back to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for their second major scrimmage of the spring. The day was cold and windy with wind chills hovering around the 40 degree mark. The days busiest participant turned out to be head trainer Ed Cantler who made numerous trips to the field to take injured back to the sideline. Offensive tackle Artis Hicks suffered an ankle sprain and left the field. His backup, Austin O'Dell suffered torn ligaments in his left knee and left the action. Offensive guard Lou Esposito was hit in the lower back and had to be helped off the field and shortly thereafter, tight end Wade Smith ran into outside linebacker Greg Harper and both left the scrimmage, Smith with a neck injury and Harper with a knee.
Sophomore fullback Darche Epting, who was also used as a tailback, led all rushers with 55 yards and one touchdown. His score came on a three yard run. Junior tailback Aaron Meadows gained 48 yards on 22 attempts and Jeff Sanders added 38 yards on 13 attempts. Junior quarterback Neil Suber completed seven passes for 73 yards and one touchdown and Scott Scherer threw for 30 yards and one score. Suber connected with Reginald Perkins for a 19-yard touchdown and Scherer hit Derrick Harmon for 17- yards and a score.
Defensively, safety Keydrin registered eight tackles, while linebacker Kamal Shakir logged seven tackles, one quarterback sack and four tackles for lost yardage.
The Tigers will conclude spring practice with the Blue-Gray Scrimmage on Saturday, April 15 at 11 AM. The event, which will be held at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, will be part of the annual University of Memphis Expo.