Tigers Well Represented on Preseason Teams
June 4, 2014
University of Memphis place-kicker Jake Elliott, running back Brandon Hayes and defensive end Martin Ifedi have been named to the Phil Steele’s College Football Preview’s Preseason All-American Athletic Conference First Team.
The three Memphis players listed on the first team headline a group of 11 Tigers named to the publication’s four preseason teams.
Offensive lineman Al Bond, defensive linemen Ricky Hunter and Terry Redden, cornerback Bobby McCain and kick returner Joe Craig were all named to the publication’s preseason second team. Linebacker Charles Harris was named to the third team while wide receiver Keiwone Malone and linebacker Tank Jakes were named to the fourth team.
Elliott was a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and was selected to the American Athletic Conference Post-Season Team, as selected by the league’s coaches. Elliott connected on 16-of-18 field goal attempts during his rookie season (.889) and made all 24 of his point-after tries to lead the Tigers with 72 points scored.
After leading the Tigers with 860 rushing yards in 2013, Hayes had a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility approved by the NCAA. Through two seasons at Memphis the former walkon has racked up 1,436 rushing yards which ranks 16th all-time at Memphis.
Ifedi enters his senior season on the verge of setting the school record for quarterback sacks. He ranks second all-time at Memphis with 20 during his career, one shy of the school record. Last year Ifedi was named to the American Athletic Conference Team after leading Memphis’ defensive linemen in tackles, finishing with 52 stops including 14.5 for lost yardage (-73 yards) and 11.5 quarterback sacks (-62 yards).
Bond has played in 34 games, starting 29 contests over his three-year career. He started 10 games at right guard in 2013 and played 734 of the team’s 799 offensive snaps. Craig, who also started eight games at receiver in 2013 and had 37 receptions for 338 yards, returned 21 kickoffs for 547 total yards (26.0 yards per return).
Hunter recorded 36 total tackles including 12.5 for lost yardage and 4.5 quarterback sacks as a sophomore in 2013. Redden enters his senior year having played in 33 career game and started at both defensive end and nose tackle last year. For the year Redden accounted for 26 total tackles including seven for lost yardage and three quarterback sacks.
McCain was NCAA FBS Football’s co-leader in interceptions per game with a 0.7 average. He had six interceptions for 108 return yards to go with 25 total tackles in an injury-shortened season (missed three games during the year). Harris led the Tigers in tackles for a second straight year in 2013, finishing with 74 total stops.
Malone ranked third on the Memphis team in receptions and receiving yards last year as a junior, catching 25 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown. He also had 25 punt returns for 159 yards during the year. Jakes ranked second on the squad with 71 total tackles and had 8.5 tackles for lost yardage and three quarterback sacks last year. He led the team with 48 solo stops.
Memphis opens the 2014 season Aug. 30th when the Tigers play host to Austin Peay.
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