Tigers Making Gains as Season Gets Closer

July 14, 2014

Team Huddle

After making significant strides in the weight room during the spring semester, the dedication and desire the Memphis football team has revealed ahead of the 2014 season has continued this summer. 

Following a break surrounding the Fourth of July weekend, the Tigers returned late last week to the weight room and practice field for volunteer workouts which will lead up to the start of preseason camp.

Since summer school began on June 2, the Tiger football team has had 100 percent participation in its volunteer workouts. And prior to the summer session beginning, 60 percent of the Tigers’ scholarship returnees got an early jump to the summer workouts. The nucleus of returners got started back on May 19.                                    

The efforts this summer are on top of a solid conclusion to the spring off-season.

Over the course of the spring semester, Memphis student-athletes had an average squat increase of 42 pounds, or 4,300 total pounds of improvement for the team. The average bench press improvement was 15 pounds, or over 1,500 total pounds of improvement for the squad. The team had over 2,000 total pounds of improvement in the hang clean, an average of 20 pounds per man.

“Our kids have had a fantastic spring and summer,” said University of Memphis third-year head coach Justin Fuente. “We have had great participation in our summer strength program to go along with the leadership which is currently being developed within our team.

“We have one of the best strength staffs in the country and they have had a tremendous impact on our kids’ performance and continued growth on so many levels.”

The Tigers will report for preseason camp on Aug. 3 with the first practice slated for the following day. Memphis opens its season Aug. 30 when the Tigers play host to Austin Peay. Kickoff for the opener is slated for 6 p.m. in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Memphis has six home games this season including four league games as it begins its second season as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Season and single-game tickets, a Pick-3 Package and group tickets are now on sale.  For more information about individual game or ticket packages, visit www.gotigersgo.com/tickets or call (901) 678-2331.

Also in the coming weeks, Memphis Football will be involved in several annual events including Football by Fuente and the Highland Hundred/Les Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament as well as the final session of the Justin Fuente Football Camps.

Football by Fuente

Female football fans will once again have an opportunity to gain a unique perspective of the sport along with being provided with an entertaining insight into the Tiger program when the third annual Football by Fuente Women's Clinic takes place July 24 at the Murphy Athletic Complex located on Memphis’ Park Avenue Campus.

Last year the event sold out and ladies are encouraged to register now to secure their attendance for the 2014 clinic. Female fans can register online at www.FootballByFuente.com. Registration for the evening, which includes heavy hor d’oevres and gift bags, is $100.

During the evening, female fans will have an opportunity to learn about the Tigers’ player personnel, strategy and terminology. The event also provides fans with an opportunity to become acquainted with the Tigers’ coaching staff.

Registration along with a reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 24th. The clinic will begin at 6:30.

2014 Highland Hundred/Les Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament

The Highland Hundred, the official booster club for University of Memphis Football, will hold its annual Highland Hundred/Les Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament July 25 at TPC Southwind.

For more information about registering to play or becoming a sponsor for the event, click on the club’s website, www.highlandhundred.org.

Justin Fuente Football Camps

Over 500 high school kids playing for 20+ teams are expected to take part in the team camp July 18th at the Murphy Athletic Complex on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue Campus. The team camp wrap up another summer of Justin Fuente Football Camps.

Last month the coaching staff conducted prospect camps in Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville and have one more day camp slated for campus on July 17.

Over the past two seasons, camps have yielded more than half of the Tigers’ high school signees. This summer, the program has seen a 30 percent rise in camp attendees over last summer.



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