Clinic Provided Insight into Memphis Football Program
July 25, 2014
Football by Fuente, the annual women's clinic hosted by the University of Memphis coaching staff, provided attendees an opportunity to receive an inside look at the Tigers' football program Thursday night at the Billy J. Murphy Complex.
Head coach Justin Fuente returns the nucleus of his coaching staff for their third year together including offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey and defensive coordinator Barry Odom. Also back this year is quarterbacks coach Brad Cornelsen, linebackers coach Galen Scott, tight ends and special teams coach James Shibest, offensive line coach Vance Vice and wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins. New to the staff are defensive line coach Ricky Hunley and cornerbacks coach Ryan Walters.
While at times Thursday's event provided the staff a means to roast one another, the group tackled several finer points into the Memphis Football philosophy.
The 2014 spring game showcased the team's use of a no-huddle offense and the staff detailed their philosophy on its usage. Members of the coaching staff also provided their view points on tackling and ball security, among other insights.
Clinic attendees also received a tour of the Murphy Complex including the Leadership Council Lounge and locker room. . The tour also included the Tigers' strength facility. Rohrk Cutchlow, Memphis' director of athletic performance, spoke about how the 13,000 square-foot weight room was divided into different spaces which matched the performance staff's philosophies in terms of weight training and injury rehabilitation.
The second half of Thursday's Football by Fuente clinic included a cooking demonstration by Paradox Catering owner and chef Jimmy Gentry who, with the assistance of Fuente, made homemade ice cream utilizing liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent.
While enjoying a dessert of grilled pound cake and peaches topped with Szechuan peppercorn ice cream, the evening closed with the clinic's attendees having an opportunity to ask questions of a student-athlete panel. The panel included defensive linemen Martin Ifedi and Ernest Suttles, offensive linemen Micah Simmons and Nykiren Wellington, linebacker Charles Harris and cornerback Bobby McCain.
The evening also included a shopping spree through an onsite store set up by the Tiger Bookstore and hors d'oeuvres presented by L'Ecole Culinare. Tiger Paws Carpet and Upholstery also partnered for the event.
American Athletic Conference Media Day
Representatives of the football program will take part in the American Athletic Conference's media event in Newport, Rhode Island on Monday and Tuesday.
In addition to Fuente, Memphis will be represented by McCain, who was the nation's co-leader in interceptions per game, and running back Brandon Hayes, last year's recipient of the DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player award who during the off-season was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Camp Opens in 10 Days
The Tigers will report for preseason camp on Sunday, Aug. 3 with the first practice slated for the following day. The team begins the season on Aug. 30, playing host to Austin Peay.
Season and single game tickets are now available for the 2014 season. The Tigers have six home games slated for Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. For more information about individual game or ticket packages, visit www.gotigersgo.com/tickets or call (901) 678-2331.