9 DAMIEN DODSON
Was a Doak Walker Candidate in 1998 . . . Named to the second team All-Conference USA team in 1998 . . . Led the squad in rushing in the 1998 season and set a new school record with 1,059 yards . . . Broke the old record of 1,016 yards set by the late Dave Casinelli in 1963 . . . Is just the second back in Memphis football history to gain over 1,000 yards in a single season . . . Has gained 1,672 yards in 18 games (averaging 92.88 yards per game for career) as a Tiger . . . Is currently ranked 7th on the Tigers' all-time rushing list . . . Had a school record six 100 yard performances in 1998 . . . Gained 102 yards rushing against Minnesota . . . His first 100 yard game since the 1997 ECU contest . . . Totaled 119 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas State and had 119 yards in the Southern Mississippi contest . . . Rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown in the Cincinnati win . . . Gained a career high 165 yards and scored twice in the Tulane game . . . Gained 160 yards in season finale against East Carolina . . . . . . Had 95 yards rushing vs. Miss. State . . . Rushed for 613 yards in just seven games in 1997 . . . Missed four games at start of season due to knee injury . . . Had 20 carries for 119 yards and three touchdowns in his second game back from injury . . . His three touchdowns against ASU tied the Memphis record for rushing touchdowns in a game . . . Came back the next week to rush for 142 yards against East Carolina . . . His 87.6 yards per game would have ranked second in the conference had he played in enough games to qualify.
Is in his fourth year and has been a starter for the Tigers for two previous years. . . Has started at offensive guard for the past two years . . . Consistently grades as one of best blockers . . . Played at offensive guard as a freshman . . . Could be used as the center if injuries dictate . . . Participated in 670 of the 740 offensive snaps in 1998.
Was a walk-on candidate for the Tiger football team in the fall of 1998 . . . Was awarded a scholarship the day before the season opener against Ole Miss . . . Responded with five tackles against the Rebels . . . Had nine stops the following week in the Mississippi State contest . . . Had a season and career-high 15 tackles in the Houston contest . . . Also logged double digit tackles in the Arkansas game . . . Registered 12 tackles against the Razorbacks . . . Finished the season with 69 total tackles, four tackles for lost yardage and two fumble recoveries . . . Was the team's fourth leading tackler.
Opened the 1998 season with 10 tackles in the Ole Miss game . . . Was credited with 10 tackles in the win over Cincinnati . . . Had a season high 11 stops in the Southern Mississippi game . . . Was named to 1997 The Sporting News Freshman All-America Team (1st team) . . . Received first team C-USA All-Freshman honors in 1997 . . . Became a starter for the Tigers at linebacker the fourth game of the season . . . Finished the season as the team's fourth leading tackler . . . Credited with 67 stops . . . Had six tackles for lost yardage and two pass breakups . . . Had a season-high 15 tackles in the Cincinnati game and recorded 11 tackles.
Was the only kicker in the nation in 1998 to have a perfect season . . . Connected on 16-of-16 field goal attempts and 22-of-22 PATs . . . Was a candidate for the Lou Groza Award in 1998 . . . Finished the season ranked 18th in the nation in kicking . . . Was named The Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year . . . Named to the All-Conference USA Freshman Team, the All-Conference USA Team (1st team), the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team, The Football News All-Freshman Team and received the Academic Achievement Award . . . Tied Memphis records for the most field goals made in a game (4) and the longest field goal made (52 yards).