Notes from the 19-17 Win Over Arkansas State
Sept. 17, 2000
POSTGAME NOTES & STATISTICAL INFORMATION:
* WILLIS GETS FIRST START OF SEASON: Senior defensive end Pat Willis gained his first start of the 2000 season when he replaced junior Andre Arnold for the opening series of the Arkansas State game. Willis is a two-year letterman who started three games during the 1999 season.
* SERMON RETURNS TO ACTION: Senior wide receiver Al Sermon, who has missed the opening two games of the season with an ankle injury, return to the playing field tonight against ASU. The 6'6 Florida, native, suffered a high ankle sprain in camp. He was out of action for four weeks and returned to the practice field this past week. Sermon came into the game on the first series for the Tigers. He had his first reception of the season in the second quarter when he hauled in a six yard pass from Anglin.
* A BONDED BALL CARRIER: Freshman tailback Jeremiah Bonds was expected to be redshirted this season. However, due to the number of injuries that have hit the Tiger running backs, Bonds was pressed into service for the Arkansas State game. The Huntsville, Alabama, native participated in the second offensive series for Memphis and had his first career collegiate carry in the second quarter. He was credited with a three yard gain. Bonds had his first career pass reception, a five yard grab of a Neil Suber pass, prior to the end of the first half.
* SUMTER TAKES INTERCEPTION LEAD: Sophomore strong safety Glenn Sumter gained his second pass interception in the last two games when he grabbed a Cleo Lemon's pass in the first quarter of tonight's ASU game. The Michigan native returned the interception for 32 yards. Sumter had an interception in last week's win over Louisiana-Monroe. He now has four career interceptions.
* KENDALL CONTINUES STREAK: Senior tight end Billy Kendall continued his streak of consecutive games with a pass reception when he grabbed a 13-yard touchdown pass from Travis Anglin. It was Kendall's 19th consecutive game with at least one pass reception. It was also Memphis' first passing touchdown of the season.
* ANGLIN'S TD TOSS: Sophomore quarterback Travis Anglin's 13-yard touchdown toss to tight end Billy Kendall was his first of the 2000 season. Anglin now has six career touchdown passes in the 13 game he has played. He has started seven of those contests. Anglin's 55 yards passing against ASU moved him into 20th on the career passing charts, surpassing Andy Whitwell who totaled 1,024 yards from 1986-88. Anglin now totals 1,057 yards and needs just 11 additional yards to surpass Ricky Thurow (1,067/1967-69).
* WHITE THROUGH THE UPRIGHT: Junior placekicker Ryan White made his first field goal attempt of the ASU game after having two FG attempts blocked against Louisiana-Monroe. The 19-yarder against ASU was White's second field goal of the season and the 31st of his career. He now moves ahead of former Tiger kicker Rusty Bennett (1977-80) into fourth place on the career FG list.
* ANGLIN INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore quarterback Travis Anglin sustained a high ankle sprain of his right ankle late in the second quarter of tonight's game. X-rays revealed no broken bones in the ankle but the sprain was diagnosed as severe. Anglin had rushed for 28 yards on two carries and had thrown for 55 yards and one touchdown.
* WHITE HAS ANOTHER MULTIPLE FG NIGHT: Junior all-American kicker Ryan White had his first multiple FG game of the 2000 season and the sixth multiple field goal game of his career when he connected on his second and third FGs against ASU. The Georgia native had four games as a freshman with two or more FGs made and had two contest last year, including the UAB game in which he kicked five field goals to set a new Memphis record. White now has five field goals made this season and 34 in his career. His fourth field goal made against ASU placed White in a tie with Don Glosson for third on the Tigers' all-time list.
* SERMON TIES CAREER HIGH: Senior wide receiver Al Sermon set a new career receiving mark with five receptions against ASU. Sermon caught five passes for 38 yards after sitting the first two games of the season with a high ankle sprain. Sermon's previous career high was four pass receptions against Missouri in 1999.
* 2-1 START BEST SINCE 1984: With the 19-17 win over Arkansas State, Memphis begins the season 2-1 for the first time since 1984. That season, the Tigers ended with a 5-5-1 record under Coach Rey Dempsey.
*EYRE INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore offensive guard Trey Eyre suffered a hyper-extension of his right elbow late in the fourth quarter.