Tigers Enter Black & Blue Week With USM
Sept. 28, 2000
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The football rivalry between Memphis and Southern Mississippi took on a nickname many years ago...The Black & Blue Bowl. The name may come from the school colors of both institutions but most coaches, players and fans will tell you that the slogan represents the bruises left on both teams after the contest is over. This year's meeting will be the 51st between the two schools making it the longest running rivalry in Memphis history. USM holds a decided 33-16-1 advantage in the series and has won the last six meetings. Memphis last victory over the Golden Eagles came during the 1993 season in Memphis when the Tigers stopped USM 20-9. The Tigers have not won in Hattiesburg since the 1960 season.
TIGER DEFENSE EXCELS
KENDALL TOP TIGHT END
WHITE RECEIVES HONOR
WHITE SETS MEMPHIS & C- USA MARK
KENDALL CONTINUES STREAK
TIGERS CREATING TURNOVERS
Ben Graves' 61 yard punt against LA-Monroe was a career long for the Mississippi native.
Neil Suber's 930 yards passing in 1998 marked the most yards passing by a Tiger freshman in the history of the school.
Over the past seven years, Memphis has a record of 38-9 when leading at the half.
The Memphis Tigers had seven players named to Lindy's Football Magazine Preseason All-Conference USA Team. Tabbed on the first unit were offensive tackle Artis Hicks, nose tackle Marcus Bell, linebacker Kamal Shakir, safety Idrees Bashir and All-American kicker Ryan White. Offensive tackle DeCorye Hampton and strong safety Fred Powell were named to the second team.
Tiger tailback Dernice Wherry started his first game as a Tiger when Memphis opened the season against Mississippi State. The former all-state (TN) running back responded with 35 yards rushing on on 13 attempts against the number one defense in the nation in 1999. The speedster led the U of M in rushing against ULM with 75 yards on 17 carries. Wherry lettered as a linebacker in 1999 but was moved to tailback in the spring of 2000.
Tiger linebacker Kamal Shakir was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America Team in 1997. His first team selection by TSN was the first by a rookie Tiger in the school's history. He is a preseason All-Conference USA selection at linebacker this year and is listed as a Dick Butkus candidate.
The U of M may have the most talented defensive secondary the squad has fielded since the 1970s. Four starters return for the 2000 season including preseason All-Conference USA selection Idrees Bashir at free safety. Joining Bashir are corners Marcus Smith and Michael Stone and strong safety Glenn Sumter. Stone is the only senior starting in the secondary.
Ryan White's 52-yard field goal against Cincinnati in 1998 tied for the longest field goal made in Memphis history. The record was shared by Luis Tejada (vs Ole Miss, 1994) and Don Glosson (vs Florida State, 1985). The kick was White's first 50 plus yard attempt of his career.
Placekicker Ryan White set several Memphis kicking records during his freshman season in 1998. He booted 16 consecutive field goals setting a new Memphis benchmark. The old Tiger record for consecutive field goals was 15 by former kicker Don Glosson (1983-85). Glosson booted his 15 consecutive FGs in 1994.
The University of Memphis will have six graduates playing for the squad this season. That number tied the University for third in the nation for number of students in graduate school.
Tiger All-American placekicker Ryan White booted four field goals in the Tigers' 19-17 win over Arkansas State. The four FGs made marked the seventh multiple FG game in White's career. His last field goal of the ASU contest came with 0:49 remaining in the game and gave the Tigers their second win of the season. It was White's first career last second winning kick.
Freshman quarterback Matt Adams, the grandson of former Tiger head coach Fred Pancoast, entered fall camp not fully recovered from shoulder surgery in May of 2000. He participated in fall camp but due to a lack of rehabilitation time, has decided to return to his home in Pensacola, FL. Adams will return to Memphis in January to begin his college career.
Linebacker Kamal Shakir's 11 tackle effort against ASU marked the first time this year that the Georgia native logged double-digit tackles. Shakir totaled eight double-digit games in 1999 and has 15 career games with ten or more total hits. His all-time single game high is a 20 tackle (12 solos & eight assist) effort against Army in 1999.
Memphis quarterback Neil Suber completed 20-of-31 pass attempts in Memphis' 26-16 victory over Army. His 20 completions were a career high for the Georgia native breaking his old mark of 17 against Tulane in 1998. Suber's 31 pass attempts were the second highest total of his career falling one shy of his 32 attempts against Ole Miss in 1999.
Sophomore quarterback Travis Anglin threw his first career touchdown pass against Arkansas State in 1999. During fourth quarter action, Anglin connected with former wide receiver Damien Dodson for a 32-yard touchdown. Ironically, Anglin tossed his first touchdown pass of the 2000 season against Arkansas State in Jonesboro.
Junior tight end Billy Kendall has a personal best six pass receptions (for 66 yards) in a single game. He accomplished the feat in the Tigers win over Arkansas State in 1999. Kendall's 66 yards versus ASU ranks as the third highest of his career. His top career yardage performance came in the '99 finale when he had 78 yards receiving against Cincinnati.
Tiger tailback Sugar Sanders has had five starts in his brief career and all have resulted in wins for the Tigers. In his first collegiate start ('99) Sanders rushed for 94 yards against Arkansas State. It was just his second collegiate game and his first extended playing time. Sanders was called on to start the UAB game in Birmingham and responded by scoring his first career touchdown. The Miami native was slated to start the 2000 season opener against Mississippi State but was slowed in camp by an ankle injury. He started the ULM contest and rushed for 43 yards and led the Tigers to victory against ASU with 31 carries for 96 yards. Sanders had a career long 62 yard touchdown run in the UM win over Army.
Tiger defensive back Glenn Sumter recorded his first career pass interception of the 2000 season against Louisiana Monroe in the Tigers second game of the season. He came back the following week and had a pick against Arkansas State and registered his third interception of the season in the Tigers' win over Army. The redshirt sophomore now has three on the season and is tied for 7th in the nation. His three consecutive games with an interception mark the first time since the 1996 season that a Tiger defensive back has had interceptions in three consecutive games. Keith Spann had picks in the final three games of 1996.
Tiger quarterback Neil Suber threw for 187 yards in the Army victory raising his career total for passing yards to 2,069. In doing so, the junior became the 10th Tiger player in the history of the school to throw for more than 2,000 yards in a career. Suber needs 22 completions to tie for sixth place in career pass attempts. He needs 14 completions to tie for fifth place in career completions.
Neil Suber's 222 yards passing against Tennessee in 1999 ranks as the third best performance of his career. Suber threw for a career high 279 yards against Tulane in 1998 and also had 226 yards passing against East Carolina in 1998.
Wide receiver Tripp Higgins was inserted into the depth chart in 1999 as the Tigers punter returner after an ankle injury to Damien Dodson. He responded at UAB by having the best game of the season by a Tiger returner. Higgins had a season high eight punt returns for 46 yards, including a long return of 26 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 28 yards.
Memphis' win over UAB in Birmingham last season broke a streak of 16 consecutive road losses. Prior to the UAB victory, Memphis had not won a road game since September 14, 1996, when the U of M defeated Missouri 19-16 in Columbia. Since the UAB win, the Tigers have now won four consecutive road contests for the first time since the 1983 season when Memphis stopped Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Louisville in consecutive road games.
Memphis quarterback Travis Anglin returned for fall camp 2000 after having spent the summer rehabilitating his right shoulder. Anglin missed most of spring practice after having shoulder surgery to repair a torn capsular in his throwing shoulder. The Georgia native remained in Memphis all summer working with Tiger trainer Ed Cantler to rehab and strengthen his shoulder. He completed eight passes in the season opener and improved with 11 completions in the win over ULM. Anglin was 6-of-10 against Arkansas State before being injured.
Sophomore tailback Sugar Sanders' 62-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of the Army game was the longest of his career and marked the longest run by a Tiger back since Larry Porter ran 66-yards for a score against Arkansas State in 1993.
On September 16th, Ryan White was named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his four FGs against Arkansas State. In October of 1999, White was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his work against UAB. White booted a school record five field goals against the Blazers. He received the honor three times last season and has earned the Player of the Week Award five times in his two plus-year career.
Junior cornerback Marcus Smith registered his first career pass interception against UAB in 1999. Smith came into the game to replace injured defensive back Reginald Howard, who suffered a broken neck. He finished the contest with five tackles and one interception. Howard recovered and was signed by the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Smith, who was pressed into service, is considered one of the best cover corners in Tiger history. Smith had three tackles and a pass breakup against Mississippi State.
Tiger kicker Ryan White finished the 1999 season as the 33rd ranked kicker in the country according to NCAA statistics. White averaged 1.18 field goals made per game. He made his long attempt of 36 yards against Mississippi State to provide Memphis with its only points. White connected on four-of-four field goal attempts in the win over ASU.
Idrees Bashir's 44-yard fumble return against Tennessee last season stands as the third longest fumble return in Memphis school history.
Cornerback Michael Stone had their first career blocked kick in last year's Louisville game. Stone blocked a field goal attempt in the third period of the contest.
Sophomore fullback/tailback Darche' Epting registered his career high for rushes and yards in the Memphis win over Army. The redshirt from Dallas, Texas, had 19 carries for 66 yards against the Black Knights. The 19 attempts broke his old mark of 10 vs Mississippi State this year. His 66 yards were also a career high surpassing his old total of 22 yards against the Bulldogs. Epting also tallied his third rushing touchdown of the season against Army.
Sophomore quarterback Scott Scherer, son of head coach Rip Scherer, entered the 1999 Tulane game for the final drive of the night and responded by leading his team to a score. Scherer rushed two times for nine yards and completed his first collegiate pass, an eight yard attempt to Aaron Meadows during the drive.
Flanker Bunkie Perkins came to Memphis with great junior college credentials. After a slow start, Perkins set career highs for receptions and yards against Army. The Mississippi native caught four passes for 37 yards in the Memphis win.
Senior tight end Billy Kendall was named to Lindy's Preseason All C-USA Team.
The Tigers have several nationally ranked players on this year's squad. According to Lindy's Football Magazine nose tackle Marcus Bell is the 15th ranked defensive lineman in the nation. Inside linebacker Kamal Shakir is the 15th ranked linebacker and safety Idrees Bashir is ranked 18th defensive back in the country. Memphis' highest ranked player is kicker Ryan White who is tabbed as the 4th best kicker in the country.
Tiger quarterback and special teams member Scott Scherer, the son of head coach Rip Scherer, gained the team's first turnover of the 2000 season. When the Tigers were forced to punt on the first series of the game, Scherer and freshman snapper Jared Pigue raced downfield and jumped on a fumbled ball by Mississippi State's Dicenzo Miller. Scherer came out of the pile with the ball.
ANGLIN HAD GOOD START
WHITE TWO TIME GROZA CANDIDATE
ANGLIN CLIMBS CAREER LIST AT EARLY AGE
WHITE CLOSES IN ON C-USA RECORD BOOK
SHAKIR COULD SET CONFERENCE TACKLE MARK
TIGERS WERE 2nd IN NATION
SANDERS HAS BIG NIGHT
SANDERS HAS LONG RUN
ARNOLD LEADS SACK ATTACK