Memphis Tigers Weekly Football Release
Nov. 6, 2000
MEMPHIS TIGERS ( 4-5, 2-3)
Tigers hold a 17-8 lead in the series...Sophomore rover Glenn Sumter recorded his fourth inter- ception of the year against ECU...Tight end Billy Kendall, who leads the team in touchdown pass receptions, had a 49-yard TD vs UC in 1999...Nose tackle Marcus Bell had four tackles for lost yardage against Tennessee. Permanent '00 Captains: Lou Esposito, Marcus Bell, Ben Graves
The University of Memphis Tiger football team will return to Conference USA play this weekend when the Cincinnati Bearcats come to town for a key C-USA contest. The U of M is now 4-5 on the 2000 campaign, but if the Tiger could manage season ending wins over Cincinnati and Tulane, Memphis could still have a winning record. The Tigers will have to put aside a heartbreaking 19-17 loss to Tennessee, while Cincinnati comes to town riding the crest of a 33-21 victory over UAB. Memphis currently holds a 17-8 lead in the series which dates back to the 1966 season. The Tigers have won the last two meetings between the two conference foes and have claimed victories in five of the last six meetings. The Bearcats last win over the Tigers came in the 1997 season when UC won 20-17 in Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.
TIGER DEFENSE EXCELS
JOHNSON HAS LONG RETURN
KENDALL TOP TIGHT END
WHITE RECEIVES HONOR
WHITE SET UM & C- USA MARKS
SANDERS HAS CAREER DAY
TIGERS CREATING TURNOVERS
Ben Graves' 64 yard punt against UAB 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 39-12 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 13 attempts against the number one defense in the nation from '99. The speedster led the U of M in rushing against ULM with 75 yards on 17 carries but was injured. Wherry missed the ASU and Army games but returned for USM. The Munford, TN, native had his first career touchdown in the Tennessee game.
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 tied the school record for penalties in a game when officials called the Tigers for 15 violations in the Houston game. The 15 penalties were for 132 yards which is the 4th highest total in school history.
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. The junior kicked three FGs in the Houston game.
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 10 tackle effort against Houston marked the fourth time this year that the Georgia native logged double-digit tackles. Shakir totaled eight double-digit games in 1999 and has 18 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 to date 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 at the time falling one shy of his 32 attempts against Ole Miss in 1999.
Junior quarterback Neil Suber quietly entered his name in the Memphis record book during the Southern Mississippi game. The Georgia native completed 23-of-38 pass attempts for 161 yards. His 23 completions tie for the sixth highest total in school history. Suber's 38 pass attempts against the Golden Eagles tied for the eighth most in a single game by a Tiger.
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 nine starts in his brief career and six 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. The sophomore had 29 rushes for a career high 132 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' win over ECU.
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 Detroit, MI, native sealed the ECU win with yet another interception. The redshirt sophomore now has four on the season and is tied for 20th in the nation. His three consecutive games with an interception mark the first time since the 1996 season that a Tiger defensive back 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.
Junior flanker Bunkie Perkins has shown continued improvement with each game he has played this season. The Vicksburg, Mississippi, native had a season high five pass receptions for a season high 50 yards in the Tigers game with Southern Mississippi. He increased his personal best totals to six catches and 85 yards in the Memphis victory over ECU. He leads the team in number of receptions with 24.
Wide receiver Ryan Johnson took over the punt return duties for the Army game in 1999 and has maintained that role for the Tigers in 2000. The sophomore had a career best 62 yards in returns against Southern Mississippi this season breaking his old mark of 19 yards against Army in 1999. The 62 yards were the most by a Tiger since Damien Dodson's 94 yards in punt returns against Houston in 1997. His 50-yard return against Tennessee was a career long for Johnson.
Ryan Johnson's 30 punt returns this season ties for the fourth highest single season total in Memphis football history. Johnson ties Ryan Roskelly, who had 30 returns during the 1995 season. The all-time single season record is 40 set by Roskelly in 1994. Johnson's 257 yards in punt return yardage ranks as the fourth highest in school history. He surpassed David Berrong's 254 yards during the 1968 season.
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 but has battled an ankle injury throughout the season.
Tiger kicker Ryan White finished the 1999 season as the 35th 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. The All-American kicked a 36-yarder against Southern Miss for the Tiger's only points and added a 20-yard field goal in the East Carolina victory. The junior booted three field goals against Houston.
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 his first career blocked kick in last year's Louisville game when he blocked a field goal attempt in the third period of the contest. The Michigan native has had three blocked field goal attempts this season.
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.
Freshman tailback Jeremiah Bonds, who was pressed into service in the Arkansas State game due to injuries to tailback Sugar Sanders and Dernice Wherry, has become an impressive member of the Tiger backfield. The true freshman rushed the ball 11 times for 44 yards against Southern Mississippi and caught three passes for 34 yards. His rushing totals represented career highs for the Huntsville, Alabama, native.
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. Perkins broke those marks against USM with five catches for 50 yards and increased his total to six receptions and 85 yards in the ECU game.
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
SHAKIR COULD SET CONFERENCE TACKLE MARK
SUBER CLIMBS RECORD LIST
SANDERS TOTES THE PIGSKIN
SANDERS HAS LONG RUN
ARNOLD LEADS SACK ATTACK
STONE HAS CAREER NIGHT