Nov. 16, 2011
MEMPHIS, TENN. -
The Tigers will play their final game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Thursday evening, Nov. 17. The game was moved up for a televised broadcast and will be carried on SportSouth. Kickoff is officially set for 7:10 p.m. Ron Thulin and JC Pearson will announce from the press box on Thursday for SportSouth, while Jeremy Bloom will serve as the sideline reporter.
Fans with a Memphis Tiger Vision subscription will not be able to view the online streaming of the game on GoTigersGo.com due to contract stipulations for a televised broadcast by FSN. WREC AM 600 will carry the game on the radio with Dave Woloshin and Wayne Weedon providing the commentary in the booth, and Matt Dillon handling the sideline reports.
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Thursday’s game is the seventh meeting in as many years between the Tigers and Thundering Herd. The series began when Marshall joined Conference USA in 2005, and the Thundering Herd holds a 4-2 edge. Marshall has won three straight in the series, including a 28-13 victory over the Tigers in Huntington, W.Va., last season. The Tigers’ last victory in the series was an emotional 24-21 win over the Thundering Herd at the Liberty Bowl in the 2007 campaign.
Takeaways Lead to National Rankings
The Tigers have logged 10 takeaways in the last five games and have now registered 21 takeaways through 10 games. Memphis logged 13 takeaways during all of the 2010 season. With two fumble recoveries against UAB, Memphis now enters the Marshall game ranked tied for 13th nationally in that category, and improved to tied for 24th in turnovers gained. The Tigers are also in the Top 25 in turnover margin, coming in at tied for 21st.
Akeem Davis, who leads the team in fumble recoveries with four, is ranked third nationally in that category. He also ranks tied for 30th nationally in solo tackles with 52. Linebacker Terrence Thomas ranks fifth nationally in solo tackles with 62.
Just as a comparison to last season, the Tiger defense has already more than doubled its fumble recoveries (5 in 2010; 12 in 2011) and its fumbles forced from a year ago (6 in 2010; 14 in 2011).
Tigers Rank In Top 25 In Fewest Picks Tossed
True freshman quarterback Taylor Reed has only thrown four interceptions in 10 games this season. He has been picked off just once in the last four games, and the only team to register multiple picks off the true freshman was Rice with two. As a whole, the Tigers have only thrown six picks this season and rank tied for 18th nationally in passes had intercepted.
In “Rehrer” Form
Senior receiver Tannar Rehrer has caught at least five passes in seven of the 10 games this season, including a career-best 11 receptions for 89 yards against Rice. He had hauled in at least five receptions in five-straight games until the UCF game when he made just one catch before leaving the game with an injury. He was back against UAB and hauled in seven passes for 29 yards and a TD. With his one-yard catch on the fifth play of the game against UAB, Rehrer extended his receiving streak to 14 games, dating back to the Tennessee game last season. He has caught at least one pass in 21 of his 22 career games with the Tigers.
Huelsing A Candidate For Burlsworth Trophy
Junior safety Mitch Huelsing is one of 50 candidates for the Burlsworth Trophy as announced by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club. The trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. Huelsing has started four of the 10 games at safety, and is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 49. He has posted 38 solo tackles and two pass breakups as a junior, and is second on the team in fumble recoveries with two. Huelsing has registered five or more tackles in eight of 10 games this season.
Hey, We Know You
Fans of the Thundering Herd will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline in Thursday’s contest. Tigers cornerbacks coach Shannon Morrison played and coached at Marshall. A 1995 Marshall graduate, Morrison was a four-year letterwinner for the Herd. As a senior in 1994, he earned All-America honorable mention and All-Southern Conference accolades. In his career, Morrison recorded 11 interceptions, which is still the sixth-most in Marshall history. He was also a member of the 1992 Herd team that won the NCAA I-AA national championship. Following his playing days, Morrison served as a graduate assistant on the Marshall staff for the 1995 and 1997 seasons.
An Old Rivalry
When Larry Porter and Doc Holliday face off Thursday, it will be only the second time as head coaches. However, their rivalry goes beyond the past two seasons and Conference USA, as both were assistant coaches in the SEC and competed against one another from 2005-07. Porter served as an assistant at LSU from 2005-09, while Holliday was an assistant at Florida from 2005-07. The two coached against each other in three regular-season encounters in 2005, 2006 and 2007. LSU won two of the three meetings, but both were narrow four-point victories (21-17 in 2005; 28-24 in 2007). Florida took the 2006 game 23-10.
A Common Ring
While Larry Porter and Doc Holliday are on opposing sidelines Thursday, the two do have something in common — and it has a nice “ring” to it. Porter and Holliday both can sport national championship rings. As an assistant on the LSU staff in 2007, Porter helped the Tigers claim college football’s national title. A year earlier in 2006, Holliday was a member of the Gators’ national championship squad.
On This Date
The Tigers have 6-3-1 record when playing on Nov. 17 in the program’s history. The last time Memphis played on Nov. 17 was the 2007 campaign, and the Tigers defeated UAB 25-9 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have a current two-game win streak when playing on Nov. 17. Prior to the 2007 victory over UAB, Memphis defeated Army 42-10 in a Nov. 17 contest during the 2001 campaign.
The Tigers will close out their season with a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. That game, slated for Nov. 26, will be the final of eight televised games for Memphis this year as CSS will air the game with a 3 p.m. kick-off time.