Mark Sherrod becomes the first Tiger to earn an invitation to the MLS pre-draft event.
Mark Sherrod and Liam Collins earn conference recognition for third consecutive season.
Fakhry Khulfan scored his fourth goal of the season for the Tigers.
Liam Collins now tied for first in school history with 34 career assists.
Memphis closes out the regular season against nationally-ranked Louisville on Saturday night.
As the 2013 men's soccer season approaches, its time for photo day again and we talked to a few of the seniors about the upcoming season and their expectations.
Junior forward Marks Sherrod was tabbed Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday. Sherrod and junior midfielder Liam Collins were named to the 2012 Preseason All-C-USA Men's Soccer Team as voted on by the coaches. Men's head coach Richie Grant talked to the Memphis Tiger Network about the awards
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Named Second Team All-American Athletic Conference ... Played in 18 matches and made 17 starts for the Tigers ... Led the team with 10 assists and tied for second on the team with 12 points ... Tied with former Tiger Dayton O'Brien for most career assists in school history (34) ... Notched assists in eight different matches and had two assists in two different games (vs. Charlotte on Sept. 15 and vs. UCA on Oct. 16) ... Played the full 90 minutes or more in nine different contests, including a season-high 110 minutesd against ETSU on Sept. 13 ... Named to the UAB "Soccer for a Cure" Classic (Sept. 13-15) All-Tournament Team ... Posted his first assist of the season against Cal State Northridge on Sept. 1 ... Assisted on Hunter Danna's game-winning goal in the 87th minute of a 2-1 victory over Oral Roberts on Sept. 8 ... Notched two assists in the Sept. 15 2-1 victory over #21 Charlotte ... Assisted on Mark Sherrod's opening goal in the Tigers' inaugural conference match against Cincinnati on Sept. 21 ... Provided the helper on Shane Keely's game-winning goal and scored the second goal on a free kick in a 2-0 win against USF on Oct. 5 ...Named to the American Athletic Conference's weekly "Honor Roll" on Oct. 7 ... Finished that week with a goal and an assist ... Assisted on both goals in a 2-1 win over UCA on Oct. 16 ... Posted one assist in each of the final two conference matches, against SMU on Oct. 23 and against Louisville on Oct. 26 ... Led the team with two shots on goal in the American Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship quarterfinal against UCF on Nov. 9 ... Earned the following preseason honors: Named to the Hermann Trophy Watch list for the second time (2012) ... Named a preseason All-American Conference First Team selection.
Played in 18 matches for the Tigers starting all 18 contests ... Named All-Conference USA first team ... Named NSCAA All-Midwest Region first team ... Recorded two goals, seven assists and 11 points ... Led the Tigers in assists and was second on the team in points ... His seven assists tied for third in Conference USA ... Raised his career assist total to 24 moving him to second all-time in program-history behind former Tiger Dayton O'Brein (34 assists) ... Notched two assists against Wisconsin (8/24) on goals by Chandler Gagnon and Mark Sherrod ... Named to the Diadora-Spinks/Furman Gray Memorial All-Tournament Team for his play against Charleston (9/7) and #23 Furman (9/9) ... Recorded one assist versus Drake (9/22) on a goal by Dennis Kennetz Jr. ... Assisted Sherrod on goals versus Kentucky (9/30) and Tulsa (10/3) ... Against South Carolina (10/20) netted a game tying goal in the 60th minute and assisted Sherrod on the game-winning goal in the 64th minute in the Tigers 2-1 win ... Scored his second goal the season against UCF (10/24) with an assist by Sherrod and later notched his seventh assist of the season in the 79th minute on a goal by Sherrod ... Named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in the preseason.
Named All-Conference USA first team ... Ranked fourth in the nation in total assists (11) and assists per game (0.61) ... Led C-USA in assists and assists per game ... His 11 assists is the third-most in a season in schoolhistory, trailing Memphis Hall of Famers Dayton O'Brien (14 in 2004) and Rogerio Lima (12 in 1997) ... The team's second-leading scorer with 13 points ... Started all 18 contests, playing over 1,600 minutes ... Set up Mark Sherrod's game-winning goal in the season opener against Lipscomb ... Scored the game-winner off of a free kick at Belmont and assisted on Lewis Ellis' first collegiate goal ... Posted an assist on Sherrod's game-winner vs. Missouri State ... Notched a pair of assists on two Sherrod goals against South Carolina ... Recorded three assists -- all on Sherrod goals -- against Nebraska-Omaha ... Assisted on J.J. Greer's goal in the Tigers' 3-2 win over No. 9 UCF.
Started 16 of 17 games at midfield ... Led the Tigers with six assists, including five in the last two matches ... Netted first career-goal in his first match against Belmont. Joining teammate Austin Gross in becoming the first Tigers to score in their first college match since Kevin Walsh and Jamie Gilbert scored in the 2006 season opener against Louisville ... A 98th-minute golden goal against Central Arkansas gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Bears ... Career-best, three-assists contest came against Alabama A&M, when he assisted Mark Sherrod's two goals, Cody McCoy's game-winner ... Assisted on both goals in the Tigers' 2-0 win against UAB on the Fox Soccer Channel NSCAA Game of the Week, finding J.J. Greer for the winner and Mark Sherrod for the insurance goal.
Prior to Memphis:
Graduated in 2009 from St. Fachtna's De La Salle College (equivalent to high school) ... Attended prep school at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa ... Coached by Liam Murphy ... Team reached semifinals of Umbro Cup ... Also helped lead team to Football Association of Ireland (FAI) U18 Cup championship ... Squad also captured the Munster Cup and were the league champion of the U18 class ... Colaiste Stiofan Naofa was the Cork City champion in 2010 ... Scored 23 goals from midfield during the U17 season ... Notched the most games played on his U17 and U18 squads during their Cork City campaign.
Son of John and Veronica Collins ... Has two brothers, Mark and Owen ... Enjoys listening to music and watching Xavier Hernandez Creus and Andres Iniesta Lujan play together for F.C. Barcelona ... When not playing soccer,enjoys playing a variation of soccer known as futsal, which is mostly played indoors.