Best Memphis Offensive Player
WR/KR Tony Pollard, Jr.
The 6-0, 208-pound do-it-all weapon needs to grow into the No. 1 target with Anthony Miller gone, but he’ll fill in wherever needed. Last year he caught 36 passes for 536 yards and four scores, stepped in at running back enough to finish third on the team with 230 yards and two scores, and was devastating on kickoff returns, taking four back for touchdowns in his all-star season. The coaching staff will get the ball in his hands in every way possible.
2. OT Trevon Tate, Sr.
3. RB Darrell Henderson, Jr.
4. QB Brady White, Jr.
5. C Drew Kyser, Sr.
Best Memphis Defensive Player
LB Curtis Akins, Sr.
Despite missing two games, he still finished as the team’s leading tackler, He might not be all that splashy, and he’s not going to live behind the line, but from his spot on the weakside he’ll eat up just about everything. A big 6-2 and 235 pounds, he’s a force on the inside with 88 tackles. The range is there, and the toughness in the open field isn’t an issue – now he has to turn into a bit more of a pass rusher.
2. LB/S Austin Hall, Jr.
3. CB T.J. Carter, Soph.
4. DT O’Bryan Goodson, Soph.
5. LB Tim Hart, Soph.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Brady White, Jr.
Or David Moore. Two years ago the question was whether or not Riley Ferguson could replace Paxton Lynch. Now it’s up to either White or Moore to take over for the guy who finished his career with almost 8,000 yards and 70 touchdown passes in his two seasons.
White comes in from Arizona State where he was a big-time recruit with a ton of hype, but he got hurt two years ago and never latched on from there. A 6-3, 205-pound bomber, the talent is there to keep the fun going, but Moore is right there in the hunt, too.
More of a runner than White, Moore is a dangerous option who brings something the offense has been missing over the last few years. There’s no wrong answer, but again, replacing Ferguson isn’t going to be easy.
Key Game To The Memphis Season
Houston, Nov. 23
The American Athletic opener against Navy on the road matters, and dealing with UCF in the middle of the season will be a huge deal. But to get to back to the conference title game, the Tiger season should come down to whether or not it can be three in a row against the Cougars.
The last four games have been air-tight in close battle splits, and at home to close out the regular season, it should be one of the better games of the year.
2017 Memphis Fun Stats
– Penalties: Memphis 111 for 1,006 yards – Opponents 98 for 840 yards
– Time of Possession: Opponents 33:36 – Memphis 26:24
– Average Yards Per Carry: Memphis 5.7 – Opponents 4.2