Memphis Tigers: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
Memphis Tigers: Key To The 2022 Offense
Get the running game going again.
The 2018 Memphis offense ripped through everyone for close to 4,000 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns averaging over six yards per carry.
The 2019 team was a tad more balanced, but it won an AAC Championship and got to the New Year’s Six with over 2,600 yards and 32 scores. 2020 was 2020 – five of the team’s nine touchdown runs were in one game – but the attack was still good.
Last year? Memphis averaged under four yards per carry and got past 157 yards just one in the final ten games after getting off to a hot start.
Over the last three years, how good is Memphis when it hits 160 yards? 19-0.
Memphis Tigers: Key To The 2022 Defense
Occasionally come up with a third down stop.
As a frame of reference, the 2017 defense was a total disaster. The team went 10-3, but the D did absolutely nothing on third done, allowing teams to convert 46% of the time.
Last year? The Memphis defense got hit for third down conversions 48% of the time. Only two times did it allow under 40%, which was just part of the reason why the offense had the ball for just 26:39 a game.
Memphis Tigers: Key Player To The 2022 Season
WR Javon Ivory, Jr.
The 6-2, 180-pound veteran was third on the team with 29 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns last season.
He’s got good size and nice deep speed, and now he has to try being one of the parts who make up for the loss of 74-catch star and current Pittsburgh Steeler Calvin Austin. Between Austin and TE Sean Dykes, 15 of the top 26 touchdown catches have to be replaced.
Memphis Tigers: Key Transfer
LB Geoff Cantin-Arku. Jr.
The more disruptive parts in the linebacking corps, the better.
The 6-4, 220-pound Cantin-Arku comes in from Syracuse after making 104 tackles with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss over the last two seasons.
He’ll slide on into the job on the weakside and should be among the team’s top statistical stars.
Memphis Key Game To The 2022 Season
Houston, Oct. 7
Memphis won five straight over Houston before getting dropkicked 31-13 in last year’s meeting on the road.
The UCF game comes later after a week off to rest up, and there’s no Cincinnati on the schedule, so take care of Houston first on Friday night, and the season gets interesting fast.
Memphis Tigers: 2021 Fun Stats
– Opponent 3rd Quarter Scoring: 56 – 4th Quarter: 118
– Time of Possession: Opponents 33:13 – Memphis 26:39
– 4th Down Conversion: Opponent 17-26 (65%) – Memphis 22-38 (58%)