Monday, August 16, 2010
Conference USA 2010-Memphis Tigers
2009 Record: 2-10 (1-7)
Head Coach: Larry Porter (1st season, 0-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Eric Price (1st season)
Defensive Coordinator: Jay Hopson (1st season)
2009 Bowl Game: And the futility continues...
Offense: No clue as to who the QB will be, as 5 kids are fighting for the job. Cannon Smith and Ryan Williams are the front runners, but they are by no means cemented in. There are no returnees at RB or WR, so that too will be an issue. 4 starters return on the line, but they have to be wondering who they will be blocking for.
Defense: DE Frank Trotter has been moved from DT to DE, and had a solid spring, but this unit is a hodge podge of position changes and issues. Jamon Hughes transferred from Mississippi State and played last season at LB, and was a bright spot where there weren't many. Marcus Ball lines up at SS this season, and is known for a big play here and there. This unti ranked 116th in total defense in 2009.
Special Teams: Nothing special at all...There will be two new kickers, and the kick return game was non-existent last season.
Wins: None at all
Toss Up Games: 11/20 @ UAB
Losses: 9/4 @ Mississippi State, 9/11 @ East Carolina, 9/18 Middle Tennessee, 9/25 @ UTEP, 10/2 Tulsa, 10/9 @ Louisville, 10/16 Southern Miss, 10/30 Houston, 11/6 Tennessee, 11/13 @ Marshall, 11/27 Central Florida
The Tigers could potentially lose every game this season.
Outlook: As bad as it gets...There is a ton of work to be done, so you really have to give Porter about 4 years to start to show any kind of real progress, and then pray that it happens quicker. The Liberty Bowl will have a ton of empty seats this year.