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  09/27/21 - JJ RussellrSr/2022, Memphis, 6-0, 225 (DS#92 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 27 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: JJ Russell, Sr., LB, Memphis,...Had a career-high 18 tackles - the most by an American Athletic Conference player in a game this season - in a 31-28 loss to UTSA. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#92 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB JJ RussellMemphis
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  09/20/21 - Calvin Austin IIIrSr/2022, Memphis, 5-09, 162 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Calvin Austin III, Sr., WR, Memphis,...Austin had nine catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his game-changing special teams play that delivered Memphis' 31-29 win against Mississippi State. The Tigers trailed 21-17 in the fourth quarter when Austin broke through a crowd of players on the Bulldogs' punt coverage team, picked up the ball at the 6-yard line and raced 94 yards for a touchdown and the longest punt return in American Athletic Conference history. Austin finished with 212 all-purpose yards and three total TDs. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Calvin Austin IIIMemphis
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  09/18/21 - Calvin Austin IIIrSr/2022, Memphis, 5-09, 162 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  Calvin Austin scored three second-half touchdowns including a questionable 94-yard punt return in the fourth quarter as Memphis rallied for a 31-29 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. The victory and Austin's punt return were part of a wild final six minutes that included onside kicks, penalties, reviews, and other questions such as whether Austin could return the punt on which he scored or if the ball was dead.

The Southeastern Conference issued a tweet after the game, arguing the punt return should have been reviewed after the back judge, part of an SEC officiating crew, had signaled to stop the clock after the punted ball stopped moving. The signal apparently went unseen. Told some thought an official ruled the play dead, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach responded: "Did they call the play dead? So, he did call the play dead? We'll have to look at that on film, and maybe some others will too." In the end, Memphis (3-0) escaped with the victory thanks to a 51-yard field goal from Tigers kicker Joe Doyle with 2:02 left. A two-play drive from Mississippi State (2-1) after the field goal was capped by a 36-yard touchdown from quarterback Will Rogers to Makai Polk. But Rogers run for the two-point conversion failed, preserving the Memphis victory. - Memphis/AP College Football


(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Calvin Austin IIIMemphis
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  09/13/21 - Calvin Austin IIIrSr/2022, Memphis, 5-09, 162 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  SEPT 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Calvin Austin III, Sr., WR, Memphis,...Austin had six receptions for 239 yards - the most by an NCAA FBS player in a game this season - and three long touchdowns to lead Memphis to a 55-50 win at Arkansas State. Austin had touchdown receptions of 55, 50 and 75 yards, including a fourth-quarter TD that stood up as the gamewinner. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Calvin Austin IIIMemphis
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  09/12/21 - Calvin Austin IIIrSr/2022, Memphis, 5-09, 162 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  True freshman Seth Henigan threw five touchdown passes, three to Calvin Austin III, who had a career night with 239 yards, and Memphis held off Arkansas State 55-50 on Saturday night. The teams combined for 1,361 yards of offense - with the Red Wolves (1-1) outgaining Memphis (2-0) by just a yard - with 1,001 coming through the air. James Blackman relieved Layne Hatcher at quarterback for the Red Wolves late in the third quarter and went 19 of 28 for 308 yards passing and four touchdowns, including two in the final four minutes to get Arkansas State close before a final Hail Mary failed as time ran out.

Henigan was 22-of-33 passing for 417 yards while redshirt freshman running back Brandon Thomas rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Memphis. Sean Dykes had 143 yards receiving and two scores. Jeff Foreman had eight catches for 198 yards and Te'Vailance Hunt nine for 123 for Arkansas State. There were seven touchdowns in the game that covered 50 yards or more. Austin's 55-yard TD early on gave Memphis a lead it would keep, going up 34-23 at halftime and 41-30 after three quarters. - Memphis/AP College Football


(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Calvin Austin IIIMemphis
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  09/06/21 - Joe DoylerJr/2023, Memphis, 6-0, 204 (DS#999 K) + More +

  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Doyle, Jr., K, Memphis,...A transfer from Tennessee, Doyle accounted for 18 points to lead the Tigers to a 42-17 win against Nicholls. Doyle made all five of his field goal attempts, connecting from 26, 33, 24, 38 and 25 yards and was 3-for-3 on PATs. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 K) rJr/2023 K Joe DoyleMemphis
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  09/06/21 - Brandon ThomasrFr/2025, Memphis, 5-10, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Brandon Thomas, Fr., RB, Memphis,...Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 42-17 win against Nicholls. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Brandon ThomasMemphis
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  09/04/21 - Brandon ThomasrFr/2025, Memphis, 5-10, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Joe Doyle connected on all five of his first collegiate field-goal attempts, Brandon Thomas rushed for 147 yards and true freshman quarterback Seth Henigan had a successful debut as Memphis opened the season with a 42-17 victory over Nicholls on Saturday night. Doyle, a redshirt junior, transferred to Memphis after serving as a punter then field-goal holder at Tennessee. He peppered the Colonels with five field goals, the longest 38 yards. Nicholls scored first on Lindsey Scott's 10-yard pass to KJ Franklin but the Tigers responded with 32 straight points. Doyle had four field goals during that run with Thomas, Rodrigues Clark and Marquavis Weaver rushing for touchdowns.

After Scott rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter for Nicholls, Doyle added his final field goal and Calvin Austin III scored on an 11-yard pass from Henigan, the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Memphis since 2011. Henigan finished 19 of 32 for 265 yards. Javon Ivory had 106 yards receiving. Memphis won its 16th straight game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and its 21st in a row over nonconference opponents. Dai'Jean Dixon had 107 yards receiving for Nicholls. - Memphis/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rFr/2025 RB Brandon ThomasMemphis
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  08/27/21 - LaAndre ThomasrSr/2023, Memphis, 6-0, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  La'Andre Thomas returned to Memphis after opting out last season, but the junior defensive back has now left the program again. Thomas announced Thursday that he entered the transfer portal a week before the Tigers' season opener against Nicholls State Sept. 4. Thomas has two years of eligibility remaining. Thomas did not say why he opted out but earlier this month, he called it a difficult decision while appreciating the chance to heal his body. When he returned this spring, Thomas was moved from safety - where he started all 14 games in 2019 - to cornerback. He said he was adjusting well to his new role and didn't have much difficulty with it. It was also the third time he's switched positions at Memphis after the Tigers initially recruited him as a quarterback. During his true freshman year, he moved to cornerback due to injuries in the secondary and in spring 2018, he shifted to safety. - Memphis Commercial Appeal

(DS#999 FS) rSr/2023 FS LaAndre ThomasMemphis
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  08/23/21 - Julian BarnettJr/2023, Memphis, 6-1, 190 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Julian Barnett followed Grant Gunnell's eyes and stopped before jumping and grabbing a one-handed interception during Memphis' preseason football scrimmage Saturday. The highlight stood out in the one-minute clip the Tigers' football Twitter account released Monday. It also was a reminder of Barnett's introduction to fans in the spring game with an interception. During an interview after the practice, the sophomore cornerback yelled, "Julian Barnett is here!" The brash welcome made it easy to forget he had been on campus for three months. So why is the Michigan State transfer turning heads with his play? Maybe it's his personality and presence. "He brought another energy that we need in the back end," cornerback Jacobi Francis said. "He talks just like me. He has fun out there. He brings the swag. Everything that I have myself, he just added." Barnett didn't adjust to Memphis right away. During his first practice, somebody told him to pick his energy up. He also found the Tigers' playbook harder to grasp. "Here, we run an NFL-type defense so I have to stay in the book a lot more than I used to at Michigan State," Barnett said. "Now that I'm staying in the playbook, it's helping me learn the plays and formations and recognize stuff that's going on in the field." - Memphis Commercial Appeal

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2023 CB Julian BarnettMemphis
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  08/06/21 - Sean DykesrSr/2022, Memphis, 6-1, 221 (DS#3 FB) + More +

  UCF received the remaining two first place votes. Memphis defeated UCF last season 50-49 in one of their biggest wins of the season and also defeated Houston 30-27 for their fifth consecutive win over the Cougars. The poll was released during the conference's media day. The Tigers were picked to finish third in the AAC in last season's poll and they did, going 5-3 in conference play to be tied with UCF. This is the lowest that Memphis has been picked in the preseason poll since they were sixth in total votes in 2016. Memphis was picked to win the AAC West for three consecutive years (2017-19) before the conference eliminated divisions in 2020. - Memphis Commercial Appeal

(DS#3 FB) rSr/2022 FB Sean DykesMemphis
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  07/30/21 - Calvin Austin IIIrSr/2022, Memphis, 5-09, 162 (DS#72 WR) + More +

  Two seasons ago, Calvin Austin III hoped to make the Memphis football team as a walk-on. Now the Memphis native might be the Tigers' best returning player. Austin led the AAC in receiving yards (1,053) and touchdowns (11) last season. Both marks were top-10 nationally and helped him make the All-AAC first team. His success was noted as he made the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award (nation's best player) and Biletnikoff Award (nation's best wide receiver). But Memphis will need more production from their 5-foot-9 dynamo this season if it wants to win its second AAC championship in three years.

Austin's speed will be used on punt returns and should make him among the conference's leaders in all-purpose yards. Staying healthy is a must, of course, especially because there's limited depth behind him after Tahj Washington transferred to Southern Cal. Can Javon Ivory be a consistent No. 2 option after a solid freshman year? Are freshmen Khi Mathieu, Kobe Webster and Marcayll Jones ready to contribute after limited action last season? - Memphis Commercial Appeal


(DS#72 WR) rSr/2022 WR Calvin Austin IIIMemphis
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  07/29/21 - Sean DykesrSr/2022, Memphis, 6-1, 221 (DS#3 FB) + More +

  Sean Dykes has been at Memphis so long, it wouldn't be a shock if younger teammates called him "Mr. Dykes" or "Unc." He's caught touchdowns from Riley Ferguson, Brady White and even former All-American running back Darrell Henderson. He's been a part of two of the greatestcomebacks in school history. Now in his sixth season, the tight end can add more memories before looking to chase professional goals. "The NFL will always be there no matter what when you come out," he said in the spring. "I just wanted to take advantage of a great opportunity." He's already the Tigers' all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end. But can Dykes build on a career-best season (47 catches, 581 yards, seven touchdowns) and finally be the all-AAC caliber player he's hinted at becoming?

Why is Dykes important? Dykes is one of the few proven skill position players returning on offense. As the Tigers' second-leading returning receiver, he should be a favorite target for whoever wins the starting quarterback job. However, Dykes has struggled with inconsistent play. Last year, he had two games with over 100 receiving yards and two games with just one catch. It's been a trend since he arrived where he'll have brilliant performances scattered among quiet ones. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


(DS#3 FB) rSr/2022 FB Sean DykesMemphis
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  07/28/21 - Morris JosephrSr/2022, Memphis, 6-2, 275 (DS#73 DE) + More +

  How good can Morris Joseph be for Memphis this season? Ask coach Ryan Silverfield and there's a high ceiling for Joseph's potential. "I truly believe Morris Joseph has a chance to be the best defensive linemen in this conference," Silverfield said in March. The praise was well earned after Joseph had seven sacks last season, tied for the most of any returning AAC player. It was a breakout season for the junior, who finished with 10 1/2 tackles for loss. He didn't practice in the spring due to a shoulder injury. Now that he's healthy, he'll need to meet Silverfield's lofty expectations after Memphis lost two longtime stalwarts on the defensive line. - Memphis Commercial Appeal

(DS#73 DE) rSr/2022 DE Morris JosephMemphis
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  07/24/21 - JJ RussellrSr/2022, Memphis, 6-0, 225 (DS#92 ILB) + More +

  There were two reasons Memphis linebacker JJ Russell wanted to return after the NCAA granted players an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He wanted to put more film on tape to help his chances of playing in the NFL. But he was also unsatisfied with how last season unfolded despite the Tigers going 8-3 and winning the Montgomery Bowl. "In my head, I didn't really achieve the goals that I set out. And that was to bring back the old Memphis defense that won games here," Russell said. The Tigers' defense often played a supporting role in past years. This season, they'll have to step up to starring role with an offense searching for a new quarterback and lead running back, Memphis will need to lean on its defense early and often.

But for Russell, a three-year-starter, it's pressure he doesn't mind for his senior season. The Tigers' defense, which returns eight starters, was ranked 45th in the country last season - their highest ranking since 2015. Those numbers have to match early while the Tigers break in a new quarterback. Russell was second on the team with 58 tackles and he'll help lead the linebacker corps with fellow senior Thomas Pickens. Russell, however, wasn't worried about the burden placed on his unit or on him. "Knowing that we're all experienced makes it easier. That trust is there. That trust is already built because a lot of our guys have experience," he said. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


(DS#92 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB JJ RussellMemphis
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