2004 Memphis Football Media Guide
An archived copy of the 2004 University of Memphis Football Media Guide.
TIGER FOOTBALL FEVER Tiger Traditions WHY TIGERS? When the University of Memphis first fielded a football team in the fall of 1912, no one had selected a nickname for the squad. Early references to the football team, tabbed them only as the Blue and Gray Warriors of West Tennessee Normal School. After the final game of the 1914 season, there was a student parade. During this event, several Normal students shouted, "We fight like Tigers". The nickname was born. More and more the nickname "Tigers" was used, particularly in campus publications. But it did not catch on with the newspapers downtown. They continued to use "Normals" or the "Blue and Gray" when referring to the University. Under coach Lester Barnard in 1922, Normal's football team gave a ring of truth to that old student yell about Tigers. The team adopted a motto - "Every Man A Tiger" and went on to score 174 points while allowing their opponents just 29 points. In the late 1920s, student publications and downtown newspapers began referring to the football team as the "Teachers" or "Tutors". The Tiger nickname would return. But not until 1939 was it finally adopted as the official nickname for the University of Memphis. The story of how the first Tiger cub arrived in Memphis is quite interesting. On November 9, 1972, the baby tiger was placed in a dog kennel in Michigan City, IN, and flown to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. There it was placed aboard a Delta flight and arrived in Memphis at 3:00 AM. C. Cleveland Drennon, an attorney and president of the Highland Hundred, approved a check for $1,500 to buy the animal, and TOM was taken to athletic director Billy Murphy's office for a press conference. In ceremonies at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Highland Hundred officially presented TOM to the University on November 11, 1972. The zookeeper, at the suggestion of his daughter, called the little tiger, Shane. Once in Memphis, however, a contest was held to name the mascot. More than 2,500 entries came in to a committee chaired by Judge Harry Pierotti. The list ran from Spook, Sampson, Goliath, Bengo, Sultan, Sahib, Big Cat, Ptah, Touchdown, Sonny, and Shiloh to Bengie Wougie Bengal Boy from Tennessee. Finally, the judges reduced the list to two: Shane and TOM, for Tigers of Memphis. TOM won. During his first few months in Memphis, Bill Proctor housed the tiger in his garage, which was redecorated by the Highland Hundred. TOM was guarded by Proctor's hound dog. TOM II came to the University of Memphis in the fall of 1992 and is housed at his new home at Nixon Farms in Collierville, Tenn. His new home is 3500 square feet and includes two pools, a waterfall, heated and air conditioned den box and has separately, a complete medical facility for his care and upkeep. The young tiger is nearly 500 pounds and is expected to be as large or larger than his predecessor, TOM, who was once the largest Bengal Tiger in captivity at 550 pounds. There is even a birthday party for TOM II prior to each football season. MEMPHIS The U of M ALMA MATER Stand Firm, O Alma Mater Through All The Years To Come; In Days Of Youth And Beauty Thy Halls Have Been Our Home. In Time Of Preparation Great Lessons Didst Thou Teach Till Now O Alma Mater, The Stars We'll Strive To Reach. Lead On, O Alma Mater They Sons To Highways, Give Light And Truth Unto Them For All Their Coming Days. To Thee We'll Give All Honor, Our Hopes Abide In Thee, For Thou, O Alma Mater, Hast Made Us Ever Free. The U of M FIGHT SONG Go Tigers Go, Go On To Victory, Be A Winner Thru And Thru; Fight Tigers, Fight Cause We're Going All The Way -Fight, Fight For The Blue And Gray And Say -Let's Go Tigers Go, Go On To Victory. See Our Colors Bright And True; It's Fight Now Without A Fear, Fight Now Let's Shout A Cheer, Shout For Dear Memphis U. (Yell) Go Tigers Go Go Tigers Go Yea -- Tiger Go! A BENGAL FOR A MASCOT For over 30 years, the sideline mascot for University of Memphis athletics has been the Bengal Tiger. TOM II, the name of the current mascot, puts in personal appearances at all Tiger football games, as well as numerous basketball games. TOM II has also been seen at Tiger baseball, soccer and women's basketball games. The first tiger, purchased by the Highland Hundred (football booster group) in 1972, lived for 20 years and was housed at the Memphis Zoo. TOM died in February of 1992. SCHOOL COLORS The University of Memphis' official school colors of Blue and Gray were selected in the early 1900s. The colors were chosen in an effort to show unity in a nation that was still recovering from the effects of the Civil War. The student body thought that by picking the colors of the North and the South, the school would show a togetherness among all students. THE LOGO The University of Memphis' official logo has been redesigned by Craig Thompson, from Disciple Design in Memphis, Tenn. The original logo was an MSU with a leaping tiger coming out from behind the letters. The new logo is an "M" with a leaping Tiger coming up over the center of the "M". SportsinMemphis The FedEx St. Jude Classic draws more than 125,000 golf fans annually to the city. Former Memphis Tiger Lorenzen Wright is an nineyear veteran who stars for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. is currently under construction in the Beale Street area and is expected to draw even more fans to downtown and the city's entertainment districts of Beale Street and Peabody Place. Memphis also offers its citizens 10 public and 15 private golf courses throughout the city. There are also 230 parks (totaling over 23,000 acres), 17 public swimming pools, 26 community centers, 14 country clubs, 80 public tennis courts and 108 hotels and motels (totaling 13,633 rooms). In the spring of 2004, the city of Memphis served as the host site for the TSSAA Spring Fling which brought over 2,000 high school athletes and their families to Memphis for the state of Tennessee spring sports championships. Teams from across Tennessee came to the city to compete in the base- ball, tennis, track and softball championships. It was the city's second year to host the event. The University of Memphis campus served as the home base for the athletes and competition sites included The U of M's Nat Buring Baseball Stadium, AutoZone Park, USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, the Briarcrest Athletic Complex and Christian Brothers University's baseball field. AutoZone Park serves as the home of the Memphis Redbirds baseball team, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The University of Memphis Tiger baseball team plays several games a year at AutoZone Park. Sports in Memphis Whether it's cheering on the University of Memphis Tigers, catching a Redbirds game downtown or following the touring professionals at the PGA FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic, when it comes to sports, the city of Memphis offers something for everyone. The University of Memphis plays all of its home football games in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, which also plays host to the annual Liberty Bowl game, pitting the Conference USA regular season champion against the Mountain West Conference champion. The Tigers' basketball games will be played in new FedEx Forum this fall. The Tigers competed before in The Pyramid, which played host to the NCAA Basketball Championship South Region First and Second Rounds in the spring of 2001. In 2000, The Pyramid was the host venue for the NCAA Women's Mideast Regional Basketball championship. The Lady Tiger basketball and volleyball teams have a definite home-court advantage playing in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse which is located in the center of the university's main campus. The fieldhouse has recently undergone a renovation that saw the addition of new chairback seating for fans. The Memphis Redbirds are in their fifth season in the 14,320 seat Autozone Park. The Redbirds are the only not-for-profit team in the country. All operating profits are put back into The Memphis Redbirds Baseball Foundation, which funds two youth baseball programs, RBI (Returning Baseball to the Inner City) and STRIPES (Sports Teams Returning In the Public Education System). The Tiger baseball team was fortunate in being able to move a part of its 2004 home baseball games to Autozone Park. In an agreement with Redbirds management, the Tigers were able to play seven events in the AAA park in the spring of 2004. Memphis held six contests at the downtown facility in 2003. Very few college teams play in a facility that is considered the equivalent of most major league parks. This year's 47th annual FedEx St. Jude Classic continues to be one of the longest, continuous running sporting events in the city's history. The tournament adopted St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital as its beneficiary in 1970. Federal Express Corporation joined the tournament as the sponsor in 1986 and to date the event has generated over $14.6 million towards fighting childhood catastrophic diseases. Past champions of the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic have included such noted players as David Toms, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Hal Sutton, Tom Kite, Nick Price and Curtis Strange. MEMPHIS PGA TOUR, NBA, Nascar, Professional Tennis, Professional Baseball, Ice Hockey, NCAA and more For race fans, there is Memphis Motorsports Park with it's four distinctive racing venues. MMP features a �-mile paved oval which plays host to a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event in the summer and a NASCAR Busch Series race in the fall. The track's quarter-mile dragstrip plays host to an NHRA event in October. The park also features a quarter-mile dirt oval as well as a road course. The Kroger St. Jude is one of only nine championship-level tennis tournaments in North America and one of only two in the world to be held in a private club. For 27 years, the sport's brightest stars have come to Memphis and have voted the February tournament among their favorite stops worldwide Players like Pete Sampras give Memphis fans great on the ATP tennis to cheer for at Kroger St. Jude Tour. International. T h e event has brought to Memphis such noted players as P e t e Sampras, Andre Aggassi, Michael Chang and Stephen Edberg. In October of 2001, Memphis became a member of the NBA-family when the Vancouver Grizzlies moved their franchise to The Pyramid. The NBA team plays over 40-games per season in the city and offers citizens a chance to see such noted professional players as Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Kevin Garnett. The Grizzlies will move from The Pyramid to the FedEx Forum in the fall of 2004. The new arena The Memphis Motor Sports Park features the best in racing with a NASCAR Busch Series race in the fall and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the summer. The City of Memphis Elvis Presley's Graceland is one of the five most visited home tours in America and is the most famous home in America after the White House. In 1991, Graceland was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 600,000 visitors tour Graceland each year. Also located downtown is the beautiful Orpheum Theater which serves as a venue for performances by Ballet Memphis, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and traveling Broadway shows as well as the Orpheum Classic Movies series and other concerts. Highlights for 2003-04 at the Orpheum included Broadway hits The Lion King, The Produc- ers and Rent, and the sold-out Nora Jones concert. The city's location makes Memphis a major distribution hub with two interstate highways intersecting in the city. Memphis is also home of FedEx, the nation's largest package carrier which makes Memphis International Airport the world's busiest cargo airport. Over 500 commercial passenger flights originate from Memphis International each day. Memphis is also a twice daily stop by Amtrak's City of New Orleans, which runs from Chicago to New Orleans. Brooks Art Gallery Elvis' Home Graceland National Civil Rights Museum Memphis is .... * Memphis is named for its Egyptian sister city on the Nile * The largest city in Tennessee & the 18th largest in the United States * Memphis is centered in the middle of the nation's population * Memphis is the Pork BBQ Capital of the World * Memphis is the home of The Pyramid, the 3rd largest pyramid in the world * Memphis is ranked by the Travel Industry as one of the top 20 destinations for people to see an athletic event * Memphis is ranked as one of the nation's top 10 convention centers and locations * Memphis is the nation's largest spot cottontrading market * Memphis is the hardwood capital of the world * Memphis is the home of the world's largest cargo airport * Memphis is the 3rd largest rail center in the U.S. * Memphis is the 4th largest inland port in the U.S. The newly arrived Pandas are a hit with patrons of the Memphis Zoo. City of Memphis Considered the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, the city of Memphis' musical roots run deep. However, music is just a chapter in the history as well as the future of the city located in the heart of MidAmerica. Memphis, named after the capital of ancient Egypt, boasts all the amenities you would expect in a city with over 1,000,000 residents while retaining the charm and down-to-earth feel of a small town. Downtown Memphis is in the midst of a building boom valued at $2.3 billion which is transforming the heart of the city. One of the most visible projects has been the construction of AutoZone Park, the downtown ballpark which is the home of the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A club. The new 14,320-seat stadium includes 1,500 club seats, 48 luxury suites and is located at the corner of Third Street and Union Avenue across from the world-famous Peabody Hotel. Downtown is served by the Main Street Trolley. The trolley system, which first opened in April of 1993, currently consists of the Main Street Line which passes near such Memphis landmarks as Beale Street, the Pinch District, Court Square and the National Civil Rights Museum. The Riverfront Loop includes a station in front of The Pyramid and offers riders a unique vista of the Mississippi River. Memphis musical roots can be traced to band leader W.C. Handy who wrote the first blues song here in 1909, a campaign theme for Memphis mayor "Boss" Crump called "Boss Crump Blues" and later published as "The Memphis Blues." The sound soon caught on and blues bands filled the clubs along Beale. Young musicians who have performed along Beale include Muddy Waters, Furry Lewis, Albert King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and B.B. King. Beale Street has rapidly become the entertainment center of Memphis and visitors and locals alike enjoy the food and music offered in the various nightclubs. From B.B. King's to the Daisy Theatre, from Silky O'Sullivan's to the Hard Rock Cafe, from Pat O'Briens to the Rum Boogie Cafe, Beale Street has something to offer for everyone. Where Beale Street meets the Mississippi River is Tom Lee Park, site of the annual Beale Street Music Festival. The weekend-long musical festival is just a part of the month-long Memphis in May International Festival which also includes the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. Located just off Beale Street is the Peabody Place Retail and Entertainment Center which opened in 2002. The 300,000 square foot retail complex offers visitors a one-stop-shop for fun and excitement with a unique mix of entertainment, dining and shopping options unlike anything else in the MEMPHIS region. The complex features a 22-screen movie theater and 3D IMAX as well as several theme restaurants, including Jillian's, which is a multi-dimensional entertainment venue complete with a bowling alley, billiards, a sports video cafe', and more than 150 electronic stimulation games. Also located within a block of Beale Street is Gibson Guitar Memphis which includes factory tours and cultural exhibits. Also on the same property is the Smithsonian's Rock 'n' Soul Museum which includes artifacts documenting music's past. Memphis' musical roots also includes Stax and Hi-Records as well as Sun Records recording studios. Stax became known for "sweet soul music" through such artists as the MarKeys, Booker T. and the MGs, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and Isaac Hayes. The Stax Museum reopened on it's original location at McLamore and Crump in the summer of 2003 and offers visitors a complete history of `Soulsville USA". One of Hi-Records premier artists was Al Green. Sun Records' most famous recording artist was Elvis Presley and also boasted Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Pickens and Johnny Cash among its recording artists. Riverboats are a common sight along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. Campus Dining Richardson Towers' R.T. Cafe MEMPHIS The University of Memphis offers the student-athlete a wide variety of locations to dine on campus and a very wide selection of foods. Campus dining areas include The Market Place, the Tiger Den and R.T. Cafe. The Market Place, located in the University Center, offers the student-athlete numerous choices and a varied menu. The Market Place contains Chick-fil-A, The Memphis Market, Orville & Wilburs, The Soup Bowl, Pizza, Pizza, Noa & Zens and the Mexican Market. The Memphis Market offers hot entrees and vegetables, while Noa & Zen's allows you to create your own stir fry meals. The Tiger Den, located in Jones Hall, features numerous fast food selections. Included in the Tiger Den are Subway, Taco Bell, Bene Pizza, Create Your Own Pasta, The Southern Cafe, Columbo Yogurt, and Salad & Garden. R.T. Cafe allows you to choose anything from Tiger BBQ to seasonal vegetables, from homecooked meals like your grandmother makes, to hand-tossed pizzas, from deli sandwiches to creative pastas. Carpenter Complex MEMPHIS The University of Memphis Carpenter Complex offers single students and student-athletes a chance to live in an apartment or townhouse style accommodation. The coeducational apartment and townhouse complex opened in the spring of 2000 and serves as the home for many of the Tiger athletes. The apartment units can house as many as 328 students, while the townhouses have a capacity of 100. An apartment unit offers private bedrooms for four students, as well as a shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. Each bedroom has a private telephone line, cable TV connection, desk, drawers and closet. The townhouse units accommodate five students and offer the same amenities as the apartments. Townhouse units also have a semiprivate patio, and washer/dryer hook ups. The complex also has gated parking, a community center with fireplace, kitchen, TV and ice machine. The air-conditioned units are fully furnished and have oversized beds. Each unit is equipped with refrigerator, range/ oven, dishwasher, disposal, and washer-dryer hookups. Utilities, local telephone and cable services are provided. There is even a community building with laundry facilities. Carpenter Complex TheEquipmentRoom The new equipment room at Murphy Complex features individual cubicles for each athlete so that there is no waiting to check out athletic gear. Graduate Asst. Manager Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver, who served as a student-manager at the University of Memphis for four years before working a one-year internship with the Miami Dolphins, has received his degree from the U of M and will work as a graduate assistant in the equipment room this fall while working on his master's degree. Weaver was one of just two student managers selected by the NFL's Dolphins to return after summer camp and work the 2003 season. In addition to his duties with the U of M equipment staff, Weaver has done a stint as a student worker in the Athletic Media Relations office at the University of Memphis. Senior Manager ASHLEIGH McALPIN The new equipment room at Murphy Athletic Complex has given managers additional working and storage areas. Equipment Room The University of Memphis athletic equipment staff is responsible for the care and maintenance of all athletic equipment used by the University of Memphis athletic teams. The equipment staff is charged with the proper fitting of all football equipment to ensure the safety of all of the Tiger players. And now Mark Hohorst with the renovaHead Manager tion of Murphy Athletic Complex, the Memphis equipment room has grown in size and space and offers the equipment staff the ability to clean, catalog, store and distribute equipment in a much more rapid and efficient manner. The Murphy Athletic Complex equipment room was recently redesigned and reconstructed as part of the $6 million renovation of the Tigers' south campus training facility for athletics. The Tiger equipment staff is responsible for maintaining uniforms and practice equipment for the Tiger football, baseball, track and soccer teams which use the Murphy Complex for their daily workouts. The new equipment room, which has more than doubled the size of the old room, is equipped with two complete laundry rooms to handle the cleaning of uniforms for the football, baseball, track and soccer teams. The new laundry rooms is located adjacent to the equipment room and has effectively cut the cleaning time in half. The new equipment room was adapted with wall basket units so that each athlete is able to pick up their basket upon arrival at Murphy Complex and does not have to stand in line to check out equipment. The new area was constructed with more than double the amount of work counter tops and cabinets. The athletic equipment staff also has more storage space for the safe keeping of Tiger uniforms and supplies with the construction of two vault-like areas within the room. In addition, storage space on-field was more than tripled in size. The old equipment shed, located south of the main building, was removed to make way for the renovation and a new two-bay equipment storage building was constructed south of the Tiger weightroom. The new building will allow the equipment staff to store on-field equipment such as sleds, golf carts and blocking bags in a more secure and protective area. Head equipment manager Mark Hohorst, who is in his fourth year at The University of Memphis, supervises the Tigers' sports equipment staff. Hohorst, who came to the Tigers from Arkansas State University, is assisted by one graduate as- MEMPHIS sistant manager and a staff of 10 student managers. In addition to supervising his student staff, Hohorst is responsible for ordering the uniforms and equipment for most of the Tiger athletic teams. The athletic equipment staff could be compared to a moving company as the unit is responsible for supplying a squad of over 100 individuals at road games. The equipment staff, with the assistance of Armstrong Relocation, transports all of the equipment, cooling fans, blackboards, film and video equipment, and even John Deere carts to the Tigers' next road game. The staff leaves a day before the team and has the locker room, stadium and hotel set up prior to the arrival of the team. Working as football managers this fall are Kevin Weaver (graduate assistant), Ashleigh McAlpin, Chris Coggins, Brandon Ross, Ryan McPhail, Kevin Boyd, Keith Robinson, Greg Montgomery, Ben Todd and Chris White. TheTrainingRoom The new Tiger training room at Murphy Complex is equipped with a state-of-the-art aquatic rehabilitation pool (right) so that injured athletes can return to the playing field as soon as possible. The new Tiger training room (left) at Murphy Complex offers the training staff additional space to service the needs of numerous studentathletes at the same time. Team Physicians Dr. Barney Freeman Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Fred Azar Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Barry Phillips Orthopedic Surgeon As part of the new renovation at Murphy Complex, doctors' examination rooms were added to the training room facility. Dr. Tom Meriwether Team Physician Dr. Arthur Franklin Team Physician Dr. Allen Sills Neurosurgeon Training Room The University of Memphis athletic training staff is second-to-none when it comes to ensuring that U of M student-athletes receive quality care in the areas of athletic injury rehabilitation and preventative care. And now with the new renovation of Murphy Athletic Complex training facility, the Memphis studentEd Cantler athlete can Asst. AD/Support Services be assured of receiving the best medical attention and rehabilitation available. The Murphy Athletic Complex training room has been redesigned and reconstructed as part of the $6 million renovation of south campus. The new training facility, which more than doubles the size of the old training room, contains an phis, has been promoted to an administrative position within athletics. He will oversee the Tigers' sports medicine program. Cantler, who served as the head trainer from 1980-2003, will have three full-time certified athletic trainers, two graduate assistants and 18 student trainers. Assistant athletic trainer Mike Rodrigues is in his third season working with the women's basketball team and assisting with the football and spring sports programs. Rodrigues has served as an athletic trainer at Mississippi State, and Army and was the head trainer for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL. He has spent two years handling the training needs of Bartlett High School in Memphis, while working for Baptist Hospital's Sports Medicine Clinic. Jennifer Bricker, who served as a graduate assistant under Cantler, was hired as the trainer for men's basketball and is now entering her third year in that capacity. She is a 1997 graduate of Anderson University in Indiana and has received her master's degree from the University of Memphis in exercise and sports science. The athletic training staff is surrounded by many qualified and generous team doctors who are available to the many student-athletes at the University of Memphis. Dr. Barney Freeman, Dr. Fred Azar, and Dr. Barry Phillips of The Campbell Clinic are directly responsible for the orthopedic needs of the Tiger football team, while Dr. Thomas Meriwether and Dr. Arthur Franklin serve as the team physicians. Dr. MEMPHIS Allen Sills serves as the team's neurosurgeon. Tiger athletes are fortunate to have the two largest privately owned hospital systems in the world located in Memphis. Baptist Hospital and Methodist Hospital offer the finest in healthcare to area residents and handle the care of Memphis athletes. The athletic training staff is one support group that the athletic teams cannot do without. They are responsible for staffing all practices and games as well as handling the day-to-day rehabilitation of injured or post-surgery student-athletes. The goal of the sports medicine department is not only to care for injuries, but to assist the athletes in preventing the injuries from occurring. Mike Rodrigues Asst. Trainer Jennifer Bricker Asst. Trainer in-ground aquatic rehabilitation pool which allows trainers to work on rehabilitating injuries without having the student-athlete support his/or her own body weight. The new training room also contains new doctor examination rooms, storage areas, and the latest in rehabilitation equipment. The athletic training staff uses a comprehensive approach to the injury care and the wellness of student-athletes by utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment with the latest methods in the care and prevention of injuries. Assistant AD/Support Services Eddie Cantler, who is in his 35th year at The University of Mem- Tigers in the Pros Ken Irvin Buffalo Bills/ New Orleans Saints/Minnesota Vikings Michael Stone Arizona Cardinals Jerome Woods Kansas City Chiefs Tigers in the Pros Reggie Howard Carolina Panthers & Miami Dolphins MEMPHIS The University of Memphis has had a long tradition of sending its players to the National Football League as well as other football leagues that are currently active around the world. Numerous professional scouts attend daily practice sessions at Murphy Athletic Complex to evaluate Tiger talent for the NFL. The Tigers have placed 106 players in professional football over the years and have recently gained the title of "Defensive Back U" for the number of secondary players that are currently active in the NFL. Memphis has six defensive backs playing in the NFL, including Ken Irvin (Minnesota), Jerome Woods (Kansas City), Mike McKenzie (Green Bay), Michael Stone (Arizona), Idrees Bashir (Indianapolis), and Reggie Howard (Miami). Memphis has had six first round picks over the years and have had 12 players participate in Super Bowl Championship games. For further information on Tiger professionals including St. Louis Rams All-Pro receiver Isaac Bruce see page 236. Mike McKenzie Green Bay Packers Idrees Bashir Indianapolis Colts Strength & Conditioning IRON TIGER COMPETITION WINTER 2004 (Testing was completed in April at the conclusion of Winter conditioning & spring football practice) Name Category Bench Squat Clean Vertical Jump 40 Derron Parquet, RB Ultimate Iron Tiger 360 550 420 44" 4.23 DeAngelo Williams, RB Ultimate Iron Tiger 400 515 360 37" 4.20 LaKendus Cole, RB Ultimate Iron Tiger 390 535 315 40.5" 4.31 Tim Goodwell, LB Ultimate Iron Tiger 350 540 350 37.5" 4.49 Robert Douglas, FB Ultimate Iron Tiger 350 540 330 40" 4.63 Derek Clenin, DB Superior Iron Tiger 335 530 275 35.5" 4.56 Cato Mott, OLB Superior Iron Tiger 350 565 320 37" 4.55 Daniel Byram, WR Superior Iron Tiger 330 510 305 39.5" 4.50 Brian Davis, RB Superior Iron Tiger 335 480 265 38" 4.22 Javar Pollard, DB Superior Iron Tiger 330 500 270 39.5" 4.41 Jermaine Chambers, DB Superior Iron Tiger 330 500 310 36.5" 4.67 Quinton McCrary, OLB Superior Iron Tiger 360 510 285 39" 4.58 Tavarious Davis, WR Superior Iron Tiger 305 450 310 38.5" 4.53 Chris Kelley, WR Superior Iron Tiger 315 425 315 38" 4.49 Danny Wimprine, QB Superior Iron Tiger 325 485 377 37" 4.65 Carlton Baker, ILB Superior Iron Tiger 450 480 345 30" 4.62 Cameron Essex, DB Superior Iron Tiger 335 385 250 39.5" 4.43 Marcus West, DE Super Tiger 400 490 325 35" 4.75 Olen Whitely, DB Super Tiger 310 480 300 36" 4.46 Carson Hunter, OLB Super Tiger 395 560 345 29" 4.81 Jamarcus Gaither, RB Super Tiger 305 460 270 34.5" 4.43 Michael Spurlock, ILB Super Tiger 300 480 335 35" 4.65 Lionel Pieh, DB Super Tiger 345 475 370 38.5" NT Maurice Avery, WR Super Tiger 315 475 280 31.5" 4.52 Tristan Thomas, DB Super Tiger 270 390 260 37" 4.50 O.C. Collins, DB Super Tiger 315 350 250 35" 4.56 Kenyun Glover, OG Super Tiger 450 540 355 30.5" 5.03 Shaka Hill, DE Super Tiger 380 490 280 32.5" 4.78 Brandon Stewart, WR Super Tiger 330 485 230 34.5" 4.58 John Doucette, TE Super Tiger 365 550 345 31.5" 4.90 Sam Brewer, DB Iron Tiger 235 440 260 33" 4.41 Patrick Byrne, QB Iron Tiger 250 460 275 34" 4.52 Jason Johnson, OT Iron Tiger 350 470 330 31.5" 5.00 James Corder, OG Iron Tiger 425 485 380 28.5" 5.26 Blake Butler, OT Iron Tiger 385 470 335 29.5" 5.12 Tavares Gideon, WR Iron Tiger 340 330 240 36.5" 4.61 David Davis, OT Iron Tiger 360 500 320 33.5" 5.09 David McNair, DE Iron Tiger 390 475 325 30.5" 4.79 Mike Snyder, ILB Iron Tiger 325 470 350 30" 4.79 Tim Myers, WR Iron Tiger 275 350 215 38" 4.71 Jared Bidne, DS Iron Tiger 430 410 340 31.5" 5.18 Albert Means, DT Iron Tiger 440 485 335 27.5" 5.25 Charles Davis, ILB Iron Tiger 375 445 280 32.5" 5.04 Jamaal Rufus, DB Iron Tiger 285 385 245 32.5" 4.61 Gene Frederic, C Iron Tiger 340 485 340 28" 5.20 Lee Yer ty Assistant Coach Josh Medler Intern Ken Roach Volunteer Assistant Coach Strength & Conditioning The Tiger Strength and Conditioning facility, which is located next to the newly remodeled indoor turf room in the south campus' Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, opened in January 1993 and serves each of the University's intercollegiate sports programs. Under the direction of head strength and conditioning coach Mike Stark, assistant coach Lee Yerty, and several graduate assistants, all of the Tiger athletic teams, exMike Stark cept men's Head Strength Coach a n d women's basketball and the Tiger tennis teams, work on improving their physical conditioning at the Murphy Athletic Complex. Other teams train at the Larry O. Finch Center on the U of M's main campus. Stark, a former Tiger football player, has worked with numerous professional football players, including the Phoenix Cardinal's Marcus Bell and Michael Stone, Indianapolis Colt's safety Idrees Bashir and St. Louis Rams All-Pro receiver Isaac Bruce. The 10,500-square foot varsity weightroom is equipped with rugged, versatile hardware so that groups of up to 75 student-athletes can train concurrently with optimal effectiveness and efficiency. Workouts are designed and supervised by one of the Strength and Conditioning staff's certified specialists, and each student-athlete's individual progress is projected via computerized database. The Tiger Power philosophy couples functional, multi-joint movements with fundamental principles: exercise techniques are simplified and performed on an alternating heavy/explosive basis in order to maximize training effects while minimizing teaching and training time (as well as fatigue). Performance based fitness and work quality are the bottom line objectives. The weightroom's equipment upgrade plan reflects this philosophy and includes: 10 self-contained Olympic platforms and power racks; a plyometric/ medicine ball area; a complete dumbbell line; and a variety of hip sleds, glute/ham stations, cable sta- tern in the weightroom. Medler graduated from tions and other supplemental pieces allowing stu- Hanover College in 2002 with a degree in socioldent-athletes to perform an unlimited variety of exer- ogy. He was a four-year starter at defensive end cises and movements. The modern and spacious while at Hanover. For the last two years, the Indiafacility is also equipped with dressing/rest rooms; is napolis native was an assistant football coach as well naturally illuminated; and is maintained at a constant as the strength and conditioning coach at Anderson 70-74 degrees. University. In planning the long range Tiger Power programs, student-athletes are assigned to respective developmental levels based on individual ability and training hisMike Stark works on the tory. For exfitness needs of Tiger ample, newcomers bestudent-athletes on a daily gin with an basis. extensive volume of "foundational" or generalized movements; and progress toward more intensive and specialized exercises with each successive phase. The actual workout menu may remain fairly constant The Tiger Weight Room, which was opened in 1993, is one of the finest facilities in the Mid-South. The Tiger Weightroom, which was opened in 1993, is one of the finest facilities in the Mid-South. over a student- Located on the west side of theJ. Murphy Billy J. Murphy Athletic Weight Room weightroom has Located on the spacious Billy spacious Athletic Complex, the Complex, the has over 10,500 and can handle a group of student-athletes at athlete's four or square feet of spacefeet and can handle groups 70 75 student-athletesa time. over 10,500 square of at a time. five year sport career; however, broad variations in workload combine the program's simplicity with a measure of sophistication. This year Josh Medler will join Stark and Yerty as an in- The Murphy Complex The renovation of Murphy Complex included numerous new areas for team use. The 25,000 square foot addition houses a new locker room for the football team. It also includes a theatre-style football team meeting room, offensive and defensive meeting rooms and individual meeting rooms for position coaches. A new training room has been constructed which has examination rooms for team doctors, rehabilitation and taping areas and an in-ground, aquatic pool for rehabilitating injuries. A new equipment room was constructed with an additional laundry room to ease the burden of taking care of the equipment needs of the football, track, baseball and soccer teams. Additional locker rooms have been added for the football staff, the women's soccer team and for visiting teams competing at the track and baseball facilities. A media interview room, video room and storage rooms are also a part of the renovation project. The crown jewel of the Murphy Complex will be a Hall of Fame area which will highlight the careers of former Tiger athletes and will offer the athletic department a facility to host banquets and other functions pertaining to athletics. Player Lounge Locker Room Football Meeting Rooms Tiger Strength Den Indoor Practice Facility Murphy Athletic Complex The University of Memphis Murphy Athletic Complex is located approximately one mile south of the institution's main campus and serves as the home and training facility for most of the Tiger athletic teams. Opened in 1971, the Murphy Complex was the first of its kind in the Southeast and offered the Tiger football team the ability to practice outdoors on four 100-yard grass fields. If weather conditions were less than favorable, the team could move indoors to the turfroom and workouts could continue no matter the weather. Mur r a y Ar mstr ong Facilities Coordinator A spacious locker room for the football team included such amenities as steam and sauna rooms as well as in-house television and stereo systems. Large equipment rooms, training rooms and weightrooms were available for all Tiger teams that worked out at Murphy Complex. Now the Murphy Complex has undergone some major changes and renovations. A $6 million facelift has been completed at Murphy Complex and it gives Tiger athletes a state-of-the-art training facility. The renovation of the Billy J. Murphy Training Facility was completed in the spring of 2003 and the Tiger football team moved into the spacious complex in time for spring practice. The Liberty Bowl HOMECOMING RESULTS 1926: 1929: 1932: 1933: 1934: 1935: 1937: 1938: 1939: 1940: 1941: 1942: 1947: 1948: 1949: 1950: 1951: 1952: 1953: 1954: 1955: 1956: 1957: 1958: 1959: 1960: 1961: 1962: 1963: 1964: 1965: 1966: 1967: 1968: 1969: 1970: 1971: 1972: 1973: 1974: 1975: 1976: 1977: 1978: 1979: 1980: 1981: 1982: 1983: 1984: 1985: 1986: 1987: 1988: 1989: 1990: 1991: 1992: 1993: 1994: 1995: 1996: 1997: 1998: 1999: 2000: 2001: 2002: 2003: Middle Tennessee 27, Memphis 0 Memphis 0, Delta State 0 Memphis 6, Tennessee JC 0 Western Kentucky 19, Memphis 0 Memphis 18, Middle Tennessee 0 Union University 33, Memphis 0 Tennessee Tech 14, Memphis 13 Memphis 20, Troy State 6 Western Kentucky 12, Memphis 0 Memphis 26, Louisiana College 13 Memphis 23, Delta State 7 Union University 39, Memphis 0 Memphis 40, Austin Peay 0 Memphis 21, Union University 0 Memphis 21, Kansas State 14 Memphis 20, Southwestern Louisiana 0 Memphis 38, Western Kentucky 0 Memphis 29, Louisville 25 Arkansas State 20, Memphis 0 Memphis 26, Arkansas State 7 Memphis 20, Tennessee Tech 12 Memphis 42, Western Kentucky 0 Southern Mississippi 14, Memphis 6 The Citadel 28, Memphis 26 Memphis 16, Florida State 6 Memphis 42, Hardin-Simmons 7 Memphis 35, Abilene Christian 0 Memphis 8, Southern Mississippi 6 Memphis 9, South Carolina 0 Memphis 34, Louisville 0 Memphis 33, Mississippi State 13 Memphis 6, Tulsa 0 Florida State 26, Memphis 7 Memphis 29, Southern Mississippi 7 Memphis 42, Tulsa 24 Memphis 16, Florida State 12 Houston 35, Memphis 7 Memphis 38, Utah State 29 Southern Mississippi 13, Memphis 10 Memphis 42, Florida State 14 Southern Mississippi 21, Memphis 7 Memphis 28, Auburn 27 Louisville 14, Memphis 13 Memphis 35, Vanderbilt 14 Memphis 10, Louisville 6 Vanderbilt 14, Memphis 10 Southern Mississippi 10, Memphis 0 Cincinnati 16, Memphis 7 Southern Mississippi 27, Memphis 20 Memphis 20, Southwestern Louisiana 7 Memphis 38, Tulane 21 Mississippi State 34, Memphis 17 Memphis 45, Tulane 36 Memphis 31, Mississippi State 10 Memphis 13, Vanderbilt 10 Memphis 20, Southwestern Louisiana 6 Tulsa 33, Memphis 28 Memphis 34, Cincinnati 14 Tulsa 23, Memphis 19 Memphis 26, Cincinnati 3 Mississippi 34, Memphis 3 Memphis 18, Cincinnati 16 Memphis 24, Houston 3 Memphis 35, Arkansas State 19 Louisville 32, Memphis 31 Houston 33, Memphis 30 (3OT) UAB 17, Memphis 14 Houston 26, Memphis 21 UAB 24, Memphis 10 LIBERTY BOWL RECORDS Best Record: 5-1-0 (1967, 1969) Worst Record: 0-5-0 (1981) Most Points Scored: Memphis - 69 vs Louisville, 1969; Opponent - 55, Tennessee, 1969 Highest Combined Score: 88 pts., 69-19 win against Louisville, 1969 Lowest Combined Score: 3 pts., 3-0 loss to Ole Miss, 1999 Longest Run from Scrimmage: Memphis - 92 yards by Herb Covington vs Cincinnati, 1966; Opponent - 84 yards by Mickey Collins, Wichita State, 1978 Longest Pass Completion: Memphis - 94 yards by Lloyd Patterson to Earnest Gray vs Houston, 1978; Opponent 80 yards by John Bond to Danny Knight, Mississippi State, 1982 Longest Interception Return: Memphis - 91 yards by Bob Orians vs Southern Miss, 1977; Opponent - 99 yards by Izell McGill, Mississippi State, 1996 (intercepted fumble) Longest Kickoff Return: Memphis - 98 yards by Jerry Harris vs Southern Miss, 1983; Opponent - 100 yards by Maurice Nelson, Tulane, 1985 Longest Punt Return: Memphis - 94 yards by Keith Wright vs Louisville, 1975; Opponent - 85 yards by Morris Le