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  As the Tiger football team gears up for head coach Larry Porter's inaugural training camp they know that there are questions to be answered.

 

By: Adam K. Moussa

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - As the Tiger football team gears up for head coach Larry Porter's inaugural training camp they know that there are questions to be answered. Possibly the most obvious of these questions remains, who will be the Tigers' starting quarterback? In the weeks leading up to camp, Coach Porter has made it clear that the position is up for grabs but he wants a definite starter when the Tigers kickoff the 2010 season on September 4 versus Mississippi State. When training camp opens this afternoon, the quarterback scramble will officially begin.

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Aug. 9, 2010

Go inside the huddle with the Tigers and meet the five young men who will be competing for the opportunity to lead the Tigers this season.

Tyler Bass # 13 Eligibility: Redshirt Sophomore (One year Lettered) Height / Weight: 6-3 / 220 Throws: Right Style: Dual Threat Quarterback Hometown: Atlanta, GA High School: Stockbridge High Experience: Threw for over 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns during his final two seasons at Stockbridge High also rushed for 606 yards and 11 touchdowns on 81 carries as a senior. Was ranked 73rd nationally among quarterbacks by Scout.com, and was tabbed 57th nationally as an athlete by Scouts, Inc. Played two games as a true freshman in 2008 before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. Started three games for the Tigers during the 2009 campaign before having season ending shoulder surgery on October 20. Led the Tigers to a 41-14 victory over UT-Martin with a career performance, completing 22 of 28 passes for 293 yards, 4 touchdown passes, 80 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. 2010 Blue-Gray Game Statistics: 9 of 11 for 91 yards and 2 TDs

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  Five Tiger Quarterbacks will compete throughout training camp for the opportunity to lead the team this season.   Up next for Football vs UCF Saturday 11/27 11:00 AM |

 

  

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Personal: Born Dec. 20, 1989, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Son of Harold and Debbie Bass. Hobbies include playing video games, chilling with friends and completing his calculus homework. Primary focus during training camp: "During training camp I am going to focus on building relationships with my receivers, making the correct reads, being efficient and learning from last year." Why I chose Memphis:  "I chose to be a Tiger because of the coaches and the city. The culture here is amazing and I knew Memphis was where I wanted to be." What I want Tiger fans to know about me: "I think Tiger fans should know that I will leave it all on the field every game. I learned a tremendous amount on and off of the field last year and I know what it's like to play under pressure."

Will Gilchrist # 10 Eligibility: Redshirt Freshman Height / Weight: 6-2 / 200 Throws: Right Style: Dual Threat Quarterback Hometown: Savannah, TN High School: Hardin County High Experience: Rated as the number one quarterback in the state of Tennessee by Rivals.com and Tennessee Football Magazine. Nominated for the Joe Montana High School National QB of the Year award and rated as the number 22 dual threat QB nationally by Rivals.com. Helped Hardin County High to state playoff appearances all four years of his high school career. Redshirted the Tigers' 2009 season to develop greater arm strength and help ease the transition to collegiate football. 2010 Blue-Gray Game Statistics: 7 of 7 for 37 yards and 1 TD - Ralph Hatley Award Recipient Personal: Born February 23, 1990, in Jackson, Tennessee. Son of Anthony and MaryAnn Gilchrist. Hobbies include fishing, playing basketball and volunteering with Memphis Athletic Ministries. Primary focus during training camp: "Throughout camp I will focus on learning the new offense and studying the playbook, as well as developing relationships with my teammates." Why I chose Memphis: "I always knew that I wanted to be a Memphis Tiger. I loved the city and I felt that coming here was a tremendous opportunity to play only two hours away from my hometown. That was a big factor. It means a lot to be to be able to play in front of my friends and family as well as the great fans here in Memphis." What I want Tiger fans to know about me: "I want fans to know that I am a dual threat quarterback and that adds another dimension to this offense. I can do more than just throw the ball in the pocket; I can also tuck it and run which helps stretch the field. I am going to work hard every day and do all I can to be the best player I can be. They also need to know that I truly care about representing this city and I am excited about the opportunity to do so."

Cannon Smith # 16 Eligibility: Redshirt Sophomore Height / Weight: 6-0 / 205 Throws: Right Style: Pro Style Quarterback Hometown: Memphis, TN High School: Olive Branch High (Miss.) Experience: Voted as one of the nation's top prep school quarterbacks during his time at Hargrave Military Academy.  Transferred from the University of Miami last fall and worked with the Tigers' scout team throughout the 2009 season. Was an All-American and All-State selection in 2006 throwing for 2,314 yards and 27 touchdowns as well as rushing for over 500 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.

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2010 Blue-Gray Game Statistics: 8 of 18 for 59 yards Personal:  Born October 21, 1987, in Memphis, Tennessee. Son of Fred and Diane Smith. Older brother Arthur played offensive line for the University of North Carolina from 2001-05. Enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing during his free time. Primary focus during training camp: "Throughout camp I hope to further my knowledge of the system, establish myself as a leader of the team as well as prepare myself mentally and physically in order to help my team win games." Why I chose Memphis: "I chose Memphis to help be a part of a program that is headed in the right direction. Memphis is my hometown and I have a tremendous amount of pride in the city." What I want Tiger fans to know about me: "I want Tiger fans to know me as a hard worker who is extremely competitive. I am going to play my hardest every snap and do everything it takes to win. I want to give to this city, this university and the fans a program that they can be proud of, on and off of the field."

Andy Summerlin # 12 Eligibility: Sophomore Height / Weight: 6-5 / 230 Throws: Right Style: Pro Style Quarterback Hometown: Apopka, FL High School: Apopka High Experience: Enrolled at the University of Memphis in January after playing one season at Coffeyville Community College where he tied the school record for single game completions (32), set the school record for single season passing yards (2,302) and earned first-team allconference honors. Currently rehabbing an injured throwing shoulder which he suffered during this year's spring practice. 2010 Blue-Gray Game Statistics: Injured, Did Not Play. Personal: Born July 29, 1988, in Eustis, Florida. Son of Dan and Julie Summerlin. Enjoys going out to dinner and relaxing with friends and family when not on the field. Primary focus during training camp: "Well unfortunately with my injury I'll be limited during camp but I will continue to rehab and get as many solid mental reps as possible." Why I chose Memphis: "I chose Memphis because of the coaches and the program they are building here. I believe in what they are doing and I feel that we are heading in a championship direction. The city also had a big part in my decision. Memphis is a dynamic place and the community support is amazing."

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What I want Tiger fans to know about me: "I want fans to know me first as a good person who has a positive impact on the community and tries to do the right thing on and off of the field. As a football player, I want fans to know that I am extremely competitive and I will not be out-worked. I am my biggest critic and I promise to always strive to better this program and take it to new heights."

Ryan Williams # 11 Eligibility: True Freshman Height / Weight: 6-5 / 220 Throws: Right Style: Pro Style Quarterback Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL High School: Miramar High Experience: Threw for 2,455 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior and broke Tim Tebow's state record with five touchdown passes in the 2009 6A state championship game. Honored by the NFL's Miami Dolphins as the 2009 Outstanding High School Player of the Year. 2010 Blue-Gray Game Statistics: 15 of 17 for 186 yards and 3 TDs Offensive MVP Personal: Born November 22, 1991, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Son of Rich and Jayne Williams. Enjoys working out and resting when he is not on the field. Primary focus during training camp: "Going into camp I will be focusing on studying the playbook, developing relationships with the receivers and making sure that the transition into the season is smooth." Why I chose Memphis: "I came to Memphis because I believe in the coaching staff and I know that they are building a program that will win championships and I want to be a part of that." What I want Tiger fans to know about me: "Tiger fans should know that every time I step on the field I expect to win. Regardless of who we are playing, I am going into the game with the mindset that we are going to come out with a victory. I will always give 110 percent."

 

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