Opponent Watch 2019: Memphis

Going Pro early

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Thank the Lord!

That sucks. Seems like they got an upgrade at both OC and DC. Hopefully our upgrades are better.

You know, good for Norvell for staying there and building something. Hope he continues to have success for the sake of the conference, but I hope he finishes 2nd from now on.

The University of Memphis has added a year to the contract of head football coach Mike Norvell it was announced by Athletic Director Tom Bowen, Tuesday. The year keeps Norvell’s deal at five years and runs through 2023.
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“We wanted to show Coach Norvell that we appreciate the work he has put into elevating our football program,” Bowen said. “Back-to-back American Athletic Conference championship game appearances, three strong recruiting classes, with more coming on board tomorrow, and helping our program to an unprecedented five straight bowl appearances deserves a show of support. We are proud to be able to put a year back on his deal and keep him at the maximum five years.”

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You mean second in the West Division right?

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Absolutely

GOOD RIDDANCE!!
God, i hate Memphis!! Priority number 1 is whipping them in Houston next year!!

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Memphis Tigers

Head coach : Norvell (26-14, fourth year)

2018 record and S&P+ ranking : 8-6 (36th)

Projected 2019 record and S&P+ ranking : 10-2 (26th)

Five key points :

1. Sometimes, when writing these previews, I end up talking myself into or out of a team. While writing this preview, I went from “Memphis is going to be pretty dang good,” to “Wow, Memphis should go to an NY6 bowl this year.”
2. The main hindrance: new coordinators on offense, defense, AND special teams. Norvell’s gotten used to replacing assistants, but that’s a heavy load.
3. This should be another great offense. QB Brady White, WR Damonte Coxie, RB Patrick Taylor, and TE Joey Magnifico all return. The only question is the line.
4. The defense fielded an almost all-sophomore lineup last year and made some plays while allowing quite a few, too. If experience means fewer glitches, this is a top-60 unit.
5. Memphis is at least a six-point projected favorite in every game. This is your AAC West favorite, and if UCF slips, maybe your AAC favorite, too.

Despite significant losses, Norvell should have enough experience and talent to lead the Tigers to their third straight AAC title game. White-to-Coxie should be a lethal combination this season for the offense, which also will get contributions from Taylor and Magnifico. Defensively, the Tigers must find a way to protect second-half leads, a shortcoming that cost them a year ago. Norvell’s biggest challenge may be meshing the newcomers in staff meetings. The Tigers have seven new assistant coaches this season, including all three coordinators.

The 2018 Tigers had ups and downs, but the season still ended in a West division championship. Despite another coaching overhaul, there shouldn’t be as many growing pains with so many starters back. The only position group lacking experience is the offensive line. There’s a solid quarterback in place with plenty of skill around him, and a defense capable of taking a step forward if it cuts down on the coverage busts.

The only missing piece in Norvell’s tenure has been getting over the UCF hump. A UCF matchup this year would be in a third consecutive AAC championship game, and if that happens, it means things went according to plan.

This is a Memphis team that has the pieces in place to win another division title, and perhaps a lot more.