2018 Memphis Tiger football projections on the Hour Glass
By Mitch Davis
With the recent success of the Tigers, Memphis fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming season. The Tigers are fresh off yet another impressive season of 10-3, and they had a spot in the AAC championship game where the lost 62-55 in double OT to rival UCF. Memphis is riding high after having to compete in a school record of three straight bowl games.
Despite Memphis losing key players in Anthony Miller and Riley Ferguson, the Tigers should be clicking on all cylinders heading into the 2018 season. The Tigers will be looking to carry the fireworks on offense into the 2018 season with averaging 45 points a game. Memphis will return running back Tony Polland who was a critical part of the Memphis offense. The quarterback situation will be of interest for people in the 901 with the battle heating between redshirt freshman David Moore, and redshirt sophomore Brady Davis. In an interview with the Commercial Appeal, Mike Norvell had this to say about the situation, "When we had the opportunity to bring him here, it was a no-brainer for me," Norvell said. "I've had a great relationship with him, he's an extremely intelligent young man with a great skill set but also a wonderful person and great teammate. “ Tiger Nation will have to wait and see to see who the starting man will be.
On the other side of the ball, Memphis will look to carry on being a threat in the AAC. Memphis on average gave up right around 35 points a game landing them number 93 in Division one, and this allows room for improvement for the Tigers. In an interview post-spring game with 247 sports, the defensive coordinator had this to say about his Tiger Defense, “We came out ready to play, and we like to use these situations as a way to really mentally prepare ourselves for a game,” Ball said. “It’s nice to see Jacoby Hill and Bryce Huff rush the passer like they did, and we’re definitely going to be better at impacting the quarterback.” The defense will also look to simplify things and play up to the Memphis standard. Memphis will need the defense to step up in a big way in order to finish out some late-game situations as the Tigers will look to make it back to back years in the AAC championship game.
Memphis will look to carry the momentum from last season into this season and keep Tiger nation a buzz. With that being said Memphis will have a key game at home on October 13th as they host rival and defending AAC champion the UCF Knights. This game will be crucial for the Tigers as they look to avenge last season’s loss that cost the Tigers not only a conference crown, but also a birth in a New Year’s Six bowl game. The Tigers will be looking to make school history as well with a fourth straight bowl trip. Mike Norvell and company has won over the city and the 901 is ready to grit and grind in the 2018 football season. The Tigers will kick off the season on September 1st as they host the Mercer Bears.
Hour Glass National Recruiting Ranking: 69th – outside our College Football Playoff Bust Line on our talent index.
National Coaching Rank for Mike Norvell on HG Scale: 15th (Norvell Stamp at 14) – Average coaching value for 2018 set at 3.75.
Returning Memphis quarterback play rated 91st in the country out of 130 teams. Average quarterback stamp nationally for 2018 is 8.3. Memphis has a stamp of 3.5. We project this to improve drastically.
2018 Memphis projections at 9-3