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12/12/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
RB Darrell Henderson, a unanimous All-American, announced Wednesday he will enter the NFL Draft. The junior, while perhaps lacking an elite package of size and breakaway speed, possesses excellent vision, subtle shifts and has an effective stiff-arm to weave his way through defenses. Memphis hasn't had a back this talented since the Pittsburgh Steelers made DeAngelo Williams the 27th overall pick in 2006.

11/28/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
Memphis' Darrell Henderson has bigger goals to accomplish, so he doesn't have time to waste celebrating his American Athletic Conference record or his status as the nation's second-leading rusher. Henderson wants to win an AAC championship. Memphis (8-4) carries a four-game winning streak into Saturday's AAC championship game against No. 7 Central Florida (11-0, No. 8 College Football Playoff ). The Knights have won 24 straight games over the last two years but will be playing this week without injured star quarterback McKenzie Milton. The Tigers' opportunity to claim a conference title comes one week after Henderson set the AAC's single-season rushing record.

"It felt good, but I had to flush that because we've got a (chance at a) bigger accomplishment this week," Henderson said. "We've got to go play for the conference championship, so I'm just focused on my team right now. This championship is more important right now." This game represents a second chance for Henderson, whose potential go-ahead 32-yard touchdown run was nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter of a 31-30 loss to UCF last month. Even without that touchdown, Henderson still rushed for 199 yards in that game. "We've just got to play relentless and make sure we finish this game," Henderson said. "We just had too many turnovers and too many mistakes (last time)." Henderson is the biggest reason why Memphis is back in the conference championship game one year after losing quarterback Riley Ferguson and Chicago Bears rookie receiver Anthony Miller, who had formed one of the nation's most dynamic passing combinations. - AP College Football

11/27/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 52-31 win against Houston to clinch The American's West Division title. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/24/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
Junior Darrell Henderson rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns - setting a conference rushing record - and Memphis rallied past Houston 52-31 on Friday to set up a rematch of last season's American Athletic Conference championship game with No. 8 UCF. Henderson set the single-season rushing record, passing the previous mark of 1,629 by Tulsa's James Flanders in 2016. Memphis (8-4, 5-3) trailed Houston 21-17 at halftime, but rushed for five touchdowns in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points to close it out. The Tigers rushed for 401 yards, with 277 in the second half after Houston star DT Ed Oliver left the game with what coach Major Applewhite said after the game was a knee injury.

Sam Craft opened the second-half scoring with a 28-yard run, Tony Pollard went in from 6 yards out, Patrick Taylor Jr. had a short TD run and Henderson capped it with a 63-yard sprint and a short plunge to help the Tigers pull away. Memphis lost to UCF 62-55 in double overtime in the title game last year and fell 31-30 to UCF earlier this season. Gleson Sprewell made two interceptions for Houston (8-4, 5-3), returning one 63 yards to cap the first-half scoring. The Cougars have scored 30-plus points in 12 straight games, ranking second among FBS active teams behind UCF with 23. Oliver was seen getting emotional on the sideline in the second half. - AP College Football

11/17/18 - (TE) - Joey Magnifico, rJr, 6-3, 235
Patrick Taylor Jr., ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Memphis beat SMU 28-18 on Friday night. Brady White's 16-yard touchdown pass to Joey Magnifico with 9:26 before halftime gave Memphis a 7-3 lead it never surrendered. Taylor's 9-yard run after intermission extended the lead to 14-5. Ben Hicks threw a 31-yard score to James Proche just before the end of the third and SMU was with two but couldn't get closer. White threw a 9-yard score to Joey Magnifico to start the fourth and Taylor added a 2-yard TD run and the lead was 16. Hicks threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns - both to Proche. Proche finished with 12 catches for 134 yards. Bowl-eligible Memphis (7-4, 4-3 American Athletic Conference) now holds an 8-3 advantage in its series with the Mustangs (5-6, 4-3) and has won five straight against SMU since 2014. - AP College Football

11/12/18 - (WR) - Pop Williams, Jr, 5-09, 172
NOV 12 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pop Williams, Memphis, Jr., WR, Destrehan, La.,...Williams had 109 yards on four punt returns, including a 72-yard return for a touchdown, in Memphis' 47-21 win against Tulsa. Williams, who also scored a touchdown on a 1-yard reception in the first quarter, is the American Athletic Conference leader in punt return average at 12.9 yards per return. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/12/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
NOV 12 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 47-21 win against Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/10/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
Darrell Henderson rushed for 166 yards, going over 3,000 for his career, and two touchdowns and Memphis became bowl-eligible for a school-record fifth straight season with a 47-21 victory over Tulsa on Saturday. Brady White was 14 of 20 for 184 yards passing and two touchdowns. John "Pop" Williams, who had one of the TD receptions, capped the Tigers' scoring with a fourth-quarter punt return in which he started left then spun around a defender as he headed to the right and down the sideline for a 72-yard score. Henderson scored on a 1-yard run and a 9-yarder, the latter on a direct snap. He rushed for 100 yards for the 12th time in his last 15 games. Memphis (6-4, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) had 499 yards offense. On defense, the Tigers had season highs with 11 tackles for loss and five sacks. Corey Taylor II rushed for 117 yards and two scores for the Golden Hurricane (2-8, 1-5). - AP College Football

11/05/18 - (WR) - Damonte Coxie, rSo, 6-2, 200
NOV 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Damonte Coxie, Memphis, So., WR,...Had 10 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-41 win at ECU. - American Athletic Conference Football

11/03/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
Darrell Henderson rushed for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and Memphis broke away from a second-half tie to defeat East Carolina 59-41 in a game that saw nearly 1,200 yards of offense on Saturday. Henderson scored touchdowns of 20 and 39 yards in the final period on consecutive possessions to finish with 132 yards on 21 carries. He also hauled in a 71-yard pass from Brady White in the first quarter. Tony Pollard also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

Patrick Taylor's TD on third-and-goal capped a 13-play, 75 yard drive as Memphis (5-4, 2-3 American) answered East Carolina's score that tied the game at 31-31. White completed 21 of 30 passes for 362 yards and three TDs. The Pirates (2-6, 0-5) scored first in a game that saw three lead changes and a tie. East Carolina rolled up 556 yards total offense to Memphis' 639. Freshman Holton Ahlers completed 34 of 62 passes for 449 yards and three scores, two to Trevon Brown who finished with 193 yards receiving. Darius Pinnix rushed for two TDs. - AP College Football

10/15/18 - (K) - Riley Patterson, So, 5-11, 180
OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Riley Patterson, Memphis, So., K,...Scored 12 points, including field goals of 43, 45 and 21 yards, in a 31-30 loss to UCF. - American Athletic Conference Football

10/15/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
OCT 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 31 carries in a 31-30 loss to UCF. - American Athletic Conference Football

10/08/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
OCT 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a 55-14 win against UConn. - American Athletic Conference Football

10/06/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. ran for three touchdowns apiece and Memphis notched its first American Athletic Conference win, blasting UConn 55-14 on Saturday night. Brady White threw for 239 yards and a score for the Tigers (4-2, 1-2). White's 44-yard scoring pass to Joey Magnifico capped the Tigers' first drive. Henderson ran for three touchdowns in the first half, including an explosive 61-yard dash in the second quarter and a 26-yard run with 3:10 left in the half. Taylor ran for a pair of 35-yard touchdowns and Memphis led 41-14 at halftime. Taylor added his third TD on a 12-yard rush with 8:21 left in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Connor Adair took over for White in the fourth quarter and threw a single pass, a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Gibson to close the scoring. David Pindell threw for 190 yards and a score for the Huskies (1-5, 0-3). He also ran for the team's only other touchdown. - AP College Football

09/25/18 - (QB) - Brady White, rJr, 6-2, 205
SEPT 3 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Brady White, Jr., Memphis, QB,...Completed 22 of 28 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns in a 66-14 win against Mercer. - American Athletic Conference Football

09/24/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
SEPT 24 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns and finished with 249 all-purpose yards in a 52-35 win against South Alabama. - American Athletic Conference Football

09/24/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
SEPT 17 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB, Batesville, Miss.,...Henderson rushed for 232 yards, including touchdown runs of 54 and 61 yards, in Memphis' 59-22 win against Georgia State. Henderson had his second straight 200-yard game and enters this week as the national leader in rushing yards. - American Athletic Conference Football

09/24/18 - (RB) - *Darrell Henderson, Jr, 5-09, 200
SEPT 10 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Darrell Henderson, Memphis, Jr., RB,...Rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries, averaging 16.3 yards per attempt, in a 22-21 loss at Navy. - American Athletic Conference Football

08/22/18 - (QB) - David Moore, Fr, 5-09, 194
QB David Moore is transferring from Memphis. The sophomore had been competing in camp for the starting job, but lost out to Arizona State graduate transfer Brady White. Coach Mike Norvell told reporters after practice Tuesday: "David Moore is no longer a part of the program. I wish him all the best in the future."

03/03/18 - (DT) - Jared Gentry, Sr, 6-2, 325
Memphis defensive tackle Jared Gentry was kicked off the team Friday following a drug-related arrest earlier in the week, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Gentry, who was expected to be an important piece of the team's defense this year, was arrested Wednesday on drug charges. Gentry was dismissed two days later after an investigation by the school. According to Shelby County (Tenn.) court records, Gentry was arrested on felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, deliver and sell. The 20-year-old was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned in county criminal court Friday and bond was set at $3,000. An athletics department spokesperson at Memphis told the Commercial-Appeal that Gentry was dismissed from the team for violating team rules and suspended from the campus during its investigation.

"Jared Gentry has been dismissed from the University of Memphis football team for a violation of team rules," the Memphis athletics department wrote in a statement. "Additionally, Gentry has been placed on interim suspension from campus for violations of the UofM Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities while this matter is reviewed by the Office of Student Accountability, Outreach and Support. No additional comments will be made while the investigation is ongoing." Police officers reportedly learned that Gentry kept drugs in his campus apartment and, following a search, found a mason jar containing two bags of marijuana weighing 29.8 grams. Officers also found small scales and plastic bags. - The Sports Xchange

03/02/18 - (WR) - Anthony Miller, rSr, 5-11, 201
2018 NFL Combine, Friday: Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller suffered a right foot injury in the bowl game, forcing him to sit out the Senior Bowl. He was medically cleared prior to the Combine and recently started sprinting. Although he won't be running in Indianapolis, Miller does plan to do perform all the drills at his pro day. He did lift at the Combine and posted an impressive 22 reps of 225 pounds. Miller remains the top-ranked senior wideout on my draft board. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/27/18 - (WR) - Anthony Miller, rSr, 5-11, 201
2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis...After a relatively healthy final few seasons for the Tigers, Miller suffered a right foot injury in the bowl game, missing the Senior Bowl. Some around the league have expressed concern about the severity, which could have an impact on his draft grade. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/29/17 - (WR) - Anthony Miller, rSr, 5-11, 201
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Anthony Miller, Memphis, Sr.,...Memphis' all-time leading receiver with 220 receptions for 3,340 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns, which are all program records...Miller is top-10 nationally this season in receptions per game (7.1), receiving yards (1,212) and receiving touchdowns (14)...Miller's 14 receiving touchdowns this season ties his own school record, which he set in 2016...He has five 100-yard receiving games this season and holds the program record with 16 total 100-yard receiving games...Caught a program single-game record four TD passes in this season's win at UConn...Miller stands among the top-10 scorers in program history with 36 total TD (33 receiving/3 rushing) for 216 total points, which is good for eight. - Memphis Football

12/29/17 - (ILB) - Genard Avery, Sr, 6-0, 248
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Genard Avery, Memphis, Jr.,...Two-time first-team All-American Athletic Conference linebacker...Leads The American with 18.5 tackles for loss this season and stands in the top-10 in the FBS...Avery is the Tigers second-leading tackler with 67 stops and leads the team with 18.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...Has a career-high 6.5 sacks this season and is just three sacks from tying the Memphis career sacks record. - Memphis Football

12/29/17 - (QB) - Riley Ferguson, Sr, 6-3, 212
2017 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Riley Ferguson, Memphis, Sr.,...Top-15 in the FBS in passing yards (3,500), passing touchdowns (32) and points responsible for (228)...Ferguson's 3,500 passing yards ranks third in a single season in program history and his 32 TD passes ties his own school record, which he set in 2016...Passed for a single game school-record 471 yards (33-of-53 passing) in the Tigers' win at Houston...Holds the program record with three 400-yard passing games and 12 300-yard passing games. - Memphis Football

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