U of M football notebook: Practice No.4

University of Memphis coach Larry Porter has mixed feelings about his team through four practices.

Four practices in, and University of Memphis football coach Larry Porter isn't pleased with what he's seeing from his crop of quarterbacks.

"As a whole, I'm not happy with our quarterback play," Porter said Monday after practice.

In the three practices that were open to the public, it appeared redshirt sophomore Andy Summerlin, who earned his spot at the top of the depth chart this spring, would be pegged as the Tigers' starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 opener against Mississippi State.

Through four practices, though, Summerlin hasn't particularly dazzled Porter and staff. But no other quarterback on the roster has, either.

"It's not just about Andy, it's the function of our offense," Porter said. "Until that gets better, I'm not happy."

This is worth keeping an eye on.

Porter believes that his special teams unit, specifically kicker Paolo Henriques and punter Tom Hornsey, is on its way to becoming a big advantage for the Tigers. Porter said he's started to narrow down a list of potential kick returners, as well.

POTENTIAL PUNT RETURNERS: Bakari Hollier, Keiwone Malone (if eligible), Bobby McCain, Reggie Travis, Trey Johnson.
POTENTIAL KICK RETURNERS: Billy Foster, Travis, Kevin Wright

The Tigers will be in full pads for the first time tomorrow — the day that several Tigers have said will "separate the men from the pretenders" — and Porter said, tongue-in-cheek, that he was a bit nervous (which is probably a good sign).

"Those guys are getting after each other pretty good," Porter said. "I've had to do a lot of screaming to get them to stay up. They're really competing out there."

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