AAC Team Preview: Memphis

Hatts previews SMU's AAC foe Memphis in the latest Pony Stampede AAC Team Preview.

Memphis is coming off a 10-3 campaign last season, including a 7-1 mark in conference play. Led by their offense that was tops in the AAC last season, Memphis also won a spirited matchup in the Miami Peach Bowl over BYU. With much of their offense coming back, lets take a look at what to expect from the Tigers in 2015.

Offense

Paxton Lynch is back again, and because of that Memphis should have an extremely offense to defend once again. All the talk last year was about the East Carolina offense but it was actually Memphis who finished with a scoring average of 36.2 points per game. That was just slightly higher than East Carolina. Memphis will be losing two big seniors in Brandon Hayes and Keiwone Malone but with Lynch back, they should be able to make up for these losses.

Defense

Possibly the biggest question mark with this team comes on defense. Memphis will have to replace eight starters on defense, to go along with losing their defensive coordinator Galen Scott. Two of their bigger losses on defense will be Tank Jakes and Bobby McCain that led a stout defense that allowed less than 17 points in seven games this season. Nonetheless with the offense that Memphis has and the speed on their defense, they should be able to make up for these losses however it won’t be easy.

Bottom Line

This is no doubt one of the most talented teams in the AAC. With Paxton Lynch at the helm, he will keep them in a lot of games this season and one should expect the defense to get better as the season goes along. Based on the offense returning, expect the Tigers to be their all season long.


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