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5 Memphis Tigers to Watch vs. SMU

Demo breaks down five Memphis Tigers to keep an eye on in SMU's game on Saturday afternoon.

Jr. WR Anthony Miller

Miller had 12 catches for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Tigers 59-30 loss to Tulsa last week. His 250 receiving yards set a school record and his 12 receptions were second in program history. He has 53 receptions this season for 822 yards with five touchdowns — all career highs.

Jr. QB Riley Ferguson

Ferguson was 19-of-41 passing for 349 yards with three touchdowns against Tulsa. It marked his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season and his fifth multi-touchdown game. Ferguson transferred to Memphis this season from Coffeyville Community College. In eight games for the Tigers, he has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions.    

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Soph. LB Curtis Akins

Had ten tackles against Tulsa. It was the second straight game with double-digit tackles. The young linebacker is starting to come into his own this season. His eight games this season equals his previous season-high from a year ago, but his 42 total tackles in 2016 is three times his 2015 total (14).

Jr. Punter Spencer Smith

Smith was one of ten punters included on the Ray Guy Candidate list released Monday by the Augusta Sports Council. HIs 45.1 yards per punt average leads the American Athletic conference this season. Out of his 29 punts this season, he has eight punts inside the 20, nine have gone for 50 yards or more, 11 have been fair caught, and just two touchbacks. Safe to say Smith could play a big role in field position for SMU even if the SMU defense makes some stops.

Jr. LB Genard Avery 

Avery has 51 total tackles this season, which is good enough for second on the team. He also has five tackles for a loss, a sack, three quarterback hurries, two interceptions, a pass breakup, and a forced fumble. Avery nearly transferred to Ole Miss to get closer to his mom, but he ended up returning to the Tigers and is a force off the edge at 6-1, 255.

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