Rangy receivers

From a distance, the receiving corps of the Memphis football team looks a lot like the starting lineup of the Memphis basketball team. That could be a problem for Tennessee's secondary in Saturday's homecoming game.

Senior wideout Carlos Singleton stands 6-9 and weighs 230 pounds. Junior tight end Deven Onarheim goes 6-8 and 250. Backup tight end DajLeon Farr is 6-6 and 260. Wideouts Duke Calhoun (6-4, 205) and Steven Joachim (6-4, 215) stand tall, as well.

Memphis' pass catchers aren't just towering, however. They're talented. Calhoun is the Tigers' leader in career receptions (194) and career receiving yards (2,822). Singleton (154 receptions and 2,254 yards) ranks second in each category. Additionally, Singleton is the program's career leader in touchdown receptions (22) and Calhoun is tied for second (19).

Calhoun has been virtually unstoppable lately. He caught 9 balls for 174 yards in Game 3 vs. UT-Martin, 5 balls for 141 yards in Game 4 vs. Marshall and 4 balls for 162 yards (40.5 yards per catch) in Game 6 vs. Central Florida. After a slow day against Texas-El Paso (3 catches, 33 yards), he came back to grab 11 passes for 83 yards vs. Southern Miss and 9 for 91 last weekend against East Carolina.

On a positive note, Tennessee's first-team defensive backs are a little taller than most. Cornerback Art Evans is 6-1. Free safety Janzen Jackson is 6-0 and strong safety Eric Berry 5-11. Cornerback Dennis Rogan stands just 5-10 but nickel back Brent Vinson is 6-0. Still, Vol DBs will be dwarfed by the towering Tigers they'll be covering Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin is well aware of the height mismatch but hopes the Vols got enough practice covering the likes of 6-4 A.J. Green (Georgia) and 6-4 Julio Jones (Alabama) to be ready for Memphis' physically imposing pass catchers.

"We've been facing tall guys all year long," Kiffin said. "It feels like everybody's got them but us. We've been doing it week in and week out, and have done a good job for the most part, but this will be another great test."


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