They're not necessary a bad thing, unless you don't live up to them.
The Memphis Tigers have the weight of the city on their shoulders after a 10-and-3 season, but they insist there's no pressure they can't handle.
The Tigers leadership council met with the media Wednesday afternoon before taking to the field Thursday for the start of training camp.
The Blue and Grey is picked to win the Western Division of the AAC, no doubt a nod to its success last season.
The offense looks set. Memphis returns eight starters from last year's squad, but the defense, the one that was among the best in the conference last season, will look to replace eight starters and several key backups.
But don't be too quick to write off the defensive unit. They, along with the rest of the team, look forward to proving themselves this fall.
"We use it as fire, you know,' says Linebacker Wynton McManis. 'We all know we're capable of taking it to the next level as last year's defense. We look up to them, we all played with them last year. So we know what it takes and what it takes to be a good defense."
Coach Justin Fuente added, "We're gonna see how it goes and ultimately try to find the correct balance it takes to try and win a game. Whatever it takes to win and find the right scheme or our own identity. Find the best way to try and win."
The Tigers open camp Thursday on the south campus.
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