How the University of Memphis Football team fares this weekend against the Kansas Jayhawks at the Liberty Bowl may be secondary to how Tiger fans feel about facing a Big 12 Team in their home stadium.
Among those who don't really have much of a clue on what the Big 12 fuss is all about are the eight freshmen who are expected to see plenty of playing time against the Jayhawks on Saturday, among them, true freshman Patrick Taylor, a 6'3", 216 pound bruising running back out of humble Texas.
Taylor showed both speed and power in his debut game against SEMO, rushing for 86 yards on seven carries, including a 51-yarder late in the game.
U of M Head Football Coach Mike Norvell, just 34 years old himself, believes in the youth movement.
"I think Patrick Taylor, Tony Pollard, Darrell Henderson, those are all young freshmen who've really established themselves," Norvell said. "Guys can help us. We're seeing John Williams get out there helping us; Dustin Woodard up front; Bryce Huff, all those guys are continuing to get better. I like what they're able to bring adding to the depth of our offense, and the plays they're able to make. And a lot of those guys help on special teams as well."
Pollard is a prime example, blocking a punt that led to an early Tigers touchdown supplied by fellow rookie Darrel Henderson of South Panola.
These are all names you will hear again Saturday when the Tigers Host Kansas at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Bowl.
Copyright 2016 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.