Tiger football players earn AAC honors - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tiger football players earn AAC honors

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While Big 12 money would have been nice for the Tigers, the U of M is doing quite well in the American Athletic Conference.

Tiger placekicker Jake Elliott earned AAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the eighth time in his career.

Elliott hit 3-for-3 field goals against the Green Wave, including a 50 yarder to tie him with Stephen Gostkowski for the Memphis career record of 70.

He also executed a successful onside kick after the Tigers' first score in the 24-14 victory.

Elliott, a senior, says the rest of the players accept him as a key part of the team.

"Over my time here the last 4 years, the guys see the kind of preparation that I've put in, the kind of work I've put in every single day and I've earned their respect in that sense," Elliott said.

Elliott isn't the only Tiger to earn league honors.

Redshirt freshman Austin Hall is the AAC's Defensive Player of the Week for his 12 tackle performance against Tulane in Memphis' 24-14 victory.

Three of Hall's tackles went for losses, and he also came up with two fumble recoveries in the game.

Hall walked onto the Tigers from Collierville High School.

"Coming out of high school i wasn't a big recruit or anything," Hall said. "That didn't really matter to me. I just enjoy Memphis, my parents went to Memphis, my cousin played here, so i just thought maybe I'd come and try it out. Now, I've enjoyed it from the start. I love it here. It's fun, got a really big family here, all my friends, It's great, i have a lot of fun here at Memphis."

Hall and the Tigers next travel to Annapolis, Maryland to face the United States Naval Academy on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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