MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Four Memphis Tigers have been named to Athlon Magazine's Pre-Season American Athletic Conference First Team.
Wide Receiver Anthony Miller enters his senior season after catching 95 passes for a school-record 1,434 yards last season, shattering the mark set by former NFL great Isaac Bruce.
Miller earned 2nd Team All-America Honors last season after recording eight 100-plus receiving yard games and adding 14 receiving touchdowns.
Senior Linebacker Genard Avery makes Athlon's Pre-Season first team after finishing with 81 tackles, 63 solos, five sacks, and six quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-2-inches tall, 250-pounder also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Sophomore Tony Pollard is an Athlon First Teamer. All the former Melrose High Star did was earn Freshman All-America Honors on Special Teams. He led the American in Kickoff Return yardage, returning two for touchdowns, and blocking a punt.
Punter Spencer Smith is also on Athlon Pre-Season All-AAC First Team. Quarterback Riley Ferguson is on Athlon's Second Team.
The Tigers open their Season August 31st against Louisiana-Monroe at the Liberty Bowl.