Tigers Finally in Football Camp


MEMPHIS, TENN. - Football season has officially started for the University of Memphis Tigers as 105 players checked in Thursday and will be begin practice on Friday at 5:45 a.m. at the Murphy Athletic Complex.

Included in the 105 Tigers who reported today were 30 members of the U of M's 2005 signing class. Three of those signees, freshman Billy Barefield and junior college transfers Brandon McDonald and Michael Gibson, spent the spring working with the Tigers. All of the players will undergo physicals Thursday night in preparation for the first practice.

"I am ready to get out there on the field and get after it," said Head Coach Tommy West. "It has been hard reading about all of the other teams in the area already practicing. Everybody on our staff is anxious to get started tomorrow. This is what we love to do."

The squad will take to the field for the very first practice of the season at 5:45 a.m. on Friday. They will have five single practice days before their first two-a-day session which is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Jennifer Rodrigues

Director of Athletic Media Relations

University of Memphis