Tigers Hankins Needs Bounce Back Game after ECU Debacle

Somewhat lost in all the hubbub of the Firing of Defensive Coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, Memphis Tigers Head Coach Tommy West has another situation to deal with..

That's raising the confidence of his starting Quarterback, Martin Hankins.

After starting the season completing almost 70% of his passes and his QB ranking among the top 25 in the nation, Hankins suffered a complete meltdown in the second half against East Carolina..

His 4-interceptions, including 2-run back for scores, offset is 3-touchdown performance in the first half, and led directly to the Tigers 35-20 loss.

Memphis led the game 20-to-14 going into the 4th quarter.

Tigers Head Coach Tommy West says he never considered pulling Hankins, because he wants his starter to know he has confidence in him..

West says he doesn't want to get into the routine of pulling a quarterback after a bad play, or even a bad series.

Now, if it continues, the coach says he'll do what he has to do.

West says Hankins is his Own worst critic.

The Tigers need him to bounce back strong with Tennessee next after this weeks' open date.