Saturday's Big Win against 1-Double-A- Jacksonville State could prove very costly for the Memphis Tigers..
A pair of Front line players go down with injuries as the team heads into Big Road Contest.
With a win under their belts, the Tigers get ready for the Conference USA opener Saturday against Central Florida.
But they will be without two important play makers on each side of the ball.
Receiver Duke Calhoun on offense...and linebacker Greg Jackson on defense. Both have sprained knees.
Tigers Head Coach Tommy West acknowledges the blow to his squad.
"Duke is one of the best players on our team if not the best. So it hurts to remove a big play guy like that. That's what are offense is built around, big plays."
Fortunately the Tigers are very deep in the receiving core.
That's not the case defensively....losing Jackson is tough.
He was one of the leaders.
Says Defensive Back Brandon Patterson:
"Greg is very emotional and we all feed off him. Everyone looks up to Greg."
Defensive Lineman Josh Weaver adds..
"losing him is going be tough be we have to look forward and do our jobs.>"
On the flip side, the Tigers are expected to get defensive end Cory Mills back, and also defense tackle Ryan Williams.
Running back Joe Doss is a possibility as well.
The kicking game remains an adventure. Matt Reagan missed a chip shot in the first half Saturday. West says there will be a weekly competition to earn kicking duties on the weekend.
Head Coach Tommy West won't take it easy on his kicker.
"Do he have a lot of pressure on him? Yes he does but that's pressure he's created. What he needs to do is go out there and make his kicks. He knows that."
The Tigers will have a huge test in Central Florida's brand new stadium.
The Knights almost beat 7th ranked Texas Saturday, losing 35-32 last Saturday.