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Reported by Janice Broach

Tigers honor late lineman with moment of silence

Taylor Bradford's presence could be felt and seen all over the Liberty Bowl stadium at the Tiger's game as students wore stickers with his number on them.

A moment of silence was also held to honor the Memphis defensive lineman before Tuesday night's game between the Tigers and Marshall.

Instead of the normal bouncing and running entrance from the locker room before the game, Memphis walked slowly out of the tunnel arm-and-arm in rows of five players each. They also wearing black shirts with Bradford's name and number.

Pouncer, the Tigers mascot, wore the number on a jersey and the cheerleaders wore black ribbons.

Bradford, a junior from Nashville, died after a shooting at a residential complex on the Memphis campus about 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

He drove a short distance before his car crashed into a tree.

Emergency workers answering the wreck call, discovered Bradford was shot. He died later at a Memphis hospital.

Memphis authorities continued to investigate the death Tuesday, and there were no suspects in custody.

Students say they have seen a lot more security since Bradford was shot to death on Monday.

"Today on campus I did see a lot more cops than normal usually I don't see that many but I did see a lot today. I feel safer there are more cops out," says Ansley Thomas.

Christi Morrison adds, "It has a real eery feeling right now everybody is safer because there's a bunch of police out right now."

"It's gotten tighter since what happened at Virginia Tech. Everybody has gotten smarter about it. The reason we shut down campus Monday is as a result of the Va.Tech shootings. I used to be a student Va. Tech. It was a tragedy, a terrible tragedy. Every campus should be taking more precautions because of that," says Chris Kruthaupt.

Most of the students say more security could be the answer to a much safer campus.

Bradford, a 5-foot-11, 300-pounder who transferred from Samford University in Birmingham, was used primarily on the scout team.

He had not seen action in a game this season. Memphis players wore round black stickers with TB on the back of their helmets to recognize their teammate.

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