Tiger Football Needs a Pick Me Up after Downer vs MTSU - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jarvis Greer

Tiger Football Needs a Pick Me Up after Downer vs MTSU

In College Football, the Natives are restless in Tiger Town.

For the second straight year, the University of Memphis is struggling to win games, ANY games and it 0-2 against the Sun Belt after Saturday's home loss to Middle Tennessee State.

The roast is on and Tommy West is not running from it.

At 2-4, he can see how fans are quick to think this could be a repeat of last years' nightmare.

"If they want to think that is sure looks that way but you've got to play them out."

West says his biggest concern is to keep his team from tightening up under the pressure.

He doesn't want them to start being afraid of making mistakes.

"And that's what happens. All of a sudden you get a little scrutiny on you and everybody tells you you're not any good, and your coach isn't any, the players aren't any good. And then you don't want to put everything you got into it because it hurts."

West says the measly 7 points scored against MTSU will spin

The quarterback carousel continues. After sitting out Saturday's game, Martin Hankins will start again Saturday with freshman Matt Malooff getting some snaps too.

West says:

 "Once I saw we weren't running the ball I thought we'd have to throw. I kept thinking Will would get it done and bring us back in the game. So I wish looking back that I would've played Matt so I'm going to play him this week."

The Tigers will try to get back on track Saturday afternoon at Rice.


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