LSU Football 2017 @Tennessee2014 : A look back at the Vols game where the Tigers surrendered 281 yards of rushing offense to freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who had previously carried just nine times for 42 yards prior to the game. (Jul. 9, 2014)
If the Memphis Tigers aim to return to the national prominence they lost when Jeff Brohm left last week, it will have to do so without the offensive playcalling. The Tigers must replace Brohm’s 9,176 yards of total offense and passing yards at quarterback, and could get a glimpse into the team’s future by having Sophomore Alex Ross try to replace him at quarterback, and sophomore Receiver Rory Anderson at running back.
1: A look back at the Memphis Tigers’ 30-24 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Nashville.
The Tigers have a much greater margin for error against teams with losing records, but facing a combined 1-11 record, the Tigers desperately need to build a winning habit before playing in the Liberty Bowl.
2: Other than Julian Fleming. No wide receivers other than Julian Fleming have thrown a pass in Tiger camp. Before Fleming gets to camp, however, redshirt freshman Cameron Gamble will need to push Fleming for the “2nd” spot.
Receiver James Summers is expected to take over running back duties from Damian Swann after missing the first few days of camp.
3: Freshman Dylan Ingram enters camp as the top candidate to back up Tavon Austin at tailback. The freshman is battling redshirt junior freshmen and redshirt sophomores J.D. Booker and Leonard Fournette for the “3rd” spot.
5: The Tigers have finally shown an interest in speed and athleticism along the offensive line after fans shouted in frustration over their lack of ability last season. The Tigers need to add more size, particularly in the offensive interior, though they did have success with transfers and wide receivers in the spring.
6: The new power running concept installed in a two-gap run game will be a “sleeper” scheme for this team, according to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum.
7: Memphis wide receiver Keevan Lucas wasn’t one of the biggest stars in the spring games, but his size and speed will make him a weapon for quarterback Todd Gurley. ESPN has elevated the Tigers to one of the top 10 teams in the nation and Lucas as a reserve to Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette should give both of those players a good group to go against.
8: Speed is a key ingredient for this running game to get things going, and Memphis should rely heavily on running back Joshua Dobbs to get the team going on the ground.
9: Memphis offensive line continuity had been poor in the spring, according to Tigers Insider’s Jeff Maggioncalda. He expects the Tigers to come together and start to gel like the summer of 2013.
10: Will junior Ed Orgeron begin to show more confidence in sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris? A big start to camp and if the spring was an accurate barometer could be starting a new era of Red Zone offensive success for the Tigers.