Memphis may take a step back in 2020 following the most successful season in the program’s history. The Offense only returns six starters but both Senior Quarterback Brady White and Senior Wide Receiver Damonte Coxie are back to lead the Offense. Sophomore Running Back Kenneth Gainwell will get all of the touches he can handle this season and will be running behind an Offensive Line that returns three starters. Can the Tigers score at will like they did last season? That will be difficult but the return of Senior Wide Receiver Pop Williams and Senior Tight End Sean Dykes will help the cause. The Tigers return seven starters on Defense and the Secondary will be the strength of the Defense. The Secondary returns three starters including Senior Cornerbacks T.J. Carter and Jacobi Francis. Two starters return on the Defensive Line including Senior Defensive End Joseph Dorceus. Senior J.J. Russell returns to bolster the Linebacking Corps. The Special Teams Unit should be one of the teams strengths with both Senior Kicker Riley Patterson and Junior Punter Adam Williams both returning. For the Tigers to advance to a 4th straight AAC Conference Championship Game the Defense will need to play much better than it did last season. New Head Coach Ryan Silverfield has big shoes to fill. Will a 9 or 10 win season be enough to satisfy the Tiger faithful? I predict Memphis to go 9-3 this season which will be a good but not great season for Tiger fans.

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