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Larry Porter concerned about Memphis finding identity

Memphis head coach Larry Porter says the Tigers have come a long way since the first day of Spring practice. 

Porter told WHBQ Sports56 in Memphis this morning, “The first practice (Spring) I can remember defensively in 7-on-7 that guys were like WIDE open. I’m like ‘Oh my God.’”

Since then, Porter says the Tigers have been great strides. 

“There is a big difference. You look at the unity, how they are playing together…there is a sense of poise. Guys are talking, understanding each other’s lingo. We’re playing more as a team now.”

“I like our defense as a whole. I really do. I really, really do. It has really grown. I think our offense will surprise some people. It’s just sense of brotherhood and sense of togetherness over at that (defensive) side of the ball.”

On his team overall, Porter says, “I like their resolve. They will fight for their identity. I like their toughness. The thing I’m most concerned with is their identity. What we truly think we are won’t surface until we actually play. We hadn’t had certain guys through fall camp, so the chemistry (is a question).”

Porter stated that 6 or 7 true freshman will play for the Tigers on Saturday night at Mississippi State. Kick-off is set for 7 pm EST on ESPNU.