Memphis begins Spring practice today under second-year head coach Larry Porter.
Two new coaches joined the staff this off-season. Former Utah assistant Blake Miller joined the staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach and former Arkansas – Pine Bluff assistant Jerry Mack joined the staff as wide receivers coach. Quarterbacks coach / assistant head coach Kevin McGiven will now call the plays.
Porter said today on Sports56 in Memphis, “Offensively, it goes back to establishing continuity on the offensive line and challenging our wide receivers to be more productive. We have to have the guys that play around the quarterback be more productive than a year ago.”
“We have to have a more aggressive style of play-calling. It won’t be completely spread, but it will be more up tempo offense and aggressive with the play-calling, and much more creative in the plays we are running.”
“Defensively, first and foremost we want to simplify things and then we must improve our tackling and third-down defense.”
Porter made sure to appease the Memphis supporters during Spring practice by announcing, “The facility is open. We want our town to come and be around us and enjoy the day as we go to work.”
Memphis open against Mississippi State, at Arkansas State, and Austin Peay.