The Memphis Tiger football team completed its retreat to the University of Memphis Lambuth campus with a scrimmage at Trinity Christian Academy Saturday morning.
The Tigers going a little more than 100-snaps in their first full scrimmage of fall camp.
With less than half of fall camp completed before the September 3 season opener against Southeast Missouri at the Liberty Bowl, Memphis head coach Mike Norvell emphasized that the Tigers still have room for improvement.
"That was practice 10 and we have 19 more opportunities to get better," Norvell said. "We understand that process, and we are physically getting after it. The defense came out with a lot of energy, and I thought it was a really good work day all around. I didn't know what to expect from the fans, but just before we started, looking up into the stands and seeing a sea of blue is pretty cool."
Freshman running back Darrell Henderson provided a wow moment for fans who came out to watch. The Batesville, Miss. product, catching a screen pass and sprinting 90 yards for a touchdown.
Overall the defense may have won the day though. Senior defensive backs Dontrell Nelson and Arthur Maulet both had big days. Nelson, who already has three career interceptions, picked off a pass while Maulet and Jonathan Cook added a pair of pass breakups each. The defensive line also looked strong, recording eight sacks during the game.
The Tigers will now return to Memphis after their stay at UofM Lambuth this week but Norvell hinted that he could be bringing his team back to Jackson again next year and many years to follow.
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