Express names ‘Air Raid’ guru as offensive coordinator
League’s inaugural season begins Feb. 10 A win against Tulsa would mean the Tigers are bowl eligible for the 5th straight season
The Memphis Express appear intent on embodying their moniker.
The team, one of eight members of the first-year Alliance of American Football league, announced Hal Mumme will be its offensive coordinator for the inaugural season which begins Feb. 10 at the Birmingham Iron.
Mumme, most recently serving as the offensive coordinator at Jackson State, is considered a pioneer of the "Air Raid" offense.
“Hal Mumme brings many positives to our team and offense,” Express coach Mike Singletary said in a press release.
“First and foremost, it’s his creativity. I know it’s called the air raid system, but I want to use his imagination to get into the end zone and bring balance to the offense.
For all of Memphis’ struggles this season, Saturday against Tulsa could be a chance to celebrate at least one goal on the Tigers' list.
A win means Memphis (5-4, 2-3) is bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive year, extending its program record. It’s why Mike Norvell preached the message of legacy to his team as he broke practice on Tuesday.
It was a caution against lazy effort but a reminder of what’s at stake. Except for sixth-year seniors Jackson Dillon and Sam Craft, every player at Memphis has ended a season with a bowl game
Here’s five things to know for the game, which begins at 11 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPNU. It’s a good thing Memphis’ offense came alive against ECU because I know the physicality that I want to have on our team. I want to bring muscle to the passing game.”
Mumme resigned from his post at Jackson State on Oct. 3, after having been hired in December 2017.
“Our system is fast-paced and designed to make the defense cover the entire field,” Mumme said.
“We incorporated a lot of concepts from former coaches Lavell Edwards, Bill Walsh, June Jones and Mouse Davis’ systems for roughly six years while putting together ours throughout the years. I’m excited, honored and humbled to Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) hasn’t allowed a team to pass for more than 237 yards. Tulsa is ranked 12th in the nation in pass defense (173.2 yards per game).
The Tigers' offense thrived last week against East Carolina, playing to Brady White’s strengths with short to intermediate passes. They’ll need to do that again to win.
You know Memphis’ two-headed running back monster of Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr.? Meet Tulsa’s two-headed monster join the Memphis Express as the offensive coordinator under Mike Singletary. I’ll be working with great people and all my friends in Memphis.
“Memphis Express GM Will Lewis and Coach Singletary have done a great job gathering talent. Particularly based on what I’ve seen from the receivers, our training camp is going to be extremely competitive.”
Alongside current Washington State coach Mike Leach, Mumme was a leading innovator of the "Air Raid" offense at
of Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II.
All four are ranked among the AAC’s 13 leading rushers with Henderson leading the conference (1,280 yards) and Brooks leading Tulsa with 774 yards.
Tulsa leans heavy on its rushing attack, but its run defense is ranked 118th in the country. Expect a lot of carries on both sides.
Only three teams have allowed more sacks than Tulsa, which has given up 32.
Memphis has at least one sack in all but one game so the Tigers need to ramp up the pressure up front, especially with Tulsa starting a freshman quarterback in Seth Boomer.
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Memphis shook some of its fourthquarter struggles by scoring 21 points to close out ECU. The Tigers need to be just as sharp against a Tulsa team that has won its last three trips to the Liberty Bowl (2006, 2010, 2016) but struggled to finish games.
Tulsa led in the fourth quarter against USF, Houston and Tulane and lost all three. If this game is close, Memphis needs to deliver the final punches.
Besides fans packing their favorite breakfast foods for early tailgating, they should also bring extra layers. Per the Weather Channel, the high for Saturday will be sunny and 43 degrees. It’ll also be colder for pregame festivities and the Tiger Walk, which starts at 8:30 a.m. So, bring an extra coat and stock up on warm beverages because it’ll be a chilly, fun atmosphere at the Liberty Bowl.
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University of Memphis running back Patrick Taylor Jr. (middle) dives for a touchdown against the University of Tulsa defense during third quarter action in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, November 3, 2017. MARK WEBER/THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL