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Tigers Football Insider: Offensive coordinator tells fans to keep showing up
 
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University of Memphis receiver Javon Ivory (4) celebrates with quarterback Seth Henigan (5) after a touchdown during a Sept. 17, 2022 game against Arkansas State University. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)
 

University of Memphis receiver Javon Ivory (4) celebrates with quarterback Seth Henigan (5) after a touchdown during a Sept. 17, 2022 game against Arkansas State University. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)

Welcome back to the Tigers Football Insider, where we bring you the latest news and analysis from The Daily Memphian’s Frank Bonner II, Geoff Calkins and John Martin each week.

When offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey got off the bus to coach his first home game in Memphis, he was immediately impressed with the atmosphere.

“I’ve been to a couple of places where people say they have great crowd bases,” Cramsey said. “But when I stepped foot off that bus for that Tiger walk, you felt the passion this city has for Memphis football and to me that’s unbelievable.”

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The energy didn’t stop with the Tiger Walk. The 32,620 announced fans inside Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium carried that passion into the most important defensive drive of the game in the 44-32 win against Arkansas State. When the Red Wolves were trying to convert on a 4th-and-5 for a potential game-winning drive, the crowd forced two false starts and an untimely snap that ended in a turnover.

“(That) had nothing to do with the offensive coordinator,” Cramsey said. “It has nothing to do with the guys running plays. That’s 100% to do with the city of Memphis and the fan base that we have.”

The crowd came through for the Tigers in the home opener and Cramsey expects fans to continue showing up for the remainder of this four-game home stretch. Memphis will host North Texas at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Temple on Oct. 1 and Houston on Oct. 7.

North Texas averages over 475 yards per game which ranks No. 35 in the country. The Tigers will be looking for fans to duplicate the atmosphere from last week to help rattle the Mean Green offense.

“There’s nothing like playing at home,” Cramsey said. “Crowds keep showing up because they’re a big part of what we do at home and we’ve got to use that. Cowbells week 1, a big advantage the other way. So our crowd has got to be a big advantage for us as they were (last) Saturday, so keep showing up. Keep supporting.

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