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Tigers Football Insider: ‘Let’s put the city on display’
University of Memphis wide receiver Koby Drake (10) covers ground during the game against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023 at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. (Wes Hale/Special to The Daily Memphian)

University of Memphis wide receiver Koby Drake (10) covers ground during the game against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023 at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. (Wes Hale/Special to The 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 and Tim Buckley each week.

The Tigers are gearing up for their first nationally televised game of the season and coach Ryan Silverfield is encouraging fans to help make it a great atmosphere.

Memphis will kick off against Navy on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.


Tigers (2-0) vs. Navy (1-1)

At: Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, Memphis

Time/date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday

TV/radio: ESPN, 98.9 FM

“Anybody that lives within two hours, come on show up at the game,” Silverfield said. “Even if you’re not a Memphis fan, come on. I even hope the people from the base come on down and watch us play. Because, No. 1, I love the product we’re able to put on the field; No. 2, out of respect for the academy to show up.”

The Tigers are coming off back-to-back blowout wins against Bethune-Cookman and Arkansas State heading into the first AAC conference game of the season. With conference realignment in the background of nearly every conversation moving forward, this week is a good chance for fans to show their commitment to the football program on a national stage.

It’s a free ticket anyway for fans who took advantage of the $60 ticket promotion ahead of the season opener. Every home game is free as long as the Tigers keep winning at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.

“Let’s put this city on display,” Silverfield said. “It’s a great night to showcase everything we have. Great night to showcase our football program. Great night to showcase our stadium. Great night to showcase our city.

“What a better way on national television to sell the City of Memphis, to sell the University of Memphis, to sell these wonderful fans?”


Starting the year 3-0 would help create even more momentum heading into Memphis’ Sept. 23 game against Missouri in St. Louis.

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