What drove two linebackers to return for another year

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 04, 2021 5:43 PM CT | Published: April 04, 2021 5:39 PM CT

The decision by Thomas Pickens and JJ Russell to come back is one reason the Memphis defense is so confident heading into the fall.

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