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Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 1:26 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a problem you generally don't want to deal with at any time, let alone on the first day of spring practice. With Memphis beginning its practice on Wednesday, it got a bit of a surprise from starting quarterback Ryan Williams as he's asked for his release from the program.

According to Williams' father, Rich Williams, his son has decided to leave the Tigers because head coach Larry Porter has decided to change the team's offensive scheme from a pro-style to a spread option attack. Which is what coaches tend to do after 1-11 seasons, and going 0-8 within conference play. Still, even when changing schemes, losing the quarterback with the most experience on your team seldom helps matters.

"Ryan Williams is no longer part of our program," Porter said Wednesday. "Obviously, the timing of this wasn't good, but I'd rather talk about the players who are still wearing the Memphis helmet."

Williams started ten games as a freshman last season, throwing for 2,075 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Williams took over for Cannon Smith last season, whom has now moved to safety. Another one of Memphis' backups last season, Tyler Bass, has transferred. Which means that the Tigers now go into the 2011 season with two quarterbacks on the roster in Will Gilchrist and Andy Summerlin. Both of whom are sophomores with now playing experience, and Summerlin is coming off of shoulder surgery.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:26 am

Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

I wouldn't say he's a whiner, more like smart for doing it now. Knowing that spread-option QBs don't get much attention in the draft (unless you're coming from a big time program making waves on the national scene), he's better off trying to develop in a pro-style offense somewhere else, even if it's on the FCS level. While guys like Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are getting some attention, there's still no guarantee a spread-option QB is going to translate to a 'good' NFL' QB (see Tim Tebow, Pat White). If his goal is NOT to make the NFL, then yeah, he should have stayed to just have fun in the college game but who's not trying to make it to the money game, if even for a couple years?

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:48 am

Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

Bring him to Minnesota. Christ, we could use a quarterback. Come to think of it, we can use ANY position players. Does he have any talented friends that might want to sign up, too?

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:41 pm

ole miss wants him

ole miss will take him---one of their backups just got arrested for assault, etc. 

Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:28 pm

Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

Being a die-hard Rebel (though do luvs me some Memphis Tiger Basketball!) guys totally nailed it.  What a whiny ass, primodonna.  I say good riddance.  Least he didn't do it AFTER Spring practice.  Like the saying goes, if the fire's TOO HOT, git out of the kitchen.  This guy sure couldn't take the HEAT that was YET TO COME.


Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:15 pm

Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

Sounds more like you're the whiny ass baby. 

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:14 pm

Memphis to lose its starting quarterback

What a whiny assed baby. If your not tough enough to deal with a change in your coach's offensive philosophy you probably aren't tough enough for the NFL. These prima donna athletes are really getting tiresome. It's all me me me. Hey chump you forget about your teammates. it would serve you right if you didn't catch on at another school. Judging by your stats, you weren't that good anyway.

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