Birmingham Bowl – Dec 22

Memphis Tigers (8-5)  vs  Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)

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MEMPHIS  |  AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Coach:  Mike Norvell

Memphis Players to watch:

*Junior RB  Darrell Henderson  (5-9/200)

Henderson has been nothing less than sensational this year.
Photo:  Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Henderson is the nation’s second-leading rusher with 1,909 rushing yards on 214 carries. His 8.92 yards per carry is the best among all running backs with at least 125 rushing attempts. He leads the nation with 2,328 all-purpose yards, 25 total touchdowns and 15 total plays of 40-plus yards.  Henderson has declared for the NFL Draft and will NOT be playing.

*Junior OG Dustin Woodard  (6-2/285)

Woodard might not be the biggest guard you’ve ever seen, but he gets the job done.  Starting all 12 games, he has paved the way for the Memphis offense that set the program record with 42 rushing touchdowns and 3,311 rushing yards this season.

**Sophomore CB T.J. Carter  (5-11/180)

Carter leads Memphis with 11 pass breakups this season, fourth-most in the league. H ranks fifth on the team with 49 total tackles and his 40 solo stops are the second-most.  He also has two interceptions this year.

*Junior LB Bryce Huff  (6-3/245)

Huff leads the team with 9.5 sacks and 18 total tackles for loss, which both rank in the Top 15 nationally, and he ranks ninth on the team with 42 total tackles.

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WAKE FOREST  |  ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE

Coach:  Dave Clawson

Wake Forest Players to watch:

**Sophomore WR/RS Greg Dortch  (5-9/170)

Dortch was the only player in the country with two punt returns for a touchdown in a game in 2018.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Dortch leads the ACC in all-purpose yards with 145.8. He compiled 1,750 all-purpose yards in 12 games including 1,078 receiving yards. He leads the ACC in punt return average at 11.0 yards per return. He ranks second in the ACC with 7.4 receptions per game, third in receiving yards per game at 89.8, and eighth in scoring.

Senior OG Phil Haynes  (6-4/305)

Haynes, a four-year starter on the offensive line and a senior team captain, has been a starter on the top two offensive teams in school history. In 2018, the Demon Deacons have posted 5,318 total offense yards and scored 390 points, both second in school history only to the 2017 team.

*Junior CB Essang Bassey  (6-10/185)

Bassey leads Wake Forest with 14 pass break-ups and tied for the team lead in interceptions. He ranks third in the ACC in passes defended with 15 and is third on the team with 71 total tackles. Bassey returned a fumble 51 yards for a score against Rice.

Senior FS Cameron Glenn  (6-1/200)

Glenn, a senior team captain, is second on the team with 91 tackles and leads the team with 8.3 tackles per game and 62 solo stops. He has 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass break-ups along with a team-leading two forced fumbles.

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Jared Birmingham Bowl
Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34

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