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Cannon Smith Named Starting Quarterback For University of Memphis

Cannon Smith, Son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, Has Been Named The Starting Quarterback For The University of Memphis This Saturday vs: Mississippi State

File this under things that make you say hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……………. During his first weekly luncheon, new University of Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter, named Cannon Smith the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. No big deal if Cannon were just another quarterback who had competed throughout the off-season for a chance to play, which very well might have been the case, but fortunately or unfortunately Cannon just happens to be the son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, who is a huge donor to the University of Memphis and the leading voice behind Memphis’ push to get into a better conference.

Cannon a 23 year old Red Shirt Sophomore who is originally from Memphis will be making the first start of his college career on Saturday. Though he played during his 1 year stint at the University of Miami in 2008, he never was the signal caller to begin the game. Porter said of the decision”We sat back and evaluated the quarterbacks based on three things: decision-making, being able to manage the offense, and productivity. And, when you look at the two, Ryan and Cannon, are very similar in terms of their production. They both bring a different style. Overall, I’m very happy with their growth as quarterbacks. So, I look forward to those guys being in position to lead this team.”

Thus far Coach Porter has shown to be nothing but a man of integrity so I have to honestly believe that this was a decision based off of “on the field play”.

Saturday’s game in Starkville vs: Mississippi State will show whether or not Porter and his staff have made the right decision.  The game can be heard on 730 Fox Sports (730 AM – Memphis, Tennessee), coverage beginning at 4:00PM (CST).


August 30, 2010 - Posted by | Cannon Smith, Coaches, Conference Re-alignment, Fred Smith, Larry Porter, Memphis Tigers Football, Mississippi State, NCAA Football, NCAA Sports, SEC Football

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