Thursday, December 13, 2007
Echols going to bowl game with Tigers
Terrence Echols, former Byhalia Indian, starts at left guard for the University of Memphis.
The Tigers will play in the New Orleans Bowl Friday night, Dec. 21, at the Super Dome. Their opponent will be Florida Atlantic. Both teams are 7-5. The game will be televised at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Echols’ parents are Linda Echols Duncan and Kenneth Duncan of Byhalia.
Head coach Tommy West moved Echols, a backup center, to left guard in the UAB game. After a solid effort, it appeared the move was permanent, according to a report in The Commercial Appeal.
Memphis rushed for a season-high 265 yards in the game, including 168 from running back Joe Doss, and West was generally pleased with what Echols gave the left side.
“He was really getting the job done and making some key blocks on the backside that we weren’t getting before,” West said.
Echols is a 6-foot-3, 307-pound transfer from Northwest Community College.
West had talked in recent weeks about getting more production from the left side of the University of Memphis’ offensive line and the move of Echols made a difference.
“It worked out really good,” West said. “We hadn’t been terrible on the left side, but I kept bragging on the right side.
“We hadn’t been where we needed to be at left guard, so there comes a time when you’ve got to try something different. We thought Echols was our next-best guy.”
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