Memphis Express (American football) Article

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Memphis Express
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
in Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis Express helmet
Memphis Express logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Alliance of American Football (2019–present)
  • Eastern Conference (2019–present)
Team colorsRed, blue & white
              
Personnel
PresidentKosha Irby
General manager Will Lewis
Head coach Mike Singletary
Team history
  • Memphis Express (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships ()
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Memphis Express is a professional American football team based in Memphis, Tennessee and a charter team of the Alliance of American Football. [1] It was the third of eight teams announced for the new league, which is set to play in February 2019. [2] They will play in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium [3] and will be coached by former National Football League player and head coach Mike Singletary. [4]

History

The Alliance of American Football announced the awarding of the third inaugural league team, Alliance Memphis, on May 4, 2018. [5] This announcement was followed by the May 10, 2018 announcement of Mike Singletary as the team's head coach. [4]

On July 30, 2018, the Alliance announced team Memphis had signed its first 29 players. [6] On September 20, the league announced four eastern inaugural franchises' names and logos including Memphis as the Memphis Express. [7] The name is derived from Memphis' significance as a mail and cargo transport city, with an airplane being featured in the logo. [8]

On January 4, 2019, training camp will open in San Antonio. [3] The teams' season opener will be February 9, 2019 [5] at Legion Field against the Birmingham Iron, while the first home game will be against the Arizona Hotshots during week 2. [9]

2019 season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site Source
1 February 10, 2019 Birmingham Iron Legion Field [9]
2 February 16, 2019 Arizona Hotshots Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
3 February 23, 2019 Orlando Apollos Spectrum Stadium
4 March 2, 2019 San Diego Fleet Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
5 March 10, 2019 Atlanta Legends Georgia State Stadium
6 March 16, 2019 Salt Lake Stallions Rice–Eccles Stadium
7 March 24, 2019 Birmingham Iron Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
8 March 30, 2019 Orlando Apollos
9 April 6, 2019 San Antonio Commanders Alamodome
10 April 13, 2019 Atlanta Legends Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Staff

Memphis Express staff
Front office
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coach/Running backs – Ty Knott

Players

The Express' assigned area, which designates player rights, includes the following colleges: [6]

Roster

Memphis Express roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

  • -- Chris Briggs
  • -- Chris Givens
  • -- Javontee Herndon
  • -- Reece Horn
  • -- Alton Howard
  • -- Justin Hunt
  • -- Von Pearson
  • -- Jonathan Ray
  • -- Jordan Reid
  • -- Xavier Rush
  • -- Patrick Smith
  • -- Trevon Smith
  • -- Ryan Timmons

Tight ends

  • -- Damon Gibson
  • -- Colin Jeter
  • -- Richard Murphy
  • -- Luke Papilion
  • -- Tim Semisch
  • -- Brett Thompson
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

  • -- Deondre Clark DE
  • -- Matt Elam DT
  • -- Greg Gilmore DT
  • -- Pat McNeil DT
  • -- Kevon Perry DT
  • -- Waylon Roberson NT
  • -- Corey Vereen DE
  • -- Hershey Walton DT
  • -- Chris Weatherd DE
  • -- Macklin Weaver DE
  • -- Owen Williams DT
  • -- Jamichael Winston DE
  • -- Jonathan Wynn DE
Linebackers
  • -- Donnie Alexander
  • -- Dwayne Eugene
  • -- DeMarques Gates
  • -- Andrew Jackson
  • -- Junior Joseph
  • -- Cavellis Luckett
  • -- Reggie Spearman
  • -- Xavier Thigpen
  • -- Davis Tull
  • -- Dale Warren

Defensive backs

  • -- Terrell Bonds
  • -- Jordan Bowman
  • -- Jonathan Cook
  • -- Jeremy Cutrer
  • -- Tyler Foreman
  • -- Brett Harrington
  • -- Quentin Jones
  • -- Brandon Maiden
  • -- Blake McClain
  • -- Ryan McKinley
  • -- Tray Mitchell
  • -- Darion Monroe
  • -- Brandon Neal
  • -- Jahmahl Pardner
  • -- Darrius Sims
  • -- Channing Stribling
  • -- Dwayne Thomas

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant


Roster updated November 28, 2018
85 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

References

  1. ^ "New pro football team could boost business in Memphis". WREG Memphis. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Memphis gets third AAF team". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Froyd, Crissy (August 27, 2018). "Zach Mettenberger and Antonio Andrews reunite in new pro league". Titans Wire. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Mike Singletary will coach Memphis team in upcoming Alliance of American Football". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Memphis awarded Alliance of American Football team". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Munz, Jason (August 1, 2018). "Alliance of American Football announces Memphis team has signed 28 players". The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Cody (September 20, 2018). "LOOK: Alliance of American Football unveils logos of four pro teams that will debut in 2019". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Munz, Jason (September 20, 2018). "Memphis' new pro football team now has a name and logo". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Alliance of American Football schedule released for Arizona Hotshots, other 7 teams". AZ Central. USA Today Network. October 16, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

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