University of Memphis Players Garner Conference Honors


University of Memphis senior punter Tom Hornsey won the 2013 Ray Guy Award Thursday, Dec. 12, during The Home Depot College Football Awards presented by ESPN.

Hornsey also was named a member of the Walter Camp All-America second team. Hornsey is just the second Tiger to be a Walter Camp All-American. Running back DeAngelo Williams made the team in 2005. Hornsey also was named to USA Today All-America first team.

Hornsey’s 45.2 punting average ranked eighth nationally and the Tigers’ 41.01 net punting average was fourth in the country. Hornsey dropped 29 of 62 punts (.468) inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

During his career, Hornsey had 34 games in which he averaged 40-plus yards – three short of an NCAA record.

The American Athletic Conference names three Tigers to All-Conference team.

Junior defensive end Martin Ifedi and freshman placekicker Jake Elliott joined Hornsey on the All-Conference first team. Hornsey also was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Year with Houston return specialist Demarcus Ayers.

Ifedi finished with 52 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss. He had 11.5 quarterback sacks, second all-time at Memphis for a single season.

Elliott was 16-for-18 on field goals; his 88.9 percentage second in the conference. He made every extra-point this season and had a 5-for-5 day on field goals vs. Houston.

Four former Tiger athletes to be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in January.

The 2014 Hall of Fame class includes former Tiger and NFL player Ken Irvin, Tigers women’s basketball All-American and WNBA player Tamika Whitmore, tennis standout and current Memphis women’s head tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker, and softball record-holder Jenna Kubesch-Raizes.

Special award honorees include: Rita Sparks, recipient of the C.C. Humphreys Golden Tiger Award; Kenneth Lenoir, who will receive the Billy J. Murphy Award; Nick, John and Tina Vergos-Jennings, the family of the late Charlie Vergos and the current owners of the Rendezvous Restaurant, who will be receiving the Ralph Hatley Silver M Award; and former associate athletic director at the U of M Lynn Parkes, who will receive the Murray Armstrong Award.

The Hall of Fame event will be Jan. 25, at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. Tables are $400 each or individual tickets can be purchased for $25.