Head coach Mike Norvell, most recently the deputy head coach and offensive coordinator at Arizona State, begins his first year at Memphis.
The Tigers have won a combined 19 games in the last two seasons — the most in program history in a two-year span. Memphis was ranked as high as No. 13 nationally last season.
Memphis won its first eight games of 2015, but dropped four of its last five to close the season.
Kicker Jake Elliott has been The American’s Special Teams Player of the Year twice (2014, 2015) and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker. He was an Associated Press and Walter Camp All-America second team selection in 2015.