FedEx Founder’s Son Named Starting Memphis QB

Phil Stukenborg of the MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL reports today that the son of Memphis-based FedEx founder and chairman Fred Smith, Cannon Smith, will start at quarterback for Memphis in its Saturday opener at Mississippi State.

Cannon Smith son of Fred Smith

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Smith is an undersized 23-year-old redshirt sophomore who transferred from the Univ. of Miami after seeing little playing time with the Hurricanes. He beat out true freshman Ryan Williams despite the 6-5, 220-pound Williams going 15-of-17 for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ spring game.

So why did rookie Memphis head coach Larry Porter pick Smith over Williams? Read more…