Ryan Williams to start at QB for Memphis

Memphis will start Ryan Williams at quarterback aginst Middle Tennesse on Saturday after Cannon Smith suffered a concussion in a loss to East Carolina this past weekend.

Williams, a true freshman, played well after Smith went down in the third quarter against the Pirates. He finished 18-of-25 for 293 yards and three TDs in the 49-27 loss. Williams has played in both games, going 28-of-42 for 378 yards and the three scores.

"Ryan prepares every week as if he’s the starter," coach Larry Porter said Monday. "He's very thorough in his approach, he expects to play, but the thing that really and truly gives him an opportunity to perform well is his poise. Being able to step in and feel comfortable out there, that has really served him well. He still made some mistakes, but as we go through this week, this game here could be better."