Porter names Cannon Smith as Tigers' starting QB

By The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis coach Larry Porter has settled on his starting quarterback, and he picked sophomore Cannon Smith to make his first collegiate start at Mississippi State in the season opener Saturday night.

The son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith, Cannon Smith started his college career at Miami and played in the 2008 opener for the Hurricanes against Charleston Southern. He completed one pass for 2 yards and ran for 2 more. He transferred back home to Memphis in 2009 and sat out the season.

Smith had been competing against freshman Ryan Williams.

Porter said Monday they evaluated the quarterbacks on decision making, managing the offense and productivity and decided to go with Smith.