University of Memphis tailback Marquis Warford requests transfer

Former University of Memphis freshman tailback Marquis Warford took to Instagram to set the record straight about the decision that was made for him to leave the team. 

It was announced earlier this week that Warford would be leaving the team and of course people began to speculate about the circumstances behind him leaving.  Reports began to surface that Warford had several altercations with teammates this season leading some people to speculate that he was being put off of the team for none football reasons.  Also adding fuel to the fire of this story is the fact that Tigers head coach Justin Fuente stated that he told Warford that he is “no longer welcome” on the Tigers football team.

With all of the speculation going on about why he was leaving the University of Memphis, Warford took to Instagram last night to let everybody know what was going on with his decision.


Warford was the Tigers second leading rusher behind Brandon Hayes this year with 303 yards.  However, over half of those yards came against Arkansas State where he ran for 173 yards and a touchdown. 

After his stellar performance against the Red Wolves, many thought that Warford had cemented himself as the Tigers second tailback.  He continued to get carries the next three games following the Arkansas State contest, but he found himself in CoachFuente’s doghouse the last half of the season as he totaled just one carry in the final five games of the year.  The emergence of another freshman back, Doroland Dorceus, also cut into Warford’s carries. 

It appeared as though these two freshman backs along with freshman quarterback Paxton Lynch were going to be the backbone of the Tigers backfield for the next three years, but with Warford’s decision to transfer the Tigers will be looking for another playmaker to emerge on offense.

Since Warford was a true freshman this year he is able to transfer to another FBS school and maintain three years of eligibility after he redshirts the first year. However, if the reports about his issues with teammates are true (which according to Warford they are not) then it may be difficult for him to find another FBS program willing to take a chance on him, especially when you factor in the fact that he struggled with fumbles this year. 

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him  @Conradicalness for live tweets from games.



  1. Very interesting. I’m sorry to see him go – he really was amazing in the Arkansas State game!

  2. This season will be a great year. Wait “4” it.

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