Why Memphis WR Joseph Scates credits the mother for her mental toughness

Jonida Hurt watched her son stumble against Arkansas State while sitting at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. I also noticed his reaction when Joseph Skats got the ball back but clapped his hands in frustration.

Hurt knew her son would think wrong, so she grabbed her phone to text the Memphis receiver. It was a picture of his youngest son, Joseph, wearing a T-shirt with two words written on it: Hello Dad.

“I didn’t say anything else,” Hurt said. “There was no doubt in my mind. I knew Joe would collect it.”

Skates smiled when he saw the halftime text. It was all he needed to put play behind him and in the fourth quarter, he found salvation with 51 yards touchdown The Tigers win 44-32.

“I didn’t really assume (the flop is) why she sent the picture, I thought she was sending me a picture of my son,” said Scots. “But I think I know why you sent it just to keep me motivated and independent.”

Young, the Sets emerged as the Tigers’ best deep threat with three games. With Memphis (2-1) hosting North Texas (2-2) on Saturday (2:30 p.m., ESPN+), Iowa averages 50.3 yards in three catches thanks to two long touchdowns, including Hunting 79 yards against the Navy.

But it was his mother who planted and watered the football seeds by helping manage his mental health. When Scots was 4 years old, Hurt put him in a league in Dayton, Ohio, despite his great love of basketball.

Memphis player Joseph Skates and his mother Jonida Hurt when the Skates played football for the Dayton Flyers who grew up in Ohio

Since he was older than most kids, he lined up on the nose guard or defensive end, which he played during middle school. He never played until the ninth grade when he played in middle school.

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