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SMU sophomore QB Neal Burcham will miss the remainder of the season with a right elbow injury.

The Mustangs announced the news one day after coach June Jones resigned. Following a pair of lopsided losses, SMU is staring down the barrel of a season-long nightmare. Redshirt freshman Kolney Cassel is expected to take over as starter, with former Texas A&M signal-caller Matt Davis as the backup. Mustangs fans are longing for the glory days of Garrett Gilbert already.
Sep 9 - 10:01 PM

SMU head coach June Jones has resigned according to Bill Nicholls of the Dallas Morning News.

Jones is most famous for his run as Hawaii's head coach from 1999-2007, leading the Warriors to multiple winning seasons and coaching offensive players who broke NCAA records. He has been at SMU since 2008 and also coached in the NFL in the late 1980's and early/mid 1990's. Jones recently said "have-not" teams should potentially play in the spring. While that might sound bad on the surface, but Jones meant it in terms of a USFL type of second league. SMU has started the season 0-2, while scoring six points and giving up 88.
Sep 8 - 5:02 PM

SMU coach June Jones believes the "have-nots" in college football should play in the spring.

His proposal would mean that schools outside of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC would be showcased at a time when the power schools weren't competing. "I think the have-nots should go ahead and move to the spring just like the USFL did," Jones said. "I think that there’s an opportunity to do a complete other side of that division, and I think that if we don’t think that way as a group of have-nots, we’re going to get left behind. ... I can see in five-to-seven years, possibly, the public would demand to have the two leagues play, just like I think the USFL had in mind, originally, of the winner of the USFL playing the winner of the National Football League."
Jul 19 - 5:11 PM

SMU's latest import track-star-turned football player junior Bozidar "Bo" Antunovic "is more athletic and more explosive" than Margus Hunt, according to coach June Jones.

"June Jones says his latest import track-star-turned football player is "more athletic" and more explosive than Margus Hunt. That's saying something," Feldman wrote. The Mustangs hope that their 6-foot-6,270 pound prospect from Serbia may turn out like track-star-turned football player Margus Hunt, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Antunovic is a former track and field standout who placed fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earned All-America honors in 2013. The Mustangs are hoping to take advantage Antunovic's size and elite strength, as he will start out as an offensive lineman for the Mustangs.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 11 - 12:09 PM

No players were selected in the 2014 Supplemental Draft.

As expected. The draft ended as soon as it started since no team entered a bid on any of the four eligible prospects. Teams could give SMU running back Traylon Shead, Virginia-Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross, New Mexico WR Chase Clayton and UNC linebacker Darius Lipford a look during training camp, as each is now a free agent.
Jul 10 - 1:03 PM

NFL insider Adam Caplan has not spoken with a team that pegged a 2014 Supplemental Draft prospect with a draftable grade.

Again, do not expect any of the four prospects to be selected on Thursday. Teams would forfeit whatever corresponding 2015 pick that is used during the event. Prospects that are not selected automatically become free agents and can sign with any club.
Jul 10 - 10:41 AM

NFL.com's Henry Hodgson predicts SMU RB Traylon Shead and Virginia-Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross will get taken in Thursday's Supplemental Draft.

The site's resident supplemental draft expert slots Ross (6-5, 360) to the Jets in Round 6 and Shead (6-2, 230) to the Dolphins in Round 7. Shead was a ballyhooed Texas Longhorns recruit who didn't pan out. He transferred, couldn't crack SMU's rotation, and decided to move on. Hodgson doesn't expect New Mexico WR Chase Clayton or UNC linebacker Darius Lipford to get picked. Teams using a supplemental pick lose the corresponding selection in next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 6:39 PM

Four names have been confirmed as possible picks for Thursday's Supplemental Draft, including SMU RB Traylon Shead.

The other three names include: New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, UNC linebacker Darius Lipford and Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross. Shead is a larger than average running back, while Ross is a massive (6'4/336 lbs) defensive tackle. Multiple teams attended each prospect's pro day, but there is a legitimate chance none are selected. If a club does select one of these players, they lose a corresponding draft pick in the 2015 draft.
Jul 9 - 11:00 AM

It "sounds like" SMU senior RB Traylon Shead will enter the 2014 Supplemental Draft, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Shead was expected to take on the full time running back role last season in place of the departed Zach Line. Instead, he played in four games and rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries. Shead also caught six passes for 26 yards. Shead has an agent, per The Dallas Morning News. The running back did not participate in SMU's spring practices.
Jun 30 - 2:47 PM

Former Rice LB Cameron Nwosu transferred to SMU.

Nwosu started 25 consecutive games prior to suffering a knee injury that cost him the 2013 season; he finished second on the team with 92 tackles in 2012. Nwosu graduated in the spring, so he's eligible to play immediately. A trivia answer to stump your friends: Nwosu set an NCAA record when he blocked three PATs in the 2012 opener versus UCLA.
Source: Fox 4 News
May 31 - 12:50 AM

Former Texas A&M redshirt sophomore QB Matt Davis transferred to SMU.

Davis was ranked as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country as a four-star member of the Aggies’ 2012 recruiting class. He redshirted his first year on campus and then transferred to the JUCO ranks last year. SMU believes Davis will be eligible to play immediately in 2014, meaning he'll be eligible to play three years for the Mustangs. SMU is looking for a replacement for Garrett Gilbert.
Source: Fox 4 News
May 31 - 12:33 AM

Duke lacrosse player Chris Hipps will attend graduate school and play WR for SMU next season, according to Gil Brandt.

Out of high school, Hipps was a top Texas receiver recruit, according to Brandt. He finished his career on a high note with Duke, as the lacrosse program just won the national championship, culminating a run that saw them win two of the last three titles, and four of the last five. Hipps stands at 6'4/211 lbs.
May 29 - 11:15 AM

SMU sophomore QB Neal Burcham enters fall camp atop the depth chart in his bid to replace Garrett Gilbert as starting QB.

Gilbert was a sixth-round pick of the Rams earlier this month. Burcham (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) started two games last season when the former Longhorn was injured. The sophomore will fight with JC transfer Matt Davis (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), a former four-star Texas A&M recruit, for the starting gig in camp. Davis is a dual-threat, while Burcham is the traditional pocket passer that June Jones' system turns into stars. As a high school senior, Burcham was co-MVP with Jameis Winston at the ESPN Elite 11 QB Showcase.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 6:07 PM

Rams selected SMU QB Garrett Gilbert with the No. 214 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Gilbert (6-foot-3 1/4, 223) went to Texas as a five-star recruit, before losing his confidence and starting job under Mack Brown. He transferred into June Jones' SMU spread offense, where Gilbert improved, recording a 21:7 TD-to-INT ratio and 66.5 completion rate as a senior. Gilbert offers an ideal build and adequate hand size (9 3/8") with plus accuracy at the short and intermediate levels. His velocity wanes on deeper outs, and Gilbert will have to learn pro-style concepts after spending his entire college career in spread attacks. He's a long shot to become a quality NFL backup. It's not the pick Rams fans tired of Sam Bradford were looking for.
May 10 - 5:26 PM

49ers selected SMU CB Kenneth Acker with the No. 180 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Acker is a three year starter and boasts a 36-inch vertical jump to go along with 31-inch arms. He will battle for a roster spot, but the 49ers lack depth at corner. Acker's brother, Karl, is a wide receiver at LSU.
May 10 - 4:01 PM


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