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SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton broad jumps 10’3" and vertical jumps 33 1/2 inches.

SMU head coach Chad Morris told SI's Bruce Feldman that Sutton is very similar to former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins with regards to his "great body control and ball skills." The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Sutton, however, is bigger than Hopkins.
Source: SI
Jul 19 - 12:22 PM

SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton needs to improve his ball tracking and hand position in order to reach his full potential, according to Matt Waldman.

Waldman says Sutton's hands aren't poor by college standards, but a bigger leap needs to be taken before reaching the NFL. Waldman brings up Quincy Enunwa as one receiver who was able to progress in this area. Sutton will be viewed as a top three receiver prospect in the country and will get many eyes to tune into SMU on Saturdays.
Jul 12 - 11:01 AM

SMU coach Chad Morris said redshirt sophomore QB Ben Hicks exited spring practice as the front-runner for the starting job.

"I would say so, yes, especially coming out of spring and knowing all the ball that he played in the fall," Morris said. Hicks threw for 2,930 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. A four-star recruit, Hicks was rated by ESPN as the nation's No. 22 pocket-passing quarterback (pocket passer) by ESPN coming out of the prep ranks. Hicks is attempting to fend off Arkansas transfer Rafe Peavey and junior college recruit D.J. Gillins for the starting job.
Jul 8 - 1:37 PM

SMU junior RB Xavier Jones (hamstring) is expected to be fully healthy for August camp.

This past season, Jones initially injured his hamstring in the season-opener against North Texas, then suffered yet another setback when he returned to action against Temple on October 1. The latter injury cost him the remainder of the season. He will be competing with Braeden West and Ke'Mon Freeman for starting rights during the coming campaign. During a healthy freshman campaign in 2015, Jones rushed for 632 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Jones as the No. 79 fantasy running back as we begin to gear up for August camp.
Jul 6 - 9:17 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton "would’ve been a mid-to-late first round choice" had he entered the 2017 NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report previously reported that Sutton was considered by many in the NFL to be a top-15 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft before he decided to return to school. "The big bodied wide out is a game controlling receiver and the go-to guy opponents cannot stop," Pauline wrote. "Sutton is a long wide out who wins out for contested catches and consistently grabs the ball away from his frame. He’s not afraid to battle in a crowd for the ball and has shown consistent progress in his game." Pauline believes Sutton could be a top-10 pick next spring.
Jul 5 - 12:48 PM

SMU head coach Chad Morris says QB Ben Hicks has the edge for the starting job heading into the summer but noted that he liked the progress of redshirt junior QB Rafe Peavey this spring.

"I would say [Hicks is the No. 1], yes, especially coming out of spring, knowing all the ball that he played in the fall," Morris said. "I expect it to be a great quarterback challenge and controversy going into our first fall camp scrimmage." Peavey, an Arkansas transfer, completed 16-of-18 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. "I told Rafe out here on the field, 'I wish you had about another two weeks of practice,'" Morris said. "He's really made up a lot of ground improvement-wise. To be able to watch him coming into fall camp will be neat." The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Peavey was a top-10 high school quarterback coming out of the prep ranks.
Jun 15 - 3:20 PM

SMU junior WR Xavier Castille left the football program.

According to Scout, Castille left the program shortly after spring practices. Castille ranked third on the team in receptions (40) and receiving yards (423) last year. This fall, he was set to be a tertiary receiving option in a loaded WR corps led by Courtland Sutton, James Proche and transfer Trey Quinn. Castille, a three-star recruit, picked SMU over offers from Oklahoma State, Washington, Houston, Kansas and others.
Source: Scout
Jun 8 - 2:51 PM

Oregon State graduate OL Will Hopkins will play his final season at SMU.

Hopkins moves closer to his hometown of Austin, Texas. This makes nine transfers moving into SMU this offseason, including players from programs like LSU and Arkansas. Hopkins saw little action for the Beavers.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 8 - 10:20 AM

One NFL team told Bleacher Report that SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton was considered a top-15 player in the 2017 NFL Draft before he decided to return to school.

"[He's] a big, physical kid with good fluidity, body control and hands," one area scout said. "His top-end speed is the question, but he has a chance to be a No. 1 wide receiver." Sutton was a high school basketball star who appeared in three games for the Mustang basketball team before hanging up his sneakers. On the gridiron, he's already drawing favorable comparisons to NFL standouts. "He's better than your boy Alshon [Jeffrey] was in college," another said. "Cleaner as a prospect, too." Scouts say Sutton's size and ball skills profile him as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. "He's a lot more like [Laquon] Treadwell than a Mike Evans in terms of speed and how he separates," one scout said. "But he's also playing in an offense that's great for projecting receivers." Sutton is the "clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver" on Matt Miller's board heading into the year.
Jun 1 - 2:54 PM

Former Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne has joined SMU as OL coach.

The connection is Chad Morris, as Kinne played under Morris while in school and Morris is now the head coach of the Mustangs. Kinne most recently played in the Canadian league.
May 19 - 9:09 AM

According to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, only three WRs selected in the 2017 NFL Draft measured 5-foot-10 or shorter (Ryan Switzer: 5-8,181; Isaiah McKenzie: 5-7, 173; and Trent Taylor: 5-8, 181).

McKenzie is essentially a returner only at this point, while Switzer and Taylor are straight slot receivers. Per Brooks, 23 of the 32 receivers taken (72 percent) measured 6-feet or taller. "It's a big man's league," said an AFC personnel executive. "You always skew toward bigger players at the position because size matters on the perimeter, particularly down in the red zone or over the middle of the field. ... You want to expand the strike zone for the quarterback and make the game easier for him. Big guys can erase some of the quarterback's accuracy mistakes." Of the 2018 WR crop, the best in show heading into the season are Texas A&M's Christian Kirk (5-11, 200), Alabama's Calvin Ridley (6-1, 188) Oklahoma State's James Washington (6-0, 205), SMU's Courtland Sutton (6-3, 215) and Clemson's Deon Cain (6-1, 210).
Source: NFL.com
May 18 - 3:03 PM

Tennessee senior to be DE Dimarya Mixon announced his transfer to SMU.

Mixon made it clear this was not a dismissal, that he is leaving the Vols by choice. Mixon did not start a single game in three seasons for Tennessee. Unless he is a graduate transfer, Mixon will have to sit out the 2017 season.
May 17 - 10:33 AM

Southern Methodist QB Matt Davis attended the local prospect workouts of both the Cowboys and Texans.

After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in September (and missing the rest of the season), Davis declared for the NFL Draft rather than seeking a sixth year of eligibility. He's a smallish dual-threat quarterback who lacks NFL arm talent. Though he's unlikely to be drafted, he'll likely be in a camp this summer.
Apr 11 - 2:41 PM

SMU redshirt senior QB Matt Davis (knee) declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Davis' 2016 season was lost when he tore his ACL in the opener. He'd been seeking a sixth year of NCAA eligibility via a medical waiver, but will instead begin his professional career. "(Davis is a) Greg Ward-type playmaker; he can make plays with his arm and feet. Like Ward, NFL scouts will have questions about his size and ability to move an NFL-style offense from the pocket," said NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter. As was the case for Iowa DE Drew Ott last year, the timing of Davis' decision means he missed the NFL Combine. Davis will audition for NFL scouts at the Mustangs' pro day on March 29. We aren't optimistic about his odds of getting drafted.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 3:16 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that SMU will hire Texas assistant Jeff Traylor to serve as RB coach.

Traylor will coach up the running game for the Mustangs and will receive a shiny new designation as "associate head coach" in the process. While this hiring might not draw big headlines, we think it's sneaky-smart. Prior to his most recent coaching stint at Texas, Traylor had found repeated success as a high school coach in the state of Texas. Indeed, a large part of his draw when then-Longhorns HC Charlie Strong first hired him was his recruiting prowess. He will bring those same recruiting chops to SMU, now.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 7 - 8:48 PM


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