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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

The NCAA has not yet ruled on SMU redshirt senior QB Matt Davis' (knee) request for a sixth year of eligibility via a medical waiver.

Davis tore his ACL in the opener this past season, knocking him out for the remainder of the campaign. Typically, that's an open-and-shut case for a medical hardship waiver, but one never does know with the NCAA. In 2015, his last healthy season, Davis threw for 2,263 yards, rushed for 761 more and accounted for 26 total touchdowns. If Davis is granted the waiver, he'll compete for the starting job with sophomore Ben Hicks and Arkansas transfer Rafe Peavey.
Jan 26 - 1:54 PM

Arizona State graduate TE Raymond Epps transferred to SMU.

While Epps did not give a reason for his transfer, it's reasonable to assume that he might be looking for increased playing time. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder contributed sparingly with the Sun Devils after hooking up with the team out of the JUCO ranks during the 2015 offseason. These past two seasons, he caught a combined five passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Jan 19 - 6:11 PM

SMU redshirt sophomore WR Courtland Sutton announced he will return to school for the 2017 season.

Sutton held a press conference for the announcement. Sutton's last two seasons were outstanding, including the 2016 campaign when he caught 76 passes for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will enter his redshirt junior campaign as one of the top receivers in the country.
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM

Baylor beat writer Jessica Morrey reports a deal between Baylor and SMU head coach Chad Morris is "becoming less and less likely."

This is surprising, as Morris appeared to be the favorite for the opening just a few days ago. Morrey notes the deal is still possible, but it seemingly is not headed in a positive direction. As with all coaching hires, the negotiations can take place via the media, as we saw with the Tom Herman, Texas and LSU love triangle.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 09:04:00 AM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that SMU HC Chad Morris has not accepted the same position at Baylor as of yet.

A report out of Dallas earlier on Tuesday had Morris accepting the position, but the eminently plugged-in Feldman hears otherwise. Backing Feldman's assertion that Baylor has yet to offer their head coaching gig to anybody at this point, Morris himself told the Dallas Morning News that the Bears haven't even contacted him yet. Multiple reports have Morris as a strong contender for the gig and he may well end up taking over for interim HC Jim Grobe when all is said and done, but coaching dominoes might not start to truly fall until after Houston HC Tom Herman makes a decision as to his own future. Texas is said to be pining for Herman as a potential replacement for the yet-to-be-fired Charlie Strong.
Source: FOX Sports
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:44:00 PM

Baylor is "zeroing in" on SMU's Chad Morris and Houston's Tom Herman as the school's top two head coaching targets, according to 247Sports' Travis Haney.

"They’re not giving up," Haney's source said of Baylor's interest in Herman. "They want to talk with him." We all know Herman isn't going to Baylor, as Texas is his most likely destination. That leaves Morris, a former Clemson offensive coordinator. It makes sense, as Morris is offensive minded and Baylor has obviously specialized in offense for years.
Source: 247 Sports
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 11:47:00 AM

SMU redshirt freshman WR James Proche caught six passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 35-31 win over Tulane.

Proche hauled in an eight-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, then came back around to score from 35 yards out in the closing minutes of the first half. This was the 5-foot-11, 185-pound redshirt freshman's best game of the season by a fair margin. For the campaign as a whole, Proche has caught 41 passes for 548 yards and four touchdowns over the course of eight games played.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 09:29:00 PM

SMU redshirt sophomore WR Courtland Sutton caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-16 win over Houston.

Sutton scored on a short two-yard grab in the opening minutes of the second quarter. The touchdown was his fifth of the season. In addition, the 6-foot-4, 214-pound redshirt sophomore has caught 37 passes for 673 yards in seven games. Much of that came early in the campaign. After logging at least 100 yards receiving in three of his first four games, he has failed to hit that mark in any of his last three.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 11:09:00 PM

SMU redshirt sophomore WR Courtland Sutton caught eight passes for 98 yards in Friday's 43-40 overtime loss to Tulsa.

Sutton was unable to find paydirt, but it was an otherwise strong effort from the standout redshirt sophomore. The 6-foot-4, 214-pounder was key on the final drive of regulation, when SMU marched down the field for a game-tying field goal. Facing a fourth-and-short, QB Ben Hicks fought off pressure to find Sutton for the conversion. The pass was impressive, the catch even more so. Sutton had defenders draped all over him and caught it despite Tulsa's best attempts to rip the ball free from his steely hands. His eight catches on the evening stand as his highest mark through the first six games of the season. Sutton has racked up 590 yards receiving to pair with four touchdowns, though all four of those scores came in the first two games of the campaign.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 12:52:00 AM


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