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SMU junior TE Mitchell Kaufman has retired.

In an open letter Kaufman posted on 247Sports, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder alluded to foot injuries and concussion concerns as part of his impetus to hang up his cleats. He finishes his career with the Mustangs having appeared in 36 games over the course of three seasons. In that space, he caught 11 passes for 123 yards.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 21 - 3:00 PM

SMU hired Lamar offensive quality control coach Casey Kroll to serve as a graduate assistant.

Kroll will be taking on duties with the offensive line under HC Sonny Dykes during the coming season. He largely worked with the O-line at Lamar, too, so there shouldn't be too much of a transitional period for the coach.
Feb 15 - 1:51 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that SMU has hired Arizona State senior offensive analyst Josh Martin to serve as tight ends coach.

Martin has been on staff in various capacities with the Sun Devils since 2014. He got his coaching start at Division II Tarleton State in 2012, where he served as offensive line coach for the program.
Source: The Scoop
Feb 15 - 12:22 PM

SMU promoted graduate assistant Chris Scott Jr. to defensive analyst.

Scott has been working on the defensive side as a graduate assistant with the Mustangs for the past two seasons. He served as cornerbacks coach for Southern University in 2015 prior to SMU snatching him away.
Source: The Scoop
Feb 8 - 3:35 PM

Southern Methodist has hired former Louisiana Tech CB coach Kevin Curtis to work in the same capacity.

Football Scoop reported that Curtis and SMU were in talks, Bruce Feldman reported that the deal was done, and now it's been confirmed by the university. Curtis previously worked with new SMU coach Sonny Dykes when Dykes was the head coach at Louisiana Tech. After Dykes left for Cal, Curtis coached at Texas Tech from 2013-2015, before rejoining the Louisiana Tech staff in 2016.
Jan 26 - 5:45 PM

Football Scoop reports that SMU is targeting a potential hire of Louisiana Tech CB coach Kevin Curtis to serve in a similar capacity.

Curtis is currently in his second stint with Louisiana Tech. His first go-round with the Bulldogs came in 2010-12, when current SMU HC Sonny Dykes was working as head coach at the program.
Jan 26 - 12:19 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Palazzolo projects the Jaguars to take SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the 29th pick in his latest mock draft.

Sutton (6'4/214) has not only one of the best receivers in the country over the last two years, he's been an analytical darling. It's no surprise, then, to see him projected as a first-round selection. "Sutton brings a 6-foot-4 frame capable of beating up on smaller cornerbacks and winning in contested situations," Palazzolo writes, "but he’s also been solid after the catch, forcing 26 missed tackles over the last two years."
Jan 20 - 10:33 PM

The Daily Chronicle's Josh Tolentino reports that SMU will hire NIU DL coach Brett Diersen to serve in the same capacity.

Mustangs DC Kevin Kang sticking with the familiar, here, as Kane was the defensive coordinator at NIU prior to taking over the same post at SMU earlier this offseason. Diersen has been on staff at Northern Illinois for the past five seasons.
Jan 17 - 3:22 PM

SMU junior S Mikial Onu underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia on Tuesday.

In a tweet, Onu indicated that he dealt with the injury throughout the season. Which makes his 2017 season all the more impressive. Onu finished with a team-leading 105 tackles, adding two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Jan 16 - 8:19 PM

SMU hired Northern Illinois defensive coordinator Kevin Kane to the same position.

Another strong hire by Sonny Dykes, here. Northern Illinois boasted an extremely stout defense again in 2017, ranking No. 14 overall in S&P+'s methodology. The Huskies also ranked No. 32n in scoring defense and No. 26 in total yards allowed. Dykes previously hired former Auburn and UConn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee to be his OC.
Jan 16 - 6:59 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that SMU DE Justin Lawler showed out admirably during Monday's East-West Shrine Game practice.

"He did well in the one-on-ones, using speed to fly by tackles and get pressure in the pocket," Campbell writes, adding that at one point, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Lawler schooled Wagner T Greg Senat so thoroughly that Senat was given pointers on maintaining his balance. Lawler, an All-AAC first-teamer for the 2017 campaign, profiles as a potential Day 3 selection. NFLDraftScout.com stamps him with a sixth-round grade.
Jan 16 - 3:37 PM

The Hartford Courant's Mike Anthony reports that SMU will hire UConn offensive analyst Jonathan Brewer.

Brewer follows Huskies OC Rhett Lashlee -- whom he worked with at Auburn as well -- to Sonny Dykes' SMU outfit. Whether Brewer remains an analyst in his new digs or shifts to an on-field coaching role is currently unknown.
Jan 13 - 4:01 PM

SMU hired UConn OC Rhett Lashlee to serve in the same capacity.

"He is one of the sharp, young minds in our profession and he has a bright future ahead of him," said Mustangs HC Sonny Dykes in a statement. "I know he'll be a great coach as well as a dynamic recruiter who will connect with kids as well as high school coaches." Lashlee spent the past year in successful fashion at UConn, helping turn around an offense which ranked 122nd in total offense before his arrival. Under his watchful eye, the Huskies ranked 49th for the 2017 campaign. Prior to this one-off at UConn, Lashlee had served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2013-16. Just how he will mesh the run schemes he worked on with the Tigers into Dykes' Air Raid will be one of the storylines to watch over the offseason. Had Dykes been planning on running a pure Air Raid, Lashlee would not have been a logical hire. We'll be seeing a hybrid of some kind during the 2018 season.
Jan 4 - 1:39 PM

SMU redshirt junior WR Trey Quinn will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Quinn (6'1/200), an LSU transfer, exploded to catch 106 passes for 1,191 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. It was by far the most prolific campaign of his collegiate career. The lightning fast slot man should put up fantastic numbers in the 40-yard dash come the Combine, likely in the 4.3's. He's a sure-handed prospect with Day 2 upside for the spring.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 11:51:00 PM

SMU redshirt junior WR Courtland Sutton announced that he will declare for the NFL Draft.

Sutton (6'4/214) will likely hear his name called in Rd. 1 this spring barring a poor pre-draft process. He may have been a first-rounder had he declared after last season, but Sutton returned to post a 62-1017-12 line. Sutton isn't necessarily a polarizing prospect, but some like him more than others. B/R's Matt Miller ranks Sutton as the class' No. 2 receiver, but says Sutton has the highest ceiling of any WR in the crop. ESPN's Mel Kiper does not rank Sutton among his top-25 prospects, while Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline currently has a second-round grade on Sutton. "One aspect of his game that scouts would like to see him clean up is his route running; he’ll sometimes drift at the top of his routes and is light on his cuts," Pauline wrote. In his first 2018 mock draft, Todd McShay slotted Sutton No. 27 to the Jags. SI's Albert Breer recently reported that he'd heard from "many" evaluators that Sutton could be a top-10 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 11:46:00 PM


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