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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

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


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