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SMU received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Shamar Johnson.

Johnson is a Richland Hills, Texas, native and the 128th ranked wide receiver in the nation who committed to SMU over Connecticut, North Texas, Rice, Texas Tech. SMU was the first school to offer him a scholarship and ultimately who he ended up choosing.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 13 - 2:19 PM

Wyoming redshirt senior T Brinkley Jolly transferred to SMU.

Jolly (6'5/277) appeared in nine games during his time with Wyoming, eight of those contests being of the starting variety. His exact place on the SMU depth chart figures to clarify in preseason camp. The Mustangs have brought in a number of graduate transfers this offseason even beyond Jolly, including Notre Dame WR C.J. Sanders, Cal and Arkansas defensive linemen Noah Westerfield and Jake Hall, and Illinois DB Pat Nelson.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 9 - 2:30 PM

Notre Dame senior WR C.J. Sanders transferred to SMU as a graduate.

We've been waiting on Sanders' transfer decision since news first broke of his impending move over the winter. SMU makes for a logical final collegiate home, as the 5-foot-8, 185-pounder enters the fray with HC Sonny Dykes' squad still in the process of sorting through their receiving rotation beyond James Proche following the losses of stud wideouts Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn to April's draft. Sanders caught just one pass during the most recent season after posting a 24-293-2 receiving line during the 2016 campaign. While his receiving output might be modest, one clear area of strength he brings to the table for Dykes and staff to play with is as a special teams return man. He never finished with fewer than 640 kick-return yards in a season during his time in South Bend.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 5 - 2:41 PM

SMU received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Terrance Gipson.

Gipson turned some some "bigger named" schools in choosing the Mustangs, as he also had offers from Nebraska and Virginia, among several others. In his junior season, the 6-foot, 186-pound signal-caller threw for 19 touchdowns and rushed for five more, and he turned the ball over only twice on interceptions. He ranks 20th among "dual-threat" quarterbacks in the 2019 class, and 112th overall in the always loaded state of Texas.
Jun 4 - 12:06 PM

Illinois redshirt junior S Pat Nelson transferred to SMU as a graduate.

News of Nelson's transfer intent broke late last November. The 6-foot, 210-pound safety closed out his Illini career having registered 65 tackles and two forced fumbles during his final year in the Windy City. He's been a consistently active defender when healthy. Nelson is the fourth graduate transfer to land with SMU this offseason and will have two years eligibility remaining in his new program. Having already graduated, he'll be able to play immediately this coming season.
May 29 - 11:28 AM

West Virginia sophomore WR Reggie Roberson transferred to SMU.

Roberson (6'0/180) has made little depth chart hay in Morgantown this offseason and rather than stick it out, will now fold up shop to return to his home state of Texas. Playing as a true freshman a year ago, he caught six passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. The former three-star recruit should have a decent opportunity for playing time at SMU -- they just lost receivers Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn to the draft -- but will have to sit out the 2018 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2019. While the loss of Roberson in-and-of itself is not a crippling blow for the Mountaineers, one has to wonder whether they're nearing an attrition point with transfers. Roberson was the 15th player to say "No mas" to HC Dana Holgorsen this offseason. You can only take so many paper cuts before you begin to feel it. For now, they should be in good shape. If injuries begin to mount, though, beware.
Source: 247Sports
May 19 - 3:57 PM

SMU redshirt freshman T Matthew Huhn has retired due to what he termed a "medical issue."

In his retirement announcement on Twitter, Huhn cited an unspecified health concern which he was dealing with on a day-in, day-out basis during spring practice. The 6-foot-7, 278-pound redshirt freshman was a three-star recruit in the 2017 class and likely would have had a shot at real playing time during the upcoming season had he not been forced to cut his playing career short to preserve his physical well-being.
May 18 - 11:19 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Adam Grosbard reports that SMU junior DL Michael Badejo will transfer.

Badejo (6'2/224) appeared in 23 games over the course of his two years at SMU, but the former three-star recruit was never an integral part of the Mustangs defense. For the past campaign, he logged a mere three tackles. While he failed to bust down the door statistically with the program, his loss thins an already threadbare defensive line rotation, one which is looking to replace outgoing talents Justin Lawler and Mason Gentry (both gone to the NFL), plus Dimarya Mixon, who exited stage left in graduation. Badejo will have two years eligibility remaining once he settles on a transfer destination. Grosbard does not touch on whether this is a graduate transfer, but we're working under the assumption that the defensive lineman will have to sit out upcoming campaign -- barring a transfer away from the FBS -- in order to satisfy NCAA regulations.
May 15 - 12:07 PM

Senior DL Jake Hall is transferring from Arkansas to SMU.

Hall is taking the opposite route of new Arkansas coach Chad Morris, who left SMU for Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 263-pound defensive lineman had one sack and 11 tackles as a junior for the Razorbacks last year, but could find himself playing significantly more for the depleted SMU defensive line.
May 14 - 11:02 AM

Pro Football Focus lists SMU CB Jordan Wyatt as an early player to watch in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Wyatt has been a ball hawk for the Mustangs over the past two seasons, picking off eight passes in that time frame and also breaking up a total of 15. He's also shown the ability to make something happen when he picks those passes off, as he's scored four defensive touchdowns as well. Another strong season and Wyatt might be one of the first corners off the board in 2019.
May 11 - 5:31 PM

West Virginia sophomore WR Reggie Roberson announced he would transfer.

Roberson (6'0/180) caught six passes for 30 yards and one touchdown last year. But here's the thing: All that production came in the first three games of the season, all non-conference games. A three-star recruit, Roberson had apparently been passed on the depth chart by fellow sophomore receiver TJ Simmons.
Source: 247 Sports
May 3 - 6:32 PM

Redskins selected SMU WR Trey Quinn with the No. 256 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

This makes Quinn the 2018 Mr. Irrelevant. Quinn (5’11/203) was SMU’s unheralded bookend for Courtland Sutton, transferring from LSU to spend one year with the Mustangs and tally a 114/1,236/13 receiving line, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference. PFF College credited Quinn with 4.36 yards per route run, highest among all draft-eligible receivers. On slot routes alone, Quinn caught 75% of his targets with seven TDs and had the lowest drop rate (1.7%) in this receiver class. Quinn isn’t exceptionally straight-line fast (4.55) but he is quick in a short area (6.91 three-cone time) and catches everything.
Apr 28 - 7:05 PM

Rams selected SMU LB Justin Lawler with the No. 244 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Lawler visited the Rams during the process. Lawler (6’4/264) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor on the Mustangs’ defensive line, tallying 39.5 career tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. He blocked six kicks on special teams, including three as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Lawler showed why with a 5.02 forty and 27-inch vertical at SMU’s Pro Day. Ultimately, Lawler was a good college pass rusher whose skill set is unlikely to translate smoothly to the far-more-athletic pros.
Apr 28 - 6:34 PM

Broncos selected SMU WR Courtland Sutton with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Sutton (6’3/218) started all three years for the Mustangs, compiling a career 195/3,220/16.5/31 receiving line and dabbling as a basketball forward at SMU. Sutton is an old-school possession receiver with 4.54 speed who won in the run-after-catch and contested-catch games in college but didn’t consistently separate from American Athletic Conference DBs. (Sutton’s tape shows SMU’s poor QB play was at least partly to blame.) A 93rd-percentile SPARQ athlete, Sutton ultimately profiles in the Muhsin Muhammad-Alshon Jeffery range with some traditional "No. 1 receiver" traits. The Cowboys were linked to Sutton, but he has a chance to shine with the Broncos if all of the pieces align.
Apr 27 - 7:42 PM

Scout Inc's Steve Muench projects the Colts to take Courtland Sutton with the 49th pick in his second-round mock draft.

There were some reports on Friday that the Cowboys plan on selecting Sutton with their second-round pick. In order to do so, they might have to trade ahead of the Colts, who have an obvious need for a second wide receiver to pair with T.Y. Hilton. "While he doesn't separate well, Sutton has good speed for his size, a wide catching radius and the frame to box out defenders," Muench writes. On paper, this one makes a whole lot of sense.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 6:15 PM


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