Two Mustangs Inducted To National Honor Society

May 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

Former SMU football players Chase Kennemer and Mitch Enright were inducted into the 2010 class of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society Tuesday, joining former Mustangs Tommy Poytner and Thomas Morstead, who were inducted in 2009.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. The NFF took 620 players from 246 schools in this year’s class.

“Each of these young men has showcased a strong desire to succeed on and off the football field,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning in a press release. “We are certainly proud to honor them for their accomplishments as the next generation of our nation’s leaders.”

Enright earned his second consecutive C-USA All-Academic accolade in 2009 as a graduate student working towards an MBA in marketing and strategic leadership. Enright, a former offensive lineman, earned his undergraduate degree in three years and is currently finishing his second year of graduate school with a 3.77 GPA. He was also named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American.

Kennemer earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic team. The former linebacker and finance major has a 3.52 GPA and was voted a captain by his teammates last season. He also earned All-C-USA in 2009 after recording 135 total tackles.

The pair helped the Mustangs to their first bowl berth and win since 1984.

VIDEO: Extra Point — Filling the Gaps

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SMU Daily Mustang’s Robby Gillespie and Chris Dell go in depth about the important position changes taking place on the SMU football team, including discussion about the open spots left by key players.

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The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 13

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LB Kennemer To Be Honored at NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas

April 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

After a team leading defensive performance in his senior season for the Mustangs, linebacker Chase Kennemer will be recognized at the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas’ annual banquet.

The event, held April 20 at Cowboys Stadium, recognizes collegiate honorees and 53 high school scholar-athletes. SMU Head Coach June Jones will deliver the keynote speech.

Winners are chosen from area schools including Baylor, North Texas, Texas A&M-Commerce, SMU, and TCU.

Kennemer, the defensive captain in 2009, led the team with 135 tackles on his way to earning a first-team All-Conference USA selection. He will graduate in May with a degree in psychology and finance.

The selection committee included coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from the North Texas area.

The event will also pay tribute to several outstanding individuals for their contributions to football and the North Texas area. Among the other award recipients is Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones who will accept the Distinguished Texan Award, the Gridiron Club’s most prestigious award.

VIDEO: Extra Point — Spring Football Practice Update

April 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

SMU Daily Mustang’s Robby Gillespie and Alan Rose break down the position questions that need to be answered this spring. The Mustangs lose several defensive stars and a key wide receiver and running back.

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SMU Faces Tough Nevada Running Attack

December 24, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

HONOLULU — The SMU football team will have to find a way to stop the best rushing attack in the NCAA Thursday night to earn their first bowl win since 1984 when they won the Hawaii Bowl.

Nevada set an NCAA record in 2009 after three Wolfpack running backs ran for more than 1,000 yards each. Fortunately for SMU, Nevada will play without two of their leading running backs Vai Taua and Luke Lippincott who combined for 2,379 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Taua was ruled academically ineligible this week and Lippincott had surgery two weeks ago.

The Wolfpack also lost strong safety Duke Williams and linebacker Andre Davis Wednesday after head coach Chris Ault suspended Williams for unspecified team violations and released Davis from the program.

Those losses may help out the Mustangs who have had trouble stopping the run this season, allowing 169 rushing yards/game and giving up 331 rushing yards to a Navy offense that also focuses on running the ball.

“They’re not going to change what they do,” said SMU Head Coach June Jones. “Somebody will get an opportunity to be a star and the team may rally up and play harder. They’re one of the best running teams in America…it’s going to be a tough match up for us.”

“We’re excited and are looking forward to the challenge,” said SMU senior linebacker Chase Kennemer. “As a linebacker you want to play a team that runs the ball. I’m looking forward to trying to shut them down. ”

Jones led the Mustangs to the biggest turnaround in school history and in the NCAA in 2009 with a 7-5 record, after SMU went 1-11 in 2008. He did it with a true freshmen quarterback, Kyle Padron, who he was talking about red shirting earlier in the season. Padron led the Mustangs to a 4-1 record as a starter.

He will see a defense Thursday that has allowed opponents to 284 passing yards/game, ranked 118th in the country. A unique part of this June Jones offense is running back Shawnbrey McNeal, who is the first collegiate running back to run for 1,000 yards under Jones.

“We have a young quarterback and Shawnbrey has really taken a load off of him,” Jones said.

The Mustangs are hoping for a home crowd Thursday when they take the field at Jones’ former home, Aloha Stadium.

“Everywhere we go, everyone knows coach Jones,” Kennemer said. “I think him being here will give us a slight edge.”

For Jones, the homecoming will be a welcomed sight to a place where he has so many memories as Hawaii’s coach.

“It’s going to fun walking into the stadium on game day,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to being on the same sideline I used to be on.”

Making Waves: 2009 Special Teams Picks

December 24, 2009 by · Comments Off 

First Pick: Margus Hunt
Class/Position: Freshmen Defensive End
Awards: 2009 Defensive C-USA Honorable Mention, Holds SMU record for career blocked kicks
2009 Stats: 7 blocked kicks, 1 fumble recovery, 1.5 sacks
Hunt became a threat on field goals and extra points early in the season, earning a total of 7 blocked kicks, which is second most in the NCAA for one season.

Second Pick: Sterling Moore
Class/Position: Defensive Back
2009 Stats: 1 blocked kick, 28 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery

Third Pick: Bryan McCann
Class/Position: Senior Defensive Back
Awards: 2009 Special Teams All-Conference USA Honorable Mention
2009 Stats: 2 blocked kicks returned for touchdowns, 2 forced fumbles, 808 kickoff return yards

Making Waves: 2009 Defensive Picks

December 23, 2009 by · Comments Off 

First Pick: Chase Kennemer
Class/Position: Senior Linebacker
Awards: 2009 First Team All-Conference USA,
2009 Stats: 2 Interceptions, 126 Tackles, 1 sack, 4 fumble recoveries
Kennemer averaged 10.5 tackles/game in 2009 (second best in C-USA, 13th nationally)

Second Pick: Rock Dennis
Class/Position: Senior Strong Safety
Awards: 2009 Defensive Honorable Mention All-Conference USA
2009 Stats: 4 Interceptions (1 for touchdown), 57 Tackles, 1 sack, 7 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery

Third Pick: Bryan McCann
Class/Position: Senior Corner Back
Awards: 2009 Defensive Honorable Mention All-Conference USA
2009 Stats: 3 Interceptions, 53 tackles, 9 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles

Two Mustangs Earn C-USA First Team Honors

December 8, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU seniors Emmanuel Sanders and Chase Kennemer were named to the First Team All-Conference USA for the 2009 season. Sanders also earned the honor as a punt returner.

Sanders caught 91 passes for 1,215 yards, a single season SMU record. As a punt returner, he led the C-USA with a 15.4 yards per return average. Kennemer earned 126 tackles to lead the Mustangs and place himself second in the conference and 13th nationally.

Ten Mustangs earned C-USA honorable mentions.

SMU’s starting quarterback, Kyle Padron, who took over when Bo Levi Mitchell went down with an injury at Houston, was named to the C-USA All-Freshmen Team. Padron led the Mustangs to a 4-1 record as a starter and their first bowl appearance in 25 years.

Wide receiver Darius Johnson and defensive back Taylor Reed also were named to the All-Freshmen team. Johnson played in four games catching ten passes 107 yards and a touchdown. Reed was fifth on the team with 56 tackles and pulled down an interception to seal a victory at UAB early in the season.

SMU was second only to Houston and Tulsa, who had four players on the C-USA All-Freshmen list.

The Mustangs began practicing Monday for their Dec. 24 match up against Nevada in Honolulu for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, which will be televised on ESPN.

Enright and Kennemer Earn C-USA Award

December 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

Just two days after SMU accepted a bid to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the Mustangs’ continue to earn recognition for their performance, this time in the classroom.

Seniors Chase Kennemer and Mitch Enright were named to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the league announced Thursday.

Enright, a second year graduate student with a 3.77 GPA, earned the award for the second time. Earlier in the season he was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American for his classroom performance.

Kennemer, a finance major, not only leads the C-USA in tackles this season with 125 but also boasts a 3.52 GPA and is a captain of the team.

The Mustangs head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. It will be their first bowl appearance in 25 years.

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