Robinson Selected in NFL Draft

May 1, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU’s Aldrick Robinson was drafted by the Washington Redskins this weekend in the 2011 NFL draft. The Texas native was the 178th selection overall, going 13th in the sixth round.

While at SMU Robinson was a constant force on offense. As wide receiver he caught a school record 14 touchdowns with 1,301 receiving yards in last season alone.

Robinson is the third Mustang in three years to make it to the NFL level. He joins the likes of New Orleans Saint punter Thomas Morstead and Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

SMU Football Signs 28 New Mustangs

February 2, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU football’s ability to recruit keeps getting easier for SMU Head Coach June Jones after his continued success at SMU and earning consecutive bowl appearances. Through this years recruiting class, SMU is one step closer to building back the program that was once so powerful.

The Mustangs wrapped up national college football signing day by announcing a recruiting class of 28 student-athletes, 21 of which are rated three-star or above (ranked by rivals.com). This is a 30 percent increase from the 2010 recruiting class, which hosted only 16 three-star recruits.

“It’s the best recruiting class by far that I’ve had in my return to college football,” Head Coach June Jones said.

Scout.com ranked the Mustangs incoming class at No. 1 among all non-BCS AQ schools. Rivals.com ranked SMU’s recruiting class no. 50 overall. This is the highest ranked class for SMU in three decades.

The incoming class is made up of six wide receivers, five defensive backs, one quarterback (enrolled in January), one center, one running back, three offensive linesmen, two defensive linesmen, two defensive tackles, three defensive ends and four left backs.

“Next year will be the first time we’ve had depth on defense and I feel real good about that,” Jones said. “I think the quality of the athletes [is the best we’ve had].”

One new Mustang is four-star Davon Moreland (6’3, 230), the highest-rated player signed by SMU in the Rivals’ decade-plus database.

Rivals rate the linebacker from Los Angeles, California the No. 17 linebacker in the nation. Overall, Rivals rank Moreland as No. 231 in the nation and FoxSports.com ranks him at No. 239. He chose SMU over offers from USC, Oregon, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, Texas A&M, UCLA and others.

Out of SMU’s 28 recruits, 15 of them played defense in high school.

“To be a championship team and make a BCS run, you have to be able to win the game on defense,” said Jones to ESPN DFW. “We keep adding talent and depth on the defensive side and I think that’s kind of what we wanted to do.”

The list of new recruits includes wide receiver Nyle Johnson, son of NFL player and USFL All-Star Trumaine Johnson, and Jonathan Yenga, brother of four-year starter Youri Yenga.

Of those to sign with SMU – including quarterback Conner Preston, who enrolled in classes last month –21 are labeled three-star recruits by Rivals.com, which is more than in 2007 (4), 2008 (4) and 2009 (7) combined.

From Wednesday’s 28 signees, 18 call Texas there home and 27 are joining the Mustangs out of high school.

Below is a list of the complete 28 recruits set to join the Mustangs in the fall.

Four Stars:
Davon Moreland, LB (6’3, 230)

Three Stars:
Arrius Hollesman, WR (6’3, 170)
Christian Holloway, DE (6’5, 240)
Rodney Hubert, DB (5’11, 165)
Darius Joseph, WR (6’1, 190)
Daren Kitchen, DB (6’1, 172)
Taylor Lasecki, OL (6’3, 360)
Dontae Levington, OL (6’4, 285)
Derek Longoria, LB (6’3, 205)
K.C. Nlemchi, RB (6’0, 215)
Conner Preston, QB (6’0, 200)
Taylor Reich, OL (6’7, 295)
James Richardson, DB (5’9, 175)
Jermaine Sams, WR (5’11, 177)
Stephon Sanders, DE (6’3, 230)
Ronnell Sims, WR (5’8, 170)
Cameron Smith, LB (6’2, 240)
Jarrett Spencer, DE (6’3, 240)
Kris Weeks, OL (6’5, 300)
Rishaad Wimbley, DT (6’0, 295)
Zachary Wood, DE (6’3, 260)
Darrian Wright, DT (6’2, 280)
Jonathan Yenga, LB (6’2, 200)

Two Stars:
Maurice Hood, DB (6’0, 190)
Nyle Johnson, WR (6’0, 185)
Robert Seals, DE (6’2, 220)
Mike Sparling, DB (6’2, 175)

Mustangs Lose to UTEP

November 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Southern Methodist University lost to the University of Texas El Paso with a score of 28-14 Saturday night.

For additional coverage of the game visit SMUMUSTANGS.com.

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 1

November 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 1 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Find out about a worship service that was interrupted by lethal visitors, the Rangers lost and now it is down to the wire, and many people didn’t want to wait to cast their vote in midterm election.

Navy Sinks SMU Football, 28-21

October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks
csacks@smu.edu

The SMU Mustangs lost to rival Navy 28-21 in a close second-half battle.

SMU lead at the half 14-0. After half time, Navy scored three unanswered touchdowns to put them ahead 21-14 at the end of the fourth quarter.

SMU scored a touchdown early in the 4th quarter and stopped Navy on the following drive.

With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the game was tied 21-21. Kyle Padron and the Mustangs took to the field. On the first play of the drive, the Mustangs threw an interception that led to Navy’s fourth touchdown of the game.

“We didn’t play as well in the second half as we did in the first half, we did some good things, and it’s just too bad,” said June Jones.

Turnovers continue to plague the Mustangs as Navy scored on both forced turnovers. All three of SMU’s non-conference losses were due to capitalization of forced turnovers.

“Your can’t have turnovers and stupid penalties at the end of the game,” said Jones.

Kyle Padron threw 28-42 for 254 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 136.28.

Zach Line was shutdown and rushed 15 times for 83 yards.

Darius Johnson led the receiving core with 12 receptions for 104 yards. Cole Beasley caught nine passes for 72 yards and Aldrick Robinson caught four passes for 41 yards. All three had one touchdown in the game.

The Mustangs need to stay focused throughout the rest of the season in order to attain their goal of winning a conference championship. The Mustangs cannot turn the ball over against Houston, UTEP, and East Carolina, or any other teams if they expect to achieve their goal.

SMU finishes the season with conference play until bowl season. SMY plays the Houston Cougars this Saturday at Ford Stadium. It is the Homecoming Game at SMU and is scheduled to be a blue-out.

SMU Football Storms Past Tulsa

October 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chris Sacks
csacks@smu.edu

SMU stormed past Tulsa to stay undefeated in Conference Play at 3-0 and 4-2 overall. The Mustangs are having their best conference start since 1986.

The Mustang offense was hitting on all cylinders against Tulsa totaling 487 yards.

Kyle Padron had one of his best games this season throwing for a season high 381 yards. Padron threw 27-40 with three touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 167.26.

“I feel more confident. The O-Line is playing great and the receivers are making plays. Those guys make me look a lot better with what I’m doing” said Padron in a post-game press conference.

Padron continues to spread the ball around to all of the receivers. Aldrick Robinson led the receiving core with five catches for 118 yards.

Darius Johnson had eight catches for 102 yards, Cole Beasley had seven catches for 91 yards, and Bradley Haynes had four catches for 40 yards. All three receivers had one touchdown.

Zach Line carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

“Zach and the O-Line don’t get enough credit, they do a lot of work,” said Padron. “They watch a lot of film and it shows. They put in a lot of hard work to keep the defense honest and off balance”

The Mustang defense kept the game close holding the Tulsa offense to a season low 364 yards. The Golden Hurricanes are typically averaging around 500 yards per game.

Senior linebacker Pete Fleps led the team with 10 tackles, and linebacker Ja’Gared Davis had eight tackles and a sack bringing his season total to seven sacks.

The defense held gunslinger G.J. Kinne to 229 yards with no touchdowns and his lowest completion percentage of the season. This is the first game of the season Kinne hasn’t thrown a touchdown.

June Jones was satisfied with the way his defense played.

“The front seven is playing well and the defensive backs didn’t give up any big plays,” said Jones in a post-game press conference.

Special teams also continue to keep the Mustangs competitive and an exciting team to watch. Defensive end Margus Hunt had a blocked field goal in the first quarter and junior defensive end Kevin Grenier had a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter.

This was Grenier’s second of the season and Hunt’s ninth blocked kick of his career, setting an SMU record. It’s Hunt’s sixth blocked field goal attempt which ties him for third in NCAA history.

“It’s the guys believing that we have the chance to block every kick. The guys around him are putting penetration on the players to get Margus to have the movement to get through. It’s a team deal,” said Jones in the post-game press conference.

The rest of the team notices the success and recognizes that it is a team effort.

“I called the second one. We always talk about it on the sideline” said Kyle Padron. “Taylor Thompson always gets a good push and opens the lane for Margus.”

SMU travels to Annapolis, Maryland next weekend to take on the Navy Midshipman. The winner is awarded the Frank Gansz memorial trophy, which was created last year to honor the Navy linebacker and SMU special teams coach. The game will be aired on CBS-College Sports at 3:30 eastern time / 2:30 central time.

BLOG RECAP: SMU Beats Washington State 35-21

September 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Daily Mustang Sports Editor Kimmy Ryan reported live from the SMU press box. Check out the live blog recap of the game.

As Seen on the Boulevard:
SMU v. UAB

September 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Photos by Elizabeth Lowe elowe@smu.edu
and Kwynn Kirkhuff ckirkhuff@smu.edu

Despite the Texas summer temperatures, Mustang fans packed the Boulevard for the first home game of the season. White was the color of choice, boots the footwear to wear, and pups the must-have accessory.

Daily Update: Tuesday, Sept. 7

September 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Daily Update: Tuesday, Sept 7. from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

On today’s DU you’ll get a recap of the Mustang’s loss to Tech and find out about why we are getting this rainy weather. Also get the scoop on how new study habits get help you make the grade, all this and more on your Daily Update.

SMU Mustangs Lose to Texas Tech, 35-27, in Season Opener

September 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan and Elizabeth Lowe
kryan@smu.edu, elowe@smu.edu

SMU football faced Texas Tech today finishing with a disappointing loss. The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Mustangs played an unusual Sunday football game. ESPN covered the game and many SMU students were anxious to see if the ‘stangs would live up to the hype.

SMU’s Kyle Padron could not match up against Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts, who threw for 359 yards and had four touchdowns. The final score, 35-27, marks Tommy Tuberville’s first victory as head coach of Texas Tech.

Padron and the Mustangs still hold potential for a successful season and a possible run at another bowl game. The ‘Stangs held their own against the Big 12 Raiders and kept the game tight in the second half. Although the first loss was an upset for many Pony fans, Sunday’s close match-up showed a strong Mustang Football team heading into the 2010 season.

ESPN.com has more on the game.
Stay tuned to SMU Daily Mustang for an exclusive photo gallery from the game.

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