PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Pro Day at SMU

April 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By E’Lyn Taylor
ejtaylor@smu.edu

Former SMU players showcased their talents for SMU Pro Day at Ford Stadium on April 4. Sixteen scouts and coaches from the National Football League watched as Youri Yenga, Justin Smart, Peter Fleps, Bennie Thomas, Sterling Moore, Aldrick Robinson, Patrick Fleming, Matt Szymanski and Chris Butler performed NFL standard drills.

Check out our photo slide show of pro day:

Daily Update: Tuesday, Oct. 19

October 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Join us on today’s Daily Update to catch the Rangers victory over the Yankees. Also, see what was ablaze last night at Park Cities Plaza and the weather forecast for homecoming weekend. All this and more on your Daily Update.

Sports Blog: Friends, Family Celebrate Sanders’ Selection by Steelers

April 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Emmanuel Sanders takes a phone call Friday night during his draft party. He was selected in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (PHOTO BY KRISTIN KIMBALL / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Emmanuel Sanders takes a phone call Friday night during his draft party. He was selected in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. (PHOTO BY KRISTIN KIMBALL / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Posted by Kristin Kimball

If the Super Bowl is my Christmas, then NFL draft day is my Easter. And while those who know me are aware that I live and die by the San Diego Chargers, it was another team who had me jumping for joy tonight. With the 18th pick of the third round, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Emmanuel Sanders, a wide receiver from SMU.

“It feels so good,” he said. “I got all my loved ones around me right now and it’s one of the biggest days of my life. Ever since I was 6 years old, I have dreamed of being an NFL player, and it’s finally come true. I can honestly say I’m a Pittsburgh Steeler now.”

Sharing in my excitement were Emmanuel’s family, friends, former coaches, and former teammates. Huddled together in the AMPM Restaurant and Lounge, Emmanuel’s posse impatiently waited for their turn to erupt. And when the time came, that’s exactly what they did.

“It’s not about where you come from, it’s about where you are headed and where you are going to go,” said Emmanuel’s mother, Stephanie Sanders. “I was nervous. My son has been working hard since he was little. This has been his dream since he was 8 years old. And now my baby is living his dream.”

Sanders finished his college career as SMU’s career leader in receptions, touchdown catches and yards. In his final game, Sanders had seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown helping SMU to a 45-10 win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Kristin Kimball is a senior Journalism major working in the Athletics Department.

Sports Blog: Haering to Become Hall of Famer

April 7, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Kristin Kimball

Everyone knows of the great June Jones who coached the best football season turnaround in the nation this year, but another coach on the Hilltop is being praised this week for his accomplishments.

Linebackers coach Joe Haering was announced as one of ten 2010 inductees into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Haering is serving his second season with the Mustangs. He was previously an NFL assistant coach and college scout with the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, and the Atlanta Falcons.

He was also an all-conference linebacker at Bucknell University.

“He has been around the game all his life, so his knowledge of it is incredible. He is a great man with great character. He takes the time to coach us down to the fine details. Since he has been at SMU we have become not only better football players, but better men,” SMU linebacker Cameron Rogers said.

The other inductees include: Jonna Burke, Joe Bushofsky, Fran Ganter, Phyliss Jones, Bob Jury, Freddie Lewis, Charlie Mehelic, George Novak, Doug Plank, Art Rooney, Jr., and Reginald Wells.

The induction ceremony banquet commences May 1.

Kristin Kimball is a senior journalism major working for the SMU Athletics Department.

Former SMU Player Converts Key Play For Saints in Super Bowl Win

February 8, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

In only his first season in the NFL, New Orleans Saints kicker Thomas Morstead earned a Super Bowl ring after the Saints beat the Colts, 31-17, Sunday in Miami.

Morstead executed an on-side kick at the beginning of the second half, which led to a New Orleans touchdown, giving the Saints the lead for good.

At SMU, Morstead earned All-Conference USA honors, after leading the conference in punting and ranked ninth in the nation with a 44.6-yard punt average.

The Pearland, Texas native was a fifth-round draft choice of the Saints, 164th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was the second punter taken overall.

Morstead becomes the first SMU alum to earn a Super Bowl ring since Dale Hellestrae did it in 1996 with the Dallas Cowboys.

Click below to listen to a Daily Mustang interview with Thomas Morstead before he headed to Miami for Super Bowl XXIV.