The Daily Update: Thursday, April 28

April 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Obama released his birth certificate after rising criticism from “birthers.” Coverage for the Royal Wedding starts at 3 a.m. CDT tomorrow, and Ke$ha performs at Moody Coliseum tonight. Find out all this and more on today’s Daily Update.

The Daily Update: Friday, April 23

April 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

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Two More Mustangs To Sign With NFL Teams

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By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

After watching their teammate Emmanuel Sanders hear his name called in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday, SMU running back Shawnbrey McNeal and cornerback Bryan McCann got their chance to try out for an NFL team after each reportedly received NFL offers Sunday. Both players went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.

McCann took an offer to play for the Dallas Cowboys after weighing other offers from the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. McCann also returned kicks for the Mustangs, which would likely be his role with Dallas, who does not have a designated return man. McCann had 34 kick returns for 824 yards in 2009.

He may also get a chance to play corner. He’ll have to beat out the other six cornerbacks they take to training camp.

Recent posts on ponyfans.com indicate that former SMU running back Shawnbrey McNeal has signed with the San Diego Chargers. The Daily Mustang has not confirmed the report. McNeal played one season on the hilltop and became June Jones’ first 1,000 yard rusher in his collegiate coaching career. He ran for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Check out Kristin Kimball’s recent blog post on the signings.

Dreams Become Reality: SMU’s Sanders Drafted To NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers

April 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU senior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was taken in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday night.

Sanders was the 82nd overall pick and the 18th in the third round, the highest pick for an SMU player since 1987. Sanders was the sixth wide receiver taken in the draft. He was taken off the board two picks before consecutive University of Texas picks Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy.

Sanders was named an Honorable Mention All-American by SI.com and a first-team All-Conference USA performer in 2009. He ranks as SMU’s all-time leader in career catches, TD catches and yards, single-season and single-game receptions and single-season yardage.

Sanders finished 2009 with a team high 98 receptions for 1,339 yards and 7 touchdowns. In his final collegiate game, Sanders had seven catches for 124 yards and a score in helping SMU to a 45-10 win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

For more on Sanders’ selection, check out senior journalism major Kristin Kimball’s blog and audio report from Sanders’ draft party.

Spring Football: WR Sanders Leaves Big Shoes To Fill For Mustangs

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By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

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