VIDEO: Extra Point — Filling the Gaps

April 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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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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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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

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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

Audio: Rock Dennis Divulges Defense’s Plan For Marshall Game

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Mustangs Look To Blockade Run-Happy Navy

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On The Phone With Rock Dennis

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Big Plays Seal Victory For Mustangs Over ECU

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SMU Looks for Third Straight Win

September 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Petya Kertikova

The first two games were a success for the SMU football team, with a sold-out stadium and the first opening win since 2000. The third game will take place against Washington State on Saturday at 4 p.m. The undefeated record has improved the confidence of everyone in the program.

“The players are starting to think and act as a group. This is very important,” said Head Coach June Jones, who is now 3-11 since coming to SMU. “Even though we are missing some of the players who are sick, I think we will perform well again.”

The Mustangs haven’t started 3-0 since 1984.

SMU defensive back Rock Dennis, who was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 7, had three interceptions in the two games.

“Of course we want to improve… we also want to get to the Bowl Game. SMU hasn’t had anything to cheer about in a long time football wise and it’s about time they have that,” said Dennis. “A win is a win though and now we got WSU so now we focus on them. The win is over and it’s time to move to the next one.”

Sophomore quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 28 of 47 passes, had touchdown passes of 44, 32 and 6 yards.

“I am very happy with the first couple of games because of the simple fact, we’re 2-0. We are all real optimistic about this season, and we know if we can go out and start off 3-0 we can blow this season wide open,” Mitchell said. “I think it will be a similar game to UAB. We just have to go out, execute, and fight for every inch, and we should be fine,” he said.

The optimism has quietly spread to many people in the program, including a member of the player rehabilitators.

“The team works hard and it would be a shame to see this season be something less than spectacular,” Ayaka Suzuki said. “I think June Jones is in the swing of things now, he’s got more of his recruits and we are feeling more comfortable with his system.”

SMU continues its three game road trip against Washington State (0-2) Saturday. After a bye week, the Mustangs travel to rival No. 15 TCU for the battle of the iron skillet.

This week Robby Gillespie spoke with Rock Dennis in a phone interview. To watch it click here. He also spoke with New Orleans Saints punter and SMU alum Thomas Morstead.

On The Phone With Rock Dennis

September 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Sports Editor Robby Gillespie talks to SMU defensive back Rock Dennis the state of the defense and some his favorite things, including an SMU class and super hero.

Dennis is second in nation with three interceptions this season. The SMU defense has also forced the most turnovers than any other NCAA team.

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