SMU Mustangs Football Season Preview History
2014 SMU Football Preview:
The Southern Methodist University Mustangs football team had an interesting year in 2013. It was the first year the Mustangs were in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and the first year they were in one of the power conferences since the breakup of the Southwest Conference. The season was defined by near misses. SMU lost to UCF, Cincinnati, and Rutgers by 4 points or less. 2014 opens with more transition for the Ponies with the resignation of June Jones, and the introduction of Tom Mason as interim head coach. But there is much reason for optimism in Dallas as the Mustangs have some of the most dangerous offensive players in the AAC. The running back duo of Kevin Pope and Prescott Line is incredibly dynamic, and senior receiver Der’ikk Thompson should see plenty of targets. There are a number of high profile teams on SMU’s 2014 football schedule, including Texas A&M, and TCU, both of whom will make trips to Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Key games in the AAC for the Mustangs will be October 18th against Cincinnati, and November 28th against Houston.
2011 SMU Football Preview:
SMU finished 7-7 last season, but they were certainly fun to watch. With a high-powered offense led by head coach June Jones' run-and-gun style, the Mustangs were able to put up and impressive 25.7 points per game. With a number of returning starters, SMU may once again compete for the Conference USA crown.
The offense will be led by junior quarterback Kyle Padron, who showed last year he is up to the task of leading the team. Luckily, Padron will have two more-than-capable receivers to throw to in Cole Beasley and Darius Johnson - both of whom had solid seasons in 2010. Zach Line will be back at running back after rushing for more than 1,400 last year as well.
The defense was solid last year, and that appears to be the case once again this season. Defensive ends Taylor Thompson and Margus Hunt will lead the way, and Richard Crawford will anchor the SMU secondary. With seven returning starters, the Mustangs certainly have experience, but they will be looking to create more take-aways than last year's squad.
2010 SMU Football Preview:
After a few years spent rebuilding, the Southern Methodist University Mustangs hope that 2010 will be the season when all the right pieces come together. Last season, the team made huge strides, becoming the most improved team in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. In coach June Jones' second season, SMU finished with an overall record of 8-5. The winning record, which was good enough to lock up 2nd place in Conference USA West, came just one year after a 1-11 finish.
The season ended on a strong note when the Mustangs dismantled the University of Nevada by a score of 45-10 in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl - SMU's first bowl game in 25 years.
SMU will be led by the dazzling young quarterback Kyle Padron, who threw for 1,922 yards and 10 touchdowns in his freshman season. With a year of college football now under his belt, Padron is expected to carry the team on his back in pursuit of Conference Championship and another bowl game appearance. The Mustangs open their season on September 5 against Texas Tech, and take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the Battle for the Iron Skillet rivalry at home on September 24.
2009 SMU Football Preview:
Head Coach: June Jones
Things are looking up for the SMU Mustangs heading into the 2009 season. That is mostly because year one of June Jones tenure as Head Coach of the SMU Mustangs did not get off to the start that most people expected. SMU finished 2008 with a 1-11 record and was blown out of a few games. But the beauty of college football is that each season the slate is wiped clean, so hope springs eternal for the Ponies. If Jones can find a quarterback to lead his high powered offense and get his defense respectable, then expect to see a fun to watch, high scoring team at Ford Field.
2008 SMU Football Preview:
Head Coach: June Jones
The Southern Methodist University Mustangs football program has a rich history and boasts great success in the past. After a tough 2007 season amid rumors of a coaching change, SMU athletics has announced that Phil Bennett will remain head coach and will look to lead the team up the Conference USA ranks and compete for their first C-USA title. Gerald J. Ford Stadium will roar as Mustangs fans try to help push their team to a conference championship and a return to form.