SMU Mustangs 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 2-10
SMU Mustangs 2016 Preview
Chad Morris begins his second season roaming the sidelines of the SMU Mustangs knowing his defense has to step up in 2016
Overview: The 2015 Mustangs had scoring potential but opponents had even more and lit up the scoreboard to the tune of almost 46 points and if that happens again Morris will be looking over his shoulder at an unhappy fan base.
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Offense: SMU averaged around 28 points but were seriously outgunned on the scoreboard but quite a few piece are back for a unit that has more potential. Quarterback Matt Davis gave the Mustangs 2,263 passing yards but was a more accomplished runner with over 1,000 yards and a seven yard average while Xavier Jones (151-632) and Braeden West (62-326) gave defenses something to worry about. Courtland Sutton paced Southern Methodist with 899 receiving yards while four others totaled between 246-258 yards. Two starters are gone on the offensive line but SMU gets back seven that started in 2015.
Defense: The defense didn’t stop either the run or pass so there are plenty of issues to be addressed by the Ponies and losing three of their top four defensive linemen doesn’t help with DE Justin Lawler the top guy back with 53.5 tackles including nine TFL so expect some recruits to see the field and help form some depth. Kyran Mitchell leads the Mustangs at linebacker despite losing four games to injury while Jackson Mitchell and RC Cox have playmaking ability. The Mustangs secondary will lean on safeties Darrion Richardson and Jordan Wyatt along with corners Horace Richardson and William Jeanlys.
Special Teams: Punter Josh Williams punts were short and returnable and he might take over the vacant placekicking job while Braeden West can handle all return duties for SMU.
Outlook: The success of the Mustangs likely depends on whether their defense improves enough to at least give the offense a chance so I do see improvement but not enough to go Bowling which would be a huge leap of faith.
9/3 @ North Texas
9/10 @ Baylor
10/1 @ Temple
10/7 @ Tulsa
10-29 @ Tulane
11/12 @ East Carolina
11/19 South Florida