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Thomas Morstead heading into rSr season: 2007: XP 43-43, FG 13-20, 40-49: 0-3, 50+ 3-4, Long 52; P 57-2545-44.6, 3 TB, 7 FC, 21 in 20, 1 blocked; A first-team All-Conference USA pick by both the coaches and the media… Led Conference USA and ranked ninth in the nation with a 44.6-yard average… Helped SMU rank second nationally in net punting… Season average was the third-best in a single season ever on the Hilltop… Of 57 punts during the season, 21 landed inside the 20, only four were touchbacks and only 18 were returned for positive yardage… His single-game average of 55.6 ypp (5-278) against North Texas ranks second all-time in Conference USA… Boomed a 72-yarder against the Mean Green… Enters the season having hit 77 straight PATs… Was 13-of-20 on field goal tries… Hit three field goals of 50-plus yards...2006: XP 34-35, FG 13-18, 40-49: 2-5, 50+ 1-2, Long 50; P 50-2191-43.8, 4 TB, 6 FC, 18 in 20, 1 blocked; A third-team All-Conference USA selection by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches... Given SMU's Special Teams Award... Averaged 43.8 yards per punt, the best season average for a Mustang punter since Craig James averaged 44.9 ypp in 1982... A member of the "Watch List" for the 2006 Ray Guy Award.... Led Conference USA and ranked 15th in the nation in punting average... Hit 65-yard punts against Marshall and Rice... Punted 50 times for 2,191 yards... Had six punts fair caught and downed 17 inside the 20... Hit 13-of-18 FG tries on the year including a 50-yarder against Arkansas State - the longest SMU FG since 1997 - and 34 of 35 PATs... Tied the SMU record of 34 straight set by Eddie Garcia back in 1981... Member of the C-USA Honor Roll...2005: Did not see playing time... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...2004: Redshirt.
Taylor Thompson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 5/145 - Taylor Thompson, TE, 6-6, 259, SMU...Thompson, a college defensive end, will try to make the switch back to tight end, his natural position. The Titans believe he as the athleticism and hands to not only make the switch, but be a difference-maker at the position. COULD SURPRISE: Tight end Taylor Thompson: Easily the most intriguing pick in Tennessee's draft. Thompson was an all-conference defensive end at SMU, where he originally committed as a tight end. But when June Jones' run-and-shoot style offense ended in 2008, Thompson became a man without a position. He moved to defense, but as his pro day approached, he made the switch back to tight end, and turned plenty of heads, including the Titans scouts. - The Sports Xchange
Josh LeRibeus heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 3/71 -- Josh LeRibeus, OG, 6-2, 312, Southern Methodist...LeRibeus started every game at left guard as a redshirt sophomore and a senior but was academically ineligible as a junior while he was dropping 70 pounds. Seems like a reach pick. - The Sports Xchange
Margus Hunt heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/53 - Margus Hunt, DE, 6-8, 277, SMU...He led the Mustangs in sacks last season with 8.0 and closed out his career as a record-setting kick blocker, with 17 (10 field goals and seven extra points). The first year is going to be plenty of learning, especially with a deep group at defensive end. However, he could make an immediate impact on special teams and is an insurance policy with Michael Johnson on a one-year deal and Carlos Dunlap in the last year of his contract. - The Sports Xchange
Garrett Gilbert heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 6/214 - Garrett Gilbert, QB, 6-4, 223, Southern Methodist...Started his career at Texas before transferring to SMU and passed for 3,528 yards last season with 21 touchdowns. He had 635 yards of total offense in a game against Temple. Gilbert has good size and a strong arm, but hasn't played well in games against top opponents. Coaches believe he can compete and possible develop. - The Sports Xchange
Emmanuel Sanders heading into rSr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 10 GP; 10 GS; Rec: 67-958-14.3-9; PR: 2-19-9.5-0 KR: 1-0-0-0; 4 Sol-4 TT; Suspended last two games of the season for multiple rule team violations. Earned second team All-C-USA accolades… Started the first 10 games, catching 67 passes for 958 yards and nine TDs… Ranked 11th in the nation with 95.8 receiving yards per game and 19th with 6.7 catches per game… Finished the season as SMU's career leader in TD catches (27)… Set a new SMU season record with six 100-yard games in 2008… Became the first player in SMU history to record three 600-yard receiving seasons… Caught three TD passes in the Texas State win… Had a season-high 132 yards receiving against Tulsa… Named to the College Football Top Ten & Pegasus News All-DFW College Football Team. 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 6-28-4.7-0; Rec: 74-889-12-9; PR: 20-183-9.2-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started all 12 games… An honorable mention All-C-USA selection by the league's coaches… Caught 74 passes for 889 yards and nine TDs on the year… The 74 receptions rank as third-most ever in a season at SMU and the 889 yards rank fourth… Became just the fourth player in school history to record two 600-yard seasons (Jerry LeVias, Emanuel Tolbert & Ron Morris)… Caught 13 passes - and three TDs - in the season finale at Memphis and 10 passes in the UNT win… Had three 100-yard games - Arkansas State (100), Tulane (155) and Memphis (118)… Also handled punt returns and finished with 183 yards on 20 returns… Had a season-long return of 33 yards against Rice… Co-winner of the team's Wild Horse Club Award along with Justin Willis. 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 2-6-3-0; Rec: 46-605-13.2-9; KR: 12-288-24-0; Named an honorable mention Freshman All-American at both wide receiver and kick returner by The Sporting News… Was an All-Freshman Conference USA pick at both spots by both the coaches and the media… A second-team All-C-USA selection by the Houston Chronicle, a third-team choice by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches… Co-winner of the James Bradley "New Mustang" award for consistent play along with Bryan McCann and Justin Willis… Caught TD passes in six straight games (Sam Houston through ECU), breaking a 29-year-old SMU record for consecutive games with a TD catch… Recorded team-highs with 46 grabs for 605 yards… Had a team-best nine receiving TDs - the most ever by a freshman at SMU and the second-most in a season ever at SMU… His 151 receiving yards against Houston made him the first SMU player with 150-or-more receiving yards since 1998… Had pairs of TD receptions against Houston and ECU… Also returned kicks and ranked second in C-USA with a 24.0-yard average. 2005: Redshirted.
Kelvin Beachum heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 7/248 - Kelvin Beachum, G, 6-2, 303, Southern Methodist...If he can play, Steelers have room for him. - The Sports Xchange
Aldrick Robinson heading into Sr season: 2010: Robinson caught a school-record 14 TDs and notched 1,301 receiving yards in 2010, second-most ever in a season at SMU. The Waxahachie, Texas, native, also finished the 2010 season with touchdown grabs in a school-record eight straight games...2009: Hauled in a 96-yard TD pass in SMU's win over ECU, tying the mark for the longest pass play in school history, and finished with 125 yards receiving against the Pirates... Was on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List... Finished with 47 catches for 800 yards and five TDs on the year...2008: Honorable mention All-C-USA accolades... Started the first 10 games, hauling in 59 passes for 1,047 yards... Hauled in 11 touchdown catches on the season, which ties for the most ever in a season at SMU... Ranked sixth in the nation with 104.7 receiving yards per game... Is just the third player in SMU history to record a 1,000-yard season... Had a streak of five straight games with a receiving TD (Tulane through Navy)... Had four 100-yard games in 2008, including a 210-yard effort at UCF - the second-highest total ever in a game at SMU - and a 186-yard game against Houston - the third-highest total ever in a game at SMU... Set another mark against UCF, pulling down a 94-yard TD reception, which ranks as the second-longest pass play in SMU history...2007: Saw time in nine games, catching 10 passes for 166 yards.
Kenneth Acker heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 6/180 -- Kenneth Acker, CB, 6-0, 190, Southern Methodist...Acker has good size, athleticism and fundamentals. He's another player the team will try to develop into another late-round success story. He brings with him a background in returning kicks and punts, which will help him greatly as he tries to land a spot on the roster. - The Sports Xchange
Richard Crawford heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 7/213 -- Richard Crawford, CB, 5-11, 191, Southern Methodist...The 5-11, 191-pound Crawford, a two-year starter at SMU who had previously played for Saddleback Community College, will have the chance to compete for a reserve job behind starters DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. - The Sports Xchange
Bryan McCann heading into Sr season: 2007: Started all 12 games, playing at both corner and safety... Had 59 tackles, seven pass breakups and four interceptions on the season...2006: All-Freshman Conference USA pick by both the coaches and the media... Appeared in 11 games, starting three of the last four contests... Had 38 tackles and four pass breakups on the year...Returned kicks in three of the last four games, notching 136 yards on eight attempts.
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