Meet the Mustangs of SMU

June Jones has handed the keys to his high powered passing offense to true freshman Bo Levi Mitchell (#3). As a senior in high school, Mitchell (6-1, 199lb, Fr.) threw for 2,451 yards with 37 touchdowns and only four interceptions. That year he led Katy High School to the Texas State Championship.

Location: Dallas, TX
Colors: Harvard Crimson and Yale Blue
Former Mustangs: Don Meredith - Quarterback - Dallas Cowboys (1960-1968), Doak Walker - Running Back - Detroit Lions (1950-1955), Kyle Rote - Running Back/Wide Receiver - New York Giants (1951-1961), Jerry Ball - Defensive Tackle - Detroit Lions (1987-1992); Cleveland Browns (1993); Los Angeles / Oakland Raiders (1994-1996); Minnesota Vikings (1997-1998); Cleveland Browns (1999); Minnesota Vikings (1999), Craig James - Running Back - Washington Federals (USFL) (1983); New England Patriots (1984-1988 ), Eric Dickerson - Running Back - Los Angeles Rams (1983-1987); Indianapolis Colts (1987-1991); Los Angeles Raiders (1992); Atlanta Falcons (1993)
Fast Facts:  SMU was founded in 1911 by what is now The United Methodist Church.  The NCAA canceled the 1987 SMU football season for numerous violations of rules.  The university decided not the play in 1988, feeling it could not field a viable team. 

In 2007, June Jones led Hawaii to an undefeated regular season and a birth in a BCS Bowl.  Now Jones is the head man in Dallas, taking over a program that finished 1-11.  Jones is a renowned offensive mind.  His last two tears at Hawaii his teams averaged 46.9 and 46.2 points per game respectively.  Know for innovating the "Run-and-Shoot" offense, Jones has tutored record breaking quarterbacks Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan.  Jones also has 12 years of NFL experience including head coaching jobs in Atlanta and San Diego.  All of Jones' staff is in their first year at SMU, but Assistant Head Coach Dan Morrison, Offensive line coach Dennis McKnight, Wide receivers coach Jeff Reinebold, and Running backs coach Wes Suan came with Jones from Hawaii.

June Jones has handed the keys to his high powered passing offense to true freshman Bo Levi Mitchell (#3). As a senior in high school, Mitchell (6-1, 199lb, Fr.) threw for 2,451 yards with 37 touchdowns and only four interceptions.  That year he led Katy High School to the Texas State Championship.  On this season, Mitchell is 180 of 302 passing for 2,277 yards with 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.  In SMU's only win of the season, he completed 24 of 37 passes for 370 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Mitchell's backup is also a true freshman, Braden Smith (#14).  Smith (6-0, 191lb, Fr.) has yet to see any action this season.  Going into the season Logan Turner (#11) was the backup.  But Turner (5-11, 180lb, R-Fr.) was suspended two games for violating a team rule.  He served that suspension against Tulane and UCF, but he is no longer listed on the depth chart.

To say the Mustangs don't run the ball is a bit of an understatement.  Even if you disregard the negative yardage from sacks, SMU as a team has rushed for 585 yards.  Shun White has 768 yards and Eric Kattani has 523.  SMU uses several different backs, each with very different skill sets.  Leading rusher Chris Butler (#1) has 157 yards on the season.  Butler (5-10, 207lb, R-So.) did not play in the Houston game and is questionable for this week.  DeMyron Martin (#8) is the team's second leading rusher with 155 yards on a team high 38 carries.  Martin (6-2, 230lb, R-Sr.) is also fifth on the team with 16 receptions for 85 yards.  He has one of the Mustangs 2 rushing touchdowns by backs this season.  The running back with the other is Andrew McKinney (#45).  McKinney (6-4, 263lb, R-Sr.) was a fullback before the coaching change and brings great size and blocking to the current attack.  He has 31 carries for 113 yards on the season.  True freshman B.J. Lee (#7) is also listed on the depth chart.  Lee (5-5, 160lb, Fr.) has world class speed.  He won the Mississippi State Class 4A 100 meter championship with a time of 10.56 seconds.

SMU starts 4 wide receivers in their Run-and Shoot attack.  Emmanuel Sanders (#17) starts in the H receiver spot.  Sanders (5-11, 171lb, R-Jr.) has a team high 59 receptions for 823 yards and 8 touchdowns.  As a freshman he broke a 29-year-old SMU record by catching at least one touchdown in 6 consecutive games.  Starting at the X position is Aldrick Robinson (#24).  Robinson (5-10, 175lb, So.) has 46 catches for a team high 909 yards.  His 10 touchdown receptions are also a team high.  Cole Beasley (#82) is the starter at the Y spot.  Beasley (5-9, 171lb, Fr.) is the only true freshman starting in the receiving corps.  He has 23 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown on the season.  The starter at the Z position is Terrance Wilkerson (#18).  Wilkerson (5-10, 164lb, R-Fr.) has 23 receptions for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Sean Lobo (#74) leads an inexperienced Mustang offensive line.  Lobo (6-3, 300lb, R-Sr.) has started 27 games at left guard in his career.  Right tackle Vincent Chase (#60) was SMU's starting tight end last season.  Chase (6-5, 269lb, R-Sr.) was the # 5 tight end in the nation by out of high school.  Left tackle Kelvin Beachum, Jr. (#70) is a red shirt freshman.  Beachum, Jr. (6-3, 281lb, R-Fr.) was named first-team All-District 19-3A in Texas as a senior in high school.  Fellow red shirt freshman Bryce Tennison (#68) starts at right guard.  Tennison (6-2, 283lb, R-Fr.) never allowed a sack in high school.  Blake McJunkin (#63) starts at center.  McJunkin (6-2, 256lb, Fr.) was recruited by the Naval Academy, but chose SMU where he starts as a true freshman.

Defensive end Youri Yenga (#48) leads an undersized, but quick group of linemen.  Yenga (6-1, 223lb, So.) has 41 tackles and leads the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.  He started 4 games as a freshman in 2007 and finished with 6 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.  Defensive tackle Patrick Handy (#94) is the most experienced member of this group.  Handy (6-1, 255lb, Sr.) started 5 games in 2007 and another 2 in 2006.  This season he has 13 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss and a sack.  Providing the size in the middle is nose tackle Serge Elizee (#99).  Elizee (6-1, 301lb, Sr.) has 30 tackles on the season.  He started 5 games in 2007 after transferring from College of the Sequoias.  The most inexperienced member of this group is defensive end Adrian Dizer (#30).  Dizer (6-5, 245lb, R-Jr.) missed all of last season due to a back injury.  He has 13 tackles and 2 sacks since his return.

Linebacker is the most experienced position of the team.  This unit is led by weak side linebacker Will Bonilla (#27).  Bonilla (5-11, 215lb, R-Sr.) was named defensive MVP last season.  The three time letter winner started all 12 games of his junior campaign, recording 82 tackles and 2 interceptions.  This season he has 24 tackles and a sack.  Strong side linebacker Pete Fleps (#52) is in his first year as a starter.  Fleps (6-2, 221lb, R-So.) has 59 tackles on the season.  That is second only to middle linebacker Justin Smart (#40).  Smart (6-2, 233lb, So.) has 63 tackles and an interception.  Last season he earned All-Conference USA Freshman Team honors at defensive end.

Cornerback Derrius Bell (#12) leads the secondary with 45 tackles.  Bell (5-10, 170lb, So.) also has 4 tackles for loss, an interception and a team high 7 pass breakups.  On the other side, cornerback Bryan McCann (#6) leads the team with 2 interceptions.  McCann (5-10, 171lb, Jr.) started 12 games in the secondary for SMU in 2007 and recorded 4 interceptions.  This season he has 27 tackles and 4 pass breakups.  Strong safety Rock Dennis (#10) has 34 tackles and an interception on the season.  Dennis (5-9, 190lb, Sr.) missed last season with a shoulder injury he sustained during the preseason.  He may be able to recover that year of eligibility after transferring from Garden City Community College.  Free Safety Chris Banjo (#22) is the only freshman starter on the defense.  Contrast that with 6 on the offensive side of the ball.  Banjo (5-10, 191lb, Fr.) was also recruited by Navy.  He has 27 tackles thus far in his true freshman season.

Special Teams
Thomas Morstead (#15) handles the punting and place kicking duties for the Mustangs.  Morstead (6-5, 233, R-Sr.) was named first-team All-Conference USA as a punter last season.  SMU ranked 4th in the nation in net punting in 2007.  This season he averages 43.6 yards per punt.  In 2007 Morstead finished 13 of 20 on field goal attempts.  In 2008 he is 6 of 8.  Kellis Cunningham (#4) handles the kickoffs.  Cunningham (5-10, 187lb, Jr.) is averaging 62.2 yards per kickoff.

SMU has used several punt returners this season and have yet to settle on one starter.  Starting cornerback Bryan McCann has had the most opportunity, returning 6 punts for 31 yards.  Starting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has also tried his hand at it with 2 returns for 3 yards.  Coach Jones is also trying converted quarterback Justin Willis (#16).  Willis (5-11, 197lb, R-Jr.) started all 12 games at quarterback last season and holds the record for touchdown passes at SMU with 51.  But with the new coaching staff and new system, he is now a reserve wide receiver.  This season Willis has 1 punt return for 13 yards.

At kickoff returner, the Mustangs have experience with reserve wide receiver Jessie Henderson (#9).  Henderson (5-7, 172lb, R-Sr.) has been the SMU kick returner his entire career.  He is SMU's All-Time leader in kick return yards with 2,671 and counting.  This season he Henderson has 782 yards on 36 returns.   Running back Chris Butler was returning kicks alongside Henderson, but with his status in question that role has fallen to fellow running back DeMyron Martin. Top Stories