Looking For That Consistency

This SMU spring season will be nearly all about Kyle Padron's progression with the offense. The Mustangs averaged just over 25 points per game last season. If the junior returning starter can't find a way to be more consistent in 2011, the Mustangs won't be able to take the next step.

SMU has fielded a football team since 1915. From the time of its creation, no quarterback has thrown for more yards in a season than Kyle Padron. No signal-caller has thrown for more touchdowns in a season. And maybe no other quarterback has had as many critics.

A sophomore last year, Padron threw for 3,306 yards passing and 28 touchdowns, top ten nationally in both categories. But the Southlake Carroll product will be the first to admit, in the famous June Jones' Run & Shoot offense, he was inconsistent and could have been better.


Padron hasn't lived up to previous QBs in Jones' system
"It was frustrating, not because of the pressure from the media or what anyone else was saying, but because I knew the level I wanted to play at," said Padron. "I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be last year. Towards the end of the season, my footwork sort of progressed. I was slowing down and locking into receivers with my eyes. I have learned from it. I have watched the film, watching the film, and will continue to watch it with coaches. I will get better."

For Padron, getting better starts in less than one week. The Mustangs open spring practice on Monday and for the second straight year, the Southlake Carroll product returns as the clear returning starter.

"I think I'm going to be more comfortable. Last year was still a learning experience for me. They were still throwing more wrinkles into the offense because they felt I could handle it," said Padron who has been battling an ankle injury since late in the season. "It's getting better, it's still a little swollen, but it's getting there. I wouldn't say it put me behind this offseason, but it's just limiting me with the explosive stuff we are doing. For the most point, I have only missed a few things we have done this offseason."

While the junior does lose his leading receiver for the second straight season, Padron has a load of talent coming back, returning ten starters on the offensive side of the ball.

"We really have the same guys on the squad that we did two years ago, so if anything we are going to be better because of the experience that we have gained the past couple of seasons," said Padron. "With the addition of Keenan Holman, Bradley Haynes playing more, Terrance Wilkerson coming back, and also Josh LeRibeus on the line, we aren't going to be missing a lot. We have a great team coming back offensively and on defense I really think we are set."

This SMU spring season will be nearly all about Kyle Padron's progression with the offense. The Mustangs averaged just over 25 points per game last season. Both Jones and SMU offensive coordinator Dan Morrison have admitted, the Run & Shoot all starts with the quarterback. If Padron can't find a way to be more consistent in 2011, the Mustangs won't take the next step to borderline BCS buster.


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