Quick Hits from Tuesday's Practice (9/27)

Injury problems are plaguing the Mustangs...Zach Line and Tony Romo use same bulletproof vest...and it's TCU week...that and more inside!

1. June Jones' initial thoughts on TCU--they may have lost a lot of good crop of players from last year's Rose Bowl championship team, but they're ranked No. 20 in the nation and SMU has dropped 11 of their last 13 matchups to the to the Horned Frogs:

"On film they don't look any different to me than they did 10 years ago," Jones said. "They just keep putting people in and doing what they do and that's why they're good. They don't change. They make people adjust to them. They might do one thing new for you a game, but they're gonna do what they do and they're gonna beat ya. That's their attitude."

2. Starting slot receiver Cole Beasley did not practice Tuesday and was wearing an air cast around his right knee, which he hurt against Memphis when he planted wrong after making a catch. Beasley had an MRI Monday, but the team doctor has not come back with results yet. Jones will likely have a report at practice on Wednesday.

"He's pretty sore," Jones said.

If Beasley can't play, that will be a huge blow for the offense as he leads the team with 31 receptions for 376 yards. But Jones is confident in his backups, Jeremy Johnson, Darius Joseph and Bradley Haynes. Johnson would likely get the start.

"He did some good things in the game," Jones said of Johnson who came in for Beasley last weekend. "He's going to have to grow up fast. Hopefully each game he plays a little, he'll get more confidence."

3. When asked why he didn't play Kyle Padron in the 42-0 blowout last weekend, Jones said, "J.J. [McDermott] played good and so he's our starting quarterback right now."

4. Zach Line has rushed for eight touchdowns in the last two games with a separated left shoulder. He wore Kevlar pads this weekend to absorb the blows, similar to the material of the vest Tony Romo wore in Monday night's game against the Redskins to protect his ribs.

"It's like bulletproof silk," Jones said.

When asked how he felt playing with his injury – he's also had some tightness in his hamstrings and groin this season – Line responded, "It's the best I've felt after any of the games so far."

5. Besides Beasley and Line, a few other notable injuries:

-Safety Chris Banjo didn't play against Memphis. He hurt his neck in the Northwestern State game. He's listed as day-to-day.

"I hope that he is [ready to play against TCU', but that's a doctor's decision."

-Center Blake McJunkin's ankle is still bothering him from the Texas A&M game and he did not play last Saturday either.

"He certainly gives us more depth," Jones said. "But Bryce [Tennison] has certainly played very well. Hopefully we'll be able to use Blake."

-Wide receiver Keenan Holman didn't play vs. Memphis and did not practice Tuesday with a sprained ankle. He tried to participate in a few drills, but was very slow and wobbly.

Der'rikk Thompson started in his place and had six receptions for 104 yards and a 44-yard touchdown.

"Der'rikk will start; Keenan is not well," Jones said.


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