Young players take first team reps this week

June Jones has been giving his younger players first-team reps this week and his starters are playing the backup roles. It's the first time since training camp most of these guys have been this involved. A handful of freshmen have caught Jones' attention...

The purpose of this week's practice is giving younger guys some first-team reps. The starters are still involved in the workouts, but are playing the backup role for a few days.

"It's fun to see because [the young players] haven't had a chance to get in since training camp," June Jones said. "It's interesting to see how much people listen and learn and who stays the same. There's some good stuff out there."

The Mustangs have practiced all week. After Thursday though, they'll take a break for the holidays and report back on Dec. 26. Then for two weeks, the starters will resume their normal roles taking first-team reps as SMU prepares for Pitt and the BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 7).

A few young guns have caught Jones' eye this week—true freshmen defensive lineman Robert Seals, defensive back James Richardson, right tackle Kris Weeks and center Taylor Lasecki were a handful of names the head coach mentioned after Wednesday's practice.

"There were also a couple young receivers who have showed some shake and bake," Jones said.

SMU finished the season banged up, mentally and physically. Jones said that every player who has been nursing an injury – J.J. McDermott, Ryan Smith, Ja'Gared Davis, Cole Beasley, to name a few – are fine.

Out of all the injured players expected to return for the bowl game, Jones said Torlan Pittman is the only one who hasn't been able to practice yet. He could possibly be ready after Christmas.

"He is walking, so he's just sore," Jones said.

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