2013 Class: Offensive Breakdown

Pony Stampede Publisher EJ Holland breaks down the offensive players in SMU's 2013 class

Offensive MVP

RB Traylon Shead, Navarro J.C.- With Zach Line departing due to graduation, SMU will look to former Texas running back Traylon Shead to step in and make an immediate impact. At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds Shead is a powerful back with ability to be SMU's workhorse. This past season, he set a school record for rushing touchdowns at Navarro J.C. and looks faster than he did during his time in Austin. Coming out of Cayuga, Shead was one of the top running backs in the nation. As a junior, he rushed for 3,504 yards and 52 touchdowns. Shead will have two years of eligibility remaining on the Hilltop.

Runner Up

TE Jeremiah Gaines, Red Oak- June Jones hardly ever uses a tight end in his Run N' Shoot offense, but Gaines could be used at a variety of positions ranging from outside wide receiver to running back. At Red Oak, Gaines played on both sides of the ball but was an absolute beast on offense. He led the team with 29 receptions for 636 yards, rushed for 673 yards and scored 21 total touchdowns. He held offers from quite a few BCS programs including Arizona State, California, TCU, Vanderbilt and Washington State.


ATH Everett Dickerson, Atlanta- At 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, Dickerson is a dynamic East Texas athlete that is sure to be an explosive weapon in SMU's pass heavy offense. Dickerson was one half of Atlanta's two-headed backfield monster this season along with Oklahoma State commit Corion Webster. But Dickerson will move to slot receiver at SMU and should make an immediate impact on a team that is losing leading receiver Darius Johnson. A two-star prospect, Dickerson also held offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.

What Were They Thinking

OL William Barns, Highland Park- When Barns committed to SMU, the Ponies had already claimed they were full at offensive line. Barns was really a head scratcher considering SMU passed on guys like Kyle Schaefenacker and Dwayne Johnson. Barns has received mostly negative reviews from people I've talked to and will probably need quite a bit of time to develop. I think his future will primarily be as a deep snapper. SMU could have and should have gone in a different route.

Grade: C+

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