Pony Stampede Spring Practice Report: Day 3

Pony Stampede will be at every SMU spring practice over the next month. Come inside for a recap of Day 3!

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Q&A with WR Darius Joseph

Omar: So Darius, how was the first week of spring practice?

DJ: Oh, it was awesome, I'm just glad I'm in a position to start. All the reps, I'm making them count. It feels good to be back, running routes, catching balls, and seeing the coaches again to get their input on my route running and our offense.

Omar: Do you have a different mindset coming into this spring knowing that you are the starter?

DJ: Oh yeah, you always do, regardless of if you're the starter or not. You got to approach each year with a different mindset. That's how you improve yourself. I can't come in to this year with the same mindset as I did last year. I got to work on getting better at new things and approach the game with a different approach as far as my conditioning, route running, focus, and discipline in my routes.

Omar: What do you and the guys need to do to replace Darius Johnson who was so productive here?

DJ: Play with confidence. That's what DJ was all about. He knew that he was going to beat the dude game in and game out. So we got to approach the game with confidence. Everybody here, physically and mentally, has to be on the same page. I think everybody is physically ready. We just have to get mentally strong and play with confidence like DJ did.

Omar: Do you feel like you have something to prove a little bit this spring?

DJ: Oh, I definitely do. I feel like I had something to prove last spring. Like I said, the way I approach it is each year I have something to prove. So I can't approach this year the same as last year. I got something new to get off my chest. I got to show them I can step in and fill in with DJ gone.

Omar: What do you think is the biggest strength you bring to this offense?

DJ: Explosiveness. As far as trying to stretching the field and making something happen after the catch. I just got to get my conditioning in order, you know, in order to have some longevity. But I'm good for big plays.

Omar: What are your goals for this season?

DJ: My goal at this point is to be productive. Be an X factor in this offense. I just want to add something new, you know, add a new element to the offense. It's already a great offense and I want to be good for yards after the catch, be explosive, and I want to stretch the field.

Quick Hits

- The offense practiced in the stadium and the defense was on the practice field for the whole time

- Hal Mumme and Jason Phillips controlled the offensive drills in practice

- Rishaad Wimbley looked very fast for a 260-pounder

- Lots of drops from the receivers, especially Daijuan Stewart

- Arrius Holleman had a couple impressive catches

- Neal Burcham threw the ball very well for the most part

- Taylor Reich did not practice and is out with an ankle injury

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