2014 Class: Offensive Breakdown

We break down the offensive players in SMU's 2014 class!

Offensive MVP

RB Daniel Gresham, FW All Saints- With Traylon Shead departing to pursue a professional career, SMU will look to highly touted freshman Daniel Gresham to step in and make an immediate impact. At 5-foot-11, 230-pounds, Gresham is a powerful back with the ability to be SMU's workhorse. Gresham was once a Texas and Louisville commit, but unfortunate circumstances led to him becoming a Pony. This past season, Gresham rushed for 923 yards on just 93 carries (9.92 ypc) and scored 19 touchdowns.

Runner Up

WR Jordan Ingram, Dallas Carter- Kadeem Goulbourne would have been a good pick, but it's unclear how he'll bounce back from his injury especially after recently suffering another setback. But Ingram is definitely deserving of this distinction. The speedy wide out runs a blazing 4.34 forty and is an elite deep threat. Ingram also received an offer from TCU as a cornerback but turned it down to continue playing his natural position on the Hilltop. And Ingram has the potential to develop into one of the top wide receivers in the AAC in the near future. As a senior, he caught 36 passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns.


C Braylon Hyder, Houston Lamar- It's time to give some love to the big boys up front. Hyder might not be the most highly regarded of the Houston Lamar commits, but he has just as good of a chance, if not better, to get on the field than Darrell Colbert and Shelby Walker. With only an offer from UTEP, Hyder was very under recruited. But he does have a nice junior film that opens up with him popping someone in the mouth. If Hyder can bring that physicality to SMU, he could see time at center or guard sooner rather than later.

What Were They Thinking

OT Chad Pursley, Mansfield Legacy- Look, Pursley is a project. Yes, we get that. But an offer should have never gone out to him so early in the process. There were plenty of better linemen SMU could have gotten that didn't have to add 40 or 50 pounds to their frame. Pursley could develop into a nice player down the line, but that probably won't be until another four years. He had no other offers and bringing him in as an offensive lineman --he also played defensive end-- is still a head scratcher.

Grade: C

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