Chauncey Briggs Player Profile
Position: Offensive Line
Size: 6-5, 295
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: West Bloomfield
Hometown: West Bloomfield
Recruitment: A two-star scout prospect, Briggs flew under the radar for most of his recruitment. While he did receive interest from Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. SMU was the only school to offer the offensive lineman. As a senior, Briggs was named to the All-Area and All-Oakland teams, and even recorded 9 sacks on defense.
2013 Review: During spring practices last season, Chauncey Briggs saw some looks at left tackle, but when the actual season rolled around, he was not in the starting lineup. After failing to see any playing time in the first four games, Briggs finally saw his first collegiate playing time against Rutgers. After getting his first game experience against Rutgers, Briggs got his first start in SMU's next game against Memphis, and the monster lineman never looked back. Briggs started the final 7 games of the season.
Thanks to a redshirt year, Briggs was able to use the extra time to put on weight and fine-tune his game. The Michigan native played solid overall, but did have some troubles pass blocking, even against some of the weaker teams like Memphis.
2014 Outlook: Briggs is a smart guy, so fully expect the sophomore to have a handle on the offensive line blocking schemes, especially since the left tackle spot will be his to lose come camp. To go along with his big frame, Briggs has long arms, which should help him improve his pass protection from last year. Out of high school, with his big frame, came some concerns about his athletic ability, but Briggs has shaved his baby fat, which should help improve his footwork this season.
With a new quarterback, either Neal Burcham or Matt Davis, taking over the offensive reigns this season, Briggs success will be key in keeping the offense moving, and SMU's quarterback untouched in the pocket. After starting at the end of 2013, and after an entire off-season to get stronger and mentally prepared, Briggs should make big strides in 2014 along the offensive line.