Player Profile: Hayden Greenbauer

Scott profiles SMU safety Hayden Greenbauer, who is one of the leaders in the secondary, but also has to bounce back from a torn ACL.

Hayden Greenbauer Player Profile

Position: Free Safety

Size: 6-0, 205

Year: Senior

High School: Tom C. Clark

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Recruitment: Out of high school, Greenbauer was ranked as a three-star athlete despite not holding any other offers besides his SMU one. As a duel-threat quarterback, Greenbauer rushed for 1,482 yards and 20 touchdowns, and threw for 790 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. Although Greenbauer wasn’t recruited anywhere to play quarterback, SMU and recruiter Bert Hill were impressed with his overall athleticism, which is why the Mustangs extended him an offer to play on the defensive side of the ball.

2013 Review: Coming off of an impressive finish to his 2012 campaign where, in his first start, returned an interception for a touchdown in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against Fresno State, Greenbauer was expected to step in as a full-time starter in 2013.

Through the first six games of the 2013 season, Greenbauer put together an impressive stat line, racking up 40 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Greenbauer’s transition to starter looked to be complete until the San Antonio native went down with a torn ACL. Greenbauer missed the final six games of the season and lost valuable playing time.

Grade: B

2014 Outlook: Greenbauer should be fully healed from his torn ACL, and the senior is due for an impactful final campaign. You could see in the beginning of 2013 Greenbauer was finding his niche as a free safety, so he should be able to pick up right where he left off.

Having been a quarterback in high school, Greenbauer understands the thought process and progression a quarterback goes through before making a pass, which gives him an important edge. While Greenbauer mentally has an advantage, it also doesn’t hurt that he runs in the 4.6 40-yard-dash range. His combination of speed, intuition and tackling ability make Greenbauer, not only a big-play threat, but also one of the more consistent defenders on SMU’s defense.

Greenbauer should have no problem stepping back into his starting role and leading an SMU defense that needs to improve drastically from their 2013 play.

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