8-26 Football Practice Notebook

Andrew was at SMU football practice. He talked with Taylor Lasecki, Ajee Montes and focused on watching the receivers today.

June Jones Press Conference

Taylor Lasecki Q&A

Ajee Montes Q&A

Q: Talk about your preparation for Baylor, what you guys are doing right now?
AM: We’re preparing very hard, worked hard on everything we did, run to the ball a lot. We’re ready for Baylor.

Q: What is the biggest thing you guys have to do against Baylor?
AM: The biggest thing that we have to do out of the gate is make tackles for sure, don’t bite on play action and cover up well.

Q: Talk about the receiving corps that they have and how you deal with their speed?
AM: They’re a great group, great group of guys and it’s just going to be a fun time, definitely going to be a fun time.

Q: What does Bryce Petty do that makes him so hard to play against?
AM: Bryce Petty is a great quarterback, he’s elusive, he’s a great runner and he can throw the ball on the money so we’re just going to have to stick to our keys and come out strong.

Q: What is the focus now that the offseason is over, and with this upcoming early portion of the schedule?
AM: Well I think we have the best preseason out there, we have Baylor, UNT, A&M, so we’re just going to take it one week at a time and focus on Baylor for this week.

Q: Talk about the crowd noise and that new stadium?
AM: We’re made for the lights, you know what I mean, it’s a great feeling to play in front of a sold out crowd, and that’s what we’re made for.

Wide Receiver Spotlight

The wide receiver position was finally settled today as June Jones announced after practice today that Der'rikk Thompson, Stephen Nelson, Cedric Lancaster and Darius Joseph will compose the starting lineup. The wide receivers spent today receiving short quick passes with Der'rikk Thompson looking extremely impressive in making the quick receptions and tucking the ball away.

Football Practice Notes:

— Wide receivers worked on receiving quick passes and tucking the ball away during the individual portion.

— Team was not practicing in pads

— Quiet practice, no music playing either. 

— Seemed very relaxed with team taking two different times to work on special teams and give offense and defense some rest. 

Matt Davis was not practicing again today

Ryheem Malone made two nice over the shoulder grabs from Burcham.

— The offensive line was working a lot in practice on getting out of their stance

— June announced after practice Thompson, Joseph, Nelson and Lancaster will be the starters at receiver.

Darrell Colbert was working against the defense, trying to simulate Baylors read option.

Hayden Greenbauer, Horace Richardson, A.J. Justice and Randolph rotated in for the 1st team.

— Defense seemed to be focused heavily on the read option running aspect of Baylor offense.

— Practice was called early for running. 

— Team was back working on punt returns at midfield then worked on kick coverage right after.

Deion Sanders Jr. was back to receive for most of the kicks.

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