THE GOOD: It took seven games, but SMU finally settled on Matt Davis as its quarterback. Once he took over, the Mustangs were much more competitive as his running ability added another dimension to a stagnant offense. Davis even set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback at SMU with 191 yard in the Mustangs only victory of the year against UCONN.
THE BAD: It took SMU seven games and an injury to Garrett Krstich for Davis to make a start. Granted he was still pretty raw when he took over, but he was the best option at the time and he was sitting on the bench. In the end SMU went through three other quarterbacks before giving Davis the keys.
THE GOOD: Once SMU put Davis on the field, its running game started to pick up. Whether it was K.C. Nlemchi or Prescott Line, SMU had a viable option on the ground. Line had the best rushing game of any SMU running back all season long against UCONN when he finished with 90 yards and two touchdowns.
THE BAD: Outside of Davis’ two 100+ yard games, no other running back eclipsed the 100 yard mark. Kevin Pope started the season as one of the cogs in SMU’s three back rotation, but was ineffective and ultimately switched back over to the defensive side of the ball. SMU averaged only 100 yards a game, 3.3 yards a rush, and only totaled nine touchdowns.
THE GOOD: Der’rikk Thompson and Davis started to click towards the end of the season, and even connected for SMU’s second longest passing play of the season- a 64 yard touchdown. The longest passing touchdown was a Davis to Jeramiah Gaines hook up for 67 yards.
THE BAD: SMU only had six total passing touchdowns. Darius Joseph was SMU’s leading receiver with 54 catches, and Thompson had the most yardage with 512. Not a single receiver had more than two touchdowns.
THE GOOD: This offensive line was made up of two juniors (Taylor Lasecki and Kris Weeks), two sophomores (Daniel McCarty and Chauncey Briggs), and one freshman (Evan Brown). Given how young and inexperienced they were they held their own at times and started to gel towards the end of the season. All five f them should be back next year and should be better with one year under their belt.
THE BAD: SMU allowed 48 sacks this season and struggled to provide consistent running lanes. The struggles of the offensive line resulted in a sub-par offensive attack; the Mustangs couldn’t consistently move the ball. Davis ran for 100+ yards twice, but mostly because he had to create on his own after the pocket collapsed.