3 Up, 3 Down: SMU Spring Game

Billy gives you his 3 up, 3 down from SMU's spring game today!

3 Up

1. Matt Davis

Matt Davis looked pretty comfortable out there today making his reads and making some big plays. Davis was under pressure a fair amount as were the rest of the quarterbacks, but Davis' running ability allowed him to evade pressure at times and in a tackle game, would have broken some runs. Davis has the respect of the teammates out of the spring and the best command of the offense by far. After building momentum towards the end of last year, Davis ended his spring with a big push to be the starter for SMU against Baylor. During the summer, Davis will be relied on to lead the team during the summer 7-on7s and player-only workouts. After this spring, there's no doubt Davis will be a player that SMU can rely on to make big plays in the fall.

2. Courtland Sutton

SMU has a heck of a matchup problem on the outside with Sutton and Jeremiah Gaines at H-back as well. Sutton though had a big-time performance today, averaging 26 yards a catch today to finish with 124 yards on six catches and three touchdowns. Sutton had a couple opportunities to add to his total as well with a few chances to go up and over defenders. As he gets into the weight room even more, expect Sutton to improve his vertical and also his speed this summer for him to be a more consistent jumpball threat. Some of the balls were underthrown on those missed opportunities, but Sutton couldn't outmuscle defenders for the ball.

3. Kyran Mitchell

The Star position was one to get some attention today and Kyran Mitchell made some solid plays out there, leading the defense in tackles with seven, two tackles for loss and a sack. Mitchell played well in space and got after it, playing physical. While Shakiel Randolph is going to start in the fall for SMU at Star, Mitchell made a big claim to the backup spot that he will be competing with Jordon Williams among others for in the fall. Mitchell was a solid athlete coming out of Houston Lamar and now the staff has found a great spot for him, but also at the Will as well. Van Malone said Mitchell has a great chance to be moved around and play multiple spots, but today, he was a star.

3 Down

1. Penalties

Early in the game, SMU got off to a rough start with a few false starts and illegal formations. There were multiple holding penalties and A.J. Justice got hit with a targeting penalty as well. All spring game jitters most likely, but SMU has some things that it can correct in that regard. The offensive line has to lock in more if they're going to struggle this season and not commit so many penalties. Chad Morris didn't stay long, but he got to see enough penalties to make his blood boil a little bit I'm sure.

2. Offensive Line

The defense had eight sacks and 17 tackles for loss today. That's unacceptable for an offensive line. Dustin Fry has his work cut out for him and that's nothing new. Fry will be focusing on more technical development this fall that he started to work on this spring. Chauncey Briggs looked okay, but the other tackles got beaten off the edge pretty regularly. Christian Chamagua had looked good at times in the spring, but got beaten most of the time today. Bozidar Antunovic also didn't take a big step towards pushing Kris Weeks on the other side. SMU fans should expect the offensive line to be the big question mark for next season, but it looked ugly today.

3. Backup Receivers

The freshmen can't get here soon enough. SMU didn't get much at all from their backup receivers, with Shelby Walker and Anthony Buffini grabbing a couple balls to go with Sutton and Gaines' production. Darius Joseph was a non-factor, Deion Sanders, Jr. didn't get much time at all, Ryheem Malone was hampered and limping on the sideline and Chase Schultz had a few balls thrown behind him so he couldn't make any plays. SMU has to be ready for Xavier Castille, K.T. Thomas, Alex Honey, James Proche and Myron Gailliard to get in and start competing. That will bring some much-needed depth to the position and talent. SMU can't rely on Sutton every pass play.


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