SMU Spring Most Improved Player

Who came out of nowhere and impressed this spring for SMU football? The staff debates inside!

Billy: Kyran Mitchell

SMU fans saw a welcome sight when Kyran Mitchell notched seven tackles and two tackles for loss. Mitchell made some plays during spring ball, but Anthony Rhone had really stood out in practice until Shakiel Randolph went down for the spring. Mitchell stepped into the Star position and excelled right away. His growth this spring culminated in his spring performance. Before the spring, Patrick listed Jordon Williams as the starter at Star with other possibilities as Mitchell and Randolph. With Randolph immediately contributing there and Mitchell’s growth in the spring, Williams doesn’t have to feel the pressure to come in right away and play. Williams looks like he needs to put on some more weight to really be able to play in the box so Mitchell’s development this spring was crucial to SMU’s depth at the Star position.

Scott: Courtland Sutton

I know I picked him as my MVP, but I don’t think anyone saw Courtland Sutton making the jump that he did this spring. Sutton told us Saturday he put on 15 pounds of muscle since Coach Trumain Carroll took of the strength and conditioning program, so it’s no surprise now to see what he accomplished. The wideout feels faster and stronger than he ever has and he undoubtedly shined all over the field this spring. With Sutton’s new physical play, combined with his speed and athleticism, Matt Davis has his go-to receiver even before Kevin Thomas, Xavier Castille and James Proche enroll.

Hatts: Courtland Sutton

After missing most of the second half of last season, many had high hopes for what Courtland Sutton would do during spring ball and next fall but the jump he made was far more than anyone expected. Sutton had some made some impressive catches during practice last season, but never saw the field for the most part. Now the 6-4, 215-pound redshirt freshman, who only had 2 catches last year, is making a strong case to start for the Mustangs next season. Sutton continued to make some impressive contested catches but also showed he can use his good size to get open and develop into a formidable weapon for Matt Davis. To finish off the spring, Sutton had 6 receptions for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns and take control of one of the spots heading into the summer.

Patrick: Jordan Wyatt

Wyatt redshirted this past season, his first out of high school, but made some nice plays during spring ball. He had two interceptions in an earlier scrimmage and nearly another in the spring game. Wyatt wasn't on the obvious breakout list entering spring ball, but he has the size and versatility that teams like in a corner, although he still could add a little more weight. He'll probably see most of his snaps in the slot, behind projected outside corners Horace Richardson and Ajee Montes. His emergence brings depth and more competition to a unit that was ravaged by injuries a season ago and struggled even when healthy. Wyatt went from unknown redshirt to looking like a key piece of the secondary in just four weeks of practice.

Matt: Jeremiah Gaines

Junior tight end Jeremiah Gaines is finally showing the potential he has. After two quiet seasons, he has broken out this spring. The chemistry he has with Matt Davis is quickly improving. Gaines caught two touchdowns from Davis early in the spring, and would have had one in the spring game if it was not for an offensive penalty. As he gets more adjusted to the new offensive system, he will continue to build a relationship with Davis, which is bad news for opponents' defenses.

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