Player Profile: Zelt Minor

Hatts profiles SMU defensive lineman Zelt Minor in the latest Pony Stampede 2015 player profile.

Position: Defensive line
Size: 6-2, 285
Year: Junior
High School: Lamar HS
Hometown: Houston, Tex.


Zelt Minor was a two-star recruit as rated by Minor finished his career as a two-time first-team All-District selection and received a multitude of other awards by other outlets in the Houston area. During his senior season, Minor had 73 tackles, 28.5 sacks and 38 tackles-for-loss in the 2012 campaign. The Lamar defensive end also had two touchdowns resulting from blocked punts. Lamar’s defense held 11 of their 16 opponents to fewer than 14 points as well during his last season. Minor chose SMU over offers from Texas Tech, Utah and Washington State.

2014 recap

The 2014 season was a frustrating season for all involved but it may have been the toughest on sophomore defensive end Zelt Minor. The powerful defensive end played in the first eight games of the season including two starts but missed the last four. For the year, Minor finished with 10 tackles and two quarterback hits to go with one sack. During the four games Minor missed at the end of the season, he was frequently complaining about the coaching staff on Twitter leading to the question of whether he would be back this season with the new staff. It was a very tough season overall for Minor that was filled with frustration, injuries and not too many plays made on the field overall.

Outlook in 2015

It is a fresh start for everyone involved, Minor included. With the new coaching staff in place Minor seems to be in a better place and ready for a breakout junior campaign. The SMU defense needs this from him too. After a big game his freshman year against Cincinatti, most fans were expecting Minor to follow that up with a big sophomore campaign and lead this defense. Now is the time for him to do that with an aggressive new defense. I expect this to be a major bounce back season for Minor as he will be looking to rebound from what he would be the first to admit was a tough season last year. Minor showed he has the talent to be a big time playmaker his senior year of high school and if he can get back to that level of play combined with a strong season from Zach Wood, Mason Gentry and even possibly Justin Lawler this would be a much improved pass rush. If Minor can come out and have a strong beginning of the season, everyone involved will soon forget his sophomore season with two more years to go.

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