Player Profile: Daniel Gresham

Billy profiles SMU running back Daniel Gresham, who could be poised for a big season in Chad Morris' power run scheme.

Position: Running Back
Size: 5-9, 235 pounds
Year: RS-Freshman
Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas
High School: All Saints (Tex.)

Recruitment

After originally committing to Texas, then flipping to Louisville, Gresham had his scholarship pulled by Bobby Petrino once he was hired at Louisville. That left him down to SMU, UTSA and Colorado State. After visiting UTSA, Gresham visited nearby SMU and committed on his visit. The No. 1 ranked fullback by Scout held offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and others. Gresham ran for 923 yards on 93 carries and scored 19 touchdowns his senior year.

2014 Recap

Gresham had been picked by many to have an instant impact in SMU's backfield especially with Traylon Shead having departed early to pursue a professional career. His freshman season never got off the ground as Gresham was sidelined with a knee injury. With SMU's backfield having so many issues getting anything going, Gresham would have been a welcome addition even with the terrible play along the offensive line.
Grade: N/A

2015 Outlook

In the spring, Gresham was in and out of contact drills with the team, but displayed some of the talent we know he has in the spring game, ripping off a 13-yard run and getting some other touches. Gresham has to of course stay healthy next year as SMU would love to use him in goalline situations with Prescott Line or even spell Line as a lead blocker. SMU will find a way to get Gresham on the field if he's healthy and with his size and speed, Gresham has a chance to make an impact in the running game. The ability for SMU to rotate backs in and out will be critical with them operating at a high pace. If the little bits we've seen out of Gresham are any indication, a healthy Gresham will be able to contribute this fall for a team looking for a back to step up in game situations that this team hasn't had since Zach Line graduated.

With Gresham back in the backfield, SMU can move the likes of Braeden West, Xavier Jones and even Darius Durall around on motions, have two backs in the backfield and run other misdirection plays. With Gresham's ability to run between the tackles, that's something for the defense to pay attention to in addition to the speed in the backfield with West, Jones and Durall. Gresham gets a fresh start in this offense and while I don't expect him to be the workhorse right off the bat as SMU will be rotating different backs to find its go-to back, Gresham will see the field and contribute as a special teamer and in the backfield.


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