Player Profile: Kris Weeks

Scott profiles SMU offensive lineman Kris Weeks in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.

Position: Offensive Line
Size: 6-5, 300
Year: RS Senior
High School: Sachse High School (Tex.)
Hometown: Sachse, Texas

Recruitment

Kris Weeks, who was the first SMU commit of the 2011 class, was a consensus three-star prospect out of high school and ranked as the 66th best guard in the nation by Scout.com. Ranked as the Dallas Morning News’ No. 81 prospect on their Area Top 100 list, the first-team All-District selection also competed in power lifting and track.

2014 Recap

Weeks started all 12 games in 2014, bringing his total to 24 straight starts. And while Weeks might have been the Mustangs’ best offensive lineman—albeit on a unit that struggled mightily—the Sachse product was inconsistent at times. Weeks showed good overall strength and understanding of his role as the right tackle, but he did get beat off the edge by speed rushers, among other things. There were times Weeks also looked unathletic. He was seen off balance during pass protection, and he did not maintain a wide base during run blocking, which made him extremely susceptible to penalties. While Weeks looked okay, the offensive line as a unity struggled the entire season, and Weeks has to shoulder some of the blame.
Grade: C

Outlook in 2015

There’s no reason to think Weeks won’t be the Mustangs’ starting right tackle when the season opener against Baylor rolls around. That’s not to say the rising senior doesn’t have a lot to work on before the start of the season. As a whole, the offensive line must cut down on penalties, and being a senior, that starts with Weeks. Weeks must lead by example and play disciplined football. In order to cut down on penalties, Weeks needs to adjust his game some.

The framework is there for Weeks, but a few things need to be tweaked. If he can’t stay on his feet, he can’t block effectively. If he can’t maintain a wide base he’s going to have a hard time staying in front of pass rushers and effectively pushing defensive linemen when run blocking. Considering the Mustangs don’t have much depth at the position, there is almost no chance Weeks is replaced, so it’s up to him to make the adjustments.


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