SMU Football Media Availability 9/22

Chad Morris, coaches and players spoke to the media ahead of SMU's matchup against James Madison.

SMU HC Chad Morris

SMU OC Joe Craddock

SMU DC Van Malone

SMU QB Matt Davis

SMU DB Horace Richardson

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

SMU HC Chad Morris Teleconference

Key Takeaways

— Thought his players played well, but were unable to get the ball back due to big plays that stretched the lead.
— Showed a lot of resilience and will need that this week with it being a top FCS program. Morris is familiar with JMU from Clemson.
— On Bielema's remarks on Texas HS football spread offenses: Isn't worried about them at all and has too much going on to even focus on that.
— If he's worried about a hangover: "Not when you're 1-2, I'm not worried." A lot of respect for the program and understand how multiple, fast and aggressive JMU is. Trying to build off momentum of the first three games.
— On JMU's defense: Is very multiple on defense and does a lot of different things, but knows a lot from his time at Clemson.
— On if the proximity of the games has helped: Really it's allowed the fans to get in the flow of the new era and the night games have helped. Big crowds and expecting another sellout this week. Student body has been outstanding.
— Preference of noon or night games: Coaches love the afternoon games to get away and grade film, plus family time. From a program standpoint, we want the night games. Allows the fans to get in the game and enjoy it.
— Sundays are for truth when the staff tells the players about how they played and what they thought, while Monday's the team has zero football responsibilities. Called "Academic Integrity" Mondays.

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