QB Paxton Lynch
Through the first eight games, Paxton Lynch was playing as well as any quarterback in the country with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. He had put himself at least in the conversation for the Heisman race if he could finish strong the last four games. However, the last three weeks have been a bit of a struggle with just three touchdowns and two interceptions over that time. Paxton is now going against a defense that has struggled defending quarterbacks similar to him. Lynch can do damage both through the air and on the ground where he has 339 yards rushing. The Mustangs will have to get pressure on Lynch as Temple did last week but continue to stay in their rushing lanes to prevent him from getting out of the pocket. It will be a good final test for SMU to see what strides late in the year their defense has made.
WR Moze Frazier
Out wide, the biggest threat to keep an eye on is senior wide receiver Moze Frazier. Frazier has 18 more receptions than the next highest receiver, and has close to 700 yards on the year. As Lynch has struggled the last three games so has Frazier but beware of this combination this weekend as it usually makes this offense go.
Not only can Lynch do damage but you better not sleep on Dorceus. He has become a go to weapon inside of the red zone with eight touchdowns in his second year on campus, as well as, a 4.3 yards per carry average overall. In this high octane offense, Dorceus has also become a weapon out of the backfield with 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns on just 10 catches. Beware of the big plays with him as his touchdowns have gone for 55 and 61 yards in the air. He's a Spring HS grad so him and SMU RB Xavier Jones will be competing for bragging rights.
DB Reggis Ball
Matt Davis broke a four game streak of throwing an interception last week in a win over Tulane, but will have to be careful of Reggis Ball who has three interceptions on the season. Ball has got a great nose for the ball and great ball skills. The 5-11, 210-pound cornerback is also strong with the run game with a couple games in conference already with close to ten tackles.
LB Genard Avery
Whether SMU is able to run the ball effectively against Memphis will depend largely on whether they can handle the powerful 6-1, 255-pound sophomore linebacker. Avery has 6.5 tackles for a loss this year to go along with three sacks. Shareef Wright is another player to watch and has benefitted tremendously from having a playmaker like Avery to shut down running games this season.