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SMU football top 30 player profile: No. 30 Chauncey Briggs

Billy kicks off Pony Stampede's Top 30 player profile series with SMU senior offensive lineman Chauncey Briggs.


After moving from Georgia to Michigan, Chauncey Briggs' recruitment slowed down a little bit, but before he could pick up anymore offers, he committed to then-offensive line coach at SMU, Adrian Klemm. Briggs didn't want to wait any longer to commit and liked the city feel of Dallas, the SMU staff at the time and Klemm's NFL experience. SMU was his only offer, but he had interest from Michigan and Michigan State.

2015 Recap

Briggs' 2015 season was up-and-down as he lost his starting spot at left tackle to Chad Pursley, who played well in his place, but also found better opportunity elsewhere along the line even though it didn't result in more starts. Briggs didn't play well last year especially in his role at left tackle. His lack of quickness hurt much of the season and that's why the staff ended up moving him around to other spots that aren't as reliant on speed and quickness. He played in nine games last year while starting three at left tackle and one at left guard.

2016 Outlook

Briggs' position at SMU as he enters his senior season is one that is unsettled. Pursley appears to have a vice-grip on the left tackle job out of spring and the wealth of new talent along the offensive line make Briggs' chances of starting even slimmer. His best chance is to beat out Bryce Wilds at right tackle and start there. Although that might happen, I still think Briggs is best suited along the interior of the offensive line. There's not as much pressure there to deal with pass rushers and that's where Briggs struggled the most. 

Unless Briggs has a terrible camp and doesn't come in ready to go, I expect to see Briggs as the starter at right tackle when SMU opens against North Texas. While Wilds will continue to push him at right tackle, I don't think the staff is worried about getting Wilds on the field as quickly as possible. He still has some developing to do. Briggs can be a veteran voice next to what could be a revolving door at right guard potentially. If he's in good shape, Briggs will be your starter against UNT, but after that, it's a mystery as to just how long he'll anchor that right side with Wilds pushing hard for time.

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