SMU football top 30 player profile: No. 27, Chris Biggurs

Billy profiles SMU redshirt freshman defensive lineman Chris Biggurs, who took big-time advantage of his redshirt year.


Chris Biggurs was one of the last signees to commit to SMU in Chad Morris' first class at SMU. Biggurs had been in constant contact with the SMU coaching staff when they took over the program and committed to Van Malone right before National Signing Day. Biggurs picked SMU over Rice, Iowa State, Texas State and Nevada to give SMU a defensive tackle it desperately needed in Morris' first class. Biggurs' dad, Charlie, grew up with Malone and that relationship went a long way to securing Biggurs' signature.

2015 Recap

Biggurs redshirted during the 2015 season and that allowed him to transform his body from about 250 pounds to 271 when I saw him at the beginning of summer. For the season, Biggurs wanted to get to about 284 for camp so he can be at a playing weight of 280. Biggurs was in the "Cat Daddy Lift" with Tru Carroll and the strength staff, which lifted on Fridays since those players were redshirting. It was one of the best things for Biggurs, who got decent playing time this spring, but his true progression will be measured by the time he gets this fall. Jarvis Pruitt and Zelt Minor haven't lit the world on fire and Biggurs made enough plays during spring practices to earn a good look at even a starting role along SMU's defensive line this fall. 

2016 Outlook

Biggurs figures to play inside and at the strongside defensive end position often this year with a lot of unproven depth and talent along the interior of SMU's defense. Justin Lawler heads to the weakside, which could mean more playing time for Biggurs at the strongside end position. After his redshirt year, Biggurs is anxious to get on the field and contribute. 

With his strength and push off the ball, Biggurs could figure to be a force in the run game on that strongside and then move inside on passing downs to push the pocket and provide a pass rush from inside. SMU's defensive development this year will be keyed on a lot of redshirt freshmen and freshmen making a big impact. Biggurs will play a large role into whether SMU's defensive line can take a step forward in development that the defense desperately needs.

If Pruitt and Minor can't finally make contributions along the line for a full season, Biggurs should get plenty of opportunities to contribute. I'd expect Biggurs to be looking at a starting job by the season's end just as he becomes more comfortable in his role and adjusted to the speed of college football.

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