Position: Left Tackle
Size: 6-4, 272
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Mansfield Legacy
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas
Chad Pursley was named to the Star-Telegram’s All-Area Team in leading Legacy to a 10-3 record in 2013. SMU was Pursley’s only offer but he did receive interest from Houston, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa.
Pursley has improved greatly since coming out of high school a little undersized and that was no different. When the incumbent left tackle committed to SMU he was 235-pounds but since then has continued to grow. Pursley played in all 12 games, but started the last 9 after taking over for Chauncey Briggs. The former Legacy tackle was a little more mobile on the left hand side which helped allow Briggs to move inside. This helped out the offense over the course of the year give Davis time to drop back more than past years.
As Pursley seemed to settle in late in the year, he should be a stabilizing force for SMU on the left side of the line. It was apparent his technique improved under coach Fry and with another offseason under his belt, this is the year to take that next jump. It will help Pursley that there is stiff competition along the entire offensive line as SMU searches to find the right combination and should keep him locked in as a young player.
Where he Fits
Heading into his third year on the Hilltop, Pursley is going to develop into a leader along this line along with Briggs and Brown. With two players who have been on the Hilltop for a couple years, it’s going to be key for both Pursley and Briggs to hold down the left side of the line while a young right side continues to settle in.
Considering the trajectory Pursley has shown already I expect him to grow into a solid player on the offensive line for SMU. Pursley only got stronger last season as he continued to get more comfortable, despite the offense continuing to struggle. With the sophomore left tackle continuing to get stronger, his mobility should help him develop into a solid left tackle for SMU.