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2016 SMU Football Player Profile: OL Jacob Todora

Scott breaks down SMU freshman offensive lineman Jacob Todora in the latest Pony Stampede Player Profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/194509-jacob-todora

Position: Offensive line
Size: 6-4, 260
Year: Freshman
High School: Wakeland HS
Hometown: Frisco, Texas

Recruitment

Jacob Todora was committed to SMU nearly nine months before officially signing with the school, but that doesn’t mean it was a one horse race the entire time.  SMU had to fend off a number of power-5 schools including Indiana and Illinois, but in the end, Todora’s relationship with the staff and the school’s proximity to his home sealed the deal.  During high school, Todora started all four seasons of high school football, and allowed just one sack his entire prep career.

Where he fits

Todora, who will have a good shot to see early playing time, will slide in nicely at the guard spot for the Mustangs.  While he still needs to add some more weight, Todora already has good height and build for the interior offensive line positions.  His good technique and quick feet will make his transition to the college game easier than what most high school students deal with.

Expectations

Despite the possibility of Todora playing early on this season, expectations still must be tempered.  The veteran linemen such as Jerry Saena and Braylon Hyder will be given the chance to win starting guard spots, especially with the strides they made in the weight room this winter and summer (and remember, Coach Morris has said in the past he would love to redshirt freshmen if possible).  Now if those two cannot perform, Kadarius Smith and Todora will both get their opportunities to see consistent early playing time.  Todora has the technique to be an effective option, but he is even smaller now after losing about 12 pounds since signing.  If nothing else, Todora will provide much-needed depth to the offensive line and could provide a spot start if called upon in 2016.    


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