Matt Visinsky

2016 SMU Football Player Profile: WR Alex Honey

Hatts breaks down SMU WR Alex Honey in the latest Pony Stampede Player Profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/182557-alex-honey

Position: Wide Receiver 
Size: 6-4, 200
Year: FR-RS 
High School: Denton Guyer  
Hometown: Denton, Texas

Recruitment

Alex Honey was a three-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked as the No. 38 receiver in Texas. Honey caught 38 passes for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior while being named to first-team All-District. The Denton Guyer wide receiver committed to SMU over offers form Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe, UNT and Texas State. 

2016 Spring Recap

Honey showed during the spring he was making strides with his ball skills as a big receiver for SMU. During both of SMU’s scrimmages and the spring game, he showed he can certainly be that big receiver for SMU at the 9-man behind Courtland Sutton, but right now lacks the separation speed to be a standout receiver right now. He did struggle with drops a couple times in the spring but also showed he can go up and grab the ball at its highest point, while also showing he had put on some muscle after his redshirt year. Honey capped off the spring with three catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in the spring game.

2016 Preview

SMU badly needs somehow to step up and back up Courtland Sutton. Alex Honey should see a lot of time rotating in for Sutton especially if he can continue to improve his route running and ball skills. Both coach Morris and coach Craddock have mentioned how they would like to build some depth so they can continue to rotate guys in and out. With this in mind, Honey appears destined for a key role this season as SMU looks to keep some length on the field while giving Sutton a chance to stay fresh throughout the game. One area Honey could certainly make an impact early is in the red zone where SMU may use him as a big target down there. Honey did show off this type of size in the spring game when he hauled in a touchdown from Ben Hicks in the back corner of the end zone before falling out of bounds.   

Where he fits

SMU is certainly going to back up Courtland Sutton this year as he continues to refine his skills. Right now, Honey’s role is coming in, even for a limited number of plays, and trying to ensure there is not a drop off after Sutton leaves the game. So far coach Morris has been pleased with the depth Honey has provided, the biggest thing for him will be avoiding the drops that have hurt him so far this year. 

Expectations

Expect Honey to have a big impact this season. As he continues to learn under Courtland Sutton, Honey is going to just get better and better in his first season on the Hilltop. Right away Honey’s size will provide SMU a big boost as his ball skills continue to get better as well. 


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