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2016 SMU Football Player Profile: Matt Davis

Billy profiles SMU quarterback Matt Davis in the latest Pony Stampede Player Profile.

Position: Quarterback
Size: 6-0, 214 pounds
Year: Senior
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
High School: Klein Forest


After signing with Texas A&M, Matt Davis competed with future Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and lost out in the battle, but was also beaten out by Kenny Hill. It was then that Davis transferred to Tyler Junior College, which allowed him to enroll in the spring and compete at SMU after just a fall semester at Tyler. Out of high school, Davis was Scout's No. 6 overall quaterback nationally and had offers from just about everywhere including Auburn, Alabama, and others.

2015 Recap

While Davis totaled over 3,000 total yards and scored 26 total touchdowns, it was an up-and-down campaign as SMU's full-time starter. Davis threw a touchdown on his first play in the Chad Morris era to Courtland Sutton and had SMU fighting with Baylor until the Bears really got going in the second half. Davis did throw two interceptions in that contest, but then went interception-less until the South Florida game.

You could see holes developing in Davis' game though as the season really went along. When he was on, SMU was rolling on offense, but there really was a total lack of consistency for the Mustangs out of Davis. On third downs, Davis' game really dropped. His completion percentage dropped seven percentage points from first and second down and he threw four of his seven interceptions on third downs.

In the second and fourth quarters, Davis' game dropped a bit as well with his passer rating going down considerably and his seven interceptions all came in either the second or fourth quarter. Finishing out the half and the game with strong performances will be key to his senior season.

2016 Outlook

This is the first time entering the same system for the second year in a row for Davis. People can't understand enough how important it is that Davis is entering the same system again.

This year, he'll be expected to do a lot more especially with SMU trying to go faster and faster on offense this year. Davis' ability to check out of plays will be something to watch as he's potentially given more control of the offense. 

While SMU will want to limit his carries, his ability to be a dual-threat will be something SMU has to take advantage of with the offensive line featuring a likely rotation again going into this season. There's questions along the line again and if Davis can't get time, it's going to be another long season of inconsistency offensively.

Davis' tools are in place and now he has to take advantage of them with a big senior year. If he plays up to his abilities and takes care of the ball, SMU could be bowl bound.

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