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Five Players to Watch: SMU vs. Liberty

Scott breaks down five players to watch for SMU against Liberty this weekend.

Stephon Masha- Junior QB

Despite being a run-heavy team, Masha showed last week against Jacksonville that he can be a productive passer (13-19, 181 yards, 3 TDs).  In his first year as a starter, the dual-threat quarterback has shown he has plenty of room for improvement, but he also has the athleticism to be a thorn in any defense’s side.  He doesn’t have the rushing yards to prove it, but Masha can use his legs to pick up first downs if necessary.  The junior also showed off his arm strength with a few deep balls in week 2.

JaRon Greene- Senior DT

Liberty’s beat writer Damien Sordelett called Greene that team’s most NFL-ready    player, and he will be a handful to handle at 6-foot-2, 310-pounds.  Greene, a Beaumont, Texas native, is one of those nose tackles that eats up real estate in the middle of the trenches.  While his stats may not be eye popping (1.5 TFLs, ½ sack), he’s someone the Mustangs’ offensive line will have to focus on come Saturday.

Solomon McGinty- Junior S

Another Texas native, McGinty is a former wide receiver who has found himself a home on the defensive side of the ball.  The junior who hales from Navasota is Liberty’s second leading tackler (13) on the season, and he has also racked up 2 TFLs and 1 INT.  At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, McGinty’s size and athleticism make him a key playmaker on the Flames’ defense.

Brandon Tillmon- Freshman S

Tillmon, who led Liberty in tackles (8) and TFLs (2) against Jacksonville, has proven he belongs as a starter despite still being a teenager.  Tillmon plays near the line of scrimmage, and plays with a sense of fearlessness when it comes facing of against his opponents.  If Hicks gets careless with his throws, this opposing freshman has the ability to make things tough for the Midway product.

Todd Macon- Junior RB

The team’s leading rusher, Macon has a solid combination of size (5-10, 210) and speed when carrying the ball.  Because The Flames are such a run heavy team, this game will heavily depend on Macon’s ability to get to the first down marker to keep SMU’s defense on the field.  

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