“Leading up I knew SMU had a good chance to make it a really good game, just the coaches felt pretty good I could tell they felt good about their team,” Ali said, “So going into it I thought they had a pretty good chance to win the game.”
After talking with coach Fry before the game, Ali got the sense this team was healthier than they had been in a while, and had benefitted from a good week of practice.
“Coach Fry was telling me how well the team was practicing, they were all focused and they were trying to get some players healthy,” Ali said.
The Timber Creek lineman was very impressed with SMU’s offensive line, including the role they played in a key touchdown right before halftime.
“I thought they played great, they really ran the ball well, they ripped off a 70-yard gain and gave them a chance to get that touchdown,” Ali said, “I feel like the offensive line played really well both run blocking and pass blocking. “
For a while, the entire SMU staff has been insisting the team was close, and that they were confident they could turn this program around. Ali saw the effort against Houston as evidence this was the case.
“It just means that coach Morris was right, he said he was going to turn it around, he said he was going to change things and he has and it gives hope to everyone at SMU and the city of Dallas,” Ali said.
The 6-5, 270-pound tackle is very solid to SMU and has loved the attention the school has continued to pay to him.
“It’s been going great, SMU has still been treating me like a recruit they are still trying to get,” Ali said, “They haven’t stopped recruiting me at all they are still recruiting me hard so it’s been going good.”
Ali’s relationship is also continuing to grow and they are already discussing plans for next summer and the things they will focus on.
“It’s been going good, I feel like he is already my coach right now, he’s definitely ready for me to get there and get into those summer workouts and join the team,” Ali said, “I feel like we have a great relationship right now.”
The three-star Scout.com recruit plans to make it back for SMU’s next home game against Memphis, which is also homecoming.
Ali is also continuing to focus on growing as a player even though he is off to a very good start this year.
“Adding weight, adding muscle, I’ve got the height, I’ve just got to get the mass on me and I’ll be good to go,” Ali said, “I’ve been averaging a 94 grade each game, I’m at 70 knockdowns right now so it’s been going good this year.”