Matt Visinsky

SMU Football Practice Notebook: 3/28/17

Pony Stampede has notes from SMU's return to the practice field on Tuesday.

Friday Night Lights went well

Chad Morris was pleased with how Friday's scrimmage went. 

"I felt like coming out of that practice," Morris said. "We've been here 28 months, was the best scrimmage we've had since I've been here,"

Morris said that he asked himself why he'd never done a Friday Night Lights before, and said that the team will run another one in the near future. 

Morris listed a few players that stood out to him in the scrimmage, and in this spring in general: Ke'Mon Freeman, Delontae Scott, Elijah McQueen, Raymond Epps, Kyran Mitchell, Mason Gentry, Trey Quinn, Evan Brown and James Proche.

Another positive from the scrimmage: no players got hurt.

"The overall summary I felt coming up to meet with the players was the excitement level," Morris said. 

Special Teams Notes

Morris talked about Alex Melvin coming back this year, and potentially challenging Jamie Sackville for the starting punter position. He stressed live reps as an important part of the competition. He doesn't want his punters and kickers thinking they won't have to hit, in case a return man breaks through. 

The team worked on punting today. After having a couple of rough practices earlier in the year, Melvin seemed to be booting the ball pretty well. Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn were back as punt returners. 

Quarterback Battle

Morris addressed the quarterback situation in his press conference, speaking about Ben Hicks and Rafe Peevey. 

"I thought Rafe did a really good job. I thought Rafe had his best practice, scrimmage to this point. He had a couple of really good runs. That was good to see. He threw the ball really well. The ball jumps out of his hand."

"Ben played a lot of ball last year, got a lot of experience underneath him. He's having a really good spring right now. The thing with Ben is never that he's struggled with his confidence. He's got really great confidence. But the thing that you see with Ben that you love to see is just his overall knowledge of the offense. 

"There's a really great competition going on right now at our quarterback position."

Injury Notes

Justin Lawler was back on the field after missing Friday's scrimmage. 

Joshua Shelmire has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. It is not serious and he hopes to be back later this week or next week. 

Chad Morris Press Conference

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