No one is more excited about the new coaching change than one of Southern Methodist newest players.
Zach Boyd of Highland Park grew up cheering for the Mustangs, he was one of the team's most loyal fans, cheering whether they were winning or losing.
Now that Boyd will be playing for the Mustangs, he is glad things are turning around on the Hilltop.
"There is a lot of excitement and buzz around Highland Park and SMU,' Boyd told PonyStampede.com in a previous interview. "June Jones has done great things everywhere he has been, we expect he is going to do the same thing here at SMU. Being a fan and now a player I'm very excited about what direction the program is headed in."
Boyd, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman with 5.15 forty speed, had offers from Sam Houston State and a walk on opportunity at Purdue. Going to SMU was an easy decision for Boyd.
"It's where I have always wanted to play," Boyd said. "It's like a dream come true."
Attending every game for the last eight years, Boyd is impressed with the pre game rituals at SMU.
"I love the atmosphere on campus," Boyd said. "I have been to every home game as long as I can remember. SMU is home for me."
Boyd has been working hard this spring and summer just in case he is called upon to help his Mustangs this fall.
"Coach Jones has already said he isn't opposed to playing freshmen," Boyd said. "I'm going to be ready. He will play the best player no matter how old they are. It's my job to be ready for the challenge."
It's now starting to set in for Boyd that he is actually going to be a Mustang football player.
"It's a little weird," Boyd said. "To actually be living my childhood dream. Things are getting better at SMU; it's an exciting time for the Mustang football program. I couldn't ask for anything better."