Many expect to see a huge difference in the SMU offense with former Hawaii head coach June Jones taking over this past January. After all, the Warriors averaged 15 more passes and nearly 18 less rushes per game.
SMU wide receiver Zach Zimmerman, however, does not see as big a difference. "We have like three or four plays that are pretty much identical, they're just called different things," he said. "It's pretty much the same; we just pass a lot more."
That will certainly benefit the junior who appeared in all 12 games last year but only seven on offense. And, after being listed as the starting "Z" receiver in the spring, Zimmerman will have every opportunity to increase his reception total from last year when he caught just eight passes.
None of this is lost on the junior. "It should be every receiver's dream to be able to play in coach Jones' offense," he said.
Zimmerman is looking forward to playing an entire season at full health after a bothersome shoulder injury hampered him most of last year. The 6-foot-1, 166-pound receiver said he has worked hard in the weight room to prevent that type of injury from happening again and has improved his strength vastly.
Perhaps that is why the junior said off-season workouts have not been as difficult for him this year. Zimmerman, however, points to a different reason. "Last year, we really just ran 100s," he said. "This year we're doing a lot of change in direction."
The junior is excited, regardless, and said the team is practicing longer at a higher level of intensity. And, despite the similarities between this year and last, its differences like that that have him expecting different results this season.
And, for Zimmerman, that means only one thing.
"Going bowling," he said.