SMU's Saturday morning Practice Notebook

Saturday marked the Mustangs first two-a-day practice for June Jones' team. A big crowd was on hand for the morning session, giving them a first hand opportunity to see how this year's team is progressing. Go inside for some highlights of this morning's practice session.

Saturday was the first day actual two-a-day practice for SMU since entering fall camp. The Mustangs practiced in the morning beginning at 8:30 and in the afternoon beginning at 3:30. Here is a recap of the morning session.

Mustang fans come out

SMU fans eager to catch a preview of the new June Jones era lined the fences of Pettus Field Saturday morning. This was easily the largest audience practice has seen since camp began and many appeared impressed with the crispness and intensity of the drills.

Fired up

The morning session definitely belonged to the defense as it came out fired up from the opening stretches. The unit was as intense as it has been since camp opened and even put in an equipment guy on his back during an interception return drill.

A noteworthy performance

The star of the defense on this day was easily safety Tyler Jones. The sophomore had two nice plays against the scout team offense where he came out of nowhere to tip a pass into the air and even picked one off. He then forced a fumble from behind when the first offense and defense went live toward the end of practice.

Back to square one

Senior La'Cori Johnson participated in drills with the secondary after a rocky start to his transition from cornerback to wide receiver. Yet Johnson continued to line up at receiver for the scout team offense when the defense went live midway through practice. The senior then, coincidentally, proceeded to have what may have been his best day catching the ball.

Interesting arrangement

Redshirt freshman Logan Turner continued to take snaps with the scout team offense in what has been an interesting subplot to the past two practices. Turner, who was the number one quarterback in the spring, is competing against the first defense, but junior Justin Willis is getting the snaps with the first team offense against the scout team defense.

Highlight material Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson has a knack for the spectacular catch and has shown it in camp. The sophomore, who Jones praised in an interview Thursday, hauled in a one hand catch in drills Friday and went to the ground before catching a ball off of a ricochet this morning. The catch—Robinson has dropped a few passes that hit him in both hands. Adding consistency to his repertoire will give the receiver a great chance to contribute come playing time.


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