Jones prepared to play best player to win now

Tuesday's practice was all about Bo Levi Mitchell getting the most reps, preparing to lead his Mustang team into the unfriendly confines of his home area against Rice later this month. Mitchell a true freshman, was named one of the top two signal callers by June Jones on Monday.

A day after the decision naming two true freshmen as the top two quarterbacks at Southern Methodist University, the focus of team passing was all about Bo Levi Mitchell.

Mitchell, who led his Katy High School team to a state championship less than a year ago, took the majority of the reps during team passing Tuesday morning.

Mitchell took four out of six reps with the first team while Braden Smith, another true freshman took the other two reps.

"Both of the quarterbacks did ok today," Jones said after their full practice after the announcement. "Both made a few mistakes, we will be ok; they will get better with more practice and more reps."

Mitchell completed 13 out of 17 passes during the first two phases of team work. Smith was 8 out of 10.

Jones was asked what made him and his staff decides to go with two true freshmen and asked if he was working on a rebuilding project.

"I said from day one that I would start the best guy that would give us the best opportunity to win now," Jones said. "In my opinion that guy is Bo Levi at the present time. We aren't looking to go through a rebuilding process; we are going to do what it takes to win now."

Jones explained that Mitchell possessed a strong arm and a very accurate arm and compared him with two players he had previously coached, Jim Kelly and Warren Moon when it came to arm strength.

"Bo's arm strength is a shade down from a Kelly and a Moon," Jones said. "He doesn't quite have their arm strength yet, but he is only a true freshman."

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