Fall camp began a little over two weeks ago, signaling the beginning of the June Jones' coaching era at Southern Methodist University was officially underway.
Fall camp ended Saturday with a lot less fan fair, with the new head coach stating his young team still had a ways to go before becoming the team he expects them to be.
"I'm happy with what's going on, we have a long way to go. We are still learning, still trying to work our way through some thin spots, but all in all there are some very positive things going on. We have to continue working and believing."
With the Rice game less than seven days away, the new head coach appeared ready for battle.
"We will continue to prepare this week and continue to get better," Jones said. "We will be ready for Friday's game. It's a great opportunity for us to appear on national television and show the country what our program is all about."
Jones continued Saturday to mix things up as far as the quarterback rotations and reps were concerned.
After announcing that he would be giving two true freshmen most of the practice reps this week, Bo Levi Mitchell continue to be the heir apparent to the starting position. Mitchell took all of the first team snaps all week, Braden Smith took some of the second team snaps, on Friday Logan Turner took all the second team reps and Justin Willis followed suit on Saturday taking most of those snaps.
"Our two deep hasn't changed," Jones said after Friday's practice. "We are rotating some other guys in there to make sure they are ready in case they are needed during the game Friday night. The two deep hasn't changed."
After starting out on the practice field for Saturday's session, the team returned to Ford Stadium where the team practiced using the 40 second clock in preparation for Friday's game.
Several past Mustangs, fans and parents on hand for practiceFormer Mustang running back Arthur Whittington was on hand at practice, he was in Dallas for the Legends for Charity event for the June Jones Foundation Saturday night. David Bonilla was also present in the crowd; the former SMU player was also there to watch his son senior linebacker Will Bonilla.
SMU getting a lot more coverage from press under June JonesJune Jones has created a new excitement on the Hilltop. From a new website on the Scout.com network PonyStampede.com covering the Mustangs full time, to a full time beat writer from the Dallas Morning News being at every practice,the Mustangs are receiving a lot more media attention. The Mustangs received some national attention Saturday when the Sporting News was on hand to cover SMU's progress under Jones.
20 commitments for the MustangsJune Jones made mentioned Saturday that SMU currently has 20 pledges for its 2009 class. While most recruiting services list only 16, the new head coach said that four grey shirts will also count, bring the new total to 20.
New era under Jones, New beginningsOne thing that June Jones would like to change is the Mustangs losing streak to Rice in Houston. The Mustangs haven't won at Rice since 1986, no better time to start a new winning record in the Bayou City. Go Mustangs Beat Rice!