Southern Methodist University's new Head Coach June Jones is looking for one common thing this week as his team travels to Lubbock to take on the No. 12 rated Red Raiders of Texas Tech, that's improvement.
After a week of spirited practices, Jones spoke to the media where he made it clear what his objective was this week against a talented Tech team.
"They've got great defensive team speed on defense," Jones said. "Offensively, we're going to have to execute at a very high level, higher than the first two games for sure to even have a chance to compete with them. They get off the ball; they know how to rush the passer. They don't do a ton of things but the things they do, they do very well."
While Jones is impressed with what he has seen on film of Texas Tech, he is no way over whelmed by what he has seen.
"Nothing just jumps out and says, ‘Oh we can't stop that,' because I know our defense can. It's just getting out there every day and improving on what we're doing."
SMU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell agrees with his head coach and realizes he will have to bring his "A" game to Lubbock on Saturday.
"We're getting the ball out a lot quicker instead of taking so long," Mitchell said. "We're doing a lot better as far as making the reads, and that's good, because that's what this offense takes. We will have to be at our best on Saturday."
Jones is pleased with the progress his true freshman quarterback has made, but pointed out that a good Tech team can make signal callers look bad.
"Hopefully, he'll do that, because if he doesn't do that this week, they're good enough on defense to make you look bad," Jones said. "Hopefully, we'll get to the right places and he'll get the ball out on time."
Texas Tech finds themselves ranked higher than in recent years, this appears to be one of Mike Leach's better teams. SMU junior wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders agrees.
"They're a veteran team over there and they're very comfortable over there," Sanders said. "Even though we're scoring points, it may seem like we're comfortable but we won't get comfortable with the system until probably toward the end of the year."
SMU wrapped up week long preparations for the Tech game Thursday morning and will depart for Lubbock on Friday where the team will go through a walkthrough session Friday afternoon.
Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. for the game that will be televised on Fox Sports South Network.