SMU FB: Mustang Football Picks Captains‏

The SMU football team selected three team captains for the 2009 season on Sunday, Aug. 30. On the offensive side of the ball, Kelvin Beachum and Emmanuel Sanders were selected, while Chase Kennemer was chosen by the defense.

The SMU football team selected three team captains for the 2009 season on Sunday, Aug. 30. On the offensive side of the ball, Kelvin Beachum and Emmanuel Sanders were selected, while Chase Kennemer was chosen by the defense.

Beachum, a sophomore from Mexia, was named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football's All-Texas Team this preseason. Beachum started all 12 games at left tackle in 2009, blocking for an offense that threw for a school-record-tying 29 TDs and ranked 17th in the nation in passing offense.

Kennemer, a senior linebacker from Arlington, played in all 12 games and started twice in 2009. He played mostly on special teams until the UTEP game, when he started and broke out with 11 tackles and blocked a punt.

Sanders, a preseason first-team All-Conference USA performer by the league's 12 head coaches, begins his senior season as SMU's career leader in TD catches (27). In 2008, he earned second-team All-C-USA accolades after catching 67 passes for 958 yards and nine TDs in 10 games. Sanders finished 11th in the nation at 95.8 receiving yards per game set a new SMU season record with six 100-yard games.

Beachum, Kennemer, Sanders and all the Mustangs open the season this Saturday, Sept. 5, when they host Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 214-SMU-GAME.


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