Padron headed to Eastern Washington

After being granted a release from his scholarship in January, former SMU starting quarterback Kyle Padron will enroll at Eastern Washington this summer.

Former SMU quarterback Kyle Padron will transfer to Eastern Washington this summer, as first reported by ESPN's Joe Schad.

Padron follows in the footsteps of another former Mustangs gunslinger, Bo Levi Mitchell, who transferred to EWU in 2010.

Padron ironically took over the starting duties at SMU eight games into his freshman season in 2009 after Levi went down with an injury.

That year, Padron passed for a school record 460 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-10 victory over Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl, which was the first time the Mustangs had made it to the post-season since the Death Penalty sanctions.

In 2010, Padron was named the clear starter and threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns.

But then this past summer, Padron and then-backup J.J. McDermott split reps most of camp. Padron got the starting nod in the season opener against Texas A&M, but threw back-to-back interceptions on the opening drive, causing June Jones to uncharacteristically bench his starting quarterback.

Padron made brief appearances in the following two games, but wasn't to be seen on the field thereafter.

Before the Tulsa game in October, Padron had stopped practicing with the team because of a herniated disc he suffered from lifting weights. Then during the bowl break, he had foot surgery.

Padron, a junior, was planning to use 2011 as his redshirt year and apply for a medical hardship so he would be able to play for two more seasons.

It was made public that Padron had asked for a release from his scholarship in late January. Sources close to the situation had said this had been in the works for quite some time.

Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert will be enrolling at SMU this summer as a graduate student after finishing up his undergraduate degree at UT this spring.

In addition to Gilbert, the Mustangs will have Conner Preston, Stephen Kaiser and Neal Burcham on the depth chart this fall.

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