Sonny Dykes wants to market the Ponies as “Dallas’ football team,” and they’re hitting the ground running with a series of billboards around the metroplex highlighting SMU players with Dallas ties, like James Proche from DeSoto and Demerick Gary from Oak Cliff.
The Mustangs have become a transfer destination; sixteen players came to the Hilltop this offseason. The latest is Auburn linebacker, Richard McBryde. Dykes is in favor of using these transfers to fill-in depth, but he also wants to make sure the transfers have multiple years of eligibility remaining.
Texas scrimmaged on Saturday with reserves seeing a lot the action. Tom Herman wanted to see how his depth responded, so he put his starters on a rep count. Herman likes the physicality of the scrimmage and gave the edge to the offense. Penalties are, however, an issue that Herman wants to see cleaned up.
Safety Caden Sterns, lineman Zach Shackleford, and running back Keontay Ingram all missed time this week. Sterns injured his ankle, but he’s expected back next week. Shackleford tweaked his foot as well. He could take a little longer to recover, perhaps even bleeding into game week for Louisiana Tech. Ingram injured his knee, but the preliminary diagnosis is encouraging, and he should be back soon as well.
Matt Wells saw his Red Raiders scrimmage again today, and he liked what he saw. Tech’s offense started to play with some consistency and strung together some explosive plays in the passing game. The Tech defense bent, but didn’t break, and played well in the red zone, forcing field goals.
Tech picked up the pace and played faster today, eliminating pre-snap penalties.
North Shore defensive end Tony Bradford is making an impression as camp winds down. He should play early and often in Keith Patterson’s 3-3-5, in part because his body is already college-ready.
At TCU the quarterback battle is developing into a two-horse race with Alex Delton and freshman Max Duggan edging to the forefront. Gary Patterson is excited about what he sees from both as camp winds down, but he’s not ready to name a starter just yet.
Michael Collins, a starting for part of 2018, missed time this week while in a walking boot. Redshirt freshman Justin Rogers is seeing reps as well, but he’s still finding his stride after missing the last two seasons due to a knee injury.
Patterson likes what he sees from running back Darius Anderson as well. Anderson is playing faster than at any time during his TCU career.
Rice’s running game is taking shape as the Owls wrapped up their second scrimmage of 2019’s camp. Freshman running back Jawan King from Atlanta, Texas stepped up on Saturday, delivering a glimpse of depth at the position. King’s been injured for parts of the Owl camp, but he’s healthy and producing now.
Rice is still looking for a quarterback to step up, but the battle is now between Wiley Green, Harvard transfer Tom Stewart, and Evan Marshman. Green took the first snap yesterday but struggled. Rice rotated quarterbacks quite a bit last season, and while that’s not ideal, the Owls may be headed for another season lacking a defined starter.