SMU Football was back on the practice field on Tuesday days before Friday’s spring game. Here’s the latest buzz on the Mustangs in the final practice before the spring game.
*** SMU quarterback Preston Stone had a sharp practice for the most part save for one key mistake. Stone hit Roderick Daniels down the seam for a huge gain. Daniels later made a heck of a catch down the field in 1-on-1s over Crossley.
During the redzone period, Stone scrambled for a touchdown run.
*** That mistake from Stone went to SMU nickel Brandon Crossley, who showed blitz then backed off to step into a passing lane and intercept a pass.
*** Running back Velton Gardner ran in a nice touchdown during the redzone period.
*** Jennings wasn’t done, hitting Key’Shawn Smith down the seam for a terrific throw in tight coverage. He also hit Moochie Dixon for a big pickup on another impressive throw. Dixon caught a crossing route and spun out of a tackle for a big gain later in practice.
*** Linebacker Chris Adimora flashed for a sack during the team period. Adimora also got credit for nice coverage on a pass breakup in practice.
*** Defensive lineman DeVere Levelston had a solid tackle for loss on a run play then followed up with a good pressure on the quarterback. Elijah Roberts followed up with a pressure on Stone later in the period and notched a tackle for loss on a sweep to Brinson.
*** Running back Jaylan Knighton continues to have a strong spring with back-to-back solid runs, including a terrific cut to pick up a 1st down. Daniels also saw some touches at running back, picking up a 1st down as well.
*** Tight end RJ Maryland laid a blindside block on cornerback Kevaris Hall that fired up Rhett Lashlee. Maryland caught Lashlee’s ire for what would’ve been a penalty to negate a big play, but also that it was on a teammate in practice.
*** Right tackle Hyrin White was not at practice on Tuesday, but his absence was not a concern, per sources. In his absence, both PJ Williams and Thalen Robinson spent time with the first team during practice.
*** Running back Camar Wheaton is someone SMU’s being careful with, having a wrap on one of his legs during practice. He didn’t see significant time in practice during the team period.