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2003 PREVIEW: SMU Mustangs

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The Mustangs appeared to have most of the pieces together for a good 2002 season, but it didn't happen. Several key players, like running back ShanDerrieck Charles and receiver , were hurt and the quarterbacks didn't come around until late. In his first year, head coach Phil Bennett had his hands full and faced more adversity that any newcomer deserves. But then things started to come together. Granted, two of the wins to close out the season were over two of the worst team in the country, and , but they were wins nonetheless. For a young team that needed a shot of confidence, those victories provided it. Now 16 starters return along with a host of young talent needing time to jell, so the future is looking strong. SMU won't fight for the WAC title this year, but it should be a far more competitive team.

SMU Mustangs
Team Information
Head coach: Phil Bennett
2nd year: 3-9
Returning O Lettermen: 18
Returning D Lettermen: 17
Returning ST Lettermen: 2
Lettermen Lost: 18
Ten Best SMU Players
1. RB Keylon Kincaide, Sr.
2. DT , Jr.
3. RB , Jr.
4. WR , Sr.
5. C , Sr.
6. LB , Sr.
7. DE Don Ieremia-Stansbury, So.
8. CB , Sr.
9. QB , Soph.
10. LB , Sr.
2003 Schedule
8/30 at
9/13 at
9/20
9/27 at
10/4
10/11 at San Jose St
10/18
10/25 at
11/1
11/8 at La Tech
11/15
11/29 TCU
The Schedule: There will be a few early rough patches against and and a late nightmare against TCU, but it'll be interesting to see how the team plays in a road game against Baylor. A win over a Big XII team, even Baylor, would do wonders. In WAC play, and come to Dallas and isn't on the schedule. Best Offensive Player: Junior RB Keylon Kincaide. He carried the offense when he was the only option to go to. Now he has back from a back injury to help him out and rising star Johnnie Fitzgerald to form a sensational backfield. Best Defensive Player: Junior DT . He's only 265 pounds, but he's one of the best tackles in the WAC. He was second on the team in tackles led the team in tackles for loss. Key player to a successful season: QB . The line should be fine with four starters returning, the running backs are outstanding and returns at receiver. All the Mustangs need for a decent season from the offense is a strong performance from the quarterback position. Bartel has to build on what he did at the end of last year. The season will be a success if: SMU finishes with a winning season. It's asking a lot, but the Mustangs have enough experience and just enough talent to beat teams like , , , and . The Mustangs will have to pull off an upset or two to finish with seven wins. This team has the talent to do it. Key game: Sept. 27 at . The Wolf Pack is going into the 2003 season thinking it can make some noise in the WAC. If SMU wants to have a big season, it has to win a tough early road game. A win here would set a positive tone for the conference season. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Time of possession: SMU 33:12 - Opponents 26:48
  • Penalties: Opponents 80 for 723 yards - SMU 68 for 625
  • Passing yards per game: Opponents 244.3 - SMU 159.3
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Justin Boren OL 6-4 285 FR Grapevine, (Colleyville Heritage)
    Graded out at 94 percent for his senior season...totaled 187 pancake blocks...was a first team All-District 5-5A selection and a second team Dallas Morning News All-Area pick...selected to play in the Coca-Cola Area All-Star Game...two-year letterwinner who started both seasons along the offensive and defensive lines...also competes in power lifting and track and field. Charlie Berry DL 6-3 250 FR Dallas, (Highland Park)
    Brandon Bonds DL 6-2 305 FR Cooper, (Cooper)
    Kenard Burley OL 6-5 300 FR Rossier, (Scurry-Rossier)
    Avery Cleveland LB 6-3 205 FR Austin, (LBJ)
    *Jay'Mond Cleveland WR 5-11 175 FR Baytown, (Lee)
    Lucky DeLay DE 6-4 255 FR Irving, (MacArthur)
    Cedrick Dorsey ATH 5-11 190 FR New Boston, (New Boston)
    *Zach Hall LB 6-3 225 FR Irving, (Irving)
    Desmond Jones DL 6-1 275 FR Dallas, (Carter)
    *Richuel Massey RB 5-11 210 FR Hillsboro, (Hillsboro)
    Ricky Joe Meeks QB 6-3 215 FR Mount Vernon, (Mount Vernon)
    C.D. Moss DB 5-10 180 FR Copperas Cove, (Copperas Cove)
    Cory Muse LB/TE 6-3 205 FR City, (Millwood)
    Ervin McGee DB 5-8 175 FR Ardmore, (Ardmore)
    Reynaldo Pellerin WR 6-3 190 FR Houston, (Westfield)
    Caleb Peveto OL 6-4 280 FR Highland Village, (Flower Mound Marcus)
    Chris Phillips QB 6-3 220 FR Seagoville, (Bishop Lynch)
    Joe Sturdivant S 6-2 190 FR Lilburn, (Parkview)
    Bryan Turner OL 6-2 292 FR Tyler, (Lee)
    Fred Turner ATH 5-10 170 FR Arlington, (Lamar)
    WR 5-7 170 FR Arp, (Arp)
    Ryan Wolcott PK/P 5-9 170 FR Dallas, (Highland Park)
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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