What You Need To Know About The SMU Offense
– If you liked the SMU offense before, get ready for more of it under Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. The Mustangs averaged 294 passing yards and 38 points per outing, and now the attack will keep throwing and throwing some more – it’ll be different, though. Instead of the big deep shots like there were under the previous regime, get ready for dink … dunk … dink … dunk.
Ben Hicks is the 33-touchdown throw star to run it all, but he’ll be pushed for the starting quarterback job in fall camp. DJ Gillins and Austin Upshaw give the Mustangs a good pecking order. But Hicks is the guy – now he needs the receivers.
– Trey Quinn and Courtland Sutton are gone after combining for 182 catches for over 2,300 yards and 25 scores, but there are good targets to work with starting with James Proche on the inside. There’s speed on the outside, but the production is unproven – Brandon Benson and Tyler Page have to become factors right away.
– The top backs can catch, too. Xavier Jones and Braeden West can each make plays, with West likely to work a little at receiver when he’s not rotating in the backfield. Jones, West and Ke’Mon Freeman will balance out the attack, but they’ll need help from a line that has to get healthy.
Three starters are back from a group that was great in pass protection and paved the way for 184 rushing yards per game, but again, health will be an issue going into fall camp.
Biggest Key To The SMU Offense
Get the receivers to adjust in a hurry. The Mustangs averaged 13.5 yards per catch with Quinn and Sutton making big things happen down the field. There will still be some big plays, and there should be plenty of yards after the catch, but the idea is to control games a little more with the midrange, quick-hitting throws. The parts are there to do it, but it’ll take a little time to get it all down.