I've been mostly absent with the hate this week, because nobody can compare to the hate that our very own Sir Wesley Willis has for the Mustangs, so I'll keep the players to watch mostly football related. However, I am curious as to why SMU's mascot is the Mustangs, yet you often hear them referred to as the Ponies and their saying is "Pony Up". If someone can explain this to me in the comments section, I'd greatly appreciated it. I mean, a mustang is a grown horse, and I'm pretty sure it's more specifically a wild horse, at least according to wikipedia, so that's actually kind of cool. Kind of. So why would they completely gay it up and willingly call themselves the Ponies? That's something Aggies would do in a lame attempt to disparage your program. I mean, a mustang looks something like this, yet SMU willingly refers to themselves as this. Not very intimidating. Alright, but if their mascot is actually the Mustang, they'd have a real mustang as a mascot, right? Nope, they've got the gayest mascot since the Hawaii Rainbow. Alright, so maybe it's gayer. Anyways, I guess it's time for me to get focused on players to watch, although making fun of the nonsensical nature of SMU's mascot confusion has been pretty fun.
Offense: WR Der'rikk (I'm not making that up) Thompson (RS Fr. 5'11 188, #7)
Once you look past the incredibly unique spelling of his name, Thompson (I'll refer to him by last name going forward so I don't have to constantly double check my spelling) emerged last week as a big play WR for the MustPonies in their 42-0 shutout of god-awful Memphis. Before last week, Thompson hadn't made a catch, but with go-to WR Cole Beasley hurting his knee, Thompson broke through with 6 catches for 104 yards, including a 44 yard TD. Beasley will be out against the Frogs this week as well, so Thompson will be asked to fill the void again, along with leading receiver Darius Johnson. Hopefully SMU will continue to experience garbage QB play that has plagued them since June Jones arrived, and former New Mexico State Aggie JJ McDermott will find our defensive backs on occasion the way the Yao Ming Clone he replaced did for us last year.
For those wanting me to profile SMU fatback Zach Line, I chose not to for a few reasons: I picked him as a player to watch last year and he went on to gut our defense, he has a separated shoulder, not that it matters, and I worry much more about teams passing on us than I do them running. Also, I already profiled one chubby loudmouth RB from Baylor this season and he went on to run for 100 yards in the first half. Call me superstitious, but I'm not giving him my time today.
Defense: LB Ja'Gared Davis (Jr. 6'1 220, #56)
Ja'Gared, which I'm told is Latin for "The Garrett", has 20 tackles on the young season, 3 1/2 for loss, including 1 1/2 sacks, has forced a fumble, intercepted a pass, broken up 4 passes while defensing 5, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Most of these stats came against UTEP, a game where he was named the Bronko Nagurski national defensive player of the week. Since he's about the only SMU defensive player to ever garner any national attention in ages, I will go ahead and give him the nod as the defensive player to watch this week, although players like LB Taylor Reed and 14th year Senior safety Chris Banjo are much more important to their sudden defensive emergence, if you wanna give them credit for that. Also, as I mentioned last year, SMU has a dude from Estonia named Margus Hunt playing defensive end/kick block extraordinaire, but I cant think of Estonia without thinking of this.
Go Frogs. SMU sucks. I hope it's a complete bloodbath Saturday. If I stir up any hate between now and Saturday I'll make sure to share with all of you.
*I was tempted to replace every hyperlinked player with a story of an SMU drug overdose or some SMU drug tale, but the amount of stories that appeared when I googled it outnumbered the amount of players I mentioned above, and I didn't feel fair choosing some and not all of them. Sorry for the boring links to their actual names and face.