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  The SMU football program has been no stranger to the transfer portal, bolstering many positions with veteran experience throughout the offseason. After Tanner Mordecai's departure to Wisconsin, Rhett Lashlee and the Mustangs were ready to look forward to the future at quarterback. That future will include another experienced player at signal caller.

On Friday, former Iowa quarterback Alex Padilla took to Twitter to announce his transfer to SMU. In three seasons with the Big Ten program, Padilla completed 77 of 157 pass attempts for 821 yards and three touchdowns to go with four interceptions. Padilla, a Greenwood Village, Colo. native, announced his intention to transfer from Iowa on Nov. 29. He was originally a three-star recruit in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. - Dallas Morning News


rSr/2024 QB Alex PadillaSouthern Methodist
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  Romello Brinson, a former top-150 recruit in the Class of 2021, announced his intention to transfer to SMU on Instagram. Brinson visited SMU this past weekend. He also visited Colorado and Penn State. In two seasons at Miami, Brinson recorded a total of 14 catches for 189 yards and one touchdown. His one touchdown was a spectacular leaping grab that was considered one of the best catches in the country in 2021. SMU now has 16 transfer commitments in a class that's ranked No. 6 in the country, per 247Sports.

Brinson joins four other former Miami players in transferring to the Hilltop. Fellow wide receiver Key'Shawn Smith, running back Jaylan 'Rooster' Knighton, and defensive linemen Elijah Roberts and Jordan Miller also plan to play for the Mustangs next season. The connection is obvious. SMU head coach Rhett Lashlee and many of his assistants were previously coaching at Miami, including Brewer and wide receivers coach Rob Likens. - Dallas Morning News


Jr/2025 WR Romello BrinsonSouthern Methodist
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  SMU dipped into the transfer portal once again on Tuesday, adding a commitment from former Texas offensive lineman Logan Parr. Parr is the 15th commitment SMU has received out of the transfer portal and the third offensive lineman. Missouri's Hyrin White and Texas A&M's PJ Williams previously committed to play for the Mustangs. Parr, a 6-foot-4, 314-pound lineman, played in 16 games over three seasons at Texas. The former four-star recruit played mostly in reserve action and on field goal attempts. - Dallas Morning News

rJr/2025 C Logan ParrSouthern Methodist
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  Heading into the opening of the transfer portal, the defensive backfield appeared to be the clear emphasis for the SMU Mustangs. Now Rhett Lashlee and Co. have added a secondary's worth of players. Former LSU corner Jaelyn Davis-Robinson announced his commitment to SMU on Thursday, becoming the sixth defensive back transfer SMU has added and the Mustangs' 14th overall transfer commitment. Davis-Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect, played at DeSoto and finished his career at Waxahachie. He also ran track in high school. He had a wind-aided 10.5 in the 100-meter dash. - Dallas Morning News

Fr/2026 CB Jaelyn Davis-RobinsonSouthern Methodist
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  Former Liberty cornerback Chris Megginson is reuniting with a pair of former coaches to conclude his college career. The Heritage High School product announced on social media Saturday morning he is transferring to SMU for his final year of eligibility. The move for Megginson, which came on an official visit, will reunite him with defensive coordinator Scott Symons and position coach Rickey Hunley. Symons and Hunley served in the same positions during Megginson's first three seasons at Liberty.

The 6-foot Lynchburg native racked up 98 tackles, 15 pass breakups and one interception in 48 career games. He spent his freshman season splitting time between safety and cornerback, and then he settled into the cornerback role in 2020. His lone interception came in 2020 at Syracuse. Megginson secured 16 offers after entering the transfer portal Dec. 19, one day before the Flames played Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl. - Lynchburg News and Advance


rSr/2024 CB Chris MegginsonSouthern Methodist
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  Freshman cornerback Jaelyn Davis-Robinson entered the transfer portal Thursday, leaving LSU with two scholarship cornerbacks set to return next season as an already thin position lost another player. Davis-Robinson, a three-star recruit from Waxahachie, Texas, redshirted this fall. Coach Brian Kelly mentioned his name positively a few times, but Davis-Robinson only appeared in three games. He was the 14th LSU player to enter the transfer portal since a 45-day window opened Dec. 5. The Tigers have now lost six scholarship cornerbacks. Three of them - Davis-Robinson, redshirt junior Raydarious Jones and sophomore Damarius McGhee - entered the transfer portal. Jarrick Bernard-Converse and Colby Richardson used their last seasons of eligibility, and Mekhi Garner turned pro. Defensive back Jay Ward, who has experience at corner, also declared for the NFL Draft. - Baton Rouge Advocate

Fr/2026 CB Jaelyn Davis-RobinsonSouthern Methodist
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  2022 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: WR Rashee Rice SMU, Sr.,...Biletnikoff Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Semifinalist Rice finished the regular season as the FBS leader in receiving yards (1,355) and receiving yards per game (112.9), while ranking fifth in receptions per game (8.0) and 11th in receiving TDs (10). He currently has a streak of 40 straight games with a reception (4th FBS). Rice posted career highs in receptions (13 vs. Memphis) and yards (193 at Maryland) in 2022. He has three 150+ yard games. - SMU Football

Sr/2023 WR Rashee RiceSouthern Methodist
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  2022 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION: OG Jaylon Thomas, SMU, Sr.,...Both Justin Osborne and Jaylon Thomas helped lead the offensive line, guiding the Mustangs to national rankings of fifth in passing offense (324.9), 11th in scoring offense (38.4), 12th in total offense (479.8) and first down offense (302), 13th in red zone offense (.914) and 16th in third down conversion percentage (.470). SMU's passing, scoring, first down and red zone offense all led The American. SMU finished the regular season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in AAC play. It is the fourth consecutive season the Mustangs have won at least seven games, and the five conference victories were the most since going 6-2 in 2019. - SMU Football

rSr/2023 OG Jaylon ThomasSouthern Methodist
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  2022 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: DL Elijah Chatman, SMU, Sr.,...A member of the Bronko Nagurski, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists, Chatman finished the regular season with 37 tackles, including four for loss and three sacks. He added one fumble recovery for a touchdown and a blocked PAT. - SMU Football

Sr/2023 DT Elijah ChatmanSouthern Methodist
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  2022 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: OG Justin Osborne, SMU, Jr.,...Both Justin Osborne and Jaylon Thomas helped lead the offensive line, guiding the Mustangs to national rankings of fifth in passing offense (324.9), 11th in scoring offense (38.4), 12th in total offense (479.8) and first down offense (302), 13th in red zone offense (.914) and 16th in third down conversion percentage (.470). SMU's passing, scoring, first down and red zone offense all led The American. SMU finished the regular season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in AAC play. It is the fourth consecutive season the Mustangs have won at least seven games, and the five conference victories were the most since going 6-2 in 2019. - SMU Football

rSr/2024 OG Justin OsborneSouthern Methodist
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  2022 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: WR Rashee Rice, SMU,..Rice finished the regular season as the FBS leader in receiving yards (1,355, SMU record) and receiving yards per game (112.9) and was fifth in receptions per game (8.0) and 11th in receiving TDs (10). He currently has a streak of 40 straight games with a reception (4th FBS). Rice posted career highs in receptions (13 vs. Memphis) and yards (193 at Maryland) in 2022, and has three 150+ yard games. The senior has 10 career 100-yard games, including six in 2022, and has five multi-TD games, three coming this season. Among the NCAA FBS career active ranks, Rice is in the top 10 for receptions (4th, 233), receiving yards (T4th, 3,111), receptions per game (7th, 5.30), receiving TDs (8th, 25) and receiving yards per game (8th, 70.7). - SMU Football

Sr/2023 WR Rashee RiceSouthern Methodist
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  NOV 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Crossley, Sr., S, SMU,...Crossley delivered the key defensive play to preserve SMU's 34-31 win against Memphis as he intercepted a pass in the end zone with two seconds remaining and the Tigers threatening on the Mustang 9-yard line. Crossley's interception capped a day in which he also finished with five tackles and had two pass breakups, helping the Mustangs improve to 7-5 entering Bowl Season. - AAC Football

Sr/2023 CB Brandon CrossleySouthern Methodist
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  NOV 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Rashee Rice, Sr., WR, SMU,...The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league's weekly football honors for the week-ending Nov. 26. Rice had 13 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown in a 34-31 win against Memphis. - AAC Football

Sr/2023 WR Rashee RiceSouthern Methodist
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  Brandon Crossley picked off a Seth Henigan pass in the back of the end zone with two seconds left to preserve SMU's 34-31 win over Memphis Saturday in the regular-season finale for both schools. Henigan drove the Tigers 76 yards to set up second-and-goal at the SMU 9 with 14 seconds left, needing only a field goal to send the game into overtime. He rolled to his left and floated a pass intended for a receiver streaking along the end line only to have Crossley make a leaping interception. Tanner Mordecai fired 24 yards to Rashee Rice early in the fourth quarter, then drove the Mustangs 66 yards in 12 plays to set up Collin Rogers' 23-yard field goal to take a 34-23 lead. But Henigan answered by hitting Roc Taylor from 7-yards out, then finding Gabriel Rogers for a two-point conversion to pull Memphis within 34-31 with 2:36 left in the game.

SMU's Austin Upshaw pounced on the on-sides kick, but the Mustangs could not make a first down and punted, giving the Tigers the ball at their own 16. Mordecai was 22 of 30 for 228 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Lavine carried it 25 times for 64 yards and two scores to lead SMU (7-5, 5-3 American Athletic Conference). Rice caught 13 passes for 147 yards. Henigan was 27 of 44 for 287 yards and a touchdown, with Javon Ivory catching six for 98 yards for Memphis (6-6, 3-5). Jevyon Ducker carried 10 times for 81 yards. SMU won for just the fifth time in 15 meetings with Memphis. Since both teams joined the AAC, the Tigers lead the series 7-3. - SMU/AP College Football


Sr/2023 CB Brandon CrossleySouthern Methodist
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  NOV 14 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Camar Wheaton, RFr., RB, SMU,...Rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 41-23 win at South Florida. - American Athletic Conference Football

rSo/2026 RB Camar WheatonSouthern Methodist
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