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Name: Tanner Mordecai (Transfer from Oklahoma)
College: Southern Methodist     Number: 8
Height: 6-2   Weight: 214
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2023

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PManning/PUnitas/PWCampPOY/PMaxwell/PDaveyOBrien...2021: 2ndC...2020: NAC/Transfer from Oklahoma



 Tanner Mordecai, Southern Methodist, Player News


  Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes and SMU rolled to a 45-16 victory over Lamar on Saturday night. Mordecai was 18-of-31 passing for 212 yards. He connected with Rashee Rice twice for scores, including the Mustangs' first touchdown. Rice also made an over-the-shoulder, 20-yard catch in the end zone late in the third quarter. Rice finished with nine catches for 132 yards.

TJ McDaniel found a crease up the middle, stiff armed a defender then ran along the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown run that stretched the Mustangs' lead to 24-7 late in the first half. McDaniel scored his first touchdown since the 2020 season. He sat out last season due to injury. He added a 1-yard score and finished with 96 yards on the ground. Velton Gardner had 100 yards rushing on 11 carries for SMU (2-0). Khalan Griffin had a 1-yard touchdown run for Lamar (0-2). - SMU/AP College Football


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  SEPT 5 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Tanner Mordecai, Sr., QB, SMU,...Completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 432 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-10 win at North Texas. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns and SMU defeated North Texas 48-10 on Saturday night in Rhett Lashlee's debut as coach of the Mustangs. Mordecai's first TD pass, 51 yards to Jordan Kerley gave the Mustangs a 24-3 lead in the second quarter and a 75-yard catch-and-run pass to Roderick Daniels made it 31-10 at halftime. Rashee Rice and Kelvontay Dixon caught TD passes in the second half. Rice had 166 receiving yards and Kerley 103. Tre Siggers and Tyler Lavine had short scoring runs for SMU. Siggers led SMU with 54 yards on the ground. Oscar Adaway had a 35-yard run for the Mean Green's only touchdown. Adaway had 20 carries for a game-high 117 yards. SMU had the advantage in total offense with 576 yards to 422 for North Texas (1-1). - North Texas/AP College Football

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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tanner Mordecai, Sr., SMU,...Mordecai threw for 3,628 yards (12th NCAA) and a school-record 39 touchdowns (5th NCAA) in 2021, while his 41 total TDs responsible for were also a program record. His 308 completions ranked second at SMU, while his 454 attempts were ninth. In all, he posted eight 300-yard games and five games with 4+ passing TDs and six with 4+ total TDs. - SMU Football

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  It'll be year No. 2 for QB1 at SMU. Senior Tanner Mordecai, the incumbent at SMU, was announced as the starting quarterback for the Mustangs by head coach Rhett Lashlee after practice on Friday. Mordecai beat out freshman Preston Stone for the second-straight season. Lashlee said he expects Stone, a former All-American at Parish Episcopal, to play this year. "We feel like that's just the best thing for our team and for those guys to give them, and us, the best chance to be ready to go in three weeks," Lashlee said after announcing the decision. "It's been a really good unifying moment for our team, and I like I told them yesterday, Tanner has earned that opportunity. I think the guys believe in him. Preston has earned the opportunity to play [as well]." Stone, like he often is, was the last player to leave the practice field on Tuesday.

Lashlee had just announced that Mordecai would be the starter, but Lashlee also preached then importance of all his players being ready to play, including his quarterbacks. "He's still going to get plenty of reps. The reality of it is he's one play away," Lashlee said about Stone. "You've got to get him ready, and he's still young. He's a redshirt freshman and it speaks a lot of what his teammates think about him and his ability to be in this situation for us to say, 'Hey, he's going to play. He's going to help us win." But when it comes to the leading role, that's Mordecai's job. Mordecai waited a while to be a starting quarterback. He was a four-star recruit out of Waco Midway and headed to Oklahoma. He played in 12 games for the Sooners, including a stint in place of starter Spencer Rattler in the 2020 Cotton Bowl. Mordecai then transferred to SMU where he won the starting job. - Dallas Morning News


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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Tanner Mordecai, QB, senior, SMU,...Mordecai threw for 3,628 yards (12th NCAA) and a school-record 39 touchdowns (5th NCAA) in 2021, while his 41 total TDs responsible for were also a program record. His 308 completions ranked second at SMU, while his 454 attempts were ninth. In all, he posted eight 300-yard games and five games with 4+ passing TDs and six with 4+ total TDs. He also ranked in the top 10 nationally and led the conference in points responsible for (248, 6th NCAA), points responsible for per game (20.7, 6th NCAA), completions per game (25.67, 8th NCAA), passing yards per game (302.3, 10th NCAA) and total offense (319.2, 10th NCAA). His seven passing TDs in the season opener against ACU set the SMU single-season record, while his 427 yards against Tulane were ninth. - SMU Football

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  In not-so-surprising news: SMU coach Rhett Lashlee, as he has all offseason, declined to name a starting quarterback during Thursday's virtual American Athletic Conference media day. Lashlee, in his first season as a head coach, wants to instill a culture of competition, including the battle between incumbent starter, all-conference quarterback Tanner Mordecai, and heralded redshirt freshman Preston Stone. "Their position is obviously the one you talk about because it's quarterback, but it's like all of them," Lashlee said. "We feel like competition makes our roster better." Lashlee called competition one of SMU's core philosophies.

Most coaches would probably say the same thing, but veteran wide receivers with a knack for candor? That was a little more surprising. Moments after Mordecai finished answering a question about how he and Stone feed off each other, all-conference wide receiver Rashee Rice gave his opinion, too. "The quarterback room is a major key to our offense," Rice said, "and to have two great quarterbacks is a great thing for the receiver room. It's not mentioned that much, but I think everywhere on this team, everyone's competing." - Dallas Morning News


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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Tanner Mordecai, SMU,...As a 2022 senior, SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai is not only already on the Maxwell Award Watch list but also the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List...and Preseason Phil Steele Second-Team All-AAC… Athlon Sports First-Team All-AAC.... DCTF All-Texas Second Team... PFF Top 50 FBS QBs: No. 20... East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 List. In 2021, started all 12 games... Was 308-for-454 (.678, 15th NCAA) passing for 3,628 yards (12th NCAA, 1st AAC, 3rd SMU) and a school-record 39 TDs (5th NCAA, 1st AAC)... His 308 completions rank second at SMU, while his 454 attempts rank ninth... Posted eight 300-yard games and five games with 4+ passing TDs.

Registered six games with 4+ total TDs... His seven passing TDs in the season opener against ACU set the SMU single-game record... The 427 yards against Tulane are ninth for a Mustang... Had a 75% or better completion rate in three games (ACU, at LaTech, Navy)... Also ranked in the top 10 nationally and led the conference in points responsible for (248, 6th NCAA), points responsible for per game (20.7, 6th NCAA), completions per game (25.67, 8th NCAA), passing yards per game (302.3, 10th NCAA) and total offense (319.2, 10th NCAA)… His 41 TDs responsible is a single-season record for SMU... Rushed for 202 yards and two TDs off 74 carries... Finished with 3,830 yards of total offense (4th SMU) - SMU Football


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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Tanner Mordecai, SMU, Sr., 6-3, 218, Waco, Texas,...Mordecai threw for 3,628 yards (12th NCAA) and a school-record 39 touchdowns (5th NCAA) in 2021, while his 41 total TDs responsible for were also a program record. His 308 completions ranked second at SMU, while his 454 attempts were ninth. In all, he posted eight 300-yard games and five games with 4+ passing TDs and six with 4+ total TDs. He also ranked in the top 10 nationally and led the conference in points responsible for (248, 6th NCAA), points responsible for per game (20.7, 6th NCAA), completions per game (25.67, 8th NCAA), passing yards per game (302.3, 10th NCAA) and total offense (319.2, 10th NCAA). - SMU Football

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  2021 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Tanner Mordecai, SMU, Jr.,..Mordecai broke the SMU and AAC single-season passing TDs records with his 39 so far in 2021. He ranks in the top 10 nationally and leads the conference in passing TDs, points responsible for (5th, 248), completions per game (7th, 25.67), passing yards (10th, 3,628) and passing yards per game (10th, 302.3), while his total offense is 11th (319.2).

He has at least four TDs in five of 12 games and has passed for 300+ yards in eight, while also posting 10 consecutive games with 2+ TDs, which ties for second for a Mustang. His seven TDs against ACU broke the SMU single-game record. The Maxwell, Davey O'Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist earned back-to-back AAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after wins at La. Tech and against UNT, and earned his third after the win over Tulane and fourth after the UCF game. He was also a member of the Manning Award Watch List. - SMU Football


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  NOV 15 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai completed 37 of 54 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns and had 33 rushing yards to finish with 410 yards of total offense in a 55-28 win against UCF. Mordecai had five completions of 15 or more yards and registered his 10th consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes. Mordecai ranks second nationally with 37 touchdown passes this season and needs one TD pass to tie the American Athletic Conference single-season record of 38, set by Memphis' Riley Ferguson in 2017. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns and Tre Siggers ran for three scores as SMU crushed Central Florida 55-28 on Saturday. Ryan O'Keefe pulled in an 18-yard pass from Mikey Keene and Parker Navarro ran in from the 6 to put UCF up 14-7 with 5:33 left in the first quarter but the Mustangs answered with 31 straight points to take a 38-14 advantage at intermission. Ulysses Bentley IV started the SMU run by stiff-arming his way 56 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-14 and Siggers put the Mustangs in front for good with a 10-yard run for his first score. Bentley gained 97 yards on 14 carries for the Mustangs (8-2, 4-2 American) and Siggers added 93 on 11 carries as SMU gained 241 yards on the ground. Dylan Goffney caught 10 passes for 88 yards. Mark-Anthony Richards ran for two touchdowns in the second half for UCF (6-4, 2-3), including a 58-yard dash early in the third quarter. Richards finished with 104 yards on eight carries. The win snapped a two-game losing streak by SMU. UCF had won three straight coming into the game. - SMU/AP College Football

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  OCT 25 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai engineered an SMU offense that reeled off 612 yards and hit a season high scoring total in a 55-26 win against Tulane. Mordecai completed 30 of 42 passes for a career-high 427 yards and three touchdowns and added 34 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to finish with 461 yards of total offense. Mordecai enters Week 9 tied for the NCAA FBS national lead with 29 touchdown passes, or 13 more than any other American Athletic Conference player. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SMU coach Sonny Dykes saw the best first half of the season from his team, which made it easier to excuse a drop-off after halftime. Tanner Mordecai threw three touchdown passes to push his nation-leading total to 29, ran for another score and No. 21 SMU dominated the opening half in a 55-26 victory over Tulane on Thursday night. The Mustangs (7-0, 3-0 American Athletic) are a victory away from their second 8-0 start in the past three seasons as they get ready to play three of the next four games on the road in a stretch that ends with a trip to No. 2 Cincinnati. "You've got to go play well when you have the national stage," Dykes said. "We don't get it very often. I thought our guys were excited about the opportunity and took advantage of it certainly in the first half. Second half wasn't as good." Mordecai had 300 of his career-high 427 yards at halftime, capped by a 22-yard toss to Reggie Roberson Jr. for a 31-7 lead 53 seconds before the break.

The Oklahoma transfer's 3-yard scoring run on a bootleg off a fake pitch fooled the entire Tulane defense early. "Overall just poor execution on the defensive side of the ball," Tulane linebacker Nick Anderson said. "Many times we had them third-and-long and just didn't execute the right calls to get off the field." Second-year freshman Michael Pratt tied a career high with three touchdown passes to give him at least one in all 17 of his games, but the early deficit was too big in a fifth consecutive loss for the Green Wave (1-6, 0-3), which was displayed by Hurricane Ida early in the season. - SMU/AP College Football


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  Tanner Mordecai threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 SMU rallied from a 14-point second-quarter deficit to beat Navy 31-24 on Saturday. Bryan Massey scored on a 95-yard kickoff return to begin the comeback for the unbeaten Mustangs. SMU (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) had the game tied by halftime and went up 31-24 on a 22-yard TD pass from Mordecai to Jordan Kerley with 8:19 remaining in the final quarter. Mordecai now has 26 touchdown passes on the season. He also threw a 66-yarder to Reggie Roberson on fourth-and-1 to open the scoring, but Navy (1-4, 1-2) answered with the next 21 points.

Chance Warren tied the game with a 23-yard scoring run, then Tai Lavatai threw the first touchdown pass of the season for the Midshipmen, 37 yards to Kai Puailoa-Rojas on a flea-flicker. Then a couple big turnovers went Navy's way. Mordecai was intercepted in the end zone, and later in the second quarter, he fumbled - and Diego Fagot returned that turnover 20 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead. Navy never had a chance to get comfortable, though. Massey took the ensuing kickoff all the way back for a touchdown, and then Tre Siggers scored on a 2-yard run to tie it with 1:54 left in the half. After Kerley's catch in the end zone put the Mustangs ahead, Navy turned the ball over on downs twice, the second time inside its own 20. - SMU/AP College Football


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  OCT 4 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Completed 29 of 42 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in a 41-17 win against South Florida. Registered his fifth consecutive game with at least four TD passes. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  SMU's Tanner Mordecai is throwing touchdown passes at the fastest rate in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 2012. The Oklahoma transfer has passed for at least four in each of the Mustangs' games, and his total of 24 is the most through five games since West Virginia's Geno Smith had the same number at this point nine years ago. Mordecai is the fourth FBS quarterback since 2000 to have 24 TD passes at this point in a season. The junior opened the season with seven TD passes against lower-tier Abilene Christian, then had four against North Texas, five against Louisiana Tech and four each against TCU and South Florida. Mordecai was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Waco, Texas. He appeared in a total of 12 games for Oklahoma, backing up Jalen Hurts in 2019 and Spencer Rattler last year. He transferred to 24th-ranked SMU after 2020 starter Shane Buechele declared for the NFL draft, and he won the starter's job in August. - AP College Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw two of his four touchdown passes in the first quarter as undefeated Southern Methodist jumped to a 16-0 lead in the first half and rolled to a 41-17 in over South Florida in the American Athletic Association opener for both schools Saturday afternoon. Mordecai fired a 21-yard pass to Reggie Roberson, Jr. four minutes into the game to put the Mustangs on top and they pushed the lead to 17-3 by intermission. The Bulls got within a touchdown, 17-10, after Jared Mangham scored the first of his two third-quarter touchdowns on a one-yard plunge. Mordecai completed 28 of 41 passes for 287 yards and hit Danny Gray for two of his four touchdown passes. Gray finished with seven catches for 74 yards. Tre Siggers carried 19 times for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs (5-0, 1-0). Timmy McClain was 14 of 22 for 223 yards to lead South Florida (1-4, 0-1). - Southern Methodist/AP College Football

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  Tanner Mordecai added to his nation-leading total in touchdown passes with four more and SMU overcame his three interceptions in a 42-34 victory over TCU on Saturday in the 100th meeting of the Dallas-Fort Worth rivals. Ulysses Bentley IV ran for 153 yards and a touchdown and Danny Gray had 130 yards receiving, including a 68-yard catch-and-run for a score during a torrid start for both teams.

After last year's Iron Skillet game was called off because of COVID-19 issues in TCU's program, the Mustangs earned consecutive victories over the Horned Frogs for the first time since 1992-93. Mordecai was 17 of 28 for 245 yards and is up to 20 TD passes for the season. SMU (4-0) limited TCU to a pair of field goals after interceptions that put the Horned Frogs (2-1) inside the Mustangs' 25-yard line twice. The third pick by Mordecai was in the TCU end zone on a failed fourth-down try from the 3 on the final play of the first half, when coach Sonny Dykes went for the TD instead of a short field goal in a 21-21 game. - SMU/AP College Football


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  SEPT 20 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai passed for 395 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, including a 33-yard score as time expired, to give SMU a 39-37 win at Louisiana Tech. Mordecai was 36 of 48 (75%), turning in the most completions by an American Athletic Conference player this season. His 16 touchdown passes this season are five more than any other FBS player in 2021. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Roberson Jr. on the final play to give SMU a 39-37 win at Louisiana Tech in a non-conference game Saturday. Austin Kendall fired an 11-yard strike to Marcus Williams Jr. with 5:07 left, then set up a 38-yard field goal by Cesar Barajas to give Louisiana Tech a 37-33 advantage with :36 to play. Mordecai drove the Mustangs 73 yards in six plays for the game winner.

The game featured former Oklahoma quarterbacks as opposing starters. Both Mordecai and Kendall were Sooners in 2018 before both opted to transfer. Mordecai is a fourth-year junior. Kendall is a sixth-year graduate transfer. Mordecai finished 36 of 48 for 395 yards and five touchdowns. Kendall was 24 of 41 for 351 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off once and ran for a score. SMU (3-0) put up 579 yards of offense and did not turn the ball over. Louisiana Tech (1-2) had 483 yards of offense with a turnover. Both quarterbacks hit first-quarter bombs. Kendall hit Tre Harris for a 62-yard touchdown in the first quarter and found him again in the third from 11-yards out. Mordecai hit Rashee Rice with a 41-yard strike in the first quarter. - SMU/AP College Football


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  Tanner Mordecai passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns and SMU dominated the second half for a 35-12 victory over North Texas in nonconference play on Saturday. Neither team had much offense in the first half. North Texas managed two Ethan Mooney field goals to grab a 6-0 lead. The Mustangs (2-0) didn't score until Mordecai found Rashee Rice for a 62-yard TD with 3:50 left in the second quarter. SMU never trailed again. Mordecai fired a 58-yard scoring strike to Danny Gray on the Mustangs' second possession of the third quarter for a 14-6 lead. Jace Ruder had the answer for the Mean Green (1-1) - connecting with Isaiah Johnson for a 23-yard TD - before seeing his two-point pass attempt fall incomplete, leaving North Texas trailing 14-12.

Mordecai stretched SMU's lead to 21-12 by the end of the third quarter with a 29-yard TD strike to Grant Calcaterra. Ulysses Bentley IV took over in the final quarter - scoring on a 19-yard pass from Mordecai before ripping off an 85-yard TD run to cap the scoring. Mordecai completed 21 of 33 passes with two interceptions. Bentley rushed just 10 times and finished with 141 of SMU's 226 yards on the ground. Ruder was 32-of-51 passing for 366 yards with two picks. Roderic Burns had 12 catches for 141 yards, while Jyaire Shorter hauled in six passes for 107. The two teams combined for 1,044 yards of offense. - SMU/AP College Football


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  SEPT 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tanner Mordecai, Jr., QB, SMU,...Mordecai set a school record and tied the American Athletic Conference mark with seven touchdown passes in SMU's 56-9 win against Abilene Christian. Mordecai completed 24 of 30 passes for 317 yards for the game and had five first-half TDs to help stake the Mustangs to a 35-3 halftime lead. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  Tanner Mordecai threw a school-record seven touchdowns - five coming in the first half - and SMU broke it open in the second quarter and went on to beat Abilene Christian 56-9 on Saturday in a season opener. A transfer from Oklahoma, Mordecai's seven touchdowns tied the American Athletic Conference record. Mordecai threw scoring passes of 21 and 8 yards to Grant Calcaterra in the first quarter, and early in the second, for a 14-0 lead.

Later, in the second, he connected with Danny Gray on scoring plays of 30 and 27 yards. Then, with 29 seconds before halftime, Mordecai threw a 30-yard score to Rashee Rice and the Mustangs led 35-3 at intermission. Mordecai completed 24 of 30 pass attempts for 317 yards while seven different ball carriers tallied 171 yards on the ground. Stone Earle threw for 176 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats. - SMU/AP College Football


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  SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai believes in the idea that success happens when preparation meets opportunity. It's a simple formula when everything aligns, but that last element - opportunity - has eluded the Oklahoma transfer through his first three collegiate years. With the Mustangs, an opportunity is finally in Mordecai's grasp, and the Waco native plans to make the most of it. Mordecai, a transfer from Oklahoma, started the first day of SMU's fall practice with the first-team offense on Friday. Head coach Sonny Dykes said there will be some rotation between Mordecai, former walk-on Derek Green, and true freshman Preston Stone, but it was Mordecai that got the first nod.

Meaningful? Perhaps, but it doesn't change Mordecai's mission. He committed to SMU hours after he entered the transfer portal last December because this, he believes, is where his preparation will finally meet an opportunity. "It's a quarterback competition, but I'm completely confident in myself that I'll be the starter Week 1," Mordecai said after Friday's practice. "Going with the 1s is who I trained with all summer. There's nothing different. Tomorrow if I go with the 2s I'm going to do the exact same thing and have the exact same approach, so it doesn't matter." - Dallas Morning News


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  Basically as soon as Tanner Mordecai was in the transfer portal Sunday, SMU offensive coordinator Garrett Riley was in contact with him. Riley, of course, is the brother of the head coach whose program Mordecai had just left - Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley. SMU was a school he'd already had on his mind and had targeted to some extent before entering the portal. Mordecai had watched quarterback Shane Buechele rebound from losing a rotation spot at Texas to become an all-time great at SMU. For this Big 12 quarterback from Oklahoma, the blueprint was there and the fit felt right.

"SMU's just a really good spot. It made a lot of sense for me," Mordecai told The Dallas Morning News. "They have a lot of returning guys. It's right down the road from where I'm from. I like the city of Dallas. SMU offers a really good academic opportunity. Man, it really just made a lot of sense in a lot of different ways." Mordecai spent three years at Oklahoma and the past two as the backup to different starters. The four-star recruit redshirted his freshman year, but he was efficient when he did play for the Sooners, completing 50 of 70 passes. He's capable of running the ball, but it wasn't a big part of his arsenal. - Dallas Morning News


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  It appears as if SMU found its quarterback for 2021. Just four days after QB Shane Buechele declared for the NFL draft, the Mustangs have landed a likely replacement. Ex-Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai announced on Twitter that he had committed to SMU, two days after entering the transfer portal. Mordecai spent three years at Oklahoma, mostly serving as a backup to the elite QBs that came through the Sooners' system. The Waco native was 32-of-40 this season, even getting some meaningful snaps in the Red River rivalry back in October. Mordecai had other big offers coming out of high school, including opportunities to go to Georgia, Ole Miss and others. - Dallas Morning News

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  OU backup quarterback Tanner Mordecai announced Sunday that he was entering the transfer portal. "Forever grateful for my time here," Mordecai posted on Twitter. "I have now entered the transfer portal. Excited to see what God has in store for me." The move wasn't entirely surprising, given Spencer Rattler's performance this season and the addition of another five-star quarterback, Caleb Williams, in the 2021 class. "He's been a really good member of this football team," Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said of Mordecai. "I think he's looking for the opportunity to go in and be a starter somewhere. He's done really well and I think he's ready to be a starter." Mordecai has thrown for 529 yards and four touchdowns with one interception during his Sooners career. He spent the last two seasons as the backup, first behind Jalen Hurts last season and Rattler this year. - Daily Oklahoman

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