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  SEPT 12 AMERICAN ATHLETIC HONOR ROLL: Rashee Rice, Sr., WR, SMU,...Had nine receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns (8, 20) in a 45-16 win against Lamar. - American Athletic Conference Football

Sr/2023 WR Rashee RiceSouthern Methodist
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  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


rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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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

rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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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

rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Terrance Newman, SMU, Sr., DL,...Newman works with the Detente Collective, where he serves as the Homelessness Initiative Chair. Along with former Mustang student-athletes Shaine Hailey and Ra-Sun Kazadi and current teammate Sam Westfall, the organization seeks to provide the resources in communities to foster economic, educational, social and personal growth. As part of the Homelessness Initiative, Newman works with Hailey to serve the local Dallas homeless population in a variety of ways. The duo makes meals to distribute in Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas, and hosts bimonthly volunteer events to pack supply bags to distribute around DFW that include essentials like hygiene supplies, snacks, water and other necessities. - SMU Football

rSr/2023 DT Terrance NewmanSouthern Methodist
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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

rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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  It had the tone of a request, but the words of a mandate. SMU true freshman Isaiah Smith urged senior defensive end Gary Wiley not to tell the media members in attendance the nickname Smith has already earned in his short time with the Mustangs. Then Wiley, with a smile on his face, found a way to do it anyway. "You'll see why we call him turbo," Wiley said. Maybe sooner than expected. Smith, a freshman defensive lineman from Washington D.C., has made quite the impression through his first fall camp. The former three-star recruit has worked as an edge rusher with the first and second units so far in camp. "He plays bigger than he is, and he runs faster than he looks," Wiley said of Smith, who he'd rather refer to as Turbo. "He's just a guy that's hopefully going to play a lot for us and has a really bright future." The fact that Smith's future has become potentially so immediate is a testament to the way he's looked in fall camp, of course, but it's also due to the opportunity that others have left for him. Turner Coxe, second on the team in sacks last year, had offseason shoulder surgery and still hasn't recovered. Head coach Rhett Lashlee said Coxe will spend fall camp rehabbing off the field. - Dallas Morning News

Fr/2026 OLB Isaiah SmithSouthern Methodist
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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


rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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  Football is a complex game, but players blessed with freakish physical traits have the ability to simplify things with their overwhelming talent. The Athletic's Bruce Feldman acknowledged SMU defensive tackle Elijah Chatman as one of these talents in his recent list of college football's top athletic freaks. "Not only is he pound for pound one of the strongest people in college football, Chatman is one of the strongest period," Feldman said in his article. "On the field, Chatman made 25 tackles, 10 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. In the weight room, the 6-1, 295-pound Shreveport, La., product bench pressed 495 pounds this offseason and has done 42 reps at 225. He also back-squatted 615 and power-cleaned 335, and did this muscle-up weighing 290." Chatman's on the smaller end for a DT, but it's worth noting that his size and weight compare to Rams' DT Aaron Donald, the athletic freak among athletic freaks. While he might not be the next Donald, Chatman contributions will be key in 2022 as he was one of two players last season to have double-digit tackles for loss for the Mustangs. - Dallas Morning News

Sr/2023 DT Elijah ChatmanSouthern Methodist
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  2022 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCHLIST: Elijah Chatman, SMU, Sr DT,...In 2021, Chatman saw action in all 12 games, making 11 starts, and registered 40 tackles, including 10 TFLs for 39 yards and 2.5 sacks for 19. He added a team-high two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries. For his efforts, Chatman was named second-team All-AAC. - SMU Football

Sr/2023 DT Elijah ChatmanSouthern Methodist
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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

rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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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


rSr/2023 QB Tanner MordecaiSouthern Methodist
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Bryan Massey, SMU,...Massey saw action in all 12 games last season and registered a team-leading 20 kick returns for 686 yards, which ranked 12th in the NCAA and 11th all-time at SMU. His two kick return TDs ranked second in the NCAA and tied both the SMU career and single-season records. The 36.1 yards/return led the conference. Overall, Massey posted three 100-yard return games (Tulane, Houston, Tulsa) and finished with 734 all-purpose yards. On defense, Massey registered 29 tackles (22 solo), including 1.5 TFLs. He added one interception for 48 yards and six pass breakups. - SMU Football

Jr/2024 FS Bryan MasseySouthern Methodist
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  SMU has aspirations to win a conference title this year. To do so, the Mustangs will have to climb from their preseason ranking. SMU was picked fourth in the American Athletic Conference preseason media poll, the conference announced during its virtual media day on Thursday. Houston edged Cincinnati - the first non-Power Five team to make the College Football Playoff - in total votes to take the top spot in the preseason rankings, even though Cincinnati had three more first place votes. UCF was picked third in the media poll.

Each of the top three teams will leave the AAC for the Big 12 after this season. SMU and new head coach Rhett Lashlee is the highest-ranked team among those that will remain in the conference after this year. Though SMU has a new coach, the Mustangs do return a lot of talent from a team that started 7-0 last season and rose to the top-20 of the AP college football rankings, but finished 1-4 down the stretch. Head coach Sonny Dykes agreed to go to rival TCU before the season ended. - Dallas Morning News


Sr/2023 WR Rashee RiceSouthern Methodist
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  2022 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCHLIST: Isaac Slade-Matautia, SMU,...Slade-Matautia saw action in all 12 games in 2021 after transferring to SMU following three seasons of action at Oregon. He registered 31 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and a sack, added a team-high two interceptions for 27 yards and had a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. - SMU Football

rSr/2023 ILB Isaac Slade-MatautiaSouthern Methodist
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