Midseason Report: SMU

SMU Mustangs

Record: 4-2 (3-0 Conference USA)

Coach June Jones said his team was ahead of schedule last season, when it made a bowl game for the first time since 1984. He wanted to temper expectations slightly going into 2010, but now the Mustangs are looking like a contender to win Conference USA. Kyle Padron is off to a great start, building off the way he ended last season. But even better, SMU has found a great complement to him with Zach Line in the running game. Line leads Conference USA with 92 yards a game, making SMU more than just a passing fancy. Jones has a history of turning programs around, and the Mustangs are no exception. Their two losses came in non-conference games, playing Texas Tech and TCU tough. It has become clear that it’s only a matter of time before SMU is a champion again, an incredible rebirth following years of misery. There is life after death.

Offensive MVP, QB Kyle Padron -- Padron has thrown for 1,564 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, overcoming a shaky offensive line and some bumps and bruises to become a leader on the offense. He appears to be hitting his stride, with back-to-back 300-yard passing games in important conference games. Padron also leads Conference USA in passing efficiency.

Defensive MVP, LB Ja’Gared Davis -- The sophomore has emerged this season as a serious player of the year contender. Through six games, Davis has seven sacks, with at least one coming in every game. He has spent a good amount of time in the opponent’s backfield as well, notching 12 tackles for loss. Davis also returned a blocked field goal 77 yards for a touchdown.