Thursday, December 24, 2009
Jones, SMU stocked with signal callers
By Jeff Caplan
June Jones' run-and-shoot offense demands both a talented and intelligent quarterback to run the scheme, which can be complicated and difficult to pick up. Jones ran this offense in the NFL and it's basically the same stuff he's implemented at SMU.
That true freshman quarterback Kyle Padron out of Southlake Carroll was able to take over for the injured Bo Levi Mitchell at the end of October and succeed like he has is a testament to Padron and Jones. Padron stepped in to complete 103-of-160 passes (64.4 percent) with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB efficiency rating is an eye-popping 152.63, which is why he never relinquished the position.
Padron leads SMU against Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl at 7 p.m. today. The game is on ESPN. It's SMU's first bowl appearance since 1984.
"I hadn’t really planned on it," Padron said of starting as a true freshman. "Unfortunately when Bo went down in Houston I got my chance. Ever since then they gave me the job and I’m looking forward to the game in Hawaii, obviously, and then continuing my career."
Padron said he probably surprised others more than himself.
"I knew my abilities," he said.
Still, it seems Padron won't be guaranteed the starting job next season. Jones has a stable of quarterbacks on campus and he'll add highly touted passer Steve Kaiser out of St. Louis next year.
"Well, I think he [Padron] certainly has a jump on it," Jones said of starting next season. "I think we’ve got probably three guys on campus that have the potential to start, J.J. McDermott, himself and Bo. And we’re adding a kid next year that is a pretty exciting quarterback, too. I think we’ve got that position covered for the next five years anyway."