SMU Prepares for First Season in American Athletic Conference

The SMU football program enters the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference off a program-record fourth-straight bowl appearance, most recently winning the 2012 Hawaii Bowl 43-10 over Fresno State. SMU went 7-6 a year ago, and finished second in Conference USA West with a 5-3 mark. Head coach June Jones enters his sixth season with the Mustangs, leading SMU to two division titles in the last four years. Jones' squad will return six starters on both sides of the ball in 2013, including fifth-year senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert and watch list members Taylor Lasecki (Rimington Trophy), Kenneth Acker (Jim Thorpe Award) and Mike Loftus (Ray Guy Award).


    returning starters

    Kenneth Acker
    21 Position: DB
    Height/Weight/Year: 6-0/195/Sr.
    Information: A Preseason All-American Conference First Team pick, Acker started all 13 games for the Mustangs last season, leading the team with 12 pass break-ups, and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. Acker was also named to the The Portland, Ore., native was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on September 10, after stepping in for two interceptions, and scoring touchdowns on both an interception and a blocked field goal try in the contest.
    Garrett Gilbert
    11 Position: QB
    Height/Weight/Year: 6-4/223/Sr.
    Information: Gilbert started all 13 games for SMU in 2012 after transferring from Texas. The fifth-year senior ranked in SMU's all-time top-10 for passing TDs (9th/15 TDs), passing yardage (6th/2,932 yards), total offense (4th/3,278 yards), pass completions (4th/268) and pass attempts (2nd/506) in 2012. The Austin, Texas, native rushed for an another eight TDs. Glibert threw for a career-high four TDs in SMU's win over Houston, and passed for a career-high 353 yards with two rushing TDs, as SMU took down Memphis.
    Jeremy Johnson
    15 Position: WR
    Height/Weight/Year: 6-0/179/Sr.
    Information: A Preseason All-American Conference Third Team selection in 2013, Johnson played in all 13 games, starting 12 of them, leading the Mustangs with 67 catches for 679 yards on his way to finding the end zone three times. Johnson had a career-high 11 catches for 106 yards and a TD at Tulane a year ago.
    Randall Joyner
    5 Position: LB
    Height/Weight/Year: 5-10/236/LB/Sr.
    Information: Joyner started eight, and played in all 13 games for the Mustangs a year ago, finishing second on the team with 93 tackles. The All-American Conference Third Team selection tied for the team lead with three interceptions, in addition to forcing and recovering two fumbles for the Mustangs. Joyner was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on October 8 for his 14-tackle and two-interception performance at UTEP, leading SMU to a shutout of the conference foe.
    Stephon Sanders
    23 Position: LB
    Information: Sanders played in all 13 games in 2012, making 12 starts for the Mustangs. In his sophomore campaign, Sanders had a 36-yard pick six in the Mustangs win over Houston to highlight the campaign. Sanders notched five pass break-ups in 2012, and was part of an SMU defense that posted two shutouts.
    Der'rikk Thompson
    7 Position: WR
    Height/Weight/Year: 5-11/190/WR/Jr.
    Information: Thompson started all 13 games in 2012, hauling in 41 receptions for 535 yards and four TDs. In the 2012 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Thompson led the Mustangs with five grabs. In the return game, Thompson returned 16 kicks for 411 yards (25.7 per-return). All four of Thompson's touchdown catches in 2012 were of 25 yards or more, including a 42-yard trip to the promised land against SFA.

    2012 stats

    name comp-att-int yds pct td effic
    Gilbert, G. 268-506-15 2932 53.0 15 105.5
    Preston, C. 5-10-0 127 50.0 1 189.7
    name att yds avg long td
    Line, Z. 277 1278 4.6 33 13
    Gilbert, G. 94 346 3.7 74 8
    Seeker, L. 12 60 6.0 12 0
    name rec yds avg long td
    Johnson,J. 67 679 10.1 33 3
    Johnson, D. 64 787 12.3 70 5
    Thompson,D. 41 535 13.0 42 4
    Line, Z. 33 229 6.9 29 0
    Holman, K. 25 311 12.4 43 2
    kick returns
    name no. yds avg long td
    Thompson, D. 16 411 25.7 49 0
    Loftin, C. 8 190 23.8 45 0
    Pope, K. 3 55 18.3 27 0
    punt returns
    name no. yds avg long td
    Poston, B. 7 34 4.9 18 0
    Acker, K. 6 84 14.0 59 0
    Johnson, D. 4 38 9.5 31 0
    name no. yds avg long td
    Reed, T. 3 82 27.3 69 2
    Joyner, R. 3 23 7.7 15 0
    Acker, K. 3 82 27.3 77 1
    fumble returns
    name no. yds avg long td
    Pope, K. 2 22 11.0 20 1
    Davis, J. 1 34 34.0 34 1
    Joyner, R. 1 8 8.0 8 0