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).