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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 27: Wednesday, August 28

Wednesday marked the final day of media availability during preseason camp, as the SMU football program is just two days away from hosting Texas Tech on Friday at 7 p.m.

As the nationally televised kickoff approaches, the Mustangs had their second-consecutive up-tempo game-like practice.

June Jones spoke to the importance of conditioning in the first game of the season.

"I think everyone's ready to play," Jones said. "We've had great effort. The kids are really concentrating in practice. It's a conditioning game this time of year. You've got to be ready to play. The best conditioned team I think will win the game."

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 26: Tuesday, August 27

TGIF will have a bit of a sweeter meaning mean this weekend, as the players will suit up for the 2013 season opener against Texas Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

The intensity picked back up in practice on Tuesday, as the players were back in shoulder pads this morning. SMU also got a visit and a post-practice talk from former president George W. Bush.

Sixth-year head coach June Jones talked about the transition from camp into the regular season.

"I feel good, we had a good day of practice," Jones said. "I think everyone's getting ready to play. We just need to get our bodies back a little bit. We'll take Thursday to catch up, and we'll be ready for Friday night."

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 25: Monday, August 26

Monday morning marked the first day of classes on the SMU campus, moving practice up to 6:30-8:30 as a result. The Mustangs practiced without pads this morning, as the program continues to prepare for its opener against Texas Tech on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ford Stadium.

Head coach June Jones, who will kickoff his sixth season with the Mustangs on Friday gave his update on camp after practice.

"I feel good (heading into Friday)," Jones said. "There are a lot of good things. Our team speed is much better, and I think we are better in a lot of areas. I think everyone's excited to play. Anytime you're on national TV, you get a chance to be on the big stage, it's good for the school, good for the football program and recruiting."

Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 24: Saturday, August 24

In its fifth to last practice before the start of the 2013 season, the SMU football program was back inside Ford Stadium on Saturday morning.

Less than a week out, a shift in camp has begun from preparing the players for the 2013 season to preparing the players for the Texas Tech opener on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 22: Friday, August 23

One week out from the 2013 opener against Texas Tech (7 p.m./ESPN), the SMU football program held its first of two practice on the final day of two-a-days for the 2013 Mustangs.

With a Friday game creating a short week ahead, the Mustangs are down to just six practices before the Red Raiders visit Ford Stadium.

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 19: Tuesday, August 20

A toasty Tuesday morning inside Ford Stadium provided the setting for the Mustangs practice session on Tuesday morning. Following yesterday's two practices, today's three hour session was the only practice of the day, as the program prepares for its opener in 10 days against Texas Tech.

Head coach June Jones discussed the national exposure that the ESPN broadcast will bring to the University and the program.

"It's a great opportunity to showcase the city of Dallas and the whole program," Junes said. "You can't buy the exposure of National TV. Hopefully we'll give them a good show, and it'll be a great game right to the end."

Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 17: Monday, August 19

After a day off on Sunday, the SMU football team returned to Pettus Practice Field on Monday morning. Now 11 days from the opening game of the 2013 campaign, wrap-ups are getting more physical, as both sides of the ball prepare for an Aug. 30 date with Texas Tech at Ford Stadium (7 p.m./ESPN).

The Mustangs were back into just shoulder pads and helmets on Monday for the first time since they started in full pads last Thursday.

Head coach June Jones touched on the camp contributions so far from redshirt freshman Collin LaGasse.

"He's been what we thought he was going to be," Jones said. "He can probably play three or four different spots. We've found a little spot for him. He's a good football player. You can see how he contributed so much to his high school team."

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 16: Saturday, August 17

An unseasonably cool August Saturday morning set the stage for today's practice inside Ford Stadium. The Mustangs were in full pads for the third day in a row, spending the program's second day in a row on the field turf that picked up in temperature as the morning progressed.

Both sides of the ball continued to turn up the intensity on Saturday morning as the team is now just 13 days away from its 7 p.m. opener against Texas Tech on ESPN.

Following practice, players took advantage of a new recovery system designed by CryoUSA that serves as a deep freeze sauna to accelerate the amount of time athletes spend recovering. The deep freeze gets as cold as 220 degrees below zero.

Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 15: Friday, August 16

Following a rain shower in the Dallas area this morning, the SMU football team held practice inside Ford Stadium again on Friday morning.

The Mustangs were back in full pads for the second-consecutive day on Friday, as the program is now just two weeks away from hosting Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on ESPN in the 2013 opener.

Head coach June Jones, who has led the team to three bowl victories in his last four seasons with the Mustangs, shared his thoughts on his team's speed entering the 2013 season.

"I think our team speed has increased so much from the last couple years," Jones said. "We're young, but we're faster. We've got some size in there too. The guys have worked real hard. Our d-line is deep and physical. The name of the game is speed, and if you've got fast guys, you give yourself a chance."

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 13: Thursday, August 15

In what could best be described as a spirited end to the first of two practices today, the SMU football team held its 13th practice of its 2013 camp at Pettus Practice field on Thursday morning.

In the team's first practice with full pads, the intensity in drills appeared to take another step up in the team's first session.

Six year head coach June Jones commented on the impact of the Texas transfers that will play with SMU this year.

"The thing about those kids, is that they've been to the big dance," Jones said. "Thomas (Ashcraft) has really worked hard in trying to pick up (his level), and he realizes that this is his last year. I think he's improved since his first day. Garrett (Gilbert) of course is Garrett. He does a lot of good things and is a great leader. I'm anxious to see Traylon (Shead) play in games, he's a good football player."

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Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 10: Tuesday, August 13

The SMU football team took to Ford Stadium for the third time in the 2013 preseason on Tuesday morning, the first of two practices today.

Head coach June Jones addressed the process of camp, as the opening kickoff for the 2013 campaign is now 17 days away.

"We usually give (the players) about two weeks," Jones said. "We're going to kind of start to focus it down by Thursday, maybe even by tomorrow's practice. We have a pretty good feel for what we have after giving all the young guys repetitions."

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Now That's How You Start!

As the second week of camp, resumed on Monday after yesterday's off day, the SMU football program resumed its 2013 preseason camp at Pettus Practice Field this morning.Head coach June Jones touched on the camp and leadership ability that senior linebacker Randall Joyner has brought to the preseason so far."He (Joyner) made plays and didn't miss a beat when he was in the game last year," Jones said. "Him and KP (Kevin Pope) have really picked up the inside backer part. He has really been the defensive leader, even last year. He has asserted himself to be that way. He's a real winner of a guy, along with being a good player."
Pony_SmallLogo   Practice No. 9: Monday, August 12
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Pony_SmallLogo  Practice No. 8: Saturday, August 10After practicing twice on Friday, the Mustangs returned to the Ford Stadium turf on Saturday morning. The morning workout marks one week since the start of camp. The team will rest Sunday before getting back on the field Monday morning.Head Coach June Jones addressed the media after practice and talked about the areas where he has seen the most progress in the first week of practice."I like our young linebacker group, they are really running around. We have some good secondary guys that are really quick, and play well. I'm impressed with the secondary."

Pony_SmallLogo  Practice No. 6: Friday, August 9Friday marked the first day of two-a-days for the SMU football program, as the team returned to Pettus Practice Field this morning.Position competition continued on Friday, as it likely will all of camp, including at the receiver position, as the program continues to learn the depth it has at the position with six true freshmen receivers taking part in their first camp.Head coach June Jones, who is looking to take the program to its fifth-straight bowl game this season, commented on the progress of both the offensive and defensive lines through the first week of camp."When our d-line's not thinking about anything but rushing the passer, we have some pretty athletic kids, hopefully they'll get to the quarterback when we are rushing the passer," Jones said. "We have three guys (on the o-line) that started almost every game last year."

Pony_SmallLogo  Practice No. 5: Thursday, August 8SMU football checked off another preseason first on Thursday, as the program held its first practice on the turf inside Ford Stadium.With construction on the suite level in the background, the Mustangs finished their final three-hour practice before two-a-days start on Friday morning.Six-year head man June Jones addressed his thoughts on both sides of the ball through the first five practices of camp."I really feel good about a couple things," Jones said. "I feel good about Traylon (Shead), I feel good about the receivers, but as they get tired they make some mental errors. Athletically they've been pretty good. I feel like the o-line is getting better every day, and defensively we have a lot of team speed, but have to eliminate mental errors."

Pony_SmallLogo  Practice No. 4: Wednesday, August 7The SMU football program was back out from 8:30-11:30 a.m. this morning for the second-consecutive day, as the Mustangs continue to prepare for the 2013 campaign.Wednesday's practice showed a continual progression in intensity as this first week continued this morning. With two-a-days starting later this week, the Mustangs are ramping up for this month's 2013 opener against Texas Tech.Head coach June Jones touched on the progress that several players have shown in camp, including the leadership of Garrett Gilbert as he enters his second season with Mustangs."He's been a leader since he got here," Jones said. "I think his expectations on himself are pretty high. He's got more confidence and he understands what we are doing more. I think it'll (his confidence) show up earlier this year."
Senior wide receiver Jeremy Johnson touched on the momentum from the end of the 2012 season and the 2013 spring in his post-practice comments on Wednesday morning."I feel like we definitely have do (have momentum)," Johnson said. "We're coming together more as a team, especially on offense. He's (Gilbert) more comfortable with us, and we feel like we are more comfortable with him too. We're getting our timing down."


  Practice No. 3: Tuesday, August 6

For the first time in 2013, the SMU football team added shoulder pads to its practice attire on Tuesday, as the Mustangs held their third practice ahead of the 2013 campaign.Tuesday's practice started and ended 90 minutes later than the program's first two, giving the players time to readapt to the Texas heat, and the sunshine in their eyes as it crept over the adjacent Ford Stadium.Head coach June Jones, who is in the beginning stages of his sixth camp with the Mustangs, addressed the balance of contact drills and non-contact drills in the preseason."It takes a lot of discipline to practice the way we practice," Jones said. "There are some guys that have to learn how to play full speed, come to a balance and tackle, but I thought we got done what we needed to get done today."
Senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert enters his second season under center for Jones' club. Gilbert spoke on Tuesday about the relationship between Jones and passing game coordinator Hal Mumme, who joined the staff in the offseason.  "He (Mumme) brings to the table some new ideas to what Coach Jones has been successful at for so long," Gilbert said. "Having them work together on offensive game plans is very exciting. It's much more of a fine tuning than it was last year for me personally at this point in camp."

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