Over the years, graduates of Highland Park High School have been known to have good careers as Mustang football players. It is no secret that two of the best players to ever come to SMU from Highland Park were Doak Walker and Lance McIlhenny. Walker and McIlhenny both made the jump from high school star to college football legend. However, there was another Highland Park alumnus that made a major impact on SMU football: Mick Rossley. A sure-handed receiver who played quarterback at Highland Park, Rossley broke Jerry LeVias' school record for receptions in a season when he hauled in 83 passes in 1994. Rossley's '94 season was as impressive as any in SMU history making it one of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.
In 1991, former assistant coach Tom Rossley succeeded Forrest Gregg as head coach of the Mustangs. That same year, Coach Rossley's son Mick joined the Mustangs as a freshman wide receiver. Rossley quieted critics about only being on the team because his father was the head coach by showing great skills at running precise routes and using his soft hands to catch anything thrown his way. Rossley benefited from being able to learn from upper classman receiver Jason Wolf and matured into one the best receivers in the Southwest Conference. By his junior season, Rossley was the leading receiver on the team. That season, Rossley caught 46 passes for 468 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The 1994 season was a truly remarkable year for Rossley. As a senior he led the Mustangs through one of their toughest schedules in school history with games against five teams ranked in the top 25, including at No. 13 UCLA in the Rose Bowl and versus No. 7 Texas A&M in the Alamodome. Rossley once again led the Mustangs in receiving, catching a school record 83 passes for 857 yards and 4 touchdowns. He surpassed SMU great Jerry Levias' record of 80 receptions set in 1968. Rossley also led the Southwest Conference in both receptions and receiving yards on his way to receiving All-Southwest Conference honors.
His 83 receptions ranked him third nationally, making him the first Mustang receiver to be ranked in the top 10 nationally since Emanuel Tolbert ranked second in the nation with 62 catches in 1978. Rossley's record setting season in 1994 has earned him a place on our list of the 90 Greatest Moments in SMU Football History.