DALLAS, TX — The college football season is still a long way off, but a new era in SMU football was on display Saturday afternoon at Gerald Ford Stadium.
The annual SMU Spring Game kicked off and gave fans a first chance to see the new look Mustangs, led by first year head coach Chad Morris.
Morris takes over a squad that went 1-11 last season, ranked last in points scored per game (11.1) and next to last in points allowed (41.3).
“People want to be a part of a winner, they do,” Morris said before the Spring Game. “We’ve got to put a product on the field that’s going to make people excited about it.”
Morris doesn’t have to look far for inspiration for his Ponies.
“It’s been done, it’s been proven. Larry [Brown]’s proven it in Moody, it’s been proven right down the road and south of here. There’s no reason that it can’t be done right here.”
The new head coach is still hesitant to set benchmarks for the upcoming season, but that’s not keeping him from having hope.
“I can’t put a number on a goal right now, I mean we want their absolute best. That’s our goal,” Morris said.
He added, “We’re going to learn through every bit of adversity that we face and learn from some of the successes. I really think that this is a team that we’re sitting here in December, getting ready to play in a bowl game.”
Well, December is still far away, but for an area that has seen previous college football punching bags like Baylor and TCU rise to national contention, anything is possible.