Side-by-side: Mustangs vs. Blazers
Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
After a 35-27 loss against Texas Tech last week, SMU is anxious to get back on the field and prove why Mustang nation was so highon this team.
The Mustangs will take on the UAB Blazers in their home opener as both teams open Conference USA play at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Saturday Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
In 2009, the Blazers finished with a 5-7 record overall and a 4-4 record in conference play. Last week UAB suffered a 32-31 loss at the hands of Florida Atlantic.
Last year's contest between SMU and UAB featured a high scoring affair that saw the Mustangs prevail 35-33.
Both teams have different signal callers under center this year but are still expected to light up the scoreboard.
Quarterback Kyle Padron started SMU's last six games in 2009 and won 5 of those starts including a bowl game victory. Padron threw for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns against Texas Tech but also tossed 3 crucial interceptions.
SMU head coach June Jones said he was "a little disappointed" in Padron's play against the Red Raiders.
Padron was able to find a new favorite target in junior Cole Beasley who caught five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns against Texas Tech. Beasley is replacing SMU's all time leading wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders who was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
UAB's new quarterback, sophomore David Isabelle, has big shoes to fill this year replacing Joe Webb who was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Isabelle impressed in his first career start against Florida Atlantic last week passing for 79 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 214 yards and three touchdowns.
The Mustangs were able to find a ground game last week behind running back Zach Line who rushed for a career high 72 yards and one touchdown.