Published: Friday, September 3, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
As a freshman, SMU quarterback Kyle Padron helped led the Mustangs to a bowl-game championship after 25-years of drought. Padron took over the 2009 season eight games in, finishing the year with a 5-1 record as starter, ranking him fifth in the nation.
He was named MVP of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl after SMU defeated the University of Nevada 45-10 and broke a school record by passing 460 yards and two touchdowns in a bowl game.
Last season, Padron was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team, ESPN.com's Non-AQ All-Bowl Team, and was among College Football News' eight best players in the post season.
Texas Tech recently announced that senior Taylor Potts will start off the season against SMU on Sept. 5. Potts was named the Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP after throwing a bowl-record 372 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan State. The Red Raiders ended the game 41-31.
Potts was a member of the scout team during his first year at Texas Tech in 2006. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons Potts was the Heisman candidate Graham Harrell's backup.
During his freshman year, Potts completed 6-of-7 passes for a total of 54 yards against SMU in the fourth quarter of the game.
In 2008 in the Tech home opener against SMU, Potts went 6-of-7 for a season-high 95 yards, and a season-long pass of 27 yards.Last season, Potts was named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading Tech to victory against Rice on Sept. 12, 2009.
That particular game was Potts' second start as quarterback and the second game in a row in which he threw over 400 yards.