Matt Davis, Ben Hicks, and the Liberty Flames Five thoughts heading into SMU's home opener

Five thoughts heading into Saturday’s matchup against Liberty…

1. Ben Hicks

It’s the redshirt freshman’s time to shine.

The Matt Davis injury is a brutal one for the senior who was set to take command of a potent offense that seemed primed to put up big numbers in 2016, but a torn ACL vs. North Texas gives way for the young gun from Waco.

In his ‘homecoming’ game against the Bears, Hicks performed admirably under a heavy pass rush. He completed 17 of 44 passes for 229 yards with a touchdown and three picks.

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Hicks did, however, find Courtland Sutton in the endzone for the second consecutive week. Hopefully, that’s a connection we’ll continue to see grow against the Flames.

2. On the ground, through the air

The SMU run defense will be tested again in Week 3 against the Flames.

In two games so far this season, Liberty has three running backs (Todd Macon, Carrington Mosley, and Frankie Hickson) averaging at least 62.5 yards per game on the ground.

For the most part during last week’s game against Baylor, SMU did a great job containing a much more talented runner in Shock Linwood in Waco (18 carries, 59 yards), and the defense will have the opportunity to flex its muscles again on Saturday.

3. Our head coach is still a cool guy

4. SMU Basketball shout-out

The Tim Jankovich era landed its first recruit.

On Tuesday, the Mustangs landed a verbal commitment from three-star Tulsa Central (OK) point guard Elijah Landrum.

He chose the Mustangs over offers from Houston, Texas Tech, Tulsa, VCU, among others.

At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Landrum is ranked as the No. 45 point guard in the country and No. 4 prospect in Oklahoma, according to 247Sports Composite.

5. AAC Blogger Media Poll – Week 2
(ranking prior HOU def. CIN on Thursday)

Rank School Last Wk


Houston* (3-0) 1


USF (2-0) 2


Navy (2-0) 3


ECU (2-0) 7


Cincy (2-1) 6


Memphis (1-0) 7


Tulsa (1-1) 5


UConn (1-1) 9


Temple (1-1) 10


SMU (1-1) 8


UCF (1-1) 11


Tulane (1-1) 12

* – Houston unanimous No. 1 ranking

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Written by Joey Hayden
Joey is the managing editor and staff writer for The Stable, as well as the host of the "Inside The Stable" podcast, and in his spare time he is a digital sports editor for The Dallas Morning News. He graduated from SMU in 2014, follows sports religiously, and knows for a fact Han Solo shot first...