Courtland Sutton appeared more nervous behind the microphone then he had in his entire SMU career. It was apparent that his decision to remain at SMU for another year was a big one, one that took a lot of thought and consideration.
Sutton indicated that it wasn’t an easy decision, saying that he went back and forth trying to decide.
Sutton said, “We [family and coaches] feel like there is a lot of unfinished business we need to take care of – me and my teammates.”
For SMU, Sutton’s decision to return could be the final key to a winning season. Sutton led all SMU receivers in 2016 with 1,246 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He is also the first SMU receiver to capture first-team all-conference honors since Cole Beasley in 2011.
While SMU stands to benefit from his return, it is quite possible that Sutton’s return will also bolster his draft status and give him so time to increase his football IQ and to get stronger.
When asked if he would consider playing basketball for a very undermanned SMU basketball team, like he did last year, Sutton said “No. “I’m committed to being the best receiver in college football next year.”
Sutton went so far to say that he believes SMU will “compete for a conference championship and play in a New Years six bowl,” this season.
Set to graduate this December, Sutton will have plenty of time to spend in the weight room and on the field in preparation for the 2016-2017 season.
Sutton and wide receiver James Proche wreaked havoc on defenses last year with Proche’s speed and ‘sticky hands’ and Sutton’s physical dominance and body control.
Now, the only thing left to determine for Sutton is which quarterback will be the benefactor of his elite skills and how high he will (potentially) go in the 2018 draft.
At 6’4, 215 lbs there is no doubt that Sutton will be a top 10 wide receiver come draft time next year, but based on his highlight real of acrobatic catches that he has shown off over the last two seasons, Sutton has the potential to be the number one wide receiver in the 2018 draft.
With only 225 days until the 2017-2018 season (it’s never too early to count), it is only a matter of time before Sutton determines his own fate.