After being benched in the midst of a subpar performance during SMU’s opening-game loss, Kyle Padron losing his starting quarterback job isn’t exactly a major shock. Still, it’s somewhat startling to see it written there in black and white.
Despite a year and a half as June Jones‘ starter — and after putting up tremendous numbers in 2010 — Padron will watch from the sidelines this weekend, with Jones announcing Tuesday that senior J.J. McDermott will start against UTEP Saturday in their Conference USA opener.
Padron was pulled in favor of McDermott in the loss to Texas A&M Saturday after throwing two interceptions in his first four attempts — which equals a pass efficiency rating of minus-20.1, incidentally. McDermott replaced Padron immediately after the second pick, with the junior never sniffing the field at all once he was yanked.
McDermott completed just under 62 percent of his passes for 254 yards and a touchdown — and no interceptions — in relief. Obviously, McDermott showed enough during the game, as well as the week leading up to the game by splitting first-team reps with Padron, to allow Jones to bench a player who threw for over 3,800 yards and 31 touchdowns last season.
“J.J. was ready and he did a lot of good things in the game,” Jones said. “We didn’t protect him really well, and he still battled through it. …
“I told him if you’re a quarterback, it doesn’t matter if it’s in college or the National Football League, you better learn how to deal with adversity. He’s handling it positively.”
In announcing McDermott as his new starter, Jones did allow that Padron will likely play at some point during the conference opener. When and how long remain two of the unknowns.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.