Nearly three months after it was reported that SMU quarterback Kyle Padron would be dropping down a level to Eastern Washington, the 1-AA program has announced they have acquired the former Southlake Carroll HS (TX) signal caller.
“He brings in experience and so many other intangibles,” coach Beau Baldwin said of Padron. “He’s a great quarterback, but he also does the right things off the field and has great leadership skills. He’s won a lot of ballgames.”
Because of transfer rules, Padron won’t be forced to sit out a season and will be eligible to play immediately. He will have one season of eligibility remaining, although he has a redshirt to burn as well.
Padron passed for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010, his only season as a full-time starter, before getting benched in the Mustangs’ season-opening loss last year to Texas A&M. He never regained the starting job for SMU and was released from his scholarship in January.
Padron will be the second SMU QB to transfer to the Eagles in recent years. Bo Levi Mitchell transferred to EWU in 2010 and helped the program win a NCAA national championship.