Kolney Cassel

A day after coach resigns, SMU loses starting QB

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It has been quite a 24-hour span for the SMU Mustangs. A day after the announcement of June Jones resigning as head coach, SMU loses starting quarterback Neal Burcham. Burcham suffered a right elbow injury that will require medical treatment that removes him from being able to play for the remainder of the season. Bill Nichols of The Dallas Morning News reported the injury news via Twitter.

The sophomore led the Mustangs in passing with 158 passing yards in his time on the field each of the first two games of the season for SMU. Burcham, along with the rest of the Mustangs, struggled to do much of anything in the first two brutal games. With Burcham now unavailable, it is likely Kolney Cassel will take over as the starter over Matt Davis. A redshirt freshman, Cassel has already nearly equaled Burcham’s passing total (154 yards) and has thrown a touchdown pass.

SMU is off this week to regroup during a coaching change following two brutal losses. SMU will open their home schedule next week when Texas A&M comes to Dallas.