Pre-Season Outlook: SMU The air is electric around the University of SMU, located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. SMU is coming off of one of their most convincing performances in recent memory. A 45-10 clobbering in the Hawaii Bowl over conference opponent Nevada. The outstanding, school record setting performance of then freshman quarterback Kyle Padron has placed him in the running for both the Manning Award, as well as the Davey O'Brien award. Previous winners of the Manning Award are now NFL standouts Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Matt Ryan, and more recent college football stars Tim Tebow of Florida as well as Colt McCoy of Texas. In the Hawaii Bowl Padron threw for a school record 460 yards and two touchdowns. In this pre-season outlook at SMU's football program, we had a chance to catch up with the new head coach of Southern Methodist University, Michael Brown. Brown seemed to be leading the energetic movement at SMU as he was all smiles when we sat down with him. When we asked why he felt folks in Dallas were so excited about the school's chances of taking a stab at the Conference USA championship, this is what he said. "I think with the finish we had last year, you know, our first Bowl appearance in a quarter of a century, winning it 45-10 over a conference rival, with a record setting passing performance out of a freshman quarterback... The expectations of this season are just incredibly high for a school that had their football program revoked not too long ago." Great things are indeed expected of the SMU program. Not only do they have an outstanding signal caller behind center, but their depth chard yields an incredible twelve, yes twelve, wide-outs. There will be no shortage of targets for Padron. The school's offense looks to remain a pass first scheme, as starting tailback Zach Line weighs in at incredible 238 lbs, 6 lbs heavier than fullback Billy Dugal. You can expect to see an extremely explosive aerial attack so long as Padron stays healthy. Defense is without a doubt SMU's most suspect aspect of the team. With only 4 starting seniors, none on the defensive line and only 2 in the secondary, there is a definite lack of experience on that side of the ball. The defense will stay in the 3-4 scheme under Coach Brown, possibly in an effort to reduce the number of in-experienced players on the field as moving to a 4-3 or any other defensive set with 4 linemen would add another player on the field with little no experience. SMU's schedule will not be an easy one. Their biggest test may well be coming in the first week of the season as they travel to Lubbock to take on in-state rival Texas Tech. Expect a high scoring shoot out. The other 2 games they'll have to watch out for are both home games, coming from their highly anticipated yearly rivalry game with TCU, and of course their late season game with Houston University's Heisman hopeful Case Keenum. Yes, the air is certainly buzzing here in Dallas, and Padron may well be the key to turning this one time National Contender, Heisman producing school back around.