Chad Morris has done a nice job of elevating the SMU Mustangs in two years as head coach, and on Wednesday, he got some very good news for his defense.
Two players are heading to SMU from SEC programs to give a boost to a defense that has struggled mightily in recent seasons. Both decisions came back-to-back earlier this week. First up was Tennessee defensive end Dimarya Mixon, who will play as a graduate transfer next season. He made his announcement on Tuesday morning.
The future is bright next stop SMU pic.twitter.com/dHSfMkwUwt
— Dimarya Mixon (@Dmixon52) May 16, 2017
Mixon played in 12 games for the Vols last season, recording eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack. He was suspended for the team’s Music City Bowl appearance.
He spoke about his choice with Scout‘s Billy Embody on Wednesday:
“My No. 1 biggest thing was coming home to be able to play in front of my family,” Mixon told Pony Stampede. “I’ve been about 13 hours away for the last three and a half years and I think it played a impact on me not having family around.
“I kinda always knew about the tradition when I was going to high school. Multiple people talked about SMU and I had been up to the campus a couple times,” Mixon said. “When I really found out more about the football program and university overall, I felt like this was a place I could come and be loved and make a big impact.”
While Mixon will help the Mustangs defensive line right away, the other new SMU defender will have to wait a season before having two years of eligibility remaining at SMU. Linebacker Richard Moore is joining the Mustangs after two seasons at Texas A&M, according to a Scout report.
He announced his decision to transfer on May 5.
— richard moore (@xRichManex) May 6, 2017
Last year, he played in 11 games, recording 29 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack. In 2015, he played in eight games, racking up 39 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and a sack.
SMU finished No. 111 in scoring defense last season, surrendering over 36 points per game. Luckily, help is on the way.