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SMU Mustangs Football News: Ulysses Bentley IV named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

Ulyssess Bentley IV running wild against North Texas (courtesy SMU Athletics)

Dallas (SMU) – Ulysses Bentley IV was added to the Doak Walker Award Watch List, which recognizes the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. The award is presented annually by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum.

The only freshman candidate on the award watch list, he was also recognized on the FWAA’s Freshman All-American Watch List and is a member of the College Football Performance Award Watch List.

Among national leaders, he ranks second in rushing touchdowns (8), fourth in total touchdowns (8), sixth in rushing yards (506), seventh in total points scored (48) and eighth in yards per carry (6.84).

He scored his first seven touchdowns in the opening three games of the season, which tied for the sixth most in a three-game span for a Mustang.

Bentley IV posted back-to-back 100-yard games against UNT and SFA, registering 227 yards and three touchdowns off 19 carries against UNT, and 104 yards and two touchdowns off six attempts against SFA. The 227 yards against UNT were the fourth-most in a single game in SMU history, and are the most by a player in the American Athletic Conference this season by 55 yards.

SMU-great Doak Walker epitomized leadership, sportsmanship, and academic and athletic achievement during his storied career in the late 1940s. The versatile Walker, who also punted, returned punts and kickoffs, and kicked extra points, earned All-America honors in 1947, 1948 and 1949. After starting as a freshman in 1945, he missed the 1946 season due to his service in the Army; however, by his junior season, his exploits on the field had become legendary, and in 1948, Walker became the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Walker was a consensus All-American three times and also won the Swede Nelson National Sportsmanship Award while at SMU. He was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2013 and the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979.

Walker was the third overall pick in the 1949 NFL Draft by the New York Yanks.

No. 16 SMU hosts No. 9 Cincinnati Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

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SMU Mustangs Football News: QB Shane Buechele named to Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List

Shane Buechele

BALDWIN, Md. (SMU) – Shane Buechele was today added to the Johnny United Golden Arm Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the top upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and A. O. Smith.

The award acknowledges performance on the field, but it goes beyond completion percentage and touchdown strikes. The award values character, citizenship, integrity and those who honor the game.

Buechele posted his 11th career 300-yard game at Tulane going 23-for-37 with 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He now has multiple TDs in 15 of the last 17 games and 46 career TDs at SMU (3rd), with 76 overall.

He registered a career-high 474 passing yards off 32 completions and added three touchdowns in the victory over No. 25 Memphis to earn Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week and American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, Honorable Mention accolades from the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and a Manning Award Star of the Week nod. His 474 passing yards were the third most in a game at SMU, while his career-best 501 yards of total offense were second for a Mustang.

Buechele threw for 367 yards and one TD in the season opener against Texas State, and went on to earn National Performer of the Week honors from the CFPA for his week two performance, throwing for 344 yards and four TDs, while also adding 29 yards on the ground and a rushing TD.

Buechele ranks in the top 10 nationally in passing yards (2nd, 1,710), passing yards per game (5th, 342.0), passing TDs (7th, 12), total offense (7th, 349.8) and points responsible for (9th, 78).

Among FBS career active leaders, Buechele ranks in the top five for completions (1st, 829), passing yards (1st, 10,275), total offense (2nd, 10,677) passing TDs (3rd, 76) and total TDs (4th, 83).

Buechele has also been named to the Maxwell, Manning, Davey O’Brien, CFPA Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Wuerffel Trophy Watch Lists.

2020 Golden Arm Award Timeline
November 9, 2020
Golden Arm Award Selection Committee to determine Top 15
November 23, 2020
Golden Arm Award Selection Committee to determine Top 10
December 7, 2020
Golden Arm Award Selection Committee to determine Top 5
December 21, 2020
2020 Golden Arm Award Winner announcement

 

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SMU Mustangs Football News: RB Ulysses Bentley IV named to 2020 FWAA Freshman All-American Watch List

 

Ulysses Bentley IV

DALLAS (FWAA/SMU) – Ulysses Bentley IV was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American Watch List, the organization announced Tuesday.

The redshirt-freshman ranks second nationally in rushing touchdowns (8), fourth in total touchdowns (8), sixth in rushing yards (506), seventh in total points scored (48) and eighth in yards per carry (6.84).

Bentley IV posted back-to-back 100-yard games against UNT and SFA, registering 227 yards and three touchdowns off 19 carries against UNT, and 104 yards and two touchdowns off six attempts against SFA. The 227 yards against UNT were the fourth-most in a single game in SMU history, and are the most by a player in the American Athletic Conference this season by 55 yards.

He scored his first seven TDs in the opening three games of the season, which tied for the sixth most in a three-game span at SMU.

The AAC has twice named him to the Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 28, Sept. 21) and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award also recognized him on Sept. 22.

This year’s FWAA Freshman All-American team will represent the 20th since its inception and feature a list of 7 semifinalists and 3 finalists later this season leading up to the unveil of the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year.

No. 16 SMU hosts No. 9 Cincinnati Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

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SMU Mustangs Football News: PK Chris Naggar named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors

Chris Naggar

Buechele Named To Weekly Honor Roll

 

Oct 19

IRVING, Texas (The American/SMU) – For the fourth time this season, Chris Naggar was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday.

For the second time in as many games, Naggar hit the game-winning field goal to help keep the Mustangs undefeated and move to 5-0 on the season.

After securing the ball off an interception from Brandon Crossley in overtime, Tyler Lavine registered three carries for eight yards on the Mustangs’ drive to set up a 34-yard field goal for Naggar.

Naggar also connected on field goals of 48 (career long) and 33 yards, and was a perfect 4-of-4 on PATs in the contest. He added seven kickoffs for 426 yards with three touchbacks and three punts for 107 yards.

Naggar is 10-12 on FGs for the season after starting 2020 a perfect 8-8, and is 25-of-26 on PATs. He has registered 23 touchbacks off 37 kickoffs for 2,342 yards. He ranks third nationally in total points (55) and 12th in points per game (11.0).

This is also the fourth time Shane Buechele has been recognized by the conference after earning Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 5 and Honor Roll accolades twice (Sept. 21, Sept 14).

Buechele posted his 11th career 300-yard game at Tulane going 23-37 with 384 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He now has multiple TDs in 15 of the last 17 games and 46 career TDs at SMU (3rd), with 76 overall.

He ranks second nationally in passing yards (1,710), fifth in passing yards/game (342.0) and seventh in passing TDs (12) and total offense (349.8).

No. 16 SMU hosts No. 9 Cincinnati Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

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SMU Mustangs Football News: Center Alan Ali named to 2020 Rimington Trophy Watch List

Alan Ali

NEW YORK (SMU) – Alan Ali has been named to the 2020 Rimington Trophy Watch List, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I Football.

The junior has started every game at center for the No. 17, 4-0 Mustangs in 2020, and has helped the offense to national rankings of fourth in total offense (558.8), fifth in scoring offense (44.0) and seventh in first downs (104).

Quarterback Shane Buechele has only been sacked six times this season, and when kept clean from pressure, Buechele leads the nation with 1,219 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Ali started all 13 games at center in 2019 helping SMU to an historic season that saw the Mustangs go 10-3, winning the most games since 1984. It was the sixth 10-win season in program history. SMU finished 6-2 in American Athletic Conference play, the most conference wins in a season since 2010. The program also earned its highest national ranking since 1985, 15/14 during week 10.

Ali blocked for an offense that finished the season ranked seventh nationally in scoring offense (41.8), ninth in total offense (489.8) and 13th in passing offense (309.0).

As a freshman, Ali played in 12 games, starting eight, primarily at left guard.

While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:

• Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
• Sporting News (SN)
• Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the All- America teams.

The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. Because of COVID-19 and the ever-changing guidelines of in-person events, details of the annual presentation will be announced when confirmed.

 

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