SMU Mustangs quarterback Neal Burcham faces the real possibility of missing the entire 2015 season. Burcham, who missed all but two games during the 2014 season due to an elbow injury, endured a torn ACL according to the Dallas Morning News report Monday. ACL injuries can be extremely detrimental to quarterback careers especially if they are forced to miss significant amount of playing time on top of preseason preparation.
Despite the injury, their is some ray of hope because the sophomore quarterback should be able to take a medical redshirt for the season and save himself an extra year of eligibility. Without Burcham in the lineup, however, the Mustangs and new head coach Chad Morris will turn to either Matt Davis or Garrett Krstich. Both saw game action during the 2014 campaign, and it remains unclear which of the pair is the front-runner heading into spring practices. Likewise, both players threw for an identical 855 yards through the air and combined for five total touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
In recent years, the Mustangs have struggled to recover from the “death penalty” handed down to them way back in 1987. Morris is the sixth coach since that time and will once again be tasked with restructuring the direction of the program. In 2015, SMU was a disappointing 1-11 overall and finished 1-7 in the newly founded American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs, who rest on the hotbed of high school football, must be able to recruit better from their home state if they hope to be able to compete with the best college football has to offer.
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