SMU has added graduate transfer defensive lineman Terry Aveni. He was practicing with the Mustangs Monday. Aveni left Iowa State two months ago.
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While he’ll be eligible to play for SMU this season, it’s uncertain how much he can contribute. When he left Ames, it was reported that he was quitting football because of continuing injury issues. He missed the 2014 season at Iowa State because of a knee injury and he didn’t play for the Cyclones last season.
Ayeni, a 6-foot-2, 270-pounder, played just one year of football in high school after originally focusing on soccer. Once he decided to pursue a college football career, he went the junior-college route. In 2013 at New Mexico Military Institute, he recorded 50 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He was named second-team All- Western States Football League.
After junior college, Ayeni had offers from West Virginia, South Florida, New Mexico and Northern Illinois before deciding to attend Iowa State.
In April 2015, Ayeni was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in Ames.
If Aveni is able to contribute in any way, it will be a bonus for an SMU defensive front that needs massive improvement. The Mustangs were No. 124 in FBS in rush defense and lose three players who saw major playing time.