SMU quarterback Matt Davis will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and will be seeking a medical redshirt that would allow him to return for a sixth-year of eligibility next season.
After being named the team’s starting quarterback, Davis played in just one game it what was going to be his fifth season of college football. Once a Texas A&M quarterback that backed up Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, the Houston native found himself as the signal caller for head coach Chad Morris’ up-tempo offense and was looking to build off a 2015 season where he threw 16 touchdowns. He threw for 2,259 yards as a junior last year, but his completion percentage left a lot to be desired, finishing at 54.2 percent.
In SMU’s season opener against North Texas, Davis went 8-for-17 with 155 yards and two touchdowns, including an interception. But a knee injury hampered him, and after sitting out this past Saturday, Davis got the diagnosis he was surely dreading. His best hope now is to seek a medical redshirt, which he would presumably be in line for, having played in only one game and thrown just 17 passes.
After being outpaced by the breakneck Baylor offense, SMU now sits at 1-1 and AAC play is on the horizon. True freshman Ben Hicks played the entire game against Baylor, but went just 17-for-44 for 229 yards and touchdown, but threw three interceptions. Also on the roster is sophomore Darrel Colbert, who will now assume the duties of backing up Hicks.