SMU QB J.J. McDermott ready for challenge
He says it doesn't feel any different to him from any other week of practice. Maybe that's because not much has actually changed at practice this week. McDermott and Kyle Padron have split snaps as both prepare for UTEP's defense. But when the offense heads onto the field for the first series, McDermott will lead them instead of Padron.
"I'm trying to prepare like I have been the past six weeks or whatever," McDermott said.
Thomas Campbell/US PresswireJ.J. McDermott
"Both he and Kyle have done good jobs with the scheme part of it," Jones said. "I think J.J. has done a good job of taking care of the football. He has bought into 'where can I go quickly if I get pressure.' He got a lot of pressure last week and a couple of times he didn't even have a chance. But he stood in there, took the licks and tried to make the throws."
The Mustangs won't likely see as much pressure or as many sets, but McDermott knows the offense still has to execute. And in analyzing his own performance from Sunday, McDermott felt there were things he could have done better.
"I feel like I missed some people that after looking at the tape it was pretty simple stuff," McDermott said. "There was a pass to Cole [Beasley] up the sideline that I overthrew that would have tied the game and a couple others I missed. I'm just trying to eliminate the mental mistakes and get the ball to the open guy."
McDermott was referring to a wide-open Beasley, who would have had an opportunity to tie the score at 20 (and maybe get the lead with the PAT) in the second quarter. SMU ended up punting and A&M scored, eventually running away with the game.
Dan Morrison, the soft-spoken assistant head coach who works closely with the quarterbacks, said one thing that helps with a starting change to McDermott is that his personality is similar to Padron.
"They both have a calm demeanor to them," Morrison said. "They both have a sense that they are in control of things. They understand what's going on. You don't get too many glitches where the lights go on and all of a sudden then misread the signals or make mistakes in play calling. Neither one really does that. They are both a little older and their voices and demanor are similar. It's not a quiet kid going to a loud rah-rah kind of guy. The players I talked to said everything is status quo in there."
Morrison said Padron has more mobility, but McDermott can see things and read thing quickly. Morrison said they are both working at getting the other thing better (McDermott on being mobile and Padron on reading).
"They both have strong arms and they are both reactive," Morrison said. "The ball just sailed on Kyle a little bit on that last interception. It might have been an incomplete pass at other times, but those athletes made plays. That's part of the learning process in that kind of environment."
Morrison said the coaching staff is curious to see how McDermott handles the start and if he can hang on to the football in key situations.
"He's getting his opportunity," Morrison said.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Bob Stoops' recent comments about the SEC and the pending college football playoff, what appears to be an unpredictable Big 12 in 2013, how the Aggies will handle expectations and more.
Play Podcast Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks about the improvements being made to Kyle Field, what those improvements will to for the program, the success of last year, Johnny Manziel's offseason and the expectations for the Aggies in 2013.
Play Podcast Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo talk about Texas A&M's decision to expand its stadium and say although the Aggies had a fantastic year, the school must also be careful not to overextend its resources based on a single hot stretch.
Play Podcast Baylor head coach Art Briles joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what kind of player the Cowboys are getting in Terrance Williams.
Play Podcast Arlington and Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Richard Durrett to discuss the draft, coaches and advice from his dad.
Play Podcast Florida Gulf Coast athletic director Ken Kavanagh joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his school's Cinderella story and playing in the Sweet 16 at Cowboys Stadium.
Play Podcast Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby joins Fizsimmons & Durrett to discuss Cowboys Stadium as a venue, the state of Big 12 basketball, the new 2014 college football format, why there's no hurry to have a Big 12 football championship and much more.
Play Podcast Jay Bilas joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, the intrigue surrounding the Northwest Region and the excitement over FGCU, even though a similar story happens every year.