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SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:15 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 1:29 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

SMU has released quarterback Kyle Padron from his scholarship according to

After starting 21 straight games for SMU coming into the 2011 season, Kyle Padron didn't even survive through SMU's season opener against Texas A&M. Then Padron threw interceptions on consecutive possessions, was benched for J.J. McDermott and McDermott wouldn't relinquish the starting job.

Still, even with McDermott graduating from the school, odds weren't in Padron's favor to play in 2012, either. Former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferred to the school, and since Gilbert will enroll this summer as a graduate student, he does not have to sit out for a season before playing. While the starting job hasn't been given to Gilbert, it seems that Padron would rather move on to play somewhere else.

What isn't known at this time, however, is where Padron will be transferring to. If he stays on the FBS level then he'll have to sit out a season before playing again. If he heads to the FCS level he can begin playing right away.

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Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:37 am

SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

Kyle Padron is not from small town high school football.  He played at Southlake Carroll, an elite high school football program most college football fans should be familiar with that plays at the highest level of Texas high school football in the DFW area.  He did suffer from injuries in high school and as a result did not play as much as most D1 QB's did while they were in high school.  That being said, he certainly did seem to reach a ceiling rather quickly and did not develop as it initially seemed he would. The end result, seemingly from his inability to consistently look for his 2nd and 3rd reads, was that opposing teams figured him out and were able to force (sometimes head-scratching) turnovers that became too much of a liability for June Jones and SMU to live with.  I certainly hope the best for him.

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:07 pm

SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

Good luck where ever you go KP

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:20 pm

SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

Homonculus, the reason most HS qbs fail at the college level has nothing to do with their passing abilities, which are often very good.  It's the inability to adjust to the speed of the game, and the decision-making requirements.  Mechanics have little to do with it.

Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:23 pm

SMU grants Padron a release from scholarship

What a year of revolving QB's.  Great in high school does not translate to even good in college.  Can you say Josh Booty?  Beware the QB who plays at a small high school and puts up great numbers against midget defensive backs.

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