Starting DT Desmond Jones (Carter) will not play this season because of violations of team rules. Coach Phil Bennett said Jones, a junior, will be redshirted and given a chance to return for 2006. Bennett would not comment on the violations. Also, sophomore DT Kendall Mouton (Arlington Lamar) is academically ineligible and will not return. LB Clayton Cox, a junior college transfer from Garden City, Kan., will not attend SMU. Cox will transfer to Kansas State.
Handful of things of note. Losing Desmond Jones for the year hurts. Actually, it sucks. But Jones is staying with the team, which is a plus. That makes 2006, the year I have always said was Bennett's make or break year, Jones' senior season. Still, I hate losing a guy for discipline reasons when SMU needs all the help it can get. Have to admire Bennett for doing what he believes is the right thing. Always.
Losing Cox hurts the depth. Cox was listed as the 142nd best JuCo prospect of 2004. That being said, I have looked at every College Football Preview Magazine that is out and Cox was not projected as the starter in any of them. Maybe they were provided that info ahead of time by SMU or maybe not. I do know that he wasn't featured in the Red-Blue game. I should also point out that it doesn't say he is going to play for K-State. We'll see.
Kendall Mouton, we hardly knew yee. Never saw the field. I still remember Mouton as Bus's "big news" on the message board. Just goes to show, you never know. Can't miss what you never knew. Still, it just kills the depth. As I have said, SMU needs all the help it can get.