SMU Mustangs Best of 2023: Elijah Roberts Pressures QBs, Impresses Nationally

    SMU Mustangs Best of 2023 is headlined by their defensive lineman Elijah Roberts and his ability to get after the QB

    In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the SMU Mustangs have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

    And who from SMU is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

    SMU Mustangs Best of 2023

    At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

    Below, find SMU’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

    Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

    For all 133 teams, head over to College Football’s Best of 2023.

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    Good: Preston Stone, QB

    It didn’t look like it against Oklahoma or TCU, but Oreston Stone is the real deal at quarterback. In AAC play this season, Stone will give them an advantage if he can hone in on the accuracy and arm talent he’s shown to have throughout his first four starts.

    Consistency is the only thing left to show for Stone.

    Great: Hyrin White, RT

    No stranger to superlatives from his time at Missouri, Hyrin White has once again looked the part at right tackle for SMU through four games. He’s a big-bodied blocker who excels in pass protection, and he should give the Mustangs a clean pocket on almost every dropback as they enter AAC play.

    Grand: Jonathan McGill, S

    Flashing great fundamentals and strong instincts, Jonathan McGill is third on the team in total tackles but second with his 11 solo stops. He’s a downhill thumper with great athleticism coupled with his ability in coverage that has led to two pass breakups.

    Wonderful: Elijah Roberts, DL

    Making life miserable for the opponent’s offensive lines, Elijah Roberts has rushed the passer with ease in 2023. He’s pushing the pocket with strength and moving around on stunts incredibly well.

    Roberts is a player to watch in AAC play this season.

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