The following is from the Aug. 19, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Freshmen grab top QB spots at SMU

The Dallas Morning News

UNIVERSITY PARK The SMU quarterback derby reached a stunning conclusion Monday. Ultimately, execution overruled experience.

Coach June Jones announced that Bo Levi Mitchell and Braden Smith, both true freshmen, would be the top two quarterbacks on the depth chart as the Mustangs prepare for their season opener at Rice on Aug. 29.

Assistant head coach/offense Dan Morrison, Jones' right-hand man in evaluating quarterbacks, said Mitchell is the No. 1 for now.

Justin Willis, a junior who has started 22 of the last 23 games and holds the school record with 51 career touchdown passes, is the third-stringer.

"Bo and Braden, after going through all of the tapes, I feel like they have a better understanding in executing a little bit better, so we're going to give them the reps," Jones said. "We'll continue to give the other guys reps, too, but those guys will get the focus."

Jones said Willis and redshirt freshman Logan Turner would both be the No. 3 quarterbacks, receiving limited reps. Freshman Winston Gamso will redshirt.

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