by Lee Brecheen
February 23, 2010 – Southern Methodist, better known in the football world as SMU, has gained a few Louisiana Natives over the last four to five years . Six players return for SMU from Louisiana entering spring practice. They are Senior DB Chase Courtney (Menard HS), Senior RB Chris Butler (Brusly HS), Redshirt sophomore OG/OC Jordan Free from (Parkview Baptist HS), True Sophomore LB Byron Brown (Minden HS), Redshirt Freshman OG/OC Joey Fontana (Brother Martin HS), and Redshirt Freshman DB Robert Lloyd (University High)
Chase Courtney walked on to the program out of Menard HS in Alexandria five years ago, and has earned his way up to special teams, which is a big deal, walking on to a DIV 1 program out of state. Courtney is 5-11, 190, and plays DB on the second team. Chris Butler is the teams third option at RB, but could move up to number two in the rotation for his senior year. Chris is 5-10, 207, up from 190, from his High School days at Brusly. Chris also starts on special teams. Jordan Free did not start last year, but will compete to start at OG in 2010, and stands 6-2, 293 pounds. Jordan was also a starter on special teams and has a bright future on the offensive line. Byron Brown was a key member of the special teams unit as a true freshman, and might start 2010 as a LB, and at worst is the teams fourth LB and first off the bench. Bryce weighs 210 pounds at 5-11, and hits like a ton of bricks. I loved watching him play in High School at Minden outside Shreveport. OG/OC Joey Fontana is still sidelined with an injury, and hopes to get back at some point this year. If healthy, Joey would be on the two deep depth chart for offensive line.
DB Robert Lloyd walked on to the program, and is looking to earn a scholarship after spring. Robert stands 6-0, and weighs almost 190 pounds. I hope he gets that full scholarship after spring. This kid runs a true 4.5 forty, and has great football savvy.
When the fall starts, SMU will have nine total players on their roster for the 2010 football season with the three incoming freshman.