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Phil Bennett was the coach of the Southern Methodist University's football team from 2002 to 2007. He compiled a 19–51–0 record, and was succeeded by June Jones.[1]

2002 Season[edit]

2002 SMU Mustangs football
SMU Mustang logo.svg
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
2002 record3–9 (3–5 WAC)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorLarry Edmondson
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 15 Boise State $   8 0         12 1  
Hawaii   7 1         10 4  
Fresno State   6 2         9 5  
San Jose State   4 4         6 7  
Nevada   4 4         5 7  
Rice   3 5         4 7  
Louisiana Tech   3 5         4 8  
SMU   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   1 7         2 10  
Tulsa   1 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 PM Navy* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas L 7–38   25,744
September 7 7:00 PM Texas Tech* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 14–24   32,000
September 14 6:00 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas (Battle for the Iron Skillet) L 6–17   30,621
September 21 6:00 PM at Oklahoma State* Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma L 16–52   41,190
September 28 10:05 PM at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI L 10–42   36,096
October 5 2:00 PM San Jose State Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 23–34   13,016
October 12 9:30 PM at Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, California FSN L 7–30   41,031
October 19 2:00 PM Louisiana Techdagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 37–34   14,836
October 26 2:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) L 15–27   10,845
November 2 2:00 PM Nevada Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 6–24   11,832
November 16 4:05 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, Texas W 42–35   21,765
November 23 2:00 PM Tulsa Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 24–21   12,324
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

2002 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 ShanDerrick Charles So
WR 5 Johnnie Freeman Sr
WR 7 Daniel Francis Fr
QB 11 Tate Wallis Fr
QB 13 Richard Bartel Fr
WR 15 Jay Taylor So
WR 17 Billy Ford Sr
RB 20 Derron Brown So
RB 24 Kris Briggs Sr
WR 25 Cody Cardwell Sr
RB 32 Keylon Kincade Jr
TE 49 Trent Hrncir Jr
OL 63 Grant Eidson Fr
T 75 Sterling Harris Jr
T 76 Judson Davis Sr
WR 81 Cedric Vison Fr
TE 86 John Hampton Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Kevin Garrett Sr
S 8 Leroy Price Jr
DE 9 Khalid Beard Sr
DB 12 Charles Akinyemi So
DT 14 Allan Adami Jr
DB 26 Rolando Humphrey Fr
SS 27 Alvin Nnabuife So
S 29 Brent Briggs Sr
DE 30 Don Ieremia-Stansbury Fr
LB 35 D. D. Lee So
LB 38 D. D. Johnson Sr
CB 39 James Orr Sr
LB 42 Billy Jack Williams Sr
LB 45 Jarrian James Jr
LB 46 Brian Bischoff Jr
DT 92 Lute Croy Sr
DT 93 Brent Karrington Fr
DE 95 Brad Bean Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Ryan Mentzel Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2002-10-05

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Kevin Garrett Defensive Back 5 172 St. Louis Rams

2003 Season[edit]

2003 SMU Mustangs football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
2003 record0–12 (0–8 WAC)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorLarry Edmondson
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 16 Boise State $   8 0         13 1  
Fresno State   6 2         9 5  
Tulsa   5 2         7 5  
Hawaii   5 3         9 5  
Rice   5 3         5 7  
Nevada   4 4         6 6  
Louisiana Tech   3 5         5 7  
San Jose State   2 6         3 8  
UTEP   1 6         2 10  
SMU   0 8         0 12  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM at Texas Tech* Jones SBC StadiumLubbock, Texas L 10–58   44,364
September 13 6:00 PM at Baylor* Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas L 7–10   30,256
September 20 7:00 PM Oklahoma State* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas FSN L 6–52   27,106
September 27 9:00 PM at Nevada Mackay StadiumReno, Nevada L 9–12   21,128
October 4 7:00 PM UTEP Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas ESPNGP L 19–21   21,412
October 11 9:00 PM at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose SPW L 14–31   12,403
October 18 2:00 PM Boise State Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 3–45   10,109
October 25 2:00 PM at Tulsa Skelly StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma L 16–35   16,733
November 1 2:00 PM Fresno Statedagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 11–20   14,014
November 8 2:00 PM at Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, Louisiana L 6–41   14,872
November 15 3:00 PM Rice Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) SPW L 20–41   11,856
November 29 2:00 PM No. 19 TCU* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Battle for the Iron Skillet) L 13–20   20,112
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2003 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 13 Richard Bartel So
RB 32 Keylon Kincade Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 14 Allan Adami Sr
SS 27 Alvin Nnabuife Redshirt.svg So
DE 40 Justin Rogers Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Ryan Mentzel So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2003-08-31

Team players in the NFL[edit]

No SMU players were selected in the 2004 NFL Draft.

The following finished their college career in 2003, were not drafted, but played in the NFL.

Player Position First NFL team
Keylon Kincade Running back New York Giants

2004 Season[edit]

2004 SMU Mustangs football
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
2004 record3–8 (3–5 WAC)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorRusty Burns
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2003
2005 →
2004 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Boise State $   8 0         11 1  
UTEP   6 2         8 4  
No. 22 Fresno State   5 3         9 3  
Louisiana Tech   5 3         6 6  
Hawaii   4 4         8 5  
Nevada   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   3 5         4 8  
SMU   3 5         3 8  
Rice   2 6         3 8  
San Jose State   1 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 7:00 PM Texas Tech* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas L 13–27   34,689
September 11 6:05 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas (Battle for the Iron Skillet) L 0–44   33,458
September 18 6:00 PM at Oklahoma State* Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, Oklahoma L 7–59   46,073
September 25 7:00 PM San Jose State Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 36–13   17,841
October 2 7:05 PM at No. 23 Boise State Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho SPW L 20–38   30,322
October 9 7:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) L 10–44   15,367
October 16 5:00 PM Louisiana Tech Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas SPW L 10–41   13,117
October 30 9:00 PM at Fresno State Bulldog StadiumFresno, California L 0–42   37,604
November 6 2:00 PM Tulsadagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 41–35 OT  12,677
November 13 5:00 PM Nevada Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas ESPNGP W 38–20   10,206
November 20 4:05 PM at No. 24 UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, Texas L 27–57   45,095
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

2004 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Ashton Nixon Fr
QB 13 Jerad Romo Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 27 Alvin Nnabuife Jr
DE 40 Justin Rogers So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Ryan Mentzel Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2004-10-13

2005 Season[edit]

2005 SMU Mustangs football
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest
2005 record5–6 (4–4 CUSA)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorRusty Burns
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
UCF x   7 1         8 5  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 5  
Memphis   5 3         7 5  
East Carolina   4 4         5 6  
Marshall   3 5         4 7  
UAB   3 5         5 6  
West Division
Tulsa x$   6 2         9 4  
UTEP   5 3         8 4  
Houston   4 4         6 6  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
Tulane   1 7         2 9  
Rice   1 7         1 10  
Championship: Tulsa 44, Central Florida 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM Baylor* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas L 23–28   29,538
September 10 8:30 PM No. 22 TCU* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Battle for the Iron Skillet) CSTV W 21–10   22,416
September 17 11:30 AM at Texas A&M* Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas FSN L 8–66   75,128
September 24 1:00 PM Tulane Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 10–31   15,681
October 1 3:00 PM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, West Virginia CSTV L 13–16   25,218
October 8 6:00 PM at UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 28–27   23,255
October 15 2:00 PM East Carolina Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 17–24   11,715
October 22 2:00 PM at Tulsa Skelly StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma L 13–20   22,502
November 5 2:00 PM Ricedagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) W 27–7   15,236
November 19 5:00 PM at Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, Texas (Rivalry) W 29–24   14,650
November 26 2:00 PM UTEP Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 40–27   17,194
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2005 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 13 Jerad Romo Sr
WR 17 Emmanuel Sanders Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 27 Alvin Nnabuife Sr
DE 40 Justin Rogers Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 41 Ryan Mentzel Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2005-12-15

2006 Season[edit]

2006 SMU Mustangs football
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest
2006 record6–6 (4–4 CUSA)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorRusty Burns
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2005
2007 →
2006 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Southern Miss x   6 2         9 5  
East Carolina   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
UCF   3 5         4 8  
UAB   2 6         3 9  
Memphis   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Houston x$   7 1         10 4  
Rice   6 2         7 6  
Tulsa   5 3         8 5  
SMU   4 4         6 6  
UTEP   3 5         5 7  
Tulane   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Houston 34, Southern Miss 20
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 6:00 PM at No. 25 Texas Tech* Jones AT&T StadiumLubbock, Texas L 3–35   50,362
September 9 6:00 PM at North Texas* Fouts FieldDenton, Texas (Safeway Bowl) L 6–24   25,231
September 16 7:00 PM Sam Houston State* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas W 45–14   17,421
September 23 7:00 PM Arkansas State* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 55–9   12,979
September 30 6:30 PM at Tulane Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans CSTV W 33–28   21,565
October 7 8:05 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, Texas L 21–24   41,258
October 14 2:00 PM Marshall Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 31–21   14,032
October 21 2:00 PM at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina L 21–38   34,141
October 31 6:30 PM UAB Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas ESPN2 W 22–9   13,125
November 11 2:00 PM Houstondagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Rivalry) L 27–37   20,350
November 18 2:00 PM Tulsa Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas W 34–24   14,658
November 25 2:00 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) L 27–31   12,867
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2006 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 17 Emmanuel Sanders So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 40 Justin Rogers Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 11 Andrew Galloway Jr
P/K 15 Thomas Morstead Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

2007 Season[edit]

2007 SMU Mustangs football
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest
2007 record1–11 (0–8 CUSA)
Head coachPhil Bennett
Offensive coordinatorRusty Burns
Defensive coordinatorJim Gush
Home stadiumGerald J. Ford Stadium (c. 32,000)
Seasons
← 2006
2008 →
2007 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
UCF x$   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina   6 2         8 5  
Memphis   6 2         7 6  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 6  
Marshall   3 5         3 9  
UAB   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Tulsa xy   6 2         10 4  
Houston x   6 2         8 5  
Tulane   3 5         4 8  
Rice   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   2 6         4 8  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: UCF 44, Tulsa 25
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 3:00 PM Texas Tech* Gerald J. Ford StadiumUniversity Park, Texas ESPN L 9–49   26,969
September 8 7:00 PM North Texas* Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Safeway Bowl) W 45–31   20,517
September 15 6:00 PM at Arkansas State* ASU StadiumJonesboro, Arkansas KTXA L 28–45   17,465
September 22 7:30 PM at TCU* Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, Texas (Battle for the Iron Skillet) CSTV L 7–21   31,511
September 29 3:30 PM UTEP Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas CSTV L 45–48 OT  16,464
October 13 6:30 PM at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, Mississippi CSTV L 7–28   31,253
October 20 7:00 PM Tulane Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas FSN L 34–41 OT  14,901
October 27 2:00 PM at Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, Oklahoma KTXA L 23–29   18,853
November 4 7:00 PM at Houston Robertson StadiumHouston, Texas (Rivalry) ESPN L 28–38   22,774
November 10 2:00 PM Ricedagger Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas (Battle for the Mayor's Cup) L 42–43   13,902
November 17 2:00 PM Central Florida Gerald J. Ford Stadium • University Park, Texas L 20–49   10,271
November 24 1:00 PM at Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, Tennessee KTXA L 52–55 3OT  20,184
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Roster[edit]

2007 SMU Mustangs football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 70 Kelvin Beachum Fr
OL 79 J.T. Brooks Fr
WR 83 Phillip Burley So
OL 69 Calvin Crockett So
RB 31 Travis DeJohn Fr
WR 88 Bradley Haynes Fr
WR 9 Jessie Henderson Sr
WR 25 La'Cori Johnson Sr
OL 77 Josh LeRibeus Fr
OL 78 Derek Lilly Fr
OL 74 Sean Lobo Sr
RB 20 James Mapps Jr
TE 45 Andrew McKinney Sr
QB 6 Michael Morse Fr
QB 10 Daniel Miller Fr
OL 72 Ross Nigh Jr
WR 24 Aldrick Robinson So
WR 17 Emmanuel Sanders Jr
QB 12 Zach Rhodes So
WR 16 Simeon Thomas Fr
OL 71 Kelly Turner Fr
QB 14 Logan Turner Fr
WR 25 Morgan Hudnall So
WR 5 Zach Zimmerman Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 12 Derrius Bell So
LB 54 Taylor Bon So
LB 27 Will Bonilla Sr
DB 23 Chris Castro Fr
DB 35 Tim Crosby So
DB 20 Chase Courtney So
DB 10 Rock Dennis Jr
DL 95 Mickey Dollens Fr
LB 52 Pete Fleps So
LB 29 Chase Kennemer Jr
DL 98 Szymon Czerniak Fr
DT 99 Serge Elizee Sr
DB 32 K. J. Ellis Jr
DE 96 Josh Geldert So
DL 97 Ben Goldthorpe Fr
DL 94 Patrick Handy Sr
DB 7 David Haynes Sr
DE 90 Rush Hughes So
CB 6 Bryan McCann Jr
LB 55 John Nwisienyi So
LB 52 Garrett Olson Fr
DE 93 Chris Parham Jr
DB 13 DeMikel Shankle Fr
DB 33 Seth Sloan Fr
DB 18 Terrance Wilkerson Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P/K 4 Kellis Cunningham Jr
P 11 Andrew Galloway Sr
P/K 15 Thomas Morstead Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

References[edit]

  • "2008 Football Media Guide" (PDF). SMU Athletic Department. p. 145.