Kyle Padron has asked for and been granted a full release from his scholarship at SMU, according to a report by Scout.com’s Pony Stampede. The junior quarterback will seek a transfer following a season that was cut short due to a back injury.
Padron started played just three games last season, completing nine of his 20 pass attempts for 152 yards. He failed to throw a touchdown and was intercepted three times a year after throwing 31 touchdown passes and totaling 3,828 yards in 2010.
As a result of Padron’s decision to leave the team, it appears that former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has already transferred to SMU (he attended SMU practice in October), will be the favorite for the starting job under June Jones. Gilbert started the 2011 season as the starting quarterback for Mack Brown’s Longhorns but was quickly dropped to second string behind Case McCoy and David Ash (the two split starting responsibilities) and Gilbert soon underwent surgery on his shoulder, ending his regular season.
Gilbert completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,744 yards and 10 touchdowns and was picked off 17 times in 2010 for Texas, coming off a BCS Championship Game appearance and filling in the shoes for Colt McCoy. Gilbert added five touchdown runs and 380 rushing yards.
Padron is now looking for a new program to play football for. If he transfers to an FBS program he will have to sit out a season and return in 2013 for his final year of eligibility. If he chooses to go to an FCS program he may begin playing immediately in the 2012 season.
SMU opens the 2012 season on September 1 at Baylor and plays their first home game the following week against FCS Stephen F. Austin.
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