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Conference-USA puts three SMU Mustangs on All-Freshman Team


Freshmen Kyle Padron,  Darius Johnson and Taylor Reed were huge contributors to SMU's super season (SMU)

SMU players Kyle Padron, Darius Johnson and Taylor Reed have been selected by the Conference-USA head football coaches to the league’s 2009 All-Freshman Team.

Padron, a quarterback from Southlake Carroll, guided the Mustangs to four victories in five starts as the 7-5 Mustangs put together the nation's biggest turnaround. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,462 yards, including eight touchdowns with four interceptions. He is the first Mustang freshman to win his first three starts since 1980.

Johnson, a wide receiver from Missouri City Hightower, played in four games. The 5-10, 175-pounder caught 10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Reed, a 5-11, 202-pound linebacker from Beaumont West Brook, was SMU’s fifth-leading tackler with 56, including 4.5 behind the line of scrimmage. His end-zone interception early in the fourth quarter and crushing hit on Blazers quarterback Joe Webb on the potential game-tying two-point attempt with 13 seconds remaining in the game helped the Mustangs hold off the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Reed started one game and played in all 12 this season.

With three selections, only Houston and Tulsa – each with a conference-high four – put more players on the 2009 Conference-USA All-Freshman team than SMU.