From Freshman Question Mark to Sophomore Standout
Ben Hicks is doing what no one thought he could.
In overtime against Cincinnati Ben hicks did what he has struggled to do for the last 19 games of his college career.
Under pressure he rolled right, being chased by two defenders. Facing a 4th-and-26 Hicks was forced to to throw on the move and across his body.
Simultaneously, Trey Quinn, the breakout transfer star and record breaking receiver for SMU cut across the middle of the field, just two yards in front of the 1st down marker.
During the 2016 season Mustang fans questioned Chad Morris’ decision to start Hicks. But with the injury to senior Matt Davis, Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock didn’t have a choice.
As the 2017 season kicked off, once again Mustang fans questioned Morris’ decision to start the sophomore quarterback over Arkansas transfer Rafe Peavy and JUCO transfer DJ Gillins.
But as Quinn cut across midfield and Hicks neared the white sideline, Hicks let fly the biggest throw of his career – a completion to Quinn which set up an SMU field goal that eventually won the game for the Mustangs.
This throwback isn’t very far back. #SMU‘s improbable overtime win over #Cincinnati, including a 4th and 26 conversion by the Mustangs. #TBT pic.twitter.com/pulwaAhU2v
— AAC Daily (@AAC_Daily) October 26, 2017
For the sophomore QB from Waco Midway, Hicks is finally beginning to receive the credit that he deserves.
Seven games into the season, Hicks ranks 16th in the nation in passing yards with 2,305. And according to ESPN.com, Hicks ranks 19th in the nation in total quarterback rating with a rating of 73.8.
Ben Hicks continuing to become more reliable for @SMU_Football. Has completed more than 70% of passes in 3 straight games. #PonyUpTempo https://t.co/YgTrTUw68e
— Jesse Carr (@jessedcarr) October 23, 2017
There is not doubt that Hicks has a lot of room for improvement, however, the sophomore appears to have a bright, long term future with the Mustangs and will play a pivotal role in the future of Chad Morris’ program.
SMU QB Ben Hicks really aired it on in the victory over Tulsa on Friday night. pic.twitter.com/ZJBZ3zteqE
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 28, 2017
The most exciting thing about Hicks is that he continues to improve every week. Most notably in that improvement has been Hicks’ ability to throw under pressure.
SMU QB Ben Hicks was great under pressure against Cincinnati in the Mustangs 31-28 OT victory. pic.twitter.com/RfXiyC5S2d
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 23, 2017
While some Mustang fans are still not sold on Hicks as SMU’s QB, he has proven time and time again that he can get the job done, and at this point in the season I support him – so should you.