At American Athletic Conference Media Days, SMU linebacker Richard Moore paused to think about other freshmen that stood out to him over the summer in their work. The senior had already mentioned quarterback Terrance Gipson and the work he had put in since arriving in Dallas as an early enrollee in January.
“As far as incoming freshman, I would say Terrance Gipson for sure,” Moore told Pony Stampede. “He did come in early, but he’s still a part of that class. For sure Terrance has really stood out. I would just say Terrance for right now because there’s still guys trying to prove themselves.”
On Friday, head coach Sonny Dykes continued to praise the Houston (Tex.) Westfield standout, naming his as one of the three quarterbacks impressing on Day 1 of fall camp.
Entering his eighth month on campus, Gipson finds himself in a quarterback competition with Shane Buechele and Will Brown. It’s unlikely he’ll land the starting gig and is likely to redshirt, but the talent is there and the coaching staff has noticed.
“He showed flashes in the spring and thought he showed some flashes today and at some point, we’ll turn him loose and let him run the football some because that’s one of his strong suits,” Dykes told reporters. “As we get down a little bit further through practice and all that stuff, we’ll start letting him run the ball a little bit live as well.”
While his senior season was cut short by a torn ACL, Gipson has recovered quickly and after being limited in spring practice, he’s fully cleared. Dykes shared with media that Gipson at least proving he belongs as fall camp gets underway.
“I was really impressed with all three of the quarterbacks. I thought Terrance Gipson did some good things for a young guy, flashed at times,” Dykes explained. “I thought Will continued to improve from where he was in the spring as well. We’ll see. It’s going to be a good competition. Kind of excited to see how it all plays out and looking forward to the next couple weeks.”
If SMU opts to redshirt Brown after playing him as a true freshman, Gipson could be the one the staff leans on to take game reps in one of the four allowed games. Both can play up to four games and redshirt, but it appears Gipson is already earning an opportunity to take some game action.
Coming out of high school, Gipson was ranked on the industry-generated 247Sports Composite as the No. 20 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, picking SMU over Memphis, Nebraska, Virginia and others.
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