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Matt Davis finds a home at SMU

The journeyman quarterback can finally grow roots in Highland Park.

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SMU Quarterback Matt Davis no longer has to keep his bags packed.

His college career has been a nomadic one. After signing with Texas A&M out of high school, he played behind Johnny Manziel who became the first freshman Heisman trophy winner. Never to become a starter in College Station, Davis left Texas A&M to play JUCO football at Tyler Junior College. Davis had games where he was brilliant during his time in Tyler. He was named JUCO player of the week for his performance against Blinn college (2 TDs, 132 rushing yards, 151 passing yards). But after seven starts, his playing time decreased, clouding Davis' future.

Davis wasn't sure if he was ever going back to a major university. That's when SMU called him in the Spring of 2014.

He played sparingly under then head coach June Jones, starting five games and playing in 10. He threw for 855 yards and set SMU's QB single-game rushing record with 191 yards in a win against UConn. Davis' first season proved he had skills.

Inconsistency still got in the way of Davis. After an 0-2 start, Jones resigned from SMU for "personal issues," and defensive coordinator Tom Mason was the interim head coach.

The Mustangs finished the 2014 season 1-11.

Once again, football was looking rough for Davis. That's when SMU hired Chad Morris, the man who once recruited Davis to Clemson in 2011. Davis showcased what he could do under Morris (16 TD's, 7 ints and four games of over a 100 yards rushing) however SMU was still poor on the field as they finished 2-10 last season.

June Jones wasn't the best coach but he did take SMU to its first four bowl games since 1984. SMU has plenty to work on and they must do a better job of protecting their QB as Davis was sacked 38 times last year.

With a year under Morris' offense, Davis can turn his arm and athletic ability into a full threat this season.

Regardless of how the season plays out Davis knows he can finally settle down at SMU.