Ex-Texas A&M and SMU QB will enter draft instead of seeking additional year in college


SMU quarterback Matt Davis, who began his career at Texas A&M but transferred instead of sitting behind Johnny Manziel, declared for the 2017 NFL draft Wednesday. He entered the draft than seek a sixth season of eligibility.

After missing the majority of the 2016 season with a torn ACL suffered in the season-opening win over North Texas, Davis reportedly applied for a sixth year of eligibility earlier this year.

Davis, a former four-star prospect, redshirted at Texas A&M in 2012, when Manziel won the Heisman. Rather than attempt to become Manziel’s backup in 2013, he left for Tyler (Texas) JC in 2013, then signed with SMU in 2014. He started five late-season games that fall, then was the fulltime starter as a junior in 2015; he threw for threw for 2,263 yards, rushed for 761 yards and accounted for 26 total touchdowns (16 passing, 10 rushing), which is fifth-most in program history in 2015.

Redshirt freshman Ben Hicks became the starter when Davis was hurt and played well.

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