DALLAS (SMU) – SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton announced Wednesday that he will return to the Hilltop for the 2017 season. The former Freshman All-American will be among the top-ranked wideouts in the nation next fall and will certainly make many preseason All-America and Heisman Trophy candidate lists.
In 2016, the 6-4, 215-lb. wide receiver became the first SMU receiver to garner first-team all-conference honors since current Dallas Cowboy Cole Beasley (2011) after leading the squad in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,246) and receiving touchdowns (10). Sutton tallied five 100-yard games in 2016 and finished third in The American in receiving yards per game. The Brenham, Texas, native set a single-game school record for receiving yards (252) on a career-high 13 receptions against USF. He became just the ninth Mustang to register 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,246, which ranks third at SMU.
The redshirt sophomore finished the season ranked in the nation’s top-20 in receiving yards per game (103.8 – 12th), receiving yards (1,246 – 19th) and receptions per game (6.3 – 20th).
Sutton currently ranks ninth in school history with 2,135 receiving yards and sixth in SMU annals with 19 receiving touchdowns. He holds both the freshman and sophomore single-season receiving yards records.