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In quarterback battle between SMU’s highest-rated recruit and an Oklahoma transfer, Derek Green is the surprising name that just isn’t going away

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas — It isn’t surprising that SMU head coach Sonny Dykes hasn’t pinpointed a timeline for naming a starting quarterback.

It also isn’t surprising that the two names dominating the spring quarterback battle are Preston Stone and Tanner Mordecai.

Both of those things were to be expected coming into an offseason quarterback competition.

But what is surprising about SMU’s push to replace two-year starter Shane Buechele is there is a third name popping into the discussion that just won’t seem to go away.

“Derek Green has done a good job just taking the reins a little bit,” offensive coordinator Garrett Riley said on Tuesday.