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As the modest-sized quarterback of a small, independent private school, Billy Embody likely wasn't going to draw the attention of a Division I program with his arm.
But he has with his academics. An honor student at Carrollwood Day, Embody appears close to landing with SMU as a preferred walk-on.
Patriots coach Lane McLaughlin said Embody, who owns a GPA of over 4.1, already has received two academic scholarships from the private, Dallas-based university that would cover nearly all his tuition. Additionally, he's a candidate for SMU's Hunt Leadership Scholarship.
If he wins that one, McLaughlin said, he'll join the Mustangs as a preferred walk-on and become the first CDS player to join a Division I roster. SMU, which competes in Conference USA, won the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl last season.
"If he gets the Hunt, he'll have (his tuition) more than paid for," McLaughlin said.
In CDS' only two years of 11-man football, Embody has thrown for nearly 3,900 yards, 43 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.