If there’s one thing Jay Hopson knows well, it’s defense.The 27-year coaching veteran has seen a lot talented football players from stops at LSU, Florida and Michigan.His compliments of USM defensive back D.Q. Thomas can be considered high praise.
In what is shaping up to be one of the toughest regions in class 6A, Petal is glad to play host to Pearl in Friday’s region 3-6A opener.Both the Panthers (3-1) and Pirates (3-1) enter Friday’s game after a bye week.
When offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner first joined Southern Miss in the spring, he preached that the Golden Eagles were going to play fast and establish tempo.USM played out Faulkner’s vision in Saturday’s 47-42 win at Troy.
While Southern Miss continues fall camp with players competing for spots across the field, there’s no question who will lead the “Nasty Bunch” on defense.Linebacker Racheem Boothe returns for his junior season after four sacks and 48 tackles last year.
Southern Miss first-year offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner joined the Golden Eagles at a peak time for the wide receiver group.Preseason All-Conference USA receiver Quez Watkins returns for his junior season after leading USM with 72 catches for 889 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
After a season of shutdown strikeouts at Mississippi State, Colby White’s live arm caught the eyes of professional baseball scouts.The West Marion grad was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round of Tuesday’s MLB draft at No. 188 overall.
Just six days after Doc Sadler resigned from his post as head coach of USM basketball, it appears Jeremy McClain has made his first hire as athletic director of Southern Miss.Jay Ladner has been hired as head coach of Golden Eagle basketball, first reported by Jeff Goodman of WatchStadium.com.
For the sixth straight season, Southern Miss will battle a team from the Southeastern Conference. The Golden Eagles travel to Auburn, Alabama to play the No. 10 Tigers on Saturday at 3 p.m.Auburn holds a 17-5 advantage in the series, winning the last meeting in 2008 by two touchdowns.