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Preview: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by JHeb, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. JHeb

    JHeb Sooner Magic

    Jul 7, 2009
    Preview: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

    University of Southern Mississippi:

    Location: Hattiesburg, MS
    Founded: 1910
    Purpose: Teacher Training School, originally called Mississippi Normal College
    School Colors: Black and Gold
    Stadium: M.M. Roberts Stadium, Erected in 1932 as Faulkner Field, aka "The Rock"
    Capacity: 41,000
    2008 Average Attendance: 30,079, #76 in the FBS
    Turf: Artificial (Momentum Turf)
    Head Coach: Larry Fadora (2nd Season, 7-6 Overall Record)
    Mascot: Seymour






    The noted rivalries USM has are:

    Memphis: The rivalry was born in 1935 and the annual game is called The Black and Blue Bowl, in reference to the fierce rivalry as well as the teams' main colors of black (USM) and blue (Memphis). Through the 2008 game, USM leads the series 37-21-5.

    Tulane: The rivalry was born in 1979 and has led to the "Battle for the Bell". Through their last meeting in 2006, USM leads the series 21-7. They meet in 2009 on October 24th.

    UAB: Not much has been noted about this rivalry other than USM being 9-0 all-time v. UAB. Doesn't sound like much of a rivalry if you ask me.

    Ole Miss and Mississippi State: Neither team is listed as a "rival", probably due to them being in another conference, but I'd have to think a game between Southern Miss and either of the BCS Conference Mississippi schools would be "Can't Miss" event for most State of Mississippi football fans.

    The Essence of Southern Miss Football:

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    Famous Alumni:
    Brett Favre

    Ray Guy

    Jimmy Buffett

    2009 Real Life Schedule:

    9/5--Alcorn St.
    9/26--@ Kansas
    10/1--@ UAB
    10/10--@ Louisville
    10/24--Tulane (Home Coming)
    10/31--@ Houston
    11/14--@ Marshall
    11/28--@ East Carolina

    Consecutive Years Appearing in a Bowl Game:
    15, with an All-Time Bowl Record of 9-8

    Career Passing Leaders:
    Brett Favre, '87-'90, 7695
    Dustin Almond, '02-'05, 7342
    Jeff Kelly, '98-'01, 7095

    Career Rushing Leaders:
    Damion Fletcher, '06-Present, 4287
    Ben Garry, '74-'77, 3595
    Derrick Nix, '98-'00 & '02, 3584

    Career Receiving Leaders:
    Sherrod Gideon, '96-'99, 3214
    Todd Pinkston, '96-'99, 2366
    Shawn Nelson, '05-'08, 2054

    2009 Top Recruits:
    WR Justin Jordan #16 JuCo
    RB Kendrick Hardy #16
    WR Jacoby Bell #69
    LB Jamie Collins #31
    DB Gerald West #88
    *Rankings per Phil Steele*

    Phil Steele's Projected Conference USA Standings:

    1) Southern Miss
    2) East Carolina
    3) Marshall
    4) Memphis
    5) Central Florida
    6) Alabama-Birmingham

    1) Texas-El Paso
    2) Houston
    3) Tulsa
    4) Soutern Methodist
    5) Rice
    6) Tulane

    Top Returning Starters:
    QB Austin Davis (So.)--3128yds, 23-8 (TD/INT), 508 RuYds w/ 9 TD's
    RB Damion Fletcher (Sr.)--1347 RuYds, 10 TD's (1st Team CUSA '06 & '08)
    WR DeAndre Brown (So.)--1117 ReYds, 12 TD's (1st Team CUSA '08)
    FS Eddie Hicks (Sr.)--64 TKL, 4 INT, 3.5 TFL (2nd Team CUSA '08)
    NT Anthony Gray (Jr.)--2nd Team CUSA '08

    Offense. Plain and simple, the Golden Eagles should be able to move the ball, put up points and give themselves a chance to win every game in 2009. Led by the second year tandem of Austin Davis at quarterback and DeAndre Brown at wide receiver, Coach Larry Fadora has high expectations for his team.

    Defense. Also plain and simple. USM finished 65th in the FBS in Total Defense (58th v. the run, 85th v. the pass). New DC Todd Bradford has his hands full.

    Many are calling for USM to be this year's "BCS Buster". The schedule looks good overall but road games at Kansas, ECU, Houston and Louisville loom large.
  2. Southern Miss might just bust the BCS this year, DeAndre Brown is one of the best WRs in all of college football
  3. JHeb

    JHeb Sooner Magic

    Jul 7, 2009
    Not sure how his health is in real life but in the game, he's def. a Beast...BEAST!
  4. Jackwacker

    Jackwacker Noob

    Jul 11, 2009
    Apparently he was playing "pick up basketball" and hurt his leg again. Foot has to go back into the boot for 10 days. Probably miss the first game or 2 they say
  5. JHeb

    JHeb Sooner Magic

    Jul 7, 2009
    Good for me NCAA doesn't have live updates with injuries, etc. or else I might be without him for the first couple games...

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