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Southern Miss sophomore RB George Payne will miss a majority, if not all, of the 2015 season after suffering a non-contact knee injury.

This could be a reason why Southern Miss swept in late to nab graduate transfer Justice Hayes. Southern Miss as a whole has been on a decline since Larry Fedora left. Payne rushed for 271 yards and six touchdowns on 86 carries last season.
Jun 17 - 10:53 AM

Former Michigan graduate RB Justice Hayes transferred to Southern Mississippi.

Hayes is eligible to play right immediately as a graduate transfer. He ran for only 213 yards in 2014, but retains some shine. Hayes was ranked as Rivals’ No. 3 all-purpose runner in the 2011 class. He will compete with Ito Smith (536 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) and George Paynes (271 yards, 6 touchdowns) for carries.
May 27 - 2:02 AM

Chiefs selected Southern Miss DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches with the No. 217 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Nunez-Roches (6'2/307) endured an injury-plagued college career before busting out as a senior en route to 14 TFLs and three sacks as an 11-game starter. "RNR" showed NFL-quality athleticism in Indy, running 5.02 with a 34-inch vertical and pumping 26 reps on the bench. A one-gap penetrator with a relentless motor, Nunez-Roches is capable of playing both one- and three-technique, likely on a rotational basis in the NFL.
May 2 - 5:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Mississippi DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches "is flying under the radar right now" and could be an "early on day three" option.

The 6-foot-2, 305 pound Nunez-Roches has good agility and balance for position and shows a good motor and a nose for the football. In 2014, the Southern Miss prospect recorded 58 tackles (32 solos) and was first on the team with in tackles for loss, with 14.0. Brugler added in another tweet that, Nunez-Roches "is rangy and plays with leverage, body control and snap anticipation to shoot gaps. No coincidence he's always around the ball."
Mar 10 - 2:56 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, NFL scouts "were impressed and came away feeling" Southern Mississippi DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches "had definitely helped his draft stock" at his pro day.

Nunez-Roches elected to stand on his combine numbers, though he went through drills for scouts over the course of roughly 40 minutes. After the workout, reported Pauline, Nunez-Roches spent "a large amount of time with the Washington Redskins." Nunez-Roches ranked sixth on the team with 58 total tackles and first in tackles for loss with 14.0 last season.
Mar 7 - 6:41 PM

Michigan senior RB Justice Hayes will transfer.

Hayes will graduate from the university this spring, meaning he'll be eligible to play wherever he wants in 2015. "The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious," Hayes said. "I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from [Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh] to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student." Caught in a logjam at RB, Hayes, ranked as Rivals’ No. 3 all-purpose runner in the 2011 class, ran for only 213 yards in 2014.
Jan 26 - 7:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that his sources believe Southern Mississippi redshirt senior DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches will enter the draft.

"Source tell me it looks very much as though Rakeem Nunez-Roches/DT/Southern Miss will enter the draft. Solid prospect with nice upside," Pauline tweeted. Nunez-Roches played and started in 11 games for the Golden Eagles this season. The Southern Miss prospect finished the season ranked sixth on the team in total tackles with 58 (32 solos) and first in tackles for loss with 14.0. Pauline recalls that "Nunez-Roches looked like a promising prospect as a sophomore in 2012" prior to his 2013 knee injury, which cause him to miss the entire season. Back in August, Pauline gave Nunez-Roches an undrafted free agent grade.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:18:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Southern Mississippi redshirt senior DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches has "significantly raised his level of play" despite Southern Mississippi's current two-game losing streak.

Nunez-Roches was all over the field in Saturday's loss to UTEP. He recorded two sacks, a blocked field goal and 11 tackles. In Southern Mississippi's previous game, Nunez-Roches had 2.5 tackles for loss. Pauline writes that "he grades as a disruptive front line player to monitor." Nunez-Roches missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, so it's certainly possible that he's used the first half of the 2014 campaign to work his way back up to game speed. Pauline recalls that "Nunez-Roches looked like a promising prospect as a sophomore in 2012" prior to his injury.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 04:27:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline advises readers to "keep an eye" on Southern Mississippi redshirt senior DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

"Its been a miserable two seasons for Southern Mississippi," the analyst wrote. "As they try and turn their fortunes around this season keep an eye on defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who showed a lot of ability in 2012 but sat on the sidelines last season with injury." Pauline currently grades Nunez-Roches, a fifth-year senior, as an undrafted free agent.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 01:22:00 AM

JUCO senior RB Vernard Roberts has transferred to Southern Miss.

Roberts was West Virginia's starter in 2011 as a true freshman, but was off the team by the end of the year. He then spent two seasons at the JUCO level, so Roberts is eligible to play immediately.
Thu, May 22, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Former TCU redshirt sophomore QB Tyler Matthews has transferred to Southern Miss.

Matthews did not see the field after redshirting in 2012, so he is hoping a change of scenery allows for more playing time. He was a highly rated pro style quarterback coming out of high school, but we know how little that can mean.
Thu, May 22, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Packers selected Southern Miss NT Khyri Thornton with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Thornton (6-foot-2 5/8, 316) made 28 college starts, earning second-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior. He finished his career with 31 tackles for loss and six sacks. Thornton ran 5.03 at the Combine with a 9-foot broad jump and 28 reps on the bench. Thornton's weight fluctuated throughout the pre-draft process -- he weighed 304 in Indy and 316 at his Pro Day -- and his motor can run hot and cold, but he offers attributes to develop into a plus starter capable of playing any interior defensive line position. Thronton will back up B.J. Raji at nose tackle in year one.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Southern Miss DT Khyri Thornton "is light on his feet and has TONS of raw power," writes Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Explosive initial punch and constantly jarring blockers on tape," Weidl tweeted. "Thornton has the physical tools to develop into a steady contributor or potential starter. However must become more consistent with effort and finish." The interior defensive lineman weighed in at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 316 pounds at the school's pro day, running forties of 5.04 and 5.09 seconds. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Thornton could be a possible late-second (Rds. 2-3) to early-third day (4-7) selection. We think the middle of the third day is probably more realistic.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 06:00:00 PM

Southern Miss DT Khyri Thornton recorded forty times of 5.04 and 5.09 seconds at the school's pro day.

The interior defensive lineman weighed in at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 316-pounds. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Thornton could be a possible late second to early third day selection. We think later in the third day is more realistic.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:02:00 AM

Former Cal senior QB Allan Bridgford still intends to transfer to Southern Miss.

Bridgford will join the Golden Eagles during the last part of summer activities. The cause of the delay is academics, as Bridgford is taking online courses in order to graduate, which means he will not have to sit out the 2013 season. There's a chance he claims the starting spot this year.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 03:27:00 PM


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