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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. Paulino recalls that "Nunez-Roches looked like a promising prospect as a sophomore in 2012" prior to his injury.
Nov 3 - 4:27 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.
Aug 17 - 1:22 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.
May 22 - 3:27 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.
May 22 - 2:29 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.
May 9 - 10:37 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.'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.
Mar 22 - 6:00 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.'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.
Mar 11 - 11:02 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

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says evaluators should familiarize themselves with Southern Miss senior DT Khyri Thornton.

Weidl tweeted Thornton has "impressive tape," specifically highlighting the defensive tackle's quickness, range, and explosive upper body. Thornton accounted for 36 tackles in 2012, 9.5 for loss including one sack.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Former Cal senior QB Allan Bridgford will transfer to Southern Miss.

Bridgford cited head coach Todd Monken and offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo as reasons for choosing Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles had a very difficult season in 2012, but Bridgford will be able to play immediately in 2013.
Mon, May 6, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Patriots selected Southern Miss OLB Jammie Collins with the No. 52 overall pick.

Collins (6-4, 250) played defensive end at Southern Miss and led C-USA in tackles for loss (20) as a senior while ranking third in sacks (10) and forcing four fumbles. A long-armed pass rusher (33 3/4"), Collins ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 1.56 ten-yard split and insane 11-foot-7 broad jump. (The broad jump is Megatron territory.) Collins' down-to-down consistency was an issue on college tape, but he is an explosive, highly athletic edge presence with big upside. His scheme versatility only helps the Patriots pass rusher, with Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, and Rob Ninkovich all possessing the ability to rush from a two point stance.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:56:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah gave Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins a late second- to early third-round grade.

Jeremiah noted that Collins is athletic, and a "better as blitzer than pure pass rusher." The lean rush linebacker "can hold point of attack" versus tight ends. There's a lot to like about Collins' natural game, but he needs to be stronger on first contact on a consistent basis.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins will visit the Steelers.

Collins is likely a second-round target as a pass rushing outside linebacker. He's a super athletic "upside" type but failed to generate consistent force on first contact. If the Steelers don't nab a pass rusher in the first-round, Collins would be a great fit.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 01:45:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein tweeted that Southern Miss pass rusher Jamie Collins "has got Steelers OLB written all over him."

Zierlein warns to not let Collins fall to Pittsburgh in the second-round. That is the range in which we see Collins being selected, but some are projecting the athletic pass rusher in the first-round. He has the tools, but Collins needs to put them to use on a more consistent basis.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Cal backup QB Allan Bridgford has notified team officials that he does intend on transferring from the program.

"Today I asked for my release from the CAL football team," Bridgford said via Twitter. "I plan on graduating this summer and transferring 2 another school 2 play football." That other school is unknown at the moment, but since Bridgford plans on graduating he will not have to sit out next season under NCAA rules.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 09:31:00 AM

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