Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens completed 25-of-40 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-21 win over UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Mullens was hit by a pair of notable injuries in the second half of the season, nicking up his thumb on October 8 and suffering a concussion on November 5. That concussion forced him out of two contests, but he returned to throw for 342 yards and a trio of touchdowns in the regular-season finale against Louisiana Tech and continued the good vibes with his 346 yards passing on Saturday. A year after putting up a stellar 4,476 yards passing and a 38/12 TD/INT ratio in 14 games, the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder saw his numbers take a bit of a step back in 2016. In 11 games this time around, he has thrown for 3,272 yards with a 24/11 TD/INT ratio.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Southern Miss junior RB Ito Smith rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Saturday's 28-21 win over UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Fine work from Smith, who showed an impeccable blend of balance and strength on multiple runs. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder opened the game's scoring with an 11-yard trip to the end zone in the first quarter, then came back around to notch a little one-yarder early in the fourth. In addition to his scores on the ground, Smith also snagged a six-yard touchdown toss from Nick Mullens in the first half. He finishes his junior campaign having rushed for 1,459 yards and 17 touchdowns while catching 43 passes for 459 yards and two touchdowns over the course of 13 games. Smith has now posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:23:00 AM

Southern Miss junior WR Allenzae Staggers caught 11 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-21 win over UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Just over 200 of Staggers' 230 yards came in the first half. He would score his touchdown early in the third quarter, hitting the end zone from five yards out. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior has just two games over 100 yards receiving this season, but they both were monster performances. In addition to Saturday's fine work, Staggers also shredded Rice for 6-292-3 on October 1.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 01:15:00 AM

Southern Miss redshirt junior WR D.J. Thompson caught 12 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 39-24 win over Louisiana Tech.

Thompson notched touchdown grabs of 21 and eight yards in the second quarter. This was the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder's best game of the season by a fair margin. Prior to Friday's big showing, he had yet to manage more than seven catches or 89 yards receiving in a contest. He has been held under 50 yards in six of nine games this season.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 08:21:00 PM

Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens (concussion) completed 29-of-34 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's win over Louisiana Tech.

Mullens had missed each of Southern Miss' last two games due to a concussion suffered against Charlotte on November, but he showed no signs of wear/tear in Friday's 39-24 victory. Two of his three touchdown passes came in the second quarter. Through 10 games played, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound senior has thrown for 2,926 yards with a 22/10 TD/INT ratio.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens (concussion) is starting against Louisiana Tech on Friday.

Mullens sustained a concussion in a loss to Charlotte on November 5 and had missed each of the Golden Eagles' last two games. He is starting against the Bulldogs on Friday, though, as Southern Miss looks to snap a three-game losing streak. Should they earn the victory, here, they will become eligible for a postseason bowl.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 04:19:00 PM

Southern Miss junior RB Ito Smith rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while catching three passes for 67 yards in Saturday's 29-23 loss to North Texas.

Smith notched a one-yard scoring run in the closing seconds before halftime, then picked right back up with a two-yard touchdown in the opening two minutes of the third quarter. With the 113-yard performance in the books, the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder notched his sixth 100-yard rushing effort of the 2016 campaign. And what a dispiriting campaign it has been for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss bolted out to a 4-1 start, but has lost five of their last six games and will need to defeat Louisiana Tech next Friday to achieve bowl eligibility.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 10:12:00 PM

Southern Miss junior RB Ito Smith rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's 51-35 loss to Old Dominion.

All three of Smith's touchdowns came in the second half, but for naught, for naught, as the Golden Eagle defense just couldn't stop the Monarchs. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior has made a habit of hitting the end zone this season, scoring in nine of 10 games. He is up to 1,081 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns overall.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 07:37:00 PM

Southern Miss HC Jay Hopson indicated that the playing status of senior QB Nick Mullens (concussion) won't be determined until Friday.

Mullens, who suffered a concussion against Charlotte over the weekend, did not practice on Tuesday. To complicate matters further, his backup (Parker Adamson) was also injured in that contest. True freshman Keon Howard and JUCO transfer Marshall Kranz split practice reps on Tuesday. Further clarity to the situation should be provided come Friday.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Southern Miss junior WR Allenzae Staggers caught seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 24-14 win over Marshall.

Staggers scored from four yards out in the fourth quarter. His long catch on the evening went for 35 yards and he averaged a healthy 14.1 yards per reception in the win. Through eight games, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout is working to a 36-688-6 receiving line.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 12:19:00 AM

Southern Miss HC Jay Hopson said that senior QB Nick Mullens (thumb) has returned to full health.

"Just watching him throw [during the bye week] last week compared to the LSU game is just night and day. He was still throwing the ball decent at LSU. But now, he’s really humming it in there and has his zip back," Hopson said. Mullens injured the thumb on his throwing hand in a loss to UTSA on October 8. As Hopson alluded to, the injury did not force him to miss action against LSU on October 15, but he threw for just 161 yards (no touchdowns). He should be able to find a fair bit more success against Marshall this coming weekend, particularly now that he is no longer dealing with that tweak of the thumb. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound senior has thrown for 2,035 yards (60.2% completions) with a 16/8 TD/INT ratio.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens (thumb) is expected to start against LSU on Saturday.

Mullens came out of Saturday's 55-32 loss to UTSA a little banged up, having suffered an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. He practiced on Tuesday, though, and afterward chuckled off the injury concern. "I’m good. I’m healthy. Yeah, I’m playing – I think. I’m recovering well," the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder said. HC Jay Hopson likewise relayed that his quarterback is "ready to play" in advance of Saturday's showdown with LSU. While Mullens has thrown 10 touchdown passes in his last three games, LSU represents his toughest defensive opponent to date, making him a risky fantasy start.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Southern Miss junior WR Allenzae Staggers excelled in Saturday's 44-28 win over Rice, catching six passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

Just your typical 48.7 yards per reception for Staggers. All three of his touchdown passes certainly came from far enough out. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior hauled in scores of 75, 81 and 95 yards in the win. While Staggers hasn't come close to Saturday's majestic receiving totals in any of Southern Miss' other four games, he did have a 6-98-1 showing against Troy two weekends ago. That was his second most productive game of the young 2016 campaign.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens was superb in Saturday's 44-28 win over Rice, completing 25-of-36 passes for 591 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

Mullens absolutely liquidated the Owls on Saturday. The Golden Eagles proved remarkably efficient in their offensive output. Despite possessing the ball for just 28:54 in the contest, Southern Miss racked up a school-record 702 yards of total offense. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Mullens didn't even really get rolling until the second half, when he threw three of his four touchdown passes. Through five games, the senior gunslinger has now passed for 1,504 yards (60.7% completions) with a 13-7 TD/INT ratio.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Southern Miss senior QB Nick Mullens completed 16-of-20 passes for 216 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 56-0 win over Savannah State.

Last weekend, Southern Miss came roaring back from a 35-point deficit to defeat Kentucky. No such heroics needed this time around. Mullens opened the scoring with a one-yard rushing touchdown with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. He would follow that up with a 22-yard scoring toss to Korey Robertson and go on to notch a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter. The Golden Eagles held a silly 49-0 edge at halftime. Through two games, Mullens has thrown for 474 yards with a 5/4 TD/INT ratio. He threw 38 touchdown passes a year ago.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:11:00 PM


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