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Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas did not receive an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Thomas will likely earn the "biggest snub" label in the days leading up to the Combine. Many were surprised Thomas participated in the NFLPA game instead of the East West Shrine or Senior Bowl, but it is time to take a step back and ask "does the NFL know something we do not?" Thomas boasts a plus 6-foot-2 200-pound frame and produced a 71-1391-14 touchdown receiving line last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:09 AM

The Hattiesburg American's Jason Munz reports that Southern Miss DC Dave Duggan interviewed with HC Jay Hopson.

Duggan's still the team's defensive coordinator, same as he's been for the last three years, but new HC Jay Hopson's already let several members of the coaching staff go as he looks to set up his own regime. Duggan clearly doesn't want to suffer the same fate, but should he hit the open market, he's a respected coach and should have a shot elsewhere. He was actually among the candidates to replace former HC Todd Monken before the job went to Hopson.
Feb 4 - 8:16 PM

Southern Miss HC Jay Hopson will not be retaining TE coach Jon Williams, DL coach Justin Roberts and recruiting coordinator Dayne Brown.

Hopson was hired as a coaching replacement for Todd Monken over the weekend (the latter's leveling up to the NFL). It's understandable that he wants to have control of his staff in this situation, but the former Alcorn State head coach's move to almost immediately start cutting is at least somewhat odd given that Southern Miss held a 9-5 record (7-1 in conference) for the 2015 campaign.
Feb 4 - 2:08 PM

Southern Miss hired Alcorn State HC Jay Hopson to serve in the same capacity.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported on Saturday that Hopson had gained support among Southern Miss boosters as a potential replacement for HC Todd Monken (who took an offensive coordinating gig with the Buccaneers last week). It's official, now, with a press conference scheduled for Monday. AD Bill McGillis broke the news of the hire via Twitter. Hopson has experience with the Golden Eagles, having coached defensive backs there from 2001-2003 and having served as defensive coordinator from 2005-2007. As Alcorn State's head coach, he held a 32-17 record across four seasons.
Jan 31 - 12:17 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that "there is some strong booster support" at Southern Miss to hire Alcorn State HC Jay Hopson.

Southern Miss continues to sniff around for a replacement head coach after Todd Monken jumped to the NFL. Hopson's an interesting case, as he's done fantastic work at Alcorn State since taking over in 2012. The Braves posted a 4-7 record in his inaugural season with the team, but they've won at least nine games in each of the three campaigns that followed. On the whole, Hopson holds a 32-17 record (25-11 in conference). In related Southern Miss coaching news, Feldman also reports that Florida OC Doug Nussmeier will not be filling the Golden Eagles' vacancy.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 30 - 2:10 PM

The Hattiesburg American's Jason Munz reports that Southern Miss interviewed DC Dave Duggan for their open head coaching position on Monday.

The Golden Eagles are scrambling to find a replacement for Todd Monken, who abruptly resigned on Sunday to take the offensive coordinator position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to Duggan, the team also reportedly interviewed Arizona State OC Chip Lindsey. He had been Southern Miss' OC before taking the Sun Devil gig six weeks ago, so if he's hired, Arizona State will themselves be scrambling. AD Bill McGillis has indicated that this will be a "national search." Expect the position to be filled before National Signing Day on February 3.
Jan 25 - 8:34 PM

FOX Sports analyst Bruce Feldman speculates that Chip Lindsey, Tyrone Nix, Matt Luke and Doug Meacham could be possible candidates for the now vacant head coaching position at Southern Miss.

HC Todd Monken surprised the college football world on Sunday when he resigned to take over the offensive coordinator gig with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As to who could take over his mantle, Chip Lindsey (former OC at Southern Miss, now with Arizona State) and Tyrone Nix (former LB with USM, current Middle Tennessee DC) both have previous connections to the school. Matt Luke, the co-OC at Ole Miss, is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and has a strong reputation in coaching circles. And finally, Doug Meacham's the OC at TCU and helps run a high-octane offense with the Horned Frogs, which could allow for an easy transition to Southern Miss' similarly explosive attack. Feldman also offers a dark horse candidate in West Georgia HC Will Hall. Regardless of who they hire, the timing of Monken's resignation is tough, as most head coaching candidates have already found jobs. AD Bill McGillis has indicated that the team will make their hire this week.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 24 - 7:50 PM

Southern Mississippi HC Todd Monken has resigned to take a role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This one comes out of left field. Monken was hired as the Golden Eagles' head coach in 2013 and has done a fantastic job turning the team around, but after three seasons, he's opted to jump to the NFL. With the Bucs, he'll serve as offensive coordinator and QB coach. In a statement, Tampa Bay HC Dirk Koetter said, "During his more than 25-year coaching career, he has made a name for himself as a very successful offensive coordinator and head coach on the collegiate level." Indeed he has. Last season, Southern Miss averaged 39.9 points per contest, good for 13th in the country. They've yet to name a replacement, though that figures to come soon enough. Whether this has any effect on Southern Mississippi's 2016 recruiting class remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be a shock if some of Monken's commitments back out before National Signing Day.
Jan 24 - 5:12 PM

Southern Mississippi WR Michael Thomas accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The non-Buckeye species of Michael Thomas gave scouts something to chew on to close the season, burning Washington's stout defense with nine catches for 190 yards and a pair of scores in the Heart of Texas Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound wideout finished the year with a 71-1391-14 receiving line. Several draft analysts, including TFY Insider's Tony Pauline and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, believe that his strong work has done enough to make him a possible late round selection. This, after he entered the year widely viewed as a potential undrafted free agent.
Jan 19 - 5:49 PM

Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

This past season, Reed recorded 56 tackles (4.0 for loss), 17 passes defended, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. The turnover production is nice, made even nicer by the fact that he returned two of those picks for touchdowns. Coming out of high school, the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder was a three-star recruit.
Jan 17 - 5:57 PM

Southern Mississippi senior WR Michael Thomas caught nine passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 44-31 Heart of Texas Bowl loss to Washington.

Thomas was tremendous. His 56-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter knotted the score 7-7. In the fourth, he snagged a 27-yard score to pull the Golden Eagles to 10 at 41-31. As expected, Southern Miss' awful defense just couldn't make stops when it needed to. Thomas finished his last year of eligibility with 71 catches for 1,391 yards and 14 scores. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Thomas "is a player worthy of late round draft consideration." The 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior's "pipe-cleaner frame will be the main question mark regarding his NFL future," per Brugler.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 06:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Southern Mississippi senior WR Michael Thomas "is a player worthy of late round draft consideration."

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior has been a fixture in the passing game for the Golden Eagles in 2015, as he's hauled in 62 receptions for 1,201 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final nine games of the year, the Southern Miss prospect has recorded at least one touchdown. Moving forward, Brugler notes that Thomas' "pipe-cleaner frame will be the main question mark regarding his NFL future."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Southern Miss junior QB Nick Mullens went 23-for-31 for 386 yards, five TDs and no interceptions in Saturday's 65-10 romp over Rice.

Mullens tied the school's single-game throwing touchdown record before halftime. Unfortunately, he didn't throw for another one. That's because the Golden Eagles were whipping the Owls so bad that backup Tyler Matthews came in when the score was 52-0 late in the third quarter. Southern Miss (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) also ran up a program-record 682 total yards. The school will reach the Conference USA championship game if it beats Louisiana Tech on Nov. 28, regardless of what happens next week.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 08:59:00 PM

Southern Miss junior QB Nick Mullens' 76.4 percent accuracy percentage ranks No. 14 in the nation.

Mullen has taken his game to a new level in his third year as starter. PFF ranks his passing grade (plus-15.0) fourth among non-Power 5 quarterbacks. "To this point, Mullens' only poor outing came against Marshall in Week 6, but that remains Southern Miss' only loss in Conference USA, and the Golden Eagles are still in the thick of the West division race," wrote PFF's Steve Palazzolo. "If he can continue his strong play, Mullens may be headed for a championship rematch with Marshall -- or perhaps a showdown with Doughty and Western Kentucky."
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 09:38:00 PM

Southern Mississippi senior WR Michael Thomas caught seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 24-10 loss to Marshall.

As could be garnered from the 10 points the Golden Eagles scored against Marshall, their offense was not up to task on Friday. Still, even in an ugly offensive game, Thomas showed why he's starting to poke the draft beehive. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior scored the first (and only) Southern Miss touchdown midway through the first quarter when QB Nick Mullens found him from five yards out. After logging just 60 receiving yards through the first three games, Thomas has busted out for three consecutive games with 100+ yards, including a masterful 7-155-3 effort against North Texas on October 3. He entered the season viewed as a possible undrafted free agent, but in the last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated that solid pre-draft work might push him into the seventh round.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 12:30:00 AM


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