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Southern Miss junior WR Korey Robertson caught 9 passes for 127 yards and two scores in a 34-27 victory over Louisiana Tech in double-overtime on Saturday.

Robertson (6'1/210) doesn't get the hype of fellow wideout Ifo Smith, but very quietly he's had an excellent year. The two touchdowns give him seven on the year. His second touchdown ended up being the game winner, a 25-yarder from quarterback Keon Howard in the second overtime. Robertson should have another productive game against UAB next week.
Oct 21 - 11:55 PM

Southern Miss sophomore QB Keon Howard completed 32-of-53 passes for 301 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 34-27 double-overtime victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Howard also ran for 63 yards on 13 carries. It took a while for the Golden Eagles to get going on offense, but Howard and the rest of the USM group were able to do enough in the second half to tie the game up, and his 25-yard scoring pass to Korey Robertson gave the Eagles the 34-27 victory. The backup to injured Kwadra Giggs (hand) has handled himself very well since taking over. He could get another start next week against UAB.
Oct 21 - 11:51 PM

Southern Miss sophomore QB Keon Howard will again start for the Golden Eagles in Saturday's game against Louisiana Tech.

Howard will start in place of Kwadra Giggs (hand) for the third straight game for Southern Miss.
Oct 21 - 6:38 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ifo Smith ran for 120 yards and two scores in a 23-10 victory over UTEP on Saturday.

It took a little while for Smith (5'9/195) to get going, but he dominated the Miners defense in the second half. His second score -- a twenty yard romp -- made it 21-0 USM, and basically eliminated UTEP from competitiveness on the game. Smith is on his way to a 1200-plus yard season, and will look to continue this strong run against Louisiana Tech next week.
Oct 14 - 10:17 PM

Southern Miss redshirt junior QB Kwadra Griggs (hand) will not start against UTEP on Saturday.

Griggs missed last weekend's contest with UTSA due to the hand injury. Keon Howard started that contest and will start once more against UTEP on Saturday. Southern Miss OC Shannon Dawson indicated early in the practice week that Griggs is currently around "60-percent" health, so there is a chance that he misses further action even beyond Saturday.
Oct 13 - 8:28 PM

Southern Miss sophomore QB Keon Howard will start against UTEP on Saturday.

Kwadra Griggs continues to mend from a hand injury, leaving Howard set to make his second consecutive start. In Saturday's win over UTSA, the sophomore completed 15-of-20 passes for 212 yards and a trio of scores. Said OC Shannon Dawson of that performance, "When we started opening it up and throwing more, I thought he was on the money. Very accurate. He looked comfortable out there."
Oct 13 - 7:51 PM

Southern Miss redshirt junior QB Kwadra Griggs and sophomore QB Keon Howard are listed as co-starters for Saturday's game against UTEP, but the Sun Herald's Patrick Magee anticipates that Howard will draw the assignment.

Howard (6'1/205) received his second start of the season Saturday. He played well in a 31-29 victory over previously unbeaten UTSA, completing 15-of-20 passes for 212 yards and three scores. "Going into the game, the decision we had to make was either play with a 60 percent Kwadra or a 100 percent Keon," USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "Keon was playing well the last couple of weeks. Kwadra could have played for sure, but right now Keon is the healthy guy and playing well." Howard has completed 27-of-43 passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Source: Sun Herald
Oct 10 - 3:03 PM

Southern Miss redshirt junior QB Kwadra Griggs missed last Saturday's game against UTEP with a hand injury.

On Monday, Griggs was again seen wearing a soft cast on his injured left hand. Keon Howard started in his place last week against UTSA and excelled. The Sun Herald predicts that Howard will start against UTEP, but HC Jay Hopson isn't prepared to tip his hand. "We’re waiting to see," he said. "Kwadra can play, but is he 100 percent? I don’t know yet. We’re just waiting. We’ll go out there and watch the first couple of days this week. We’re certainly blessed to have two guys who are playing great. We’ve got to see how it looks on the practice field." Griggs is completing 53.7 percent of his passes for 951 yards and an 8/1 TD/INT ratio.
Source: Sun Herald
Oct 10 - 12:32 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ifo Smith ran for 178 yards on 17 carries in a 31-29 victory over UTSA on Saturday.

Smith has now gone for over 100 yards in three straight games, and scored a touchdown in four. The 5-foot-9, 195 pound tailback is one of the most talented tailbacks in Conference USA. He'll get a chance to keep both streaks alive next week against UTEP.
Oct 7 - 10:40 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 28-17 win over UL-Monroe.

Now that's more like it. Smith entered this weekend's action having rushed for a mere 114 yards in two games. He almost doubled up on those numbers on Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior averaged a smooth 8.1 YPC and notched a 27-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He'll have to wait patiently on bye next weekend before he has a chance to back up this performance against North Texas on September 30. Smith totaled 1,918 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage last season.
Sep 17 - 2:01 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Saturday's 45-0 win over Southern.

Smith was one of the most productive backs in the entire country last season, racking up 1,918 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage. The numbers have not come together through two games this time around, as the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder has rushed for just 114 yards (augmented with a respectable 96 yards receiving) against Kentucky and Southern. He is currently averaging just 3.5 YPC, a far cry from his career mark of 5.4 YPC. Southern Miss boasts an incredibly easy schedule this season -- their next four games come against UL-Monroe, North Texas, UTSA and UTEP -- and we expect Smith to shake out of his early slumbers soon enough.
Sep 10 - 1:20 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 37 carries on 16 carries in Saturday's 24-17 loss to Kentucky.

Smith (5'9/195) is one of the most dynamic backs in all the land, but he made barely any noise -- at least not as a rusher -- against the Wildcats on Saturday. His long run went for all of six yards. However, he is also a stud receiver out of the backfield and he excelled in that aspect of the game in the loss, catching nine passes for 78 yards. He totaled 1,918 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage last season and will try to put together his first complete effort of the current campaign when Southern Miss faces off with Southern University next weekend.
Sep 2 - 8:46 PM

Southern Miss sophomore QB Keon Howard is starting Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Howard (6'1/205) draws the start over Kwadra Griggs as the Eagles attempt to find their replacement for the ultra-productive Nick Mullens. Playing as a true freshman last year, he started two games while appearing in three. In that space, Howard threw for 365 yards with a 1/4 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 2 - 4:06 PM

Southern Miss redshirt junior QB Kwadra Griggs and sophomore QB Keon Howard are listed as co-starters for Saturday's game against Kentucky.

When the Golden Eagles released their depth chart this week, Griggs and Howard were listed with "OR" between them, meaning that no starter has officially been locked in for this weekend's showdown with the Wildcats. Expect both to see some run on Saturday. Griggs sat out the past season due to academic issues.
Aug 29 - 5:02 PM

Southern Miss redshirt senior LB Evan Osborne has retired.

Osborne (6'3/210) did not record any statistical production last season. He opted to call it quits in part because of injury concerns which limited him in spring practice. Those have lingered into preseason camp. He finishes his career at Southern Miss having recorded 23 tackles.
Aug 14 - 5:44 PM


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