The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi played in their annual spring game on Saturday. The Gold team beat the Black team 10-7 in a defensive game. The Golden Eagles senior quarterback Nick Mullens had an up and down day throwing 6-of-10 for 35 yards and no touchdowns. Mullins was sacked three times. Backup QB Kwarda Griggs had a nice day for the Golden Eagles by passing for 13-of-27 for 133 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Coach Jay Hopson said Griggs put himself above the rest of the quarterbacks for the backup quarterback position. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Reid Rials caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Griggs “Kwadra has been great. He gets here early… he can really sling the ball,” said Rials.
The real exploding stat that caught everyones eye is the achievement from the defense with seven sacks in the game. Tyrone Poole was credited with six tackles and two sacks as the defense provided immense pressure all game. “I think the offensive started off strong and then the defense kinda took it over,” said Rials.
Other than the defense getting to the quarterback there was a brightspot on offense with freshman running back Patrick Brooks “I wanted to be as productive as possible.” Brooks was the brightest star on offense for either Southern Miss teams. Brooks ran for 84 yards on 13 attempts and also had a long run of 27 yards. Brooks was asked how comfortable it is having Nick Mullens under center “He’s a veteran. He’s the man. He’s our captain and our leader and he knows everything,” said Brooks.
Mullens finished his last spring game. Mullens talked about his expectations for his final season in Hattiesburg “We have our goals, conference championship, bowl game, all of those things. It’s really important to take each day one day at a time. Day by day we need to give it our all,” said Mullen.
Southern Miss opens their season on Sept. 3 in Lexington, Kentucky when USM takes on Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky is one of two SEC teams that USM will play in the fall as they also go on the road in death valley to play LSU tigers on October 15th.
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