Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Tennessee Volunteers
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Southern Mississippi Preview
One thing we have decided to start here is to make a preview of a team Tennessee is unfamilar with. Starting this week when the Vols will take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. So in order to keep the fans here informed we will start with Golden Eagle previews.
Today we thank BYXeagle of Eaglepost for this great preview of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
Full article below:
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are a team that is used to big games. The Eagles have lived and died on their "Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime" mantra. While a relatively young team, the Eagles return some big talent for this years campaign. Here's a breakdown of the team.
Offense: The Golden Eagles boast arguably the most explosive backfield in CUSA and one of the top units in the country. Performances by true freshmen Damion Fletcher and Tory Harrison have led to both splitting time on the playing field. The offense returns Jeremy Young at the Quarterback position for his senior season. While not a prolific passer, he has the ability to turn a busted pass block into a few yards with his rushing ability. His ability to rush last year hampered most of the season, he shows no sign of being stopped by injury this season. At Tight End, USM boast multiple award watch list member Shawn Nelson. He is a outstanding Tight End with good field vison, as well as a habit for stepping up against SEC opponents. The offensive line is young and inexperience after trying to replace a majority of starters because of graduation. The pass blocking has been a achilles heel so far for the offense while the line has been able to push their weight around on the run blocking
Defense: While the offense is explosive the true grit of the Southern Miss team is led by defense. The defense has been named by several magazines as being the fastest any team will see outside of the SEC. Anchoring the defensive line is Gerald McGrath, the teams leading tackler. The defense appears to be primed to remind opponents why USM is termed the "Nasty Bunch" and the core of returning players want to retain that title. This defense has a chance to be the best USM defense since USM finished second in the nation in total defense in the late 90's to 2000's. The cornerback position was hit hard by graduation and has resulted in the shifting of a safety to cornerback position. Brandon Sumrall is now a cornerback, and is adjusting quite well to his new role. The defense is great at collapsing holes and collapsing down on a runner, while the inexperienced cb's make passing an open spot.
Special Teams: The USM special teams unit will be quite outstanding. The kick and punt returner corps features some of the faster open field runners on the team. The kicking duties will be held down by freshman Justin Estes, while the punting duties will go to GMAC Bowl Special teams MVP Britt Barefoot. Barefoot won the award after booting a 68 yard punt in the GMAC Bowl last season.