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Shawn Nelson heading into rSr season: 2008: Conference USA honorable mention...Started 12 games at tight end, ranking second on the team, as he set a school single-season record for tight ends by catching 53 of 83 passes thrown to him (63.86 percent), gaining 557 yards (10.5 avg) with three touchdowns...32 of his catches (60.38 percent) were good for first downs, as he converted 10 of 26 third-down plays (38.46 percent)...Made 20 of his receptions inside the red zone (37.74 percent), including seven on goal-line plays...Six of his catches were for 20 yards or longer...Gained over 100 yards receiving twice, coming in back-to-back games vs. Auburn and Arkansas State. 2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 33-451-13.7-5; 3 Sol-6 TT; Second team All-Conf USA. 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl: Tallied three receptions for 18 yards… also caught a 10 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter … 2007 (r-Jr.): Played in 13 games, starting 12 … Caught 33 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns …2006: 14 GP; 14 GS; Rec: 36-506-14.1-3; Named to the 2006 Coaches' All-Conference USA first team … Selected to the Media's 2006 All-Conference second team … Played in all 14 games as the team's starting tight end …Started in 12 games … 2005: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 35-540-15.4-5; New Orleans Bowl MVP, after registering six catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns … Started the final 11 games of the season … Finished the year with 35 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns … Averaged 15.4 yards per catch … Ranked No. 14 in Conference USA in receiving yards per game (49.09) and No. 19 in receptions per game (3.18) …2004: Redshirted.
*Gerald McRath heading into rJr season: 2008: Earned All-Conference USA first-team honors from the league's coaches...Started all thirteen games at middle linebacker, leading the league and ranking tenth in the nation with an average of 10.54 tackles per game...Led the team for the third consecutive year with 137 tackles (78 solos), as he added 1.5 sacks for minus 7 yards and a pair of quarter-back pressures...His 9.5 stops for losses totaling 33 yards ranked second on the squad...Caused and recovered a pair of fumbles...Also deflected two passes...Made at least eight tackles in eleven contests...McRath started 25 of 36 games for Southern Mississippi, including 21 at middle linebacker and four at the strong-side spot...Recorded 386 tackles (214 solos), ranking third among USM players on the Conference USA career record list and eighth overall, topped by Rod Davis of Southern Mississippi (526, 2000-03), Pernell Griffin of East Carolina (460, 1998-2001), Anthony Cannon of Tulane (437, 2002-05), Michael Boley of Southern Mississippi (423, 2001-04), Kamal Shakir of Memphis (417, 1997-2000), Chris Moore of East Carolina (414, 2002-05) and Hanik Milligan of Houston (405, 2000-02)...His 171 assisted tackles placed fourth on the school's all-time record list behind Clump Taylor (217, 1976-79), Sidney Coleman (195, 1984-87) and Eugene Harmon (184, 1992-95)...McRath's 67 assisted tackles in 2007 rank fourth on the school single-season record list, surpassed by Bud Brown (73 in 1983), Kevin Coley (69 in 2005) and Mike Dennery (69 in 1972)...2007: 13 GP; 12 GS; 71 Sol-139 TT, 11.5 TFL, 4 SK, 3 PBU, 1 FF... 2006: 14 GP; 9 GS; 59 Sol-104 TT, 11 TFL, 2 SK, 1 PBU, 2 FF; Named to the 2006 Freshman All-American team by The Sporting News, FWAA/Scripps and CollegeFootballNews.com. Also selected to the Conference USA 2006 All-Freshman team and All-Conference USA...2005: 2 GP; 2 GS; 5 Sol-6 TT, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Played and started two games, before injuring his knee in the McNeese State game (9/17) … Scored the team's first touchdown of 2005, on a 32-yard interception return against Alabama... 2004: Redshirted.
Jamie Collins heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/52 - Jamie Collins, DE/OLB, 6-3, 250, Southern Mississippi...After trading down in the first round, New England targeted one of its biggest needs with the versatile, athletic pass rusher Collins with its first selection. Collins played safety, linebacker and defensive end, putting up 10 sacks with his hand in the dirt last fall. His exact role on the New England front is unclear, but he will boost the playmaking potential of the defense. - The Sports Xchange
Danny Hrapmann heading into rSr season: 2010: First-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation, first USM All-American since Ray Guy in 1972 … First-team All-Conference USA selection at place kicker ... Lou Groza Award finalist, two-time Groza Award "Star of the Week" for the East Carolina and Tulane games as well as the C-USA's Special Teams Player of the Week following the ECU tilt ... Converted 26-of-31 field goals, 8-11 from 40-plus yards, and all 55 of his PAT attempts ... third nationally in made field goals per game (2.00) and four in scoring (10.23) ... Tops Conference USA in field goal percentage (86.7%) ... Established a school record with five field goals against East Carolina ... Made career-long 54-yard field goal against UAB and had a made 59-yarder against Houston negated by a late timeout call ... Also handles kickoff duties and averages 63.1 yards per kickoff over 88 attempts in 2010, including six touchbacks ... Punted five times for an average of 43.0 yards and a long of 55 and ran for 19 yards on a fake punt deep in the Golden Eagles' own end late against East Carolina. 2009: Played in all 13 games during season … Handled kickoff duties all season and took over place kicking and field goal duties at Houston … Had 75 kickoffs for 4,521 yards (60.3 kick avg.) and five touchbacks … Was 2-of-5 in field goals and 14-of-18 in point-after-touchdown attempts … Hit a season-long, 29-yard field goal at Houston. 2008: Sat out after transferring to Southern Miss. 2007: Made only two extra point attempts in his first year at Southeastern Louisiana … Played in all 11 games for the Lions, primarily handling kickoff duties.
Austin Davis heading into rSr season: 2010: Second team All-Conference USA ... Started in all 12 games ... Thrown for 3,103 yards on 278-of-422 passing attempts (62.9) with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions ... Tied a career-best for TD throws with four in knocking off nationally ranked UCF (11/13) ... Ranked third on the team in rushing with 452 yards and 10 touchdowns on 145 carries ... Notched 111 yards on 17 carries and four rushing scores against Houston, added two TD passes to be named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. 2009: Started first five games this season before suffering a regular season-ending foot injury at UAB (10/1) … Completed 108-of-156 passing attempts (69.2) for 1,165 yards … Threw 10 touchdown passes and just added just two interceptions … Rushed for 63 yards on 50 rushes and two touchdowns. 2008: C-USA All-Freshman selection, also garnered Freshman All-America honors by CollegeFootballNews.com … Started all 13 games … Set Southern Miss season marks for total offensive yards (3,636), completions (261), attempts (454), TDs responsible for (32) … Completed 57.5 percent of his passes … Second on the team in rushing touchdowns (nine) and second in rushing yards (508) … Tossed 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions on the year … New Orleans Bowl MVP returned from injury to throw for 276 yards on 20-of-34 attempts and a pair of touchdowns, added 37 yards rushing. 2007: Redshirted. Personal: Cousin, Jason Smith, was a Major League Baseball outfielder.
Khyri Thornton heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 3/85 - Khyri Thornton, DL, 6-3, 304, Southern Mississippi...Thompson sustained his track record of taking a defensive lineman in the draft, but this pick raised plenty of eyebrows among draft observers. As the Packers reshape the D-line by apparently moving on without veterans Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly, who remain free agents, they are rolling the dice on a 24-year-old rookie from a dismal program who provides versatility and the hope of being disruptive to the football. - The Sports Xchange
Lamar Holmes heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Falcons' picks: Round3/91 - Lamar Holmes, OT, 6-6, 334, Southern Mississippi...He played right and left tackle in junior college. In 2010, he played in all 13 games at Southern Miss, making six starts at left tackle. He was a team captain. He's expected to compete for one of the starting spots. COULD SURPRISE: Tackle Lamar Holmes: He was projected by most to be a late-round pick, but the Falcons liked him in the third round. He's a big, strong and nasty blocker who will get a shot to solidify the left tackle position. - The Sports Xchange
Anthony Gray heading into rSr season: 2009: Had 40 tackles including seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. In addition, he notched one fumble recovery and one forced fumble...2008: A second-team All- Conference USA player by the league's coaches as well as Phil Steele's Magazine ... Played in all 13 games, starting in seven ... Had 29 tackles (16 unassisted, 13 assisted) ... Tallied a team-best six sacks for a total of 55 yards, including a season-high two sacks against Arkansas State (9/13) ...2007: Missed the first seven games due to a foot injury sustained during preseason practice ... Tallied seven tackles (five solo, two assists) for the season...2006: Redshirted.
Ryan McKee heading into Sr season: 2007: Started in all 13 games at right tackle in 2007 and has been in the opening lineup in the last 27 games … Did not allow a sack all season, while tallying two pancake blocks and a team-best 61 knockdowns … Named the Hawg of the Week for the Rice (10/3), Marshall (10/21) and UAB (11/3) games … Helped Southern Miss set the season record for total offense (4,727) as the Golden Eagles had a 1,000 rusher and 2,000 yards rushing for the second-straight season … 2007 Preseason Honors: Named All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports (second team)...2006: Participated in 961 total snaps, including 895 on offense and 66 on special teams … Helped pave the way for Southern Miss' first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002 … Assisted the Golden Eagles to finish with over 2,000 yards rushing for the first time since 1987 … Part of the Golden Eagle offense that set the single-season total offense record (4,635) … Earned Hawg of the Week for the UCF (9/26) game … Tallied 58 knockdowns during the campaign … Added five pancakes and allowed just four sacks … 2005: Played in three games …Finished the year with three knockdowns and one pancake … Did not allow a sack.
DeAndre Brown heading into Jr season: 2010: Missed seven games during the year with a lower leg strain ... Totaled 16 catches for 264 yards ... Caught at least three passes in four of the five games that he played ... Best game of season came in which he caught five passes for 100 yards against Prairie View (9/11), for the seventh 100-yard receiving game of his career ...2009: Returned from previous season's leg injury, a broken leg in the opening quarter in the New Orleans Bowl, and appeared in 11 games, starting three ... Did not appear in the season opener against Alcorn State (9/5) due to recovery from his previous season leg injury and missed the UAB game (10/1) due to a shoulder injury ... Led the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions ... Had 785 yards on 47 catches with nine touchdowns ...2008: Freshman of the Year in C-USA by The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... Tabbed first-team Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com ... The only freshman to earn first-team All-Conference USA honors by the league's 12 coaches ... Recorded more touchdown receptions than any other freshman in the school's history with 12, which also ranks second on the single-season school chart ... Broke the school single-season mark for most receptions with 67 during freshman campaign ... Suffered severe leg break in opening quarter of R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
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