Jeremy Hester profile
Hester, a running back in High School, is quickly adjusting to life at the Division One level. Behind a plethora of running backs at Southern Miss, the coaches knew they had to find a way to get the speedster into games.
“I don’t think there is to much of a difference from High School because I am fast,” he said of the adjustment.
“I feel the tempo is very different, and it is a faster pace and a lot of people have to learn to adjust to that, but I came in fast already and I think that has helped my adjustment so far. I think I am doing ok.”
He earned his right to playing time on special teams as a part of the kickoff return team. Off to a great start, Hester has shown that he belongs on this level with his break away speed.
In 6 attempts this season, he has 121 return yards for an average of 20 yards per return. Against Kansas, he had a big return to the 50 called back because of a penalty.
“Hitting it full speed is the key to a good return,” he said. “You have to make sure you catch the ball and if you hit it full speed you can really turn it into something.”
Hester said he credits a lot of his early success to two players who have taken an invested interest in the young freshman.
“One of them is VJ Floyd, also Austin Davis,” Hester said when asked who has played a leadership role to him. “They are really good mentors for me, and I appreciate them being on this team and taking time to help me out and correcting me on some things that I need to be corrected on. I’d definitely say those two.”
Seeing the field, Hester says, and his experience he is getting this season will pay big dividends as he continues his career with the Golden Eagles.
“I think the experience will help me down the line as far as playing time,” he said. “Once I get the offense down pat I will get more time at running back. As a true freshman I am getting a good feel of the game and pace of the game. It can only help me out down the line.”