Impact Freshmen: Markese Triplett

Impact Freshmen: Markese Triplett

Coach Fedora and his staff have worked hard to bring in recruiting classes that fans knew would get to play right away. Each week GoldenEaglePride.com is featuring those freshmen who are making an immediate impact and seeing playing time in their first year at USM. Today after practice, we talked with wide receiver Markese Triplett.

Markese Triplett profile

The Louisville, MS native came into camp with high expectations, and he has not disappointed since arriving on campus. The talent has been there, the only question about playing time was his ability to pick up the details of the spread offense.

"The biggest adjustment for me has been probably focus," said the 6'4 freshman.

"In High School I felt like I really didn't have to do a lot, I would just get open and they would throw me the ball. You have to know, in Division One football, your assignment and the defensive assignment to anticipate what they are going to do."

He has adjusted well after the natural learning curve that comes with being a newcomer to the system. "At first I was kind of shaky because it was difficult to memorize all the plays," he said.

"As I got in and started getting comfortable I started picking up the keys about how the plays were called, and I adjusted to it well."

As is true for the success of any freshman, Triplett points to two players who have been crucial in his development.

"It would probably be Quentin Pierce, just the way his attitude is," he said. "Pierce is just a great well rounded guy and he has really helped me a lot.

"C.J. Bailey as well has been key in my development as well. He has his head on straight and he has the determination to win. It would definitely be those two guys."

Triplett is fortunate to be coached by Kasey Dunn who has NFL experience and has brought a new attitude to the receiving core. "He preaches compete to me," he said. "He has that on his car tag, one word, ‘compete.' He expects us to go out and work hard and not to make any excuses.

"He is one of the best coaches I have ever had because he really teaches us and takes us inside the game."

Triplett is not only very talented, but he has a bright future ahead as a Golden Eagle because he has the right attitude about the game. "It means a lot to be a Golden Eagle," he said.

"Before the season, one of my goals was to come in and at least play one play this season. I told Coach Dunn my first play I wanted to block somebody. I told him I don't even care about catching a pass; I just want to block someone. At Southern Miss, we have a lot of tradition and it just means a lot to be a part of that."

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