The offensive line will get some help from Joe Duhon
, who will be playing in his first game in over a month. Duhon had a second degree MCL sprain and it was thought that he would be able to return after two weeks. However, he was slow to recover and wasn't in full game form until the beginning of last week.
"I'm doing well right now," Duhon said. "It is just good to get back in to the swing of things."
Duhon has been ready to go for the past week, but the bye week has helped him get back in shape after his extended stay on the injury report.
"The bye week has helped me get back in shape and get used to the tempo of the game," Duhon said. "It has helped me work off some of this fat I gained during my absence."
After such a long time on the sidelines, Duhon says that he has never been more ready to take the field again.
"It hurt me to be on the sidelines watching my team play and knowing that I couldn't be out there to help them," Duhon said.
Duhon is ready to get out on the field, but he was impressed with the way that the offensive line played during his absence.
"They played real well," Duhon said "A lot of people that never played at certain spots played well. Guys like Austin Quattrochi and James Brady really stepped it up and now I have got to get back and compete for my spot."
The Golden Eagles will also have Quentin Pierce returning to the lineup against the Blazers. Pierce has had a string of bad luck, seemingly having an injury of some sort in every game this season. The week off has allowed Pierce to be at 100% as the Eagles enter their final stretch of conference games.
"It doesn't seem like I can catch a break, but I hope I can now," Pierce said. "I am back to being healthy now and I am just trying to stay that way."
Coach Fedora is hopeful that Quentin will be able to fully contribute by the time Saturday rolls around.
"Quentin has looked good in practice," Fedora said "In fact, I don't think that he has missed a rep. So yeah, I think that he will be ready."
Southern Miss will be taking on a UAB team that is coming off a heartbreaking loss against Mississippi State. UAB has taken two SEC teams down to the wire this season and will be out for blood against Southern Miss.
Southern Miss will take on the Blazers Saturday, Oct. 30th at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
Southern Miss is coming off of a much needed bye week to face the UAB Blazers Saturday. The bye week has allowed most of the players to get back healthy for their contest against the Blazers.