5 Questions For Spring Practice

5 Questions For Spring Practice

Gone are big play receivers DeAndre Brown and Johdrick Morris. As we head into the start of spring practice, our second question we look into is who steps into the big play role at Wide receiver?

His career at Southern Miss fell short of the huge expectations. Injuries kept DeAndre Brown from becoming the type of receiver he was as a true freshman, or had potential to be in his shortened career at Southern Miss.

Every time he stepped on the field, defenses took notice. Even at 70%, heck, even 50% the guy was so talented he drew double teams. Everyone knew when his time came for a shot at the NFL, he just had to take it. It is disappointing only to think about what could have been for Brown and USM, but we hope he can make it huge in the NFL.

On a side note, regardless of the negative comments he may receive, DeAndre Brown loved Southern Miss, and will always be proud to wear the black and gold.

Who now is the guy looked upon now that #5 has moved on?

No need to fear for those who follow Southern Miss, they are absolutely loaded at wide receiver for years to come.

The spread offense has turned the attention of some big time wide receivers, knowing they will have plenty of opportunities to turn heads and make a name for themselves in this offense. They also will have a pretty good senior quarterback who excels at spreading the ball around.

Our question is, who is going to be THE guy?

There certainly are several candidates. In this system too, there really doesn't need to be a guy, but many guys who can all make plays. Southern Miss will have no problem finding guys to fill those roles this upcoming season.

Remember the name Jhyryn Taylor. Originally signed with LSU, the playmaker found himself behind a few of the best receivers in the country in Baton Rouge, and wanted to play. Reports from our staff are that he is every bit as good as some of the talented athletes LSU throws out there year in and year out at receiver. Expect Taylor to come in and have an immediate impact.

Kelvin Bolden established himself as a go-to guy for Austin Davis when Brown was out. Bolden proved he could be a home run hitter as well as make the tough catch across the middle. Last season he caught 46 passes for 722 yards, and led the team with 6 Touchdowns.

"Peanut" is the front runner to be the number one receiver for Davis and the Eagles next season.

Competing for that position and one to continue recent success is Quinton Pierce. Brown's cousin made a name for himself by being reliable and also possessing big play potential. Pierce caught 38 passes for 454 yards and 4 TD's, despite battling injury all season.

Perhaps the biggest story of the year in the wide receiver ranks was the emergence of two true freshmen who made a huge splash last season.

Dominique Sullivan, originally signed as a QB out of high school, but was too good of an athlete to keep off the field. I spoke with one staff member who guaranteed Sullivan will be playing on Sunday's when it is all said and done. Long and athletic, with great hands, Sullivan is still learning the position. Once he gets it, watch out, he has the potential to jump right to the top.

Marquese Triplett also showed flashes of greatness. With great size and speed, Triplett also demonstrates strength across the middle. He and Sullivan will be a great tandum for Southern Miss for years to come, and a pair of tall, lengthy targets.

Don't sleep on the veterans who quietly put up solid numbers last season. In William Spight, (25 for 219) and Ryan Balentine (11 for 82), Southern Miss has a pair of guys who can make the big catch for a first down, and provide great depth in a spread offense.

The class of 2011 brings in Chris Briggs of Franklinton, LA, who is another tall receiver, and may be the stud of this class. If he can come in the pick up the offense, he may be one that could be counted on as a freshman next season.

One position that will not be lacking next season is right here at wide receiver. There is some serious talent still remaining despite Brown and Morris' departure. With several budding stars and solid talent already in place, this offensive machine will continue to roll on.

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