Briggs Making The Adjustment

Briggs Making The Adjustment

Southern Miss has a few true freshmen who are making an impact in their first season. One is wide receiver Chris Briggs, who has come in and given some depth at that position. With each game, he looks more and more comfortable, and he talked after practice with about his early success.

Briggs, impressive 6'4 wide receiver from Franklinton, Louisiana, wasn't sure what type of role he'd be asked to take this year. With his teammates encouraging him, he just kept working and hoping his opportunity might come this year.

"Really it is just all a blessing and working hard to try and get noticed in high school," he said, when asked to look back to the journey that has gotten him to this point.

"That hard work has generaged and just carried over. What I did in high school caught a few eyes to get me to where I am now. I am just thanking God for everything that He has blessed me with and the opportunity to be where I am now."

His opporunity has led him to more than just mop up duty. Briggs has become a bonified threat for the Eagles, and one Austin Davis has started looking to more and more.

The most difficult part, he says, has been in learning the system.

"To be honest with you, the hardest part has been learning the playbook," he said. "Staying in the film room and learning how the cornerbacks are going to play us, and just seeing the difference between high school and college cornerbacks."

Briggs has done his homework in the film room. He talked about the upcoming game and opponent in East Carolina next weekend.

"East Carolina shows a lot of different looks, and they show some that we have not seen so far this season," he said.

"We see what they will be able to do, but we went over it in camp. They will do a lot of things to try and disguise what they do coverage wise, but we'll be ready."

Interestingly, Briggs said that it has been more than just the wide receivers that have been encouraging and teaching him. He's even had a lot from the other side of the ball.

"The cornerbacks, and going up against them day in and day out has helped make me the player I am today," he said. "They basically told me what it is going to take to be successful here."

"The defense has kept me up, and they have told me that I'm ready for this level.

"Also the offensive players and coaches have had a big influence on me," he added. They have kept me accountable and working. William Spight has been a great role model for me and has taught me a lot."

"Dom Sullivan, Marquese Triplett, and I have been in the same boat, playing early so those guys have been a good support to me. They told me the little things they went through, and to fight through being picked on by the older guys and stuff."

He talked about his first experience as an Eagle.

"I broke my redshirt against SE Louisiana," he said. "It felt so good to be on the field, but I knew I wouldn't be a main guy. The coaches told me I had what it takes to get on the field. They stayed on me and I made it, it has been a thrill to get to play at this level."

Briggs is just getting started. He has 4 catches for 38 yards, but is seeing his playing time go up and is becoming more of a target for Davis.

One thing is for certain, the future at wide receiver is very bright with Briggs waiting in the wings. Recommended Stories

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