The Golden Eagles had a banner season in 2011. They won 12 games, beat undefeated Houston in the Conference USA Championship game and beat Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl. Quarterback Austin Davis threw for 3,496 yards and 30 touchdowns. Southern Mississippi used a running back by committee as four backs had over 400 yards and averaged over 5 yards a carry. The Golden Eagle defense was good versus the run only giving up 118 yards a game.
Southern Mississippi will have to replace Davis at quarterback but return the top four rushers from 2011. The top two receivers graduated but a solid core returns. Most of the front seven have to be replaced and only four starters return overall on the defense. New coach Ellis Johnson will be inheriting a solid team. If the defense can be retooled another run at the C-USA title is possible. 8 wins for Southern Miss. The 2013 basketball schedule is now available here, purchase your tickets today.
|Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles||Jan 16, 2013
|UCF Knights vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles||Feb 6, 2013
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