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Lofty donation leads USM receives to ‘Lofty Return’ research grant Crystal Garner
The University of Southern Mississippi will take soaring to new heights with the contribution of a pair of golden eagle statues from Southern Miss alumnus, Chuck Scianna. The statues are scheduled to be dedicated and unveiled Thurs., Oct. 24, two days before USM’s Homecoming football game. The piece, designed by artist and sculptor David Anderson, is called ‘Lofty Return’ and will display an eagle landing on a branch. The All-American Rose Garden will be home to the 30-feet-tall statue. A smaller version will be erected on the Gulf Coast campus, representing the unity of the two. Anderson regards Scianna’s generosity as an act of paying it forward to inspire other alumni. “Lofty goals, ideas and expectations, and here you are returning to the place where you nurtured some of those feelings,” Anderson said. “Now you’re hoping to give others the opportunity.” The statue will be constructed of bronze with a stainless steel substructure and armature running throughout the piece anchored into concrete. The sculpture is supposed to resist harsh weather conditions. “We’re hoping it stays in place as long as your buildings stay in place,” Anderson said. “(This is) a very large piece, this is going to be a major, major monument.” While the exact cost of the structure is confidential between the sculptor and client, everything is being donated by Scianna, excluding the eight-
The renewal of an $18 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will enable researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi to continue research in biomedical sciences. The grant, which has been in effect for 12 years, was recently renewed through 2018. Glen Shearer and Mohamed Elasri, professors in the biological sciences department, are the principal investigators for the grant. NIH grants allow educators and researchers to enhance the level of scientific study at research institutions and undergraduate schools. “It speaks volumes about the quality of biomedical research going on at USM that we were able to win this award,” said Vice President for Research Gordon Cannon. “We look forward to another five years of a very vigorous research program.” Because of this grant, researchers at Southern Miss are able to focus on health issues such as cancer research, diabetes research, heart disease, teen pregnancy, obesity and sexually transmitted diseases – some of the top issues and health disparities plaguing Mississippians today. “As we all know, Miss. suffers from the worst health in the nation. We are, unfortunately, number one in obesity; number one in cardiovascular deaths; tremendously high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure,”
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The pictured version of David Anderson’s ‘Lofty Return’ statue will be similar to the one he is sculpting for USM.
feet concrete base. According to USM Sculptor and Ceramics professor Jennifer Torres, the project could get pricey. “Adding in the infrastructure, the university’s contribution, the man power, the material and the time for the artist, it could easily reach $100,000.” In regards to communicating the art plans on campus, Torres
raised concern. “It’s excellent that someone loves the university this much that they would donate such an expensive gift, but it’s coming here without us really knowing about it,” she said. “It’s almost as if you’re the athletic director and someone starts a new team, and
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Dr. Glen Shearer
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Shearer said. “But one bright thing in this picture is something that we’re not short of and that’s brain power.” The program’s mission is to reach every college student across Miss. in hopes of providing them with research and training opportunities in the biomedical sciences. The NIH developed a national program called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence. The INBRE network, which Southern Miss is a member of, provides the funding for the grant. USM serves as the leading research institution in the INBRE network, which includes five research-intensive institutions across the
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Thursday, September 5, 2013 EAGLE STATUE, from 1 you know nothing about it.” Despite finances and communication, she said it will be interesting to see the visual impact of the statues. Southern Miss senior, Jennifer Prescott, spoke of the February tornado damage and said the piece could represent the spirit of USM. “Maybe they will stand the test of times if we ever have another unfortunate natural disas-
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RESEARCH GRANT, from 1 ter,” Prescott said. “Having the eagle there still standing would be a beacon of pride.” “The tornado ruined a lot but made everyone closer,” she said. “Maybe the statues will help with that too.” Soon, the Hattiesburg community and visitors will be able to look from Hardy Street and view the golden eagle statue with pride.
state. These include Southern Miss, The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University and The University of Mississippi Medical Center. The network also includes six partner undergraduate institutions as well as most of the state’s junior colleges. “We could not do this work without funding from the Na-
tional Institutes of Health,” Shearer said. “This is a statewide effort.” “These two researchers are on the front-line of cuttingedge research that’s changing the lives of Mississippians,” said Southern Miss President Rodney Bennett. “I cannot think of any (research) work that’s more significant than the work that’s being done in this area.”
For more information about the Mississippi INBRE program, visit http://www.msinbre.net/. For more information about the department of biological sciences at Southern Miss visit http://www. usm.edu/biological-sciences/ or call 601.266.4748.
Community service beneﬁts students Darryl Robertson Printz Reporter The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement has seen a 50 percent increase in community service hours in the past five years. During the 2012-2013 school year, student volunteers completed more than 90,000 hours of community service. By partnering with local, regional and state institutions, students made a difference by volunteering to tutor after-school, serve meals at homeless shelters and help the elderly at retirement homes. Joshua Duplantis, director of the CCCE, said the increase in hours is a result of the 20 - 30 community service events they participate in per semester. However, community service is not all work. Duplantis tries to make it fun by encouraging students to volunteer in areas they enjoy. “If they have an interest in something, we can help them get engaged in it,” Duplantis said. In fall 2012, 14 Southern Miss students traveled to Houma, La. to help revive the Old Montegut Indian
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Members of the Hattiesburg community and Southern Miss students volunteer downtown at The Venue by making and boxing lunches for relief workers and victims on Tuesday Feb. 12 after a tornado tore through the area.
School, a historic building owned by the United Houma Nation. Students also traveled to Atlanta to take a closer look at issues affecting urban areas. Students wanting to volunteer are eligible for pay if they are accepted into AmeriCorps,
a nationally known community service program. “Once a student finishes the program, they get a $1,175 scholarship from the federal government,” Duplantis said. Duplantis added that the CCCE has full and part-time positions
CPC earns prestigious Excellence Award Nikki Smith Printz Reporter
The University of Southern Mississippi’s College Panhellenic Council (CPC) was one of 14 colleges, chosen from a pool of approximately 600 schools, to receive the College Panhellenic Excellence Award from the National Panhellenic Council (NPC). The top scoring groups are recognized based on academics, programming and community relations. Southern Miss’ CPC, comprised of seven national Greek sororities, was the only college in Mississippi
to receive the Excellence Award. “NPC received scores of nominations to recognize the outstanding work and achievements of undergraduate sorority women who are working together,” said Nicki Meneley, Executive Director of the conference. “These awards are given to those who are following the exemplary standards set for Panhellenic women.” Southern Miss was chosen for excelling in the seven core functions: recruitment, Panhellenic structure, communication with NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, academics and Panhellenic community impact and relations.
“This award shows that the Southern Miss Greek experience stands out among the rest in the nation,” said Serena Williams, CPC president. “Receiving this award was possible because each of the vice presidents went above and beyond their call of duty. They are all innovative and passionate women that care about bettering our Panhellenic community.” This award shows that when we all work together we can achieve anything,” said Melissa Sharp, assistant director of Greek Life. “It reflects what our organization is already doing and highlights the strengths of the community.”
available for students interested in tutoring at Hattiesburg schools. If hired, each student receives a $1,000 monthly stipend. Some students are also paid $10 per hour for talking to Hatties-
burg High School students about junior colleges, universities and vocational schools. Duplantis stressed the importance of volunteer work as a learning tool. “It helps students understand where they fit in as citizens and how important it is to be involved,” he said. “(It helps you) make sure you are doing your part for the well-being for the people around you.” On Sept. 21, 2013, members of the CCCE will help clean up Okatoma Creek in Seminary, Miss., and in spring 2014, volunteers will travel to the Mississippi Delta and Canada to do community service. Students interested in volunteering with the Center for Community and Civic Engagement must be in good standing in the community and with the university, and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. For more information about the Center for Community and Civic Engagement call 601.266.5074 or visit their website at www.usm. edu/center-community-and-civic-engagement.
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Navigating financial aid at USM April Garon Printz Reporter It’s a new semester and students are dealing with the stress of new surroundings, new classes and new roommates. David Williamson, director of financial aid, wants to make sure students don’t stress over the financial aid process. “You have enough to stress out about when you come back to campus,” Williamson said. “The key is to have everything done before you leave school the previous semester.” Sifting through the many financial aid options available can be intimidating, but the financial aid website lists frequently asked questions and provides download links for necessary forms. Hannah Bolton, financial aid counselor for communications, expressed the importance of staying plugged in to SOAR and campus email accounts. “The majority of our communications are done electronically,” Bolton said. “Checking your SOAR account and campus email frequently can save a trip to the office.” When checking SOAR, Williamson said two important things to
check are the “to-do list” and whether the student has a prior balance from the previous semester. “If they have a balance carrying over that prevents them from completing the next semester’s process because their classes were dropped,” Williamson said. “Check the to-do list that details what we are asking for and fill out the paperwork completely.” Once students have completed the FAFSA application, paid prior balances and completed paperwork, Bolton said they can continue to check their SOAR and campus email for updates, and contact the office for any questions or concerns they may have. “They can email or call to check with us to make sure we have everything in their file,” Bolton said. “If they want to stop by and meet with a counselor personally they can do so as well.” Applying early for financial aid is important to improve the chances of getting limited and competitive funding such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, WorkStudy and Perkins loans. If students didn’t get their financial aid taken care of early, they can
still get the necessary information to the office to receive funds. But Williamson said students need to be patient when working with the financial aid counselors. “They need to be prepared to wait,” Williamson said. “There are a bunch of students and we can’t process them all overnight.” “We try to do our best and caught up prior to the semester that way we can handle the volume, but they
need to be prepared,” he added. Refunds are issued two weeks after classes start. Bolton said if students have concerns about their refund, they should check with the Business Services office in Forrest County Hall. Williamson also advised students to check their account and make sure all fees are paid before spending their refund. He also urged students use their refund for necessities only.
Tonieria Robinson, an interdisiplinary studies senior from Hattiesburg, talks to a financial aid counselor on Tuesday at the Financial Aid Office in Kennard-Washington Hall.
“Students need to have a budget lined up of what their living expenses are going to be monthly and allocate some of their refund towards that and put some of it in a happy day fund for spending on having fun,” Williamson said. “Establish two different places to deposit so that you don’t get them mixed up. He also addressed the recent emails sent out by the Financial Aid office regarding phishing scams. “No legitimate source or reputable university would request a student’s bank account information by phone, and students are advised to treat such calls as phishing attempts,” Williamson said. “Be very wary of anything of that nature.” Williamson said the number one thing to remember is that the counselors at the Financial Aid office are there for the students and are on their side. “Students need to realize we are here for them— we wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the students,” Williamson said. “We try to do the best we can to process their aid so they won’t be stressed out about money.” For more information, visit their website www.usm.edu/financial-aid or call 601.266.4774.
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Faces of USM We ask, you answer.
What does your major mean to you? Brandy Phillips Psychology Junior Yazoo City, MS Kourtney Baker Media Production Sophomore Slidell, LA Interview and Photo by
I want to be a military psychologist. The mind is the root of alot of issues we have today like crime. All but one of my older sibling are in the military. I want to be a military psychologist because they deserve help the most, they need it.
I love having the ability to create new worlds for people. I’ve always loved movies and TV, I am excited to have a hand in creating what I love.
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Your guide to Southern Miss parking Yolanda Cruz Printz Reporter Anyone who drives a car to school can say they are not fond of the parking situation on campus. However, parking is a necessary evil, and there are some important do’s and don’ts of where to park your car. Here are some tips to avoid parking fines, or worse, retrieve your car after it was towed. First, get a parking decal. I can’t stress that enough. Some students feel they can get away with moving their cars every so often to avoid getting a ticket. I speak from personal experience that parking management will find your car and will not hesitate to ticket you for not having a decal. Just get the decal and save yourself the worry. Next, be aware of what parking lot your car is in. Every parking area on campus is designated for specific groups. There are residential, commuter, faculty/staff, Village, handicapped and visitor parking spots, all of which require a certain decal. Signs are usually posted near that parking area to designate what vehicles with what decals can legally park there. Here’s a
tip, Open Zone means any car with a valid decal is able to access that lot, but those lots are few and far between. Know the exceptions. Students are allowed to park in faculty/staff parking areas after 5 p.m. on weekdays. However, these spaces have to be vacated by 7:30 a.m. the next morning. Metered parking spots can be your friend. Those have no decal restrictions at all. Don’t forget to fill the meters, though. You can’t get mad if you have a ticket on your car and the meter already expired. “If you are a commuter, come early to get a parking spot,” said Matthew Snyder, a senior psychology major. Other students might understand that there is traffic and you might have to circle a parking lot five times trying to find a spot, but the professors may not care. Some professors even count tardies as absences, and that might result in points off your grade. Finally, read the USM Mailouts. So many people say they ignore those, but those emails are filled with useful information. One thing always published in the USM Mailouts
are road and parking lot closures. Pay attention to those to avoid an even bigger parking headache. Not everyone likes the parking situation on campus, but it’s
something we all have to deal with. Follow these tips and your life on campus will be a whole lot easier.
This was an article of opinion by Yolanda Cruz, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to yolanda.cruz@eagles. usm.edu.
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Golden Eagles soccer team plays big at home Alan Rawls Printz Reporter The Southern Miss soccer team (3-0-1) tacked on two more victories this weekend as they opened their home schedule in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Golden Eagles began with a big 8-0 win over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions (0-4) on Friday, then capped the weekend with a double overtime 1-0 win against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (3-1). In Friday’s game, the Eagles bombarded the Lady Lions’ with 42 shots, 55 percent of which were on goal. While UAPB keeper Alyssa Cobbs made 15 saves, but could not stop seven USM players from scoring. After five minutes of play, Danica Roberts, the senior forward from West Yorkshire, England, scored the first goal off an assist from Mischa Tice. USM later added four unassisted goals, scored by Chelsea Cruthirds, Missy Wentz, Somer Jones and Anya Koren. “It was a great win,” said Mo-
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Senior goalkeeper, Lindsey Schwaner, dives to block the ball during the season opener.
hammed El-Zare, USM’s head coach. “What I liked the most was that we came out and, right away, dictated the tempo of the game and scored some early goals. To me, that shows that there is a maturity on this team. We came in and set the tone early.”
USM’s defense was just as impressive, not allowing UAPB to get off any shots. Sunday’s game, however, was a very different story. Though USM handed Southeastern its first loss of the season, the win did not come easily. The Lions popped off 13 shots,
and Southeastern Louisiana keeper Hope Sabadash recorded 11 saves with only one goal against in over 104 minutes of play. USM outperformed the Lions with 22 shots and a goal in the 104th minute, scored by Missy Wentz, a redshirt senior from Katy, Texas.
Wentz scored off an assist from redshirt freshman Kay Kay Hypolite, a Hattiesburg native and Oak Grove High School alum. Like USM’s other games, keepers Lindsey Schwaner and Brittany Taylor have shared goalkeeper duties. The duo combined for nine saves against the Lions, but it was Taylor who stopped the Lions from tasting victory in the first overtime. With two minutes left to play Taylor made a diving save to prevent Southeastern’s Casey Peacock from scoring an unassisted goal. “I am so proud of this entire team,” El Zare said after the game. “We played a great match against a solid, well-coached team. We were aggressive and controlled the tempo of the match and gave ourselves a lot of chances… I could not be prouder.” USM’s home stretch continues this weekend, as the Eagles will play South Alabama at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, followed by a Sunday game against Mississippi State at 1 p.m.
Program trains students for ﬁrst 5K Sarah Turnage Printz Reporter If you’ve ever been interested in running a 5K or living a healthier lifestyle, but have
shied away from gyms or more advanced programs, The University of Southern Mississippi Student Health Services has a solution for you. The solution is the seventh
annual ‘My First 5K’ which is an eight week training program that introduces beginners to running and exercise without fear or intimidation. The program provides train-
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ing up to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Trainers not only teach the proper way to reach the goal of running in a 5K race, they also provide much needed motivation. Following an eight week training period, participants will have acquired the necessary skills to compete in the 5K run which will be hosted on the USM campus on Nov. 2 at 8 a.m. Jodi Ryder, USM’s Health Educator, and the Student Health Services began ‘My First 5K’ seven years ago in an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle on campus. “We wanted to provide a program, another outlet, another resource on our campus to get people involved in a healthy lifestyle,” Ryder said. Katie Sheridan, Ryder’s graduate assistant, is one of the trainers in the program and she believes that the ‘My First 5K’ is a great way to start towards a healthy lifestyle. “It’s somewhere to start for people who necessarily don’t run or don’t feel healthy. This is a baby step,” added Sheridan. Jodi Ryder, USM’s Health Educator, recognizes that the University should offer a healthy lifestyle both for mind and body
and that many of us fear that we are in worse shape than others. This fear and other poor choices, such as inactivity due to long hours in the library or the extralarge, extra whipped cream coffee lead to further inactivity and even unhealthier choices. Sheridan also believes that the program is great way for students to meet other students. “They can meet other people who are in the same position they are in.” “In a training program, everyone feels the same way as you and is working towards goals just like you,” said Sarah Hughes, a sophomore accounting major and avid 5K runner. “Whether you can only run for a minute or only walk for five, no goal is unreachable with patience, motivation and hard work ... the feeling of crashing the end line for the first time is incredibly rewarding, addictive and incomparable,” Hughes said. Registration for the ‘My First 5K’ training program is on Thurs., Sept. 5 at the Payne Center Atrium from 4 - 6 p.m. and costs $20. Training begins on Sept. 10.
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The good, bad and the ugly of college football: the ugly
Joshua Campbell Sports Editor College football is an unprecedented position; its popularity is rivaled by no other sport, but it has been at the center of damaging scrutiny for years. At this point, none of the negative occurrences that have found their way to the spotlight have ruined college football, but they are getting closer and closer. The main issue with college football is that everyone involved is profiting from the product on the field except the players. That’s the argument being tossed around by analysts, but it’s not entirely true. The most recent occurrence is the case of Johnny Manziel or Johnny Football as most college football fans know him. Manziel was accused of accepting a large sum of cash in exchange for providing autographs to a sports memorabilia broker. He was seen flashing loads of cash at a casino, sitting courtside at Miami Heat games and being late to the Manning passing
camp after a night out drinking. Is it necessarily wrong for Manziel to be paid for his own name, brand and persona? According to the NCAA, it is. Manziel was suspended for only one half against Rice Saturday after there was not enough proof to say he received any money for his autographs. The NCAA said that he should have known not to sign a large amount of items because they would inevitably be sold for profit. The majority of the players on the field on Saturdays are receiving a college education for their services that they would not get otherwise. What these college players do not realize is that a college degree is enough payment for their services on the gridiron. Only 1.7 percent of college football players make it in the NFL. That is an extreme minority. The other 98.3 percent needs to realize the reality of the game and be grateful that they are being given the opportunity to earn a degree and succeed in their lives after football. The majority of regular col-
lege students are forced to drown themselves with student loans while football players on scholarships have their college paid for in full. Granted, these players don’t have time to work part-time jobs to earn spending money, but the opportunity to receive a degree without having to pay a dime toward their education is well worth their services on the field. Then, there is the case of Ed O’Bannon vs. EA Sports. For years, EA Sports has made tons of money off the NCAA Football series. The games have been based off all the Football Bowl Subdivision schools and all their student athletes that play football. While the players’ names are not in the games, their “likeness” is. Every player in the game is a representation of the actual players that strap up on Saturdays. They are always close to the same height and weight, wear the same numbers, visors, arm bands and their player ratings represent the players’ actual abilities and playing styles. But not a single one of those
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players are asked if their likeness can be used or are compensated for the games. Yet the players used in the games cannot wait to buy them because they finally get to play as themselves. The only reason this is an issue is because one person wanted to make some quick cash and a name for himself. There are a few different scenarios that could play out as a result. Future lawsuits by former players could spell death for the successful video game. Players could ultimately be compensated on some sort of level whether it be after they graduate or while they are in school. The latter is highly unlikely. EA Sports could continue to make the game and hope they don’t get sued for everything, which is the most likely case. The last scenario could involve EA Sports using fake players in place of players’ likenesses which would make consumers quit buying the game. Another scandal that has put a black eye on college football was the Ohio State tattoo scandal that cost the Buckeyes a
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chance at a BCS Championship in 2012. They went 12-0, but were ineligible for the postseason as part of the penalty handed down by the NCAA. They were ineligible because Buckeyes’ players sold their memorabilia, received free tattoos, cash, cars, meals, etc. They were found guilty of nearly everything they were accused of and former head coach Jim Tressel took the fall because he didn’t come forward with the information after he was notified about it. As a result, OSU received a one-year bowl ban and countless players were suspended. Had they not received a bowl ban, Ohio State would have been in the title game and would have saved us from all having to sit through Alabama dismantling Notre Dame. All these scandals are damaging to the game on and off the field but the NCAA has yet to find a way to fix the culture of college football.
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USM travels to play No. 22 Nebraska Judge Lucas Sports Reporter Coming off a disappointing season-opening loss, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles will begin a threegame road trip by visiting Memorial Stadium to play the 22nd ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers Sept. 7. Week two for the Eagles will be an away game following the university’s decision to allow Nebraska to host the game for $2.125 million. The Rock’s loud atmosphere engulfing head coach Todd Monken’s debut was short-lived when the Eagles gave away possessions early in the Texas State loss. Despite taking the lead from a Corey Acosta 36-yard field goal with fewer than six minutes remaining in the fourth, the Eagles could not preserve the victory. In a surprising move, Calif. transfer Allan Bridgford started for the Eagles and threw 53 passes in the new Monken-style offense, completing 28 for 377 yards and a touchdown. The burden of extra passes came after failing to establish a solid running game. The Eagles defense only surrendered 15 points and held Texas State to 134 yards passing
USA TODAY Sports Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez passed for a career-high 354 yards and ﬁve touchdowns against Southern Miss last year. USM’s front seven will need to limit his passing and running.
and 81 yards on the ground. However, Nebraska is coming off a three-point win against Wyoming. Winning their 28th straight opener, the Cornhuskers had two late turnovers that almost cost them the game. Backed by Taylor Martinez’s three touchdowns in the air and Imani Cross’ two on the ground, Nebraska was able to overcome the adversity and cement their seasonopening win. Southern Miss would like to add a win to the pedestrian 1-3 overall record against the Cornhuskers and will have the opportunity with their first-ever ap-
pearance on the Big Ten Network. Monken’s previous success at Oklahoma State as offensive coordinator relied heavily on setting up a running game to condense the defense for passing later. He’ll need to pull a page from that book and utilize Tyre Bracken and Kendrick Hardy against a Nebraska defense that gave up 219 yards on the ground. “They are a good football team,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said about the Eagles in a recent interview. “I know they turned the ball over, but they threw for a lot of yards. They have a quarterback that can sling it.”
Bridgford’s Week one performance ranks him second in Conference USA in yards passing behind East Carolina’s Shane Carden. Bridgford should be able to build on his previous success as he separates himself from the offseason quarterback duel and can now receive the majority of the reps in practice. He’ll have the chance to continue his success as Nebraska gave up 383 yards passing against Wyoming. Bridgford showed early signs of chemistry with his young receiving corps. Ricky Bradley Jr., playing in his first Golden Eagles game, caught seven passes for 193 yards, the fourth-best total of yards in a single game in school history. Tyre’oune Holmes caught 12 passes for 96 yards. The reception total ties for second-most by a Golden Eagle in a single game and most by an Eagles player appearing in his first game. The Eagles defense will face a Nebraska team that dominated on the ground in their opener. The Cornhuskers ran 63 times for 375 yards and two touchdowns. However, Martinez was injured, but will play this weekend. “I felt pretty sore,” Martinez said after being asked how he felt on Sunday. “I just have to get used to being hit again.”
The Eagles’ front seven will need to limit Martinez to passing and keep him in the pocket to mitigate his ability to extend plays or scramble for first downs. Martinez rushed for 80 yards against Wyoming. In last year’s matchup, USM was able to do just that, but Martinez torched them through the air for a career-high 354 yards and five touchdowns. Southern Miss lost to Nebraska to open the 2012 season 49-20. The Cornhuskers also added 278 yards on the ground. “They’re fast, and they play a confusing defense,” Martinez said. “I know they’re very athletic.” With so many plays on the ground, time of possession will be an enormous factor. The Eagles will need to minimize turnovers and keep the Cornhuskers from draining the clock every drive. Southern Miss held the ball eight fewer minutes than Texas State. “They are obviously better than the score they put up the other day,” Pelini said. “That is going to happen anytime you turn the ball over that many times.” Nebraska will provide a hostile environment for Southern Miss to see how the Eagles compare to one of the best college football programs in the nation.
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