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Eaglepalooza set for Friday Kristy Shelley Printz Reporter Downtown Hattiesburg will be rocking Friday night when the 10th annual Eaglepalooza kicks off at 6 p.m. Bands performing include D.J. Bionics, sponsored by Southern Miss Activities Council; Mack Wilds; The Adam Doleac Band; Rosco Bandana, sponsored by Click Boutique and Gallery; and headlining artist NEEDTOBREATHE. D.J. Bionics has toured with music artists Jay-Z, Trey Songz and Wiz Khalifa, and has been featured on MTV, BET, and performed at Bonnaroo Music Festival. Mack Wilds is an up-andcoming R&B artist who recently released his debut album “New York: A Love Story.” The Adam Doleac Band are locals who released their album “Something About Nothing.” The album includes their hit single “One Day.” Rosco Bandana is currently on
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NEEDTOBREATHE front man Bear Rinehart performs at the Starkville Horse Park Oct. 6, 2011. NEEDTOBREATHE will headline this year’s Eaglepalooza.
Walker receives invitation from White House Kirstie Lowery Printz Reporter A faculty member at The University of Southern Mississippi has been invited to attend a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. According to a press release, Royal Walker, executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies will take part in an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. The event will take place Nov. 15. Walker currently oversees the everyday actions at the Institute’s branches in Jackson, Long Beach and Hattiesburg, and offices in Tupelo and the Delta. Walker said the Act began in
Mary Alice Truitt/Printz Royal Walker serves as the executive director of the Institute for Disability Studies at USM.
1963 as part of an initiative started by President Kennedy in an
attempt to address issues people with developmental disabilities
may face. “We are going to celebrate that, but it is a celebration of work, really reflecting on the past and where we have come from and where we are today,” Walker said. “This act really is the arm that opens up and provides training, tries advocacy and buys funding to make sure that people with developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities are a part of the community.” He said the event will be about looking at the future of this organization. Throughout the celebration, attendees will discuss how the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act can change for the better, in hopes of also assisting those who have intellectual disabilities. Walker said this act has helped decrease the number of abu-
sive and unhealthy institutions in America. This legislation has greatly assisted in the act of giving every person the freedom to be involved in activities going on in his or her local area is the “recognition that all people are citizens of this country, and should be treated with dignity and respect and have a right to be a part of the fabric of their community.” Walker said he received the invitation via phone call from the Association of University Centers on Disability, an organization that had been looking for someone with leadership experience and qualities. He previously served as president of the association. According to a press release,
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‘The Government Inspector’
Stand Out Sophomores
USM Men’s Basketball
USM theatre’s third production opens tonight.
SGA initiative mentors students.
A preview of the 2013-2014 season.
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Correction On the Nov. 11 front page a caption misidentiﬁed The US Marine Corps War Memorial located in Arlington, Va. as Iwa Jima Monument located in Washington, D.C. The memorial depicts the ﬂag raising during the battle of Iwo Jima by ﬁve Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman. The memorial is a dedication to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775. Info from here: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/historyculture/usmcwarmemorial.htm
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tour with FUN. and was featured in Billboard Magazine in 2012 as an up-and-coming indie folk/rock band. Rosco Bandana is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is signed to Hard Rock Records. NEEDTOBREATHE has multiple top billboard hits with their most recent album “The Reckoning” reaching number six on the Billboard Top 200. In 2011 and 2012, NEEDTOBREATHE was on tour with Taylor Swift. Currently, NEEDTOBREATE is on their own tour called “The Stomping Ground.”
“Our selection process included researching and knowing some of today’s top artists,” said Eaglepalooza Assistant Director, Jeffrey George. “There wasn’t any one particular genre we were aiming for because we realized the student body consists of many different types of people who enjoy all kinds of music,” he added. “Our hope in choosing our artists is that we create a show that features a little bit of everything.” George said that anyone planning to attend Eaglepalooza should
expect a great night of fun, food and great entertainment. “Our vendor area will feature a variety of incredible food for you enjoyment and the entertainment will feature a good mixture of different types of music for everyone to enjoy,” he said. “I am expecting a crowd full of excitement. Grab your friends, grab a hamburger, and enjoy the show on a cool Friday night.” For more information on Eaglepalooza, visit southernmisssga.org
Student Printz, Page 3 WALKER, from 1 the White House Office of Public Engagement partnered with the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the National Council on Disability to produce this event. The meeting will feature a select group of people from around the country. “It really is an honor for the university to ask to be a part of trying to design where we go in the future in this country to address the needs of persons
with disabilities in general,” Walker said. According to www.usm.edu, this celebration will be held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. The event will start at noon and last until 3:30 p.m.
USM professor named Chemist of the Year Chase Ladner Printz Reporter The Mississippi chapter of the American Chemical Society named J. Paige Buchanan Chemist of the Year. Buchanan arrived at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006 and has filed several patents and received a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Her research involves working with unique particles with useful traits that don’t usually work well when put into different materials. “The center of our work is the nano to macro theme,” Buchanan said. “It’s designing these really neat particles
J. Paige Buchanan
and then get them into a structure to do something fantastic.” An example of her research is taking
a particle that prevents biological material from gathering on a surface and making it work within a ship coating. The goal is to increase the function. Buchanan said the military has taken interest in this particular research because they want all their tools and materials to be multi-functional. Her other research includes thermal resistant face paint, materials that can maintain a solar charge and having a material that can check for more diseases when testing blood. “Our demands are such that we don’t want a table to be a table, we want a table that folds down and fits in our pocket,” Buchanan said. She has issued eight patents and has brought $2.6 million to USM through
research grants, Tara Burchman said in her Southern Miss Now article. “She has been very active in the organization, and very visible,” said Robert Bateman, professor of biochemistry at William Carey University. “In addition to having a very strong research program and being a really good mentor to students. Especially undergraduate students.” Bateman explained the award typically celebrates involvement in the field, the community and in the classroom as much as it does research. The winner is nominated by committee and gets a small monetary award. “It’s a broad-base type thing, it’s not just a research award,” Bateman said. Bateman won Chemist of the Year
while he was at Southern Miss in 2010. He worked on chemicals that could easily detect spoilage in products like tuna during shipping. “I’m very flattered and honored to win the award,” Buchanan said. “It’s been a particularly good couple of years, and I think that drew attention.” For more information about Buchanan’s research, visit www.usm.edu/ research/j-paige-buchanan-ph-d. To find out more about the American Chemical Society in Mississippi visit www.mississippi.sites.acs.org.
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‘The Government Inspector’ opens tonight Monicia Warner News Editor The Southern Miss Department of Theatre will present “The Government Inspector,” its final play of the fall 2013 season tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Martha R. Tatum Theatre. The play is based off an adaptation of Russian writer Nicolai Gogol’s work, “The Inspector General.” It takes place in 1900 and tells the story of officials in a small Russian town who are expecting a visit from a government inspector. Instead, they discover the supposed government inspector is not who they think he is. “A corrupt, small town government mistakes somebody, the wrong person, for a government inspector who might be inspecting their voracity and the way they treat people… and comedy ensues,” said Lou Rackoff, director of the play. According to Rackoff, the play is a satire on how individuals inhabit institutions. “[Gogol] was attacking the way things are governed, he was attacking immorality in government,” he said. “Individuals who make mistakes or cross the line in the wrong way.” “He was doing this through humor, which we all know, if you look at something like ‘Saturday Night Live,’ is a way of going after the way people behave,” he added. Rackoff read about 10 different adaptations over the course of a few
weeks and said the department chose she’s worked with in her time at USM. it partly for educational reasons and “It’s a huge cast [and] we’ve had a partly because of the ending. really good time, it’s hard not to,” she “One was [we wanted] a big clas- said. “It’s wonderful to see everybody sic comedy,” he said. “Another [was] working together toward the comthe issue of a certain style for students mon goal.” to work on. This kind of comic style, She added that the rehearsal prowhich is satire, almost farce, is very cess has been fun but challenging. difficult to perform “A big part of our cause it requires inA corrupt, small town rehearsal process is credible comic tim- government mistakes tightening the exing. It requires the somebody, the wrong changes between actors to play real person, for a government characters and makcharacters that the inspector who might be ing sure those fall audience believes in, inspecting their voracity one after the other,” who do silly things.” she said. “Once and the way they treat “It does have the people…and comedy you get on stage, it’s famous ending, ensues. certainly a fast ride where things are reLou Rackoff until the end of the vealed,” he added. show. There’s no real Rachael Swartz, a third-year mas- time when we pump the brakes.” ter of fine arts acting candidate, plays Bailey McClure is a third-year Anna Andreyevna, one of the leads in master of fine arts scenic design the production. candidate and “The Government “She’s the mayor’s wife, so clearly Inspector” will serve as her final part of the whole corruption process,” creative project. she said. “Anna has always reaped the “I’m over the entire scenic design benefits of her husband’s efforts with- of it,” she said. “I’ve been working on in the community.” this since May.” “She has her own prerogative in McClure said it took months to what she wants out of this inspector,” figure out her eventual design, but she added. “She notices he’s just about that this production will have a more the right age for her single daughter theatrical look than the time period so there’s a lot of conniving involve calls for. there. Of course it would be quite “It was a lot of playing with differconvenient for her family if there was ent images with different shapes, leva marriage into the capitol and being els where I want to put things where able to move there and live the life.” I don’t want to put things,” she said. Swartz said the cast runs the age “There’s elements of Russia and that gamut and is one of the larger ones time period, which is 1900, but there’s
also a little bit more of the theatrical style to it. It’s not nearly as realistic or what we would consider realistic.” Swartz said that even though this production is set in the 1900s, it’s something that’s a part of our lives. “I think a lot of people get intimidated when they know that shows aren’t set in 2012 or 2013 or 2005 even,” Swartz said. “And they think ‘oh man, it’s old so it’s boring and its not relevant to my life.’ But it’s a
comedy about corrupt politics and I think that just about anybody could relate to that.” Performances will be held Nov. 14-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m and Nov. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for the public, $10 for faculty, staff and military and $8 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or visit southernmisstickets.com.
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Theatre majors act out a scene from “The Government Inspector.” “The Government Inspector” will begin showings in Tatum Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
Black Friday gobbles up Thanksgiving April Garon Printz Reporter You’re standing in that’s a line a mile long and waiting to purchase a $3.99 waffle maker,when you
could be at home watching football and seeing Great Aunt Edna sleep off the last of the holiday feast. It’s perfectly acceptable to swap the American holiday of Thanksgiving to get an early start on the rat race that is Black Friday.
What will you really miss out on? You’re not alone. About 28 percent of the 139 million adults participating in Black Friday in 2012 were in the stores by midnight on Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Retail Federation. In 2013, K-Mart and Old Navy retailers are starting their sales earlier than ever, at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m respectively on turkey day. The deals and door busters can be enticing. Eyeing that waffle maker? How about this collection piece of 100 tupperware you will never use? All for just $5.99. We are pressured to spend more than we can afford and buy our family the perfect gifts for Christmas. Black Friday promises to give us the best deals. Christmas decorations and merchandise seem to go up earlier every year at chain retailers. Soon, maybe the Easter Bunny will be competing with Santa for room on the shelves. Stopping in to buy Independence Day? Why not get an early start on your Christmas list while you are in the store. Maybe there is some level of displaced selflessness in trudg-
ing through Black Friday. A parent waiting in line all night for a toy their child has been having tantrums over does deserve some sort of recognition. But when Black Friday shoppers have a mindset about getting the deal before someone else does, they should remember to be thankful for what they have. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for the uncountable things in our lives. It’s important to be grateful for material things, but not the long-forgotten presents from a previous year’s Christmas haul. The roof over our heads, being able to afford to prepare a delicious feast and having the small comforts that make our lives easier are things we should be grateful for. But the real reason for Thanksgiving is to stop and appreciate things that are most precious in our lives. Seeing the sparkle in our grandparent’s eyes when they laugh; reminiscing with our cousins about the days when we were still sitting at to the kid’s table; watching a dish you spent hours preparing disappear in minutes. It’s about being thankful for
the love in our lives and the moments that only come once. It’s about holding them in our hands and appreciating their beauty, if only for a fleeting moment. In this mad race for cheap, imported goods, we are forking over more than just hard-earned cash. When we are more focused on getting the best deal possible on a piece of plastic we will forget about in a year, these moments are never appreciated for what they are: priceless. That’s the real price we are paying.
This was an article of opinion by April Garon, a writer for the Student Printz. Email questions or comments to april.garon@ eagles.usm.edu.
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Students encouraged to get ﬂu shot
Mississippi’s first influenza case of the season was recently confirmed, according to a news release by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Oct. 29. The flu, which has similar symptoms to the common cold, can cause high fevers, headaches, fatigue, chills and other symptoms that can become severe. The Bedie Smith Health Clinic on campus is offering flu shots now until they run out. Students can walk in and get a flu shot for $25.
You may remember the words, “Jacques Brel is alive and living in Paris”? Well Sam Wilson is alive and living in Hattiesburg Who is he? This 1970 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi goes by the title S. Earl Wilson III, and is a local author. He has written ten books:
1. The Jitney Man - Contains Negro folk lore and written just as it was told including the bad language. if you are ultra religious, then it would not be recommended for you. Otherwise it is a great story. (The Signifying Monkey is where the bad words are.) 2. Mississippi Stories - Great stories! Two contain sex and violence, but mature minds can handle them. 3. 100 Miles from New Orleans - Biography of a great black educator. Recommended for all. 4. For the Young at Heart - Mainly for young people, but not limited to them. Pure and educational. One of his favorites. 5. Memoirs of a Morehouse Man - About his own days as a student at Morehouse College. All the money goes to Morehouse College to The Sam Wilson Memoirs Scholarship Fund to assist the Glee Club, athletics, and marching band, which includes Spelman girls. 6. Fools, Fun, Folks, Facts, and Fiction - Very good book consisting of thirteen short stories some adult reading. 7. Fantastic Short, Short Stories or Tales - Exactly as said, fantastic - one borderline story, the others are pure. 8. The Possum Hunter - His most acclaimed work thus far - highly recommended. 9. It’s Cottom Blossom Time - Pure good reading for everybody - A true story about The Cotton Blossom Singers of Piney Woods Country Life School of Piney Woods, Mississippi. Threatening to take over The Possum Hunter as his bestseller. 70% of the royalty goes to the school.
Go to your local bookstore on campus and request copies of his books. If they do not have them, have them place orders for them.
This is an advertorial paid for by the author.
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SOS mentors students Kristy Shelley Printz Reporter Stand Out Sophomores is a Student Government Association retention initiative created to encourage and support the sophomore class. It’s a peer-to-peer mentor program designed to help sophomores continue to get involved on campus, get academic support and remind them about important upcoming academic and Student Life dates. “We meet students where they are, exactly how [they] are. It’s basically a peer mentor program,” said Nicolet Hopper, SOS director and junior communication studies major. “This program is important because retention is a huge part of university success,” Hopper said. “That’s why we focused on the sophomores who have been taken care of by the FYI office their freshman year.” Mentors filled out applications and were chosen by an application process. Training for mentors took place at the beginning of November and mentees will be contacted before Thanksgiving break, which is when sophomores usually start to second guess college life and decide to withdraw. “The greatest need for retention happens between the sophomore and junior year,” Hopper said. “We hope to see an increase in retention between students’ sophomore and junior years and we hope students receive the help
they need.” University President Rodney Bennett has voiced many goals for this university, including the recruitment and retention of students. SGA President Ann Marie Chilcutt said the initiative really goes along with those goals. “I have always had a passion for retention of students and helping people, so when I re-structured SGA this year, I wanted to make sure the efforts of retention and helping students was at the forefront of my initiatives,” Chilcutt said. “I did some research and found that sophomore students are in need of some of these retention efforts based on several different factors, which is how SOS came about, and it happened to fit perfectly with Dr. Bennett’s goal of retaining students,” she added. Chilcutt said SOS is ready to get started and get the word out. “SOS is such an exciting program because it has the potential to impact one student or a thousand students,” she said. “Mentors for the programs are excited and willing to help students in whatever ways possible and the response from students has been great as well.” “We hope that SOS will grow and become stronger throughout the years, and eventually expand the peer mentoring [to] the juniors and seniors as well,” Hopper added. For more information, email sga. firstname.lastname@example.org, call 601.266.4407 or visit southernmisssga.org.
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Golden Eagle basketball preview Joshua Campbell Sports Editor Coming off a school record 27 wins and a 1-seed in the NIT Championship, the Golden Eagles are looking to have similar success and reach the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history. They lost some talented players though that were a huge component from a season ago, including three players who averaged over 20 minutes a game. The biggest hurdle will be finding a way to grab rebounds as the players who left combined for over 55 percent of the team’s rebounds. However, USM is returning several key players that can make a run into March Madness possible. Neil Watson, Jerrold Brooks, Michael Craig and Daveon Boardingham are all returning for their senior seasons which will provide USM with the veteran leadership needed to reach the NCAA Tournament once again. Watson missed a significant portion of the offseason due to a broken jaw, but he showed that it will not hinder his play as he recorded a career-high in rebounds in the season opening win against Jackson State. He has been playing with face mask since he returned from injury, but said it doesn’t
affect his game. “It took a little toll on my shot, but it wasn’t what everybody thinks it was,” Watson said regarding the mask. “It’s just a little adjustment that I’m going to have to get used to over time.” With the departure of Dwayne Davis, last year’s leading scorer, Watson will be relied on heavily to pick up the scoring load. Head coach Donnie Tyndall believes he will have no trouble in doing so. “Neil is a great shooter. We did a drill the other day. He shot 80 3’s and he made 71. So every time he lets it go, you think it’s going in,” Tyndall said. Boardingham will be a huge factor down low for USM. His play could dictate what kind of identity their offense will have whether they play inside-out or rely on the perimeter play. He had a couple of huge dunks in Friday’s game that set the tone for the game and got the crowd into it. One of his second half dunks stretched the lead to four and after that play, USM never looked back. “He looked like Tim Duncan on that play,” Tyndall said. His play earned him some high praise from Watson as well. “Daveon is one of the big monsters in this league. I think he’s one of the monsters throughout the country,” Watson said. One of the biggest indicators on
whether or not USM can fill the void of the players who have graduated and be able to win their conference will be the play of transfers Aaron Brown, Chip Armelin and Ude Ifeanyichukwa. If Friday’s game against Jackson State is any indication, they have a good chance at doing so. Brown was second on the team with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and Ude showed off his ability to protect the rim with two blocks in limited minutes. Armelin missed the game with a thigh bruise. USM’s schedule this year should bode well for them as they only play two teams that reached the tournament a year ago, most notably the NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals. Western Kentucky is the other team on their schedule that made it a season ago. Conference USA appears to be much weaker this season as national powerhouse Memphis, along with Central Florida, SMU and Houston have left the conference. USM lost to Memphis three times last season including the C-USA Championship Game in double overtime which would have sent the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament had they won. New conference opponents include Charlotte, UTSA, Old Dominion, North Texas, FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana Tech. Charlotte and La Tech both posted 20-plus wins last season and made the NIT. USM defeated La Tech 63-52 in the second round of the tournament. While the conference realignment may have weakened the conference, there still are several teams that could challenge for the throne atop C-USA. Fox Sports predicts that the top four will consist of La Tech, UTEP, USM and Charlotte in order. However, this year is probably the hardest to predict in recent memory. Not only will the conference have eight new teams, but new rule changes in college basketball is changing the way the game is played. The rule changes make it to where fouls will be called for hand checks, if a defender puts two hands on the offensive player, if a defender uses any type of arm bar, etc. The reason the NCAA made these changes was to increase scoring and make the
Senior forward Daveon Boardingham slam dunks for two of the Golden Eagles’ 61 points scored against Jackson State Nov. 8.
game more exciting for fans. As of now, all it has done is make games lack pace because fouls are happening at a staggering rate. USM’s opening game had 61 total fouls called in it which is an average of 1.53 fouls every minute. “The whole complexion of the rule changes is to give the advantage to the offensive player so if it’s even close, they (refs) are going to call the foul on the defender and you go to the line,” Tyndall said regarding the rule changes. “I won’t be the only coach telling my team that (forcing contact), trust me.” Due to the rule changes, USM will
have to be efficient from the freethrow line and keep opposing teams away from it. If they do that, look for them to make a serious run at the conference championship. They possess the talent to keep up with any team in their conference and could easily be participating March Madness. If they can simply get in the tournament, anything is possible. There are countless teams every year that pull upsets and make it much further in the tournament than expected. “I feel like if we get things clicking, we have a chance to compete in the conference, well in the country actually,” Boardingham said.
USM defeats DePaul Joshua Campbell Sports Editor USM defeated DePaul in 75-68 Wednesday night to kick off the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Junior forward Aaron Brown led Southern Miss with 13 points. Senior forward Dav-
eon Boardingham added 12 points and seven rebounds while Michael Craig scored 12 points with eight rebounds. Brandon Young led DePaul with 23 points and six rebounds. He was the only other Blue Demon in double figures with 16 points. Southern Miss will travel to
North Dakota for their next matchup against North Dakota State. The Bisons are coming off an impressive 24-10 season which led to a berth in the CBI Tournament, but they lost in the first round. The game will be Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
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USM hosts FAU Saturday Alan Rawls Printz Reporter
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles return to action Saturday as they host Florida Atlantic at The Rock. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. FAU (3-6, 2-4) is coming off a 3417 homecoming win against Tulane, a win in which the Owls scored 27 unanswered points and accumulated 346 yards of total offense. Owls’ quarterback Jaquez Johnson set an FAU school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with eight. Johnson completed 10 of 21 passed for 112 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Golden Eagles (0-9, 0-5) are coming off a loss to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a 36-13 contest. In his third career start, freshman quarterback Nick Mullens finished the game 25 of 51 for 298 yards. Mullens had three interceptions and one touchdown pass to Kyle Sloter in the fourth quarter. Amid allegations of former FAU head coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis using illegal drugs in the past year, Pelini and Rekstis resigned on Oct. 30, prior to the game against Tulane. Some believed the loss of the two coaches would affect the Owls’ play against the Green Wave, but as FAU’s impressive win showed, the team is just fine under the direction of interim head coach Brian Wright. The Eagles are looking to snap a
21-game losing streak, but before they can do that, they have a long list of issues to address. One issue that seems to have improved is the offensive line’s protection. Prior to the game against Louisiana Tech, the Eagles offensive line allowed an average of seven tackles-for-loss, three sacks and five quarterback hurries. The Bulldogs’ defense, however, recorded only six tackles-for-loss, one sack and four quarterback hurries. “I thought we did a better job of protecting,” said head coach Todd Monken of the performance against Louisiana Tech. “Part of that was having a new center [Garrett Clark]. We had Rashod [Hill] back at left tackle. He was under duress less. Does that mean there wasn’t any of that? No, but I think that’s why you saw less of him [Mullens] moving around.” The Southern Miss offense will face a defense that not only had five tackles-for-loss and two sacks against Tulane, but also intercepted four consecutive pass attempts in the second half. The Eagles will need to find a way to balance their offense to have success. Southern Miss has just 671 total rushing yards this season, less than a quarter of their total offensive yards. Last Saturday’s game in Louisiana showed little to no improvement in the running game, as the Eagles rushed for 59 yards on 21 carries. USM’s leading rusher, sophomore Jalen Richard, only has 256 yards so far in the 2013 season. “We’ve got to be better at running the ball schematically,” Monken said. “We’ve got to find a
way to not put so much pressure on (freshman quarterback Nick Mullens) to make every play. “...And then,” Monken said in addressing another offensive woe, “if we’re going to have to play pitch and catch, we’re going to have to catch the son of a gun. We haven’t done a very good job the last few weeks of catching the football and that’s what it’s all about.” The Southern Miss defense will have its hands full with dual-threat sophomore quarterback Jaquez Johnson. In 2013, Johnson has been responsible for 1,823 yards of total offense – 1,305 passing and 518 rushing with 14 total touchdowns. The Golden Eagles’ pass rush has only produced eight sacks this season which is an aspect that they much improve on Saturday to slow down Johnson. If USM’s defense can get some pressure on Johnson, he’ll give the secondary a couple of chances to pick him off as he has struggled with his accuracy in the pocket. “It all goes through (quarterback Jaquez Johnson),” Monken stressed. “They (FAU) do a nice job of putting you in a run-pass conflict and they’ve got some explosive guys around the perimeter. We’re going to have to do a great job of containing their run game and forcing him into passing situations and putting him in a drop-back passing game.” It is a task that is easier said than done, Monken added. The Golden Eagles play FAU at 11:30 a.m. at the Rock. Southern Miss will try to get its first home win since Nov. 26, 2011.
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