Know thy foe: Southern Miss

Former MSU commitment Tyre'oune Holmes was Southern Miss' leading receiver as a freshman in 2013.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Former MSU commitment Tyre’oune Holmes was Southern Miss’ leading receiver as a freshman in 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Game day: Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. at M.M. Roberts Stadium (36,000) in Hattiesburg on Fox Sports 1

Series: USM leads 14-13-1 overall. The series is tied 2-2 in Hattiesburg.

Last meeting: MSU won 49-0 in Starkville in 2014.

Head coach: Todd Monken 4-20 in two seasons at USM and overall

2014 Record: 3-9

L at Mississippi State 49-0

W ALCORN STATE 26-20

L at Alabama 52-12

W APPALACIAN STATE 21-20

L RICE 41-23

L at Middle Tennessee 37-31

W at North Texas 30-20

L LOUISIANA TECH 31-20

L at UTEP 35-14

L MARSHALL 63-17

L at Tulsa 12-10

L UAB 45-24

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

QB Nick Mullens, 6-1, 196, Jr., 218 of 365 passing for 2,470 yards, 12 TD, 9 INT; 49 carries, 140 yards

RB Ito Smith, 5-9, 182, So., 136 carries, 536 yards, 2 TD; 8 catches, 76 yards

WR Michael Thomas, 6-1, 186, Sr., 41 catches, 592 yards, 5 TD

LT Rashod Hill, 6-6, 302, Sr.

LG Brandon Farmer, 6-2, 308, Jr.

C Cameron Tom, 6-4, 287, Jr.

RG Devin Farrior, 6-4, 304, So.

Defense (3)

DT Michael Smith, 6-4, 277, Sr., 31 tackles, 0.5 TFL

LB Brian Anderson, 5-10, 248, Sr., 65 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR

CB Kalan Reed, 5-11, 191, Sr., 34 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 9 PBU

Special Teams (1)

P Tyler Sarrazin, 6-3, 204, Jr., 66 punts for 2,608 yards (39.5 avg.)

Former MSU Commitments:

WR Tyre’oune Holmes, 5-11, 170, So.

OL Norman Price, 6-4, 321, Sr.

Former MSU Signee

LB Adarrius Perkins, 6-2, 218, Jr.

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 12 AUSTIN PEAY

Sept. 19 at Texas State

Sept. 26 at Nebraska

Oct. 3 NORTH TEXAS

Oct. 9 at Marshall

Oct. 17 UTSA

Oct. 24 at Charlotte

Oct. 31 UTEP

Nov. 14 at Rice

Nov. 21 OLD DOMINION

Nov. 28 at Louisiana Tech

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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