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USM's Lloyd shaky at practice; Arsenio Favor back from injury

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Southern Miss has played three football games and are already having to reach deep down the bench for a quarterback. It's probably no secret at this point that redshirt-freshman Ricky Lloyd will take the field as the starting quarterback for the Golden Eagles (0-3, 0-1) when they meet Louisville (4-0) at the Rock on Saturday.

It will be the first collegiate start for Lloyd, who played a large chunk of last weekend's game at Western Kentucky. Subbing in for injured starter Chris Campbell and injured back-up Anthony Alford, Lloyd completed four of five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

He also rushed for 16 yards on six carries, but since he's been taking mostly third-team reps since the start of the season, his rhythm with the offense is lacking according to Head Coach Ellis Johnson.

"Ricky has not had a lot of reps, and Cole (Weeks) has almost had none. So that was a little bit rough," Johnson said after Wednesday's practice.  Redshirt Sophomore Cole Weeks is listed as the backup with Alford and Campbell sidelined.

Campbell was not present at practice on Wednesday, due to family matter. He's still recovering from an injury sustained against Western Kentucky and is listed as day-to-day, but he "definitely won't be in this week," according to Johnson.

"I should probably say week-to-week, but we're getting good news on all the tests."

Alford, meanwhile, participated in practice in a knee brace, though not in any quarterback reps. "Anthony was doing some things just to test a brace, and see how his knee felt in that," Johnson said. Alford sustained an injury to the same knee he injured as a junior at Petal High School.

In a bit of good news, redshirt-sophomore Arsenio Favor returned to the practice field on Wednesday, and participated in "normal drills.

" We got to see how (Arsenio) feels with his work and everything with what he did today. Maybe we'll have him back, ready to go physically," said Johnson, "I'm sure he's lost a lot of ground, but it's good news."

Favor was expected to be a contender for the starting job before surgery to his knee in the Spring side-lined him up until now.

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