Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
Head Coach Ellis Johnson called Anthony Alford's season a "roller coaster ride." It seems an awful lot like the same ride Southern Miss fans have jumped on many times this season, doesn't it?
Every great play made by the Golden Eagles' defense and/or offense is then followed by one or two more bad plays. What looks like a win then spirals into another one of the Eagles' nine losses this season.
Riding front and center on this ride is the true freshman Alford, who completed only 10-of-26 passes for 112 yards, no touchdowns, an interception, and he was sacked once against UAB last weekend. Despite the lack of offense production, particularly in the passing game against the Blazers, the coaching staff plans on sticking with Alford for the foreseeable future.
"There's a lot of things contributing to the passing game other than the play of the quarterback," said Johnson at his weekly press conference on Monday, "Anthony did not have a great day by any stretch, but...he's not pulling the trigger because the rout's not there."
The team's offensive coordinator echoed those sentiments a little later. "I think the problems are a culmination of quarterback not making the throws on time, and receivers not being in the right spot on time," said Steve Buckley, "I'm not going to pin it on any individual."
Both coaches also pointed out the inconsistent play on the offensive line, but Johnson also noticed the lack of consistent game action for Alford. In his second start at Western Kentucky, Alford injured his right knee and did not return for three weeks. Against Central Florida, the former high school All-American, without question, turned in his best performance of the year.
Alford completed 14 of 27 passes for 165 yards, and rushed 12 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 double-overtime loss in Orlando. He started the following week in a 59-24 loss homecoming loss to Marshall, but again, had to be relieved due to turf-toe, and didn't see any action in a 44-17 setback the following week to Rice.
"He hasn't had an opportunity for things out of his control, to make steady, and constant improvement. It's been up and down," said Johnson.
Red shirt junior Chris Campbell, who started the season-opener at Nebraska, has also been out since Western Kentucky due to injury. For the first time since that game, he dawned full pads and was ready to go if needed in the team's 27-19 loss last Saturday.
The coaching staff remains committed to Alford, barring injury or some significant development in practice. Whether the Alford-slash-Southern Miss roller coaster goes up or down this weekend at Southern Methodist remains to be seen, but its safe to assume a lot of USM faithful are getting motion-sick.
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:47:58 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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