Southern Miss wideouts catching on

The Southern Miss wide receiving corps had some issues last season with drops and injuries.

In a move to combat this, head coach Todd Monken is working with the unit directly as the receivers coach.

Sophomore wide receivers D.J. Thompson and Marquise Ricard spoke about getting into a rhythm with quarterback Nick Mullens and how the unit has improved over the spring.

"It's coming with time," Thompson said at the end of practice Wednesday.

"What we're doing right now and the summer really get it clicked tight. It's almost there, but I feel like he's not used to me the way I run my routes. I think it will come along."

Ricard said there are reasons for the unit to be proud.

"We've improved a lot. People got way better hands because we worked though the winter catching balls.

"Really showing out here we got better route running [and] getting out of cuts. All that has been improved tremendously."

Senior Markese Triplett led the team in receiving touchdowns (4) and receiving yards (558) last season.