Bassfield product Curtis "Speedy" Mikell making most of opportun - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Bassfield product Curtis "Speedy" Mikell making most of opportunities at USM

Curtis Mikell (Southern Miss) celebrates after a sack. Courtesy: WDAM Curtis Mikell (Southern Miss) celebrates after a sack. Courtesy: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS -

"As soon as I caught it I just turned around and I kind of knew I was gone,” said Southern Miss junior defensive back Curtis Mikell. “There wasn't anybody near me. So if you ain’t close, you're probably not going to catch me."

Most of the time, when you intercept a ball in the end zone, coaches want you to kneel down for the touchback. But not if your name’s Curtis “Speedy” Mikell.

"He said kneel down if you see people in front of you but if not, take off," Mikell said.

"At first I was like, okay we got it, we got a touchback,” said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson. “And anytime you take it out of the end zone, your heart skips a beat. But once he got past the first guy there on the one, I knew he was gone."

They call him “Speedy” for a reason.

Mikell has been torching his opponents on the field and the track ever since he was a Bassfield Yellowjacket.

At just 5-8, Mikell credits the small town of Bassfield for the origin of his agility.

"They say it's in the water,” Mikell said. “There's nothing to do in Bassfield so we just play a lot of football, we train a lot. We train in Bassfield and when we're not playing football,l we're just working out. Playing seven on seven, just getting better every day, like you're supposed to."

After spending his first two Golden Eagle seasons on both sides of the ball, Mikell seems to have found his role on defense as a cover corner who mostly comes in during dime packages and third down situations.

"On offense I was mostly used for jet sweeps and passes,” Mikell said. “That's why I like defense. I can just catch people and catch interceptions."

Mikell isn't normally in the game in goal line situations like Saturday against UTEP, but as his fellow Bassfield teammate Cornell Armstrong went to the sidelines, it was Speedy's turn.

"Coach [Hopson] gave me the chance to get out there and play and that's all I've been waiting on,” Mikell said. “Whenever they need me, whenever they call my number, I'm running."

About The WDAM 7Gametime App:

The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports.

The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience.

Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by joining us in conversation on social media.

You can also get the latest on Southern Miss football, Mississippi sports, SEC, NFL, and Saints coverage.

Download now, it is Gametime in South Mississippi!

Apple users can download The WDAM 7 Gametime app here. 

Android users can download The WDAM 7 Gametime app here.

Copyright WDAM 2016. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Pine Belt shoppers gearing up for Black Friday

    Pine Belt shoppers gearing up for Black Friday

    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:38 PM EST2017-11-20 01:38:20 GMT
    source:wdamsource:wdam

    Black Friday is November 25 and Pine Belt residents such as Emily Brumfield are getting ready for the big night. “I have several things on my list,” says Brumfield. “I have lots of tools. I have items such as guns for my boyfriend and my dad, cooking utensils, an iPod, electronics and all kinds of stuff.”

    More >>

    Black Friday is November 25 and Pine Belt residents such as Emily Brumfield are getting ready for the big night. “I have several things on my list,” says Brumfield. “I have lots of tools. I have items such as guns for my boyfriend and my dad, cooking utensils, an iPod, electronics and all kinds of stuff.”

    More >>
  • Lady Eagles fall to No. 7 Mississippi State

    Lady Eagles fall to No. 7 Mississippi State

    Sunday, November 19 2017 7:57 PM EST2017-11-20 00:57:47 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    From Special Reports The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs showed Sunday exactly why they are considered one of the top 10 collegiate women’s basketball teams. MSU scored 31 points in the first and third quarters, including a 31-8 blitzing of the University of Southern Mississippi in the opening period and rolled to a 91-56 win at Humphrey Coliseum. “The way that Mississippi State shot the ball in the first I think they could win a national championship,” USM coach ...

    More >>

    From Special Reports The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs showed Sunday exactly why they are considered one of the top 10 collegiate women’s basketball teams. MSU scored 31 points in the first and third quarters, including a 31-8 blitzing of the University of Southern Mississippi in the opening period and rolled to a 91-56 win at Humphrey Coliseum. “The way that Mississippi State shot the ball in the first I think they could win a national championship,” USM coach ...

    More >>
  • Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Laurel stuns Brookhaven to reach 5th consecutive South State title game

    Sunday, November 19 2017 5:07 PM EST2017-11-19 22:07:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
    Friday night, the Laurel High School football team found itself in a situation that few thought the Golden Tornadoes could overcome successfully. Few, except a bunch of guys in cardinal and gold on the Laurel sideline. Down 22-14 in its Class 5A South State semifinal game with Brookhaven High School, Laurel scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game, including Zias Perryman’s game-winning 9-yard touchdown run with 8 seconds to play as the Golden Tornadoes stunned the Pan...More >>
Powered by Frankly