HATTIESBURG, MS - Former Golden Eagle and NFL rookie Jalen Richard returned a punt 47 yards in the Oakland Raiders win over the Ravens on Sunday.
Richard is one of eight Southern Miss products currently active in the NFL. New Orleans Saints fans will remember Richard's 75-yd touchdown run late in the fourth quarter of week one.
The running back's making quite the statement in his first-year campaign. Current Southern Miss running back George Payne couldn't be prouder of his former teammate.
"I talked to him after his punt return the other day," Payne said. "I just told him good job. Just keep it up, make all of us proud. He pretty much just tells me, 'Don't take it lightly because college football is way more fun than the NFL.' He says it's a job up there. But he said just work hard pretty much, and everything will pay off."