With Nick Mullens' status uncertain, USM turns focus to Old Dominion

With Nick Mullens' status uncertain, USM turns focus to Old Dominion

HATTIESBURG, MS - "We're going to see," said Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson on Monday afternoon. "I think Nick [Mullens] will be okay by Friday but we're just going to wait and see how it goes."

That was Hopson's response when asked about the status of USM senior quarterback Nick Mullens. Mullens was taken out during the third quarter of USM's loss to Charlotte on Saturday after taking a big hit.

Hopson said he'd prefer to "plead the fifth" when asked if Mullens' injury was due to a concussion.

In that same game, backup quarterback Parker Adamson would lead the Golden Eagles to two touchdown drives before he was helped off the field. With two quarterbacks potentially sidelined this weekend, Hopson said freshman Keon Howard will see more snaps this week at practice.

Nevertheless, Southern Miss is moving on to Old Dominion and trying to stay positive with just three games remaining.

"We know these last three weeks are critical weeks for our run and we have to take it one at a time," Hopson said. "Again, this football team has everything to play for. There's a lot of football teams right now that have no chance of winning a championship. We have to go to work. I don't know any other way to put it."

"The biggest deal is to not point fingers at whatever and just move forward," said Southern Miss offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. "That's the only thing I know how to do. Ultimately, we have to come together as a group."