Southern Miss QB picture remains muddled

Southern Miss QB picture remains muddled

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi definitely will start a quarterback Saturday when it visits Old Dominion University.

Just who the quarterback may be remains anybody's guess.

"I promise you, we have a plan," USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "I'm not going ti sit here and discuss specifics, and I don't think anybody in here would expect anything more.

"But, I promise you, we'll have a plan."

Saturday's kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va.

USM had both starting quarterback Nick Mullens and back-up Parker Adamson knocked out of Saturday's 38-27 loss to Charlotte University, with back-up running back Tez Parks finishing the game behind center.

USM coach Jay Hopson said the Golden Eagles won't know until later in the week who will be available.

"We're going to see," Hopson said during his weekly news conference Monday. "I think Nick will be OK by Friday, but we're just going to wait to see how it goes.

"We're going to wait and see and how it goes with (Adamson) by Tuesday or Wednesday."

Hopson declined to get into what injuries the quarterbacks suffered or what protocol each would be under this week.

"If you don't mind, I'd like to keep that in house right now," Hopson said. "Right now, we're going to let our (medical) staff handle that."

True freshman Keon Howard has been listed as USM's third quarterback, but has yet to play this season.

Junior college transfer Kwadra Griggs, who had come out of spring practice as the leading candidate to back up Mullens this season, is academically ineligible to play this year.

"Keon will get some reps, but we'll see how the week plays out."

Mullens, the program's all-time passing leader with more than 11,300 career passing yards, has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,584 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He also has thrown 10 interceptions through nine games after throwing 12 in 14 games last season.

He left the game against Charlotte after being driven head-first into the turf at the end of a quarterback draw play. He missed one play, returned for a series, but then was held out for good.

Adamson came in, and completed 13 of 27 passes for 195 yards and led the Golden Eagles to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. But he took a hard hit while scrambling, and was walking gingerly as escorted off the field.