Being picked to finish- second in the conference u-s-a- west division, this season... - the southern miss football team- isn't taking anything for - granted, at c-u-s-a media - days... - fresh off its first bowl game - absence... since 20-14.
- last year... the golden eagles- won three out of their last - four games, to reach bowl - eligiblity... but found - themselves on the outside - looking in... as one of four- qualified teams left out of the- post-season.- to make matters worse... u-s-m- lost three of its games by a- combined seven points...- including an overtime defeat- to eventual league champion - u-a-b.- coming in to 20-19... the black- and gold return the nation's- most- accurate passer, in jack- abraham... and the nation's top- defense, in - first downs allowed... as the - cornerstones to a team ready to- right the wrongs... of a bowl - game snub.- - "well, that was definitely a- snub for- the whole program just cause- that's what we're built on is - going to bowl games,- competing for championships.
An- so since my freshman year, i've- been to a - bowl game ever since i've been- here.
So last year definitely - hurt."- "knowing we weren't going to a- bowl game,- that hit hard.
That hit hard.
- and we just use that to fire us- the next year to keep going, be- better than we were last year."- - - - "the thing that was tough - and- again, you- have to take care of it on the- field - but we lost one game in- overtime, one game- by one point, one game by two - points.
We were literally six - points away from- being 9-2 and i think maybe 15- or 16 points away from being- - - - 10-1.
So if you're talking abou- basketball and rpi and quality- of work, i felt like we're only- two touchdowns- away from being 10-1 and yet we- were 6-5.
So the bottom line is- i think that's the that's - challenge we have, we've got to- take care of it on the field an- you can't afford that one-point- loss or that overtime loss.
- you've got to find a way to get- that w."- - - - southern miss will kick off the- 20-19 campaign, against alcorn- state... coach hopson's old - stomping grounds... at 6- p-m saturday, august 31st...- from the rock.- -