Golden Eagles Gearing up for NFL Draft

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The senior class from this past season’s Southern Miss football team was able to accomplish a lot. From a 1-11 record as freshmen, the class of 2017 helped take the program to a division title in 2015 and then the program’s first bowl win in six years this past December.
Now, a group of those seniors are working together to make it to the NFL. Quarterback Nick Mullens, defensive lineman Dylan Bradley, and offensive lineman Cameron Tom are all training together at the Madison Healthplex Performance Center.
At this time, it’s hard to gauge what people think of these players on an individual level, but the group says working together for this pro-football goal will make a difference for all of them.
“It’s good having that same competition from college knowing that Tom played o-line and going up against each other every day. It’s good to have familiar faces around, pushing each other,” said Bradley.
“Just coming out every day with the same work ethic that you’ve always had. It’s gonna be tough because we’re early on so you don’t get to reap the rewards yet,” said Tom.
“It’s been a great ride, great career at Southern Miss. Met a lot of great people and now I’m lucky enough to be training here at the healthplex. Couldn’t ask for a better opportunity,” said Mullen.
Former offensive and defensive lineman Wil Freeman is also working out at the healthplex, but he was not in the building today.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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