Southern Miss fall camp rages on


Still just over three weeks away from its season opener, Southern Miss football is less than 24 hours away from a taste of the real deal in the form of the team’s first scrimmage.

One of the main things to keep an eye out for is the quarterback battle.

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Despite returning the nation’s leader in Jack Abraham, fourth year Head Coach Jay Hopson is leaving the door open for competition.

Last season, Tate Whatley proved that USM could win with either man under center, but it would still be an upset to see Abraham lose his starting job in the fall.

With the Golden Eagles now seven practices into camp, Abraham remains complimentary of his counterpart as USM’s QB battle rages on. Abraham said, “Oh, it’s huge. I mean he pushes me to do my best. It’s really a blessing to have him behind me and always pushing me. He’s right there. We’re neck and neck and it really is good cause he pushes me to my best ability and it makes me work my hardest and I am thankful for that.”

USM will hit the field for its first scrimmage of the fall tomorrow morning with media day to follow.

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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


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