De’Michael Harris propels Southern Miss to win over UTEP

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On Saturday, Southern Miss led wire-to-wire in its 31-13 win over UTEP and senior running back De’Michael Harris had a lot to do with that.

Today, the converted wide receiver was one of five players named to the ‘Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll’ given to the nation’s most versatile player.

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Harris scored two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game as the Golden Eagles jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead.

A screen pass accounted for 74 of his 191 all-purpose yards, comprised of 80 receiving, 62 rushing, and 49 kick return.

His second score was just as impressive in its own right with the speedster collecting ankles on his way to the end zone for a two yard scamper.

Quarterback Jack Abraham says that kind of versatility only makes his job that much easier. “He’s made the offense that much more dynamic having that speed back there and he’s a dynamic playmaker that can go out there and make plays at any given time, and it kind of gives us more options out of the backfield running routes and he also can get in there and run it up the middle so that’s definitely a good thing.”

Next up for Southern Miss is a much needed bye week after that tough non-conference schedule before returning to action on homecoming against North Texas.

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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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