After giving up an average of 32 points through the first seven games of the season, the Southern Miss defense is finally starting to live up to its nasty bunch moniker, surrendering just six points combined over the last two games.
At the heart of that turn-around is junior Defensive Lineman Jacques Turner, hailing from D’Iberville High School, starting with USM’s 20-6 win over Rice, where the former Warrior recorded three and a half sacks.
Turner then got to the quarterback again during Saturday’s 37-2 win over UAB, giving him four and a half of his five sacks over the past two games.
The defense is certainly following his lead, allowing just 312 yards combined during this stretch. Southern Miss Head Coach Jay Hopson said, “Jacques one of those guys that he just wants to be the best. And he’s really played well and he’s a guy that to me, flashes on film. He’s a quick first step.”
Turner said, “I mean I made a statement a couple weeks ago that I’ve got to dominate, and I’m just getting the job done. We had a lot of expectations going into the season, and for us to play how we did, to see us getting it going, that’s big time.”
USM’s last defensive shutout came in October 2017 against UTEP.