USM Alum Quez Watkins signs with Philadelphia Eagles


Former Southern Miss Wide Receiver Quez Watkins making it official with the Philadelphia Eagles having signed his four year rookie contract on Wednesday.

The Eagles picked the former Golden Eagle in the 6th round of the 2020 NFL Draft as the 200th overall player taken off the board.

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Watkins was a star at the NFL Combine, running the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds, good for the second fastest time at his position.

A two-time All-Conference USA First Team selection, Watkins had his most efficient season at USM in 2019, posting his first 1,000 yard campaign on 64 receptions to go along with six touchdowns.

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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