Southern Miss making good use of quarterback depth
Six weeks into the college football season, Southern Miss is already on quarterback number four.
Yet the Golden Eagles almost won their first conference game of the year against Rice on Saturday.
Jack Walker, Trey Lowe III, now Ty Keyes, out with a left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for multiple weeks, all out of action for USM.
Next up is Jake Lange, who filled in admirably for Keyes against the Owls, going 23-37 for 304 yards and a touchdown.
The freshman also threw three picks in the 24-19 loss, giving him something to improve on when he makes his first collegiate start against UTEP. USM Head Football Coach Will Hall said, “Jake is going to maximize everything that God has given him. If he falls short, it’s not going to be because of any effort related issue with him. Our players love him, and we’re going to gear the offense around him and keep charging forward. I just go in there and coach Jake and Tee and the guys that are available. Just like I hope my wife every day doesn’t think about all the good men she could have had. I hope she just focuses on how she’s got me and she makes the most of that. You know what I’m saying? So, I don’t go into a room and going, man, I wish he was here and I wish he was here. I go in there and say, here’s what I’ve got. Let’s coach them and get them better.”
The Black and Gold will kick off their homecoming game against the Miners at 6 p.m. Saturday from M.M. Roberts Stadium.