WR Jason Brownlee ending Southern Miss career on high note

Frank Gore Jr. put on the performance of a lifetime in USM’s 38-24 Lending Tree Bowl victory on Saturday, rushing for an FBS bowl record.

The unsung hero, senior wide receiver Jason Brownlee.

On the opening drive of the game, Brownlee hauled in two of his three receptions on the night before facing a lot of double coverage the rest of the way. That gave Southern Miss the green light to pound the rock, resulting in 361 yards on the ground, 329 of those belonging to Gore.

After having one called back in the third quarter, Brownlee eventually got his touchdown in the fourth quarter, capping off his Black and Gold career with 73 yards and an impact that can hardly be told through the box score. “It means a lot to me and it means a lot to the team. I mean like Coach said and like G said, I had the opportunity to go somewhere and play somewhere else, but the relationship that I got with these guys on this team, like, you can’t break that bond with them, and like, I just trust them and I just believed in them that we were going to get everything fixed and try to turn everything around.”

Head Coach Will Hall said, “Jason stuck through it at Southern Miss through some really tough times where we had a lot of tumultuous turn over at quarterback, and not a lot of receivers would do that. And he’s going to be rewarded for that at some point in life because any time you choose others before yourself, it always wins in the long run. It doesn’t win in the short term. And there’s very few people left who choose others above themselves anymore. But he did, and he had a really good year. He didn’t have as good of a year as he wanted because we couldn’t get him the ball as much, but it wasn’t because of him, man. He’s got a bright future and I’m just proud of him.”

In 13 games this season, Brownlee accounted for 55 receptions, 891 yards, and eight touchdowns, all Southern Miss team highs.

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