Enters the season battling for the starting bandit end
position on the defensive line ... Had one of the strongest spring campaigns of any defensive player ... Tough and physical player ... Good size and speed off the corner ... Looks to step up and make a major contribution this season ... Returned to Southern Miss last season, transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College ... Originally enrolled at Southern
Miss in January 2003, but redshirted before transferring
to Copiah-Lincoln CC for the 2004 season ... Joins
Howard Overby as the other Golden Eagle from
Copiah-Lincoln CC ... 2005 (r-Jr.): Saw action in
eight games ... Finished the season with four tackles
(two solos, two assists) and 1.5 tackles for loss ... Posted a solo tackle and a tackle for loss against UCF (10/15) ... Finished with a career-high two tackles against Tulane, posting a solo and an assist, also adding a tackle for loss in the game ... Had an assist and a half tackle for loss against East Carolina (10/1) ... 2004 (r-So.): Junior College: Played one year for Coach Dave Poinsett at Copiah-Lincoln CC ... Sustained a broken bone in his foot in the first game of the season and sat out most of the season only seeing time in the final four games ... Started the final three games ... Finished with 44 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup ... 2003 (r-Fr.): Did not see any action ... 2002 (Fr.): Redshirted ... Prep: Two-year starter for Coach Mitch Downy at Benton High School ... As a senior, he finished with 77 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery as a defensive end ... Also had seven catches for 65 yards and scored two touchdowns as a tight end ... Selected all-state by the Class 3A coaches ... All-Shreveport/Bossier by The Shreveport Times ...Two time all-district and two-time all-parish ... No. 22 defensive lineman in the state and 117th overall in the nation by Zem's Gems ...Helped his team to the
first round of the playoffs his senior year ... Second round of the playoffs and a 9-3 record as a junior ...
Personal: Son of Myron and Carolyn Manning ...
Majoring in coaching and sport administration ... Born April 12, 1983.