Southern Miss plays host to UTEP this Saturday at 6 p.m., at The Rock.
The Golden Eagles improve to 1-1 on the season.
Allenzae Staggers set New Orleans Bowl records with 11 catches for 230 yards.
Cameron Tom, Dylan Bradley and D'Nerius Antoine were each first-team selections.
The Golden Eagles worked out in full pads Wednesday afternoon.
Football vs Southern
Football vs Kentucky
The Golden Eagles open the 2017 season by playing host to the Wildcats.
New Orleans Bowl vs ULL
Football vs Charlotte
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Finished with one, solo tackle against Washington (12/26).
2015 (Redshirt Sophomore): Appeared in all 14 games, finishing with 23 tackles (16 solo)... Had 4.5 sacks... Also credited with two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries... Recovered an on-side kick at Rice (11/14)... Caught a 6-yard touchdown pass off fake field goal at the Owls (11/14).
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw limited action, playing in one game ... Made collegiate debut on the road at UTSA.
2013 (Freshman): Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Prepped for coach Scott Pierson at West Jones High School ... Tallied 58 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries for his squad as a senior, which finished 8-3 and reached the first round of the 5A State Playoffs ... Played in the Mississippi North/South All-Star Game ... Notched 23 tackles with one sack and three fumble recoveries during junior season ... Also played basketball ... First cousin of current Southern Miss teammate Dasman McCullum ... Also played basketball and was a member of the track & field team ... Named All-State, All-Region, All-District and Team MVP on the hardwood ... Tabbed Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior in basketball ... Averaged 25 points per game with 12 rebounds per game ... Earned All-State, All-Region and All-District honors in track & field ... Set a school-record in the discus with a throw of 167 feet.
Personal: Full name is Xavier James Thigpen ... Son of Deanna and Terry Thigpen ... Has two older brothers, Terrance and Joshua ... Born on Dec. 27, 1994 in Laurel, Miss. ... Majoring in criminal justice.