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Trio of Golden Eagles Earn Preseason All-Conference Accolades from Blue Ribbon Football

Joe Duhon has anchored the Golden Eagle line at left guard the previous two seasons.

Joe Duhon has anchored the Golden Eagle line at left guard the previous two seasons.

June 26, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A trio of Golden Eagle seniors picked up preseason All-Conference USA accolades from Blue Ribbon Football, the publication announced on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Joe Duhon, defensive lineman Jamie Collins and punt returner Tracy Lampley were named to the 26-member squad which included offensive, defensive and special teams units.

Duhon, a Lake Charles, La., native, has anchored the offensive line the previous two seasons at left guard. Behind Duhon, the Golden Eagles have rushed for over 2,600 yards each season and have finished in the Top 25 nationally in the category both years. Duhon was also named to the All-C-USA second team by the conference office at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

After settling into his third position in as many years, Collins enjoyed a breakout 2011 campaign where he finished with 98 tackles (58 solo) including 19.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. The McCall Creek, Miss., native also returned as interception 97 yards for a touchdown at East Carolina, the second such time he has returned a pick for the score against the Pirates.

Lampley has done everything short of recording an interception at Southern Miss and his versatility was noted with the publications nod to him at punt returner. The senior from Waynesboro, Miss., racked up 1,798 all-purpose yards, including 356 punt return yards, in 2011 and closed out the regular season with back-to-back games with 200-plus all-purpose yardage games.

For his play in the C-USA Championship game against Houston, Lampley was named the game's MVP and he added All-C-USA first team honors at punt returner from the conference. In 2012, he will be no more than 184 yards from having recorded 1,000 receiving, rushing and punt return yards. He eclipsed the mark last season in kick returns and stands to become the first Golden Eagle in history to accomplish that feat.

The publication also picked the Golden Eagles, under first-year head coach Ellis Johnson, to finish second in C-USA's East Division behind UCF. SMU's Zach Line was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year while Tulane's Trent Mackey took home the Defensive Player of the Year award. Houston's Deontay Greenberry was also named the preseason's Newcomer of the Year.

The Golden Eagles begin fall camp August 3 in preparation for their season opener at Nebraska, Sept. 1.

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