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Busy Day Saturday for Football Begins with a Scrimmage

Aug. 12, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A busy day on the Southern Miss campus for the Golden Eagle football team that included a scrimmage, the team's media day and local fan event.

The Golden Eagles open the day with a two-hour scrimmage in M.M. Roberts Stadium.

The battle between a pair of Southern Miss quarterbacks continued as junior Kwadra Griggs tallied 21-of-26 passing for 217 yards to go along with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Fellow signal caller, sophomore Keon Howard, added a 11-for-23 day for 155 yards to go along with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

T-Rod Daniels rushed for a team-best 42 yards on six carries with a five-yard touchdown run, while Quez Watkins had a high of eight catches for 41 yards and a pair of scores.

On defense, Kevin Williams, Jr. notched a 99-yard interception return, while Tyler Barnes, Picasso Nelson, Jr., Rachaun Mitchell and Curtis Mikell also added picks for the defense.

Following the scrimmage, the squad went through its annual media day in the Duff Athletic Center before heading over to the Thad Cochran Center for the 22nd annual Eagle Fanfare.

Coach Jay Hopson's team then took its annual team photo and they were excused for the rest of the day and will have Sunday off from practice activities.

The complete stats for the scrimmage at listed below.

Season tickets, flex plans, and group tickets for the 2017 Golden Eagle home season are still available and can be purchased by going online at, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office, weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Discounts are available for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, military personnel, and recent Southern Miss graduates.  The Golden Eagles open the 2017 season at home on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. against SEC opponent Kentucky.

2017 Southern Miss Football Scrimmage Stats - Aug. 12, 2017

Tez Parks - 14-32, TD (2 yards)
Kwadra Griggs - 5-9, TD (2 yards)
Collin Kilcrease - 8-13
T-Rod Daniels - 6-42, TD (5 yards)
Keon Howard - 6-18
Andre Hale II - 6-17
Darius Maberry - 5-27
Jaylond Adams - 1-(-6)
Quez Watkins - 1-5

Kwadra Griggs - 21-26-0-217 yards, 4 TDs (8, 3, 1, 3 yards)
Keon Howard - 11-23-2-155 yards, 3 TDs (12, 58, 75 yards)
Marcelo Rodriguez - 4-7-2-25 yards, TD (24 yards)

Jay'Shawn Washington - 4-27, TD (1 yard)

Korey Robertson - 6-77
Quez Watkins - 8-41, 2 TDs (12 and 3 yards)
Antawyn Fludd - 1-7
Allenzae Staggers - 3-73
Tez Parks - 2-77, TD (75 yards)
Jordan Mitchell - 2-15
Andre Hale II - 2-(-5)
Ben Olinger - 1-58, TD
Collin Kilcrease - 1-13
Isaiah Jones - 1-8, TD
Jaylond Adams - 3-2
Chase Whitehead - 1-3, TD
Tim Jones - 1-24, TD

Draper Riley - safety and sack
Racheem Boothe - sack
Xavier Thigpen - 2 sacks
Allen Fails, Jr. - pass breakup
Darian Yancey - sack
Derrick Dixon - pass breakup
Tyler Barnes - INT, pass breakup
Kelsey Douglas - fumble recovery
Rachaun Mitchell - INT (26 yard return), TFL
Curtis Mikell - INT (7 yard return)
Picasso Nelson, Jr. - Int (no return)
Jacques Turner - TFL
Demarrio Smith - sack
Kevin Williams, Jr. - INT (99 yard return for TD)

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