Southern Miss Tries to Maintain Momentum with New Quarterback

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Southern Mississippi rebounded from one of the most dismal periods in program history with back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and '16. Now second-year coach Jay Hopson is out to prove the Golden Eagles will continue their winning ways. Southern Miss will have to maintain its momentum with a new quarterback. Four-year starter Nick Mullens is now gone and there's a preseason battle under center between sophomore Keon Howard and junior Kwadra Griggs. Hopson expects the competition between Howard and Griggs to last all the way through training camp and possibly into the regular season. Howard was Mullens backup last season, completing 22 of 50 passes (44 percent) for one touchdown and four interceptions. Griggs is a junior college transfer who...

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