Armed Forces Bowl – Jan 4, 2020: Southern Mississippi vs Tulane

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-5) vs Tulane Green Wave (6-6)

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SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES | CONFERENCE USA

Head Coach:  Jay Hopson

So. Miss. Players to watch:

**Sophomore RS/WR Jaylond Adams  (5-10/180)

Sophomore receiver Jaylond Adams, who became the first Golden Eagle since Tracey Lampley in 2009 to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same season, was named first-team all-conference kick returner and second-team All-C-USA punt returner.

Adams averaged 30.8 yards on 10 kickoff returns, including touchdown returns against Alcorn State University and Troy University. He averaged 9.17 yards on punt 12 returns, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown against Alcorn State.

Senior LT Drake Dorbeck  (6-6/320)

Dorbeck, a three-year starter with a string of 31 consecutive starts, started all 12 games at left tackle for USM this fall. Dorbeck was honored with the Hull Award this fall, given annually to Mississippi’s top collegiate offensive lineman.

*Junior WR Quez Watkins  (6-2/190)

Watkins, who led USM receivers in yardage for a second consecutive season, became the seventh Golden Eagle to log a 1,000-yard season. After missing the first two games of the 2019 season, Watkins finished with 1,024 on 55 catches with three touchdowns.

*Junior NB D.Q. Thomas (5-10/220)

Thomas finished second on the team with 68 tackles (42 solo) in 12 games. He recorded a team-high 14 tackles-for-loss, including tying for second on the team with five sacks. His three interceptions were a team-high as well.

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TULANE GREEN WAVE | AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Head Coach:  Willie Fritz  

Tulane players to watch:

*Junior LB Patrick Johnson  (6-3/250)

Johnson was named All-AAC Second Team for the second straight year. As a junior in 2019, the Chattanooga, Tennessee, native led the team in sacks for the second consecutive year. He also finished second on the team in tackles-for-loss, while starting in all 12 games.

Senior SS P.J. Hall  (5-11/ 190)

The Hoover, Alabama native also tallied a pair of interceptions and had a team-best seven pass breakups in 2019. Known for leadership both on and off the field, Hall was selected as one of five team captains this season. Hall earned AAC Honor Roll recognition after he finished his senior year by starting in every game and posted a single season career-high of 63 tackles, which ranked second on the team.

Senior CB Thakarius Keyes   (6-1/195)

Keyes was selected to the AAC honor roll after he posted single-season career high with 47 tackles. His 47 stops ranked second on the team. His five pass breakups also ranked second on the team. He also started in every game at corner.

*Junior OG Corey Dublin  (6-3/290)

Dublin was named to the AAC Honor Roll following a 2019 campaign where he helped paved the way for Tulane to rush for 249.8 yards per game. The New Orleans native also has proven himself to be a durable player throughout his collegiate career, having started in 37 straight games.

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Armed Forces Bowl
Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, TX
Jan 4, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN  

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