We continue our preparation for Southern Miss by looking at three players from each team who will have a major impact on this game.
Spencer Brown – RB
As you know by now, I think UAB gets back to running the football this weekend, which means Spencer Brown should get 20-plus carries again. However, there were reports after the Charlotte loss that Brown was dealing with a shoulder injury. If that’s still hampering him this Saturday our offense is in big trouble. Although we still have a lot of good running backs that can fill the void, Brown is obviously our best back, so hopefully he’s healthy and able to carry the load effectively.
Darious Williams – CB
Williams leads the team with 7 pass break-ups and 2 interceptions and has been our best cover corner all year. You know he is looking to makeup for that long touchdown pass he allowed against Charlotte, so look for him to play motivated football this weekend. UAB will need his A-game to stop their passing attack. He’ll most likely be lined up against their best wide receiver, Korey Robertson, most of the game. If he can limit his catches, and yards after the catch, it will go a long way in slowing down their offense.
Tevin Crews – LB
Crews continues his great season with 57 tackles and 9 tackles for a loss. We’ll need another huge game from him on Saturday to shutdown Ito Smith and the Southern Miss running game. Smith has also caught 27 passes this year, so Crews may have to defend him in pass coverage. Crews has been great at getting in the backfield all year and setting up the other team with 2nd-and-long situations. We need to keep Southern Miss behind the sticks this Saturday, and Crews will be a huge part of that once again.
Ito Smith – RB
Smith is one of the best, if not the best, running backs in Conference USA. The Blazers have faced a lot of really good running backs this year and shut them all down — with the exception of the North Texas game in the first half. This might be the best back they face all season, so they’ll need to have their best game to limit Smith’s production as a runner and a receiver.
Korey Robertson – WR
Southern Miss’ other big offensive weapon is receiver Korey Robertson. He leads the Golden Eagles with 37 catches, 515 yards and 7 touchdowns. At 6-foot-2 he is their go-to guy around the endzone. He’s averaging nearly 14 yards a catch and 73 yards a game. Our defensive backs will have to know where he’s lined up on the field, and make sure that when he does catch a pass he doesn’t get any yards after the catch.
Racheem Booth – LB
Booth is second on Southern Miss with 34 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss and 2 sacks. He’s their version of Tevin Crews, and we’ll need to limit his effectiveness on Saturday. If we do get back to running the football, this is the one guy on the Golden Eagles who will be in charge of making sure that doesn’t happen. We can’t let him make any plays near the line-of-scrimmage.
Check back with The Daily Dragon throughout the week as we prepare you for this Saturday’s game against Southern Miss.