SBC Football 365 Preview: Golden Eagles under Will Hall embark on first season in new conference

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Around the Sun Podcast: Southern Miss

NEW ORLEANS — Southern Miss will kick off its 2022 campaign—its first as a Sun Belt Conference member—when it hosts Liberty on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

The Flames took the first-ever meeting of the programs, 56-35, in 2020.

The Golden Eagles will visit Miami (Sept. 10) and Tulane (Sept. 24) in non-conference action, bookending a home non-conference game against Northwestern State (Sept. 17).

Heading into the second year of the Will Hall era in Hattiesburg, Southern Miss was picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt West Division in the 2022 Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches Poll.

Head coach Will Hall will guide a Golden Eagles roster that returns eight All-Conference selections from 2021 and had a player named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt teams.

Southern Miss also had three student-athletes listed on national preseason award watch lists ahead of the 2022 season.

The Golden Eagles have been to bowl games in four of the past seven seasons—most recently in 2019.

To listen to head coach Will Hall, senior wide receiver Jason Brownlee and graduate student linebacker Swayze Bozeman’s comments from the 2022 Sun Belt Football Media Days, download the latest Around the Sun Podcast episode on Apple Podcasts, Pandora or Spotify—among other platforms—or visit the Sun Belt Conference YouTube page.

2022 SCHEDULE 

9/3 Liberty
9/10 at Miami
9/17 Northwestern State
9/24 at Tulane
10/8 at Troy*
10/15 Arkansas State*
10/22 at Texas State*
10/27 Louisiana*
11/5 Georgia State*
11/12 at Coastal Carolina*
11/19 South Alabama*
11/26 at ULM*

* Sun Belt Conference Game

2021 ALL-CONFERENCE RETURNERS
First Team
RS – Camron Harrell, Southern Miss (Sr., RS – Bradley, Ill.)

Second Team
WR – Jason Brownell, Southern Miss (Sr., WR – West Point, Miss.)

Honorable Mention
RB – Frank Gore Jr., Southern Miss (So., RB – Miami, Fla.)
DL – Josh Carr, Southern Miss (Sr., DL – Houston, Texas)
LB – Santrell Latham, Southern Miss (RS Sr., LB – Meridian, Miss.)
LB – Hayes Maples, Southern Miss (RS Jr., LB – Hattiesburg, Miss.)
DB – Malik Shorts, Southern Miss (RS Jr., DB – Bassfield, Miss.)
P – Mason Hunt, Southern Miss (RS Sr., P – Wiggins, Miss.)

2022 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT SELECTIONS
Second Team
RS – Camron Harrell, Southern Miss (Sr., RS – Bradley, Ill.)

 

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