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Ultimate homerism: Southern Miss had the most dynamic Defense and Special Teams of the 2011 college football season. I swear.
Dec 28 2011

Southern Miss’ Defense broke a 40 year-old FBS record in 2011 with 8 interceptions returned for touchdowns, meaning that of their 18 interceptions (tied for 5th in FBS) almost half became a Pick 6. However, these stats only speak to part of the craziness that was the 2011 season. (Why “crazy”? Because, really, who loses to UAB only to turn around and defeat #6 Houston two weeks later?)

Overall, 25 different Southern Miss players scored touchdowns in 2011. I’ve cataloged the Defensive and Special Teams touchdowns below. On a “Crazy Scale” (official NCAA scientific terminology?) of 1-5… 1 being “Kinda Crazy, Bro” and 5 being “Very Crazy, Bro”… I’ve rated the following Southern Miss Defense and Special Teams stats from their 14 games of 2011.

The most mind-blowing (are mid-majors allowed to use that term?) game of all has to be the East Carolina, who was at one point down 21-7 to USM without Southern Miss having scored a single Offensive touchdown.

Individual games stats and videos below.

  • 8 interceptions returned for TDs (FBS record) [Crazy scale of 5]
  • 2 fake punts out of their own end zone for gains of 29 and 31-yards respectively [Crazy scale of 5]
  • 3 blocked punts for TDs [Crazy scale of 4]
  • 1 blocked FG returned for a TD [Crazy scale of 2]
  • 1 fake field goal for a TD [Crazy scale of 1]
  • 1 fumble returned for a TD [Crazy scale of 1]
  • 1 punt returned for a TD [Crazy scale of 1]
  • Southern Miss vs SELA
    Korey Williams 60-yard interception return for TD
    Octavius Thomas 6-yard interception return for TD

    Southern Miss vs Virginia
    Danny Hrapmann fake Punt out of own end zone for 31-yard gain

    Southern Miss vs Rice
    Marquese Wheaton 96-yard fumble return for TD

    Southern Miss at Navy
    Marquese Wheaton 79-yard blocked field goal return for TD

    Southern Miss vs SMU
    Marquese Wheaton 41-yard interception return for TD

    Southern Miss at East Carolina
    Jamie Collins 97-yard interception return for TD
    Tracy Lampley 60-yard punt return for TD
    Emmanuel Johnson 15-yard blocked punt return for TD
    Deron Wilson 79-yard interception return for TD

    Southern Miss at UAB
    Fake FG for TD – Ryan Hanks 10 yd pass from Peter Boehme

    Southern Miss vs Memphis
    Deron Wilson 35-yard interception return
    Kendrick Presley 100-yard interception return for TD

    Southern Miss at Houston [C-USA Championship Game]
    Furious Bradley 11-yard blocked punt return
    Ronnie Thornton 26-yard interception return

    Southern Miss vs Nevada [Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl]
    Tray Becton-Martin 0-yard blocked punt for TD
    Danny Hrapmann fake Punt out of own end zone for 29-yard gain

    Some clips below.

    tags: # college football, #football, #southern miss, #videos



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