Favor injury opens up competition

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--Redshirt sophomore QB Arsenio Favor underwent surgery for an injured meniscus last week, which probably gives the other two quarterbacks vying for the open starting job an advantage, at least in the spring.

--Southern Miss had an long break after the first two days of spring practice. It was an 11-day hiatus for spring break.


WR Markese Triplett started the spring thinking he might be a tight end, quite a shift for a player who spent most of last season as a slot receiver. But, eventually, the Southern Miss coaching staff moved him to an outside receiver.

QB Chris Campbell is the most experienced of the signal callers hoping to land the open starting position. Coach Ellis Johnson told the Hattiesburg American that Campbell would be the starter, midway through spring ball. "Frankly, I'd have to say if we kicked it off tomorrow, he'd go because he's the only one with experience," Johnson told the Hattiesburg American. "There's a lot of stuff to be done. There's plenty to shake out and decide who is best. There's a few things he's doing best because of that experience."

RB Tracy Lampley's versatility made him the MVP of the Conference USA championship game. He had 240 all-purpose yards and two receiving touchdowns in the game. This year, he's moving back to slot receiver, reported the Hattiesburg American.

DL Jamie Collins averaged 1.5 tackles for loss per game last year, which was 10th best in the nation. He ranked second on the team in tackles and sacks. Last season he returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown. With the departure of Law, Collins might be the key pass rusher in 2012.

"We had a little spring break-itis out there. But, it was another good practice overall. We got a lot done even though we tried not to install too much new stuff. For the most part, it continues to go well." -- Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson, on how his team performed after an 11-day layoff for spring break.

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