Finding starting QB, adjusting to new coach biggest concerns

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The most pressing questions facing the Southern Miss football team on the heels of what was arguably its most successful season in school history are clear.

Who will replace record-setting quarterback Austin Davis?

How will the Golden Eagles adjust to a new coaching staff after the departure of Larry Fedora?

In the short, early evaluation window that is spring football, Southern Miss might not be able to answer those questions.

At the moment, the battle to replace Davis as the Golden Eagles starting quarterback is a three-man battle. First-year coach Ellis Johnson recently told the Hattiesburg American that redshirt junior Chris Campbell holds the early advantage. Redshirt freshman Ricky Lloyd and redshirt sophomore Arsenio Favor, despite a minor injury, are in the mix too. Two freshman should join in when they arrive on campus in the fall.

Said Johnson to the Hattiesburg American: "There's been positives. They all have good arm strength, good zip on the ball. Sometimes, the location has been bad. It's late decisions, more mental than physical. They'll obviously get better."

The verdict on Johnson almost certainly won't be determined in the spring. He lost some key players, but sits at the helm of a program that has had 18 straight winning seasons and 10 straight bowl games.

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