#11 - LOCAL FOOTBALL TALENT IMPACTING COLLEGE TEAMS IN MISSISSIPPI
One only has to look back on the 2008 prep football season to see how much football talent there is in East Mississippi and West Alabama, and in the '08 college season, two former East Mississippi prep stars strutted their stuff at the next level.
As 1st year Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt turned the Rebs into contenders late in the season, Meridian High alum Cordera Eason led the charge on the ground. Eason was one of the Rebels most dependable backs all season long, and ended the season atop the Ole Miss rushing yards list (644 yds). Eason fought to earn the starting job all summer as former five star recruit Enrique Davis threatened to steal the spotlight, but Cordera proved throughout the year that he deserved to be the main man in the backfield.
At Southern Miss Larry Fedora's first year as head coach got off to a rough start, but even when the Golden Eagles were in the tank at 2-6, a former West Lauderdale quarterback was a top performer. Austin Davis began the season as an unknown entity in Hattiesburg, but now that his regular season is complete (2,852 passing yards, 21 TD passes), Davis has solidified himself as one of Conference USA's most dynamic offensive players. With the help of a talented supporting cast and improved defense, Davis' Golden Eagles finished the regular season with four straight wins, and landed in the New Orleans Bowl.
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