Southern Miss wil be missing key players against UAB

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Southern Miss will be without three of its top players when it heads to Birmingham to face UAB in a pivotal Conference USA tilt.

Coach Larry Fedora announced after Tuesday’s practice that receivers DeAndre Brown and Johdrick Morris, and running back Damion Fletcher would all stay home to nurse various injuries.

Brown suffered a shoulder injury during last week’s game against Kansas and Fletcher suffered a groin strain the same game. Both players missed the final three series of the game.

Morris is still recovering from a concussion he suffered against Virginia on Sept. 19. He did not play against Kansas.

“We went through the entire spring without DeAndre and Fletch, so all the guys who will be playing got reps all through spring and a lot during [fall] camp,” Fedora said. “Quentin Pierce will step up and make plays like he did this past spring and we are looking to Tory [Harrison], along with V.J. Floyd and Tracey Lampley at tailback.”

Southern Miss is 3-1 this season a 1-0 in conference play with a win over Central Florida. UAB is 1-3 and 1-1 in conference play. After winning its opening game against Rice, the Blazers have lost three straight.