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Report: Southern Miss loses star receiver to NFL Draft

Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity, Jr. reaches out for Southern Miss wide receiver Korey Robertson during the fourth quarter of their game at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on Sept. 2.
Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity, Jr. reaches out for Southern Miss wide receiver Korey Robertson during the fourth quarter of their game at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on Sept. 2. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Southern Miss appears set to lose its top returning player for 2018.

USM junior receiver Korey Robertson will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Robertson had a breakout season as a junior, catching 76 passes for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn a First-Team All-Conference USA selection.

Rapoport tweeted that Robertson is projected to go in the second or third rounds.

Roberton had a total of 51 catches for 637 yards and six touchdowns during his first two seasons at USM. The Greenwood native is a powerful receiver who showed good hands throughout his time at USM.

If Robertson does indeed enter the draft, USM will be down four of its top five receivers from 2017 — Allenzae Staggers (44 catches), running back Ito Smith (40) and Isaiah Jones (22).

Redshirt freshman Quez Watkins is USM's top returning receiver with 23 catches for 337 yards and two touchdowns.

Jaylond Adams and Biloxi native Tim Jones also received significant playing time this year for USM at receiver. Adams had eight receptions for 219 yards and one touchdown. Jones pulled in five passes for 121 yards and one score.

Long Beach product Trevor Terry will also likely see more passes thrown his way entering his junior campaign.

USM finished 8-5 on Dec. 27 with a 43-12 loss to Florida State in the Independence Bowl.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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