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Where does Briggs fit in USM receivers mix?

There's no denying that Chris Briggs has been one of the most talented receivers at Southern Miss over the last couple of years.

It's just a matter of the junior avoiding the injury bug and being more consistent when he's on the field.

Briggs is currently well down the depth chart as a wideout, but he still has a chance to make a big impact on the 2013 season.

Todd Monken was asked recently what he and his staff are demanding out of Briggs at this point.

"Chris has always had some lower body issues, hamstring issues that have stopped him from playing consistently fast in a no-huddle offense," Monken said. "Chris is coming along nicely, recovering from hamstring issues. We're asking him to play more physical and play more consistently longer. Otherwise, we're not in a position where we can sub out every two or three plays if he gets tired or his hammy starts to tighten."

Briggs should get plenty of playing time if he can improve his durability. He is too talented at 6-foot-5, 214 pounds to not be an impact player at Southern Miss.

Briggs caught just 11 balls for 144 yards and no touchdowns in 10 games last year after showing great promise as a freshman with 11 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in 10 games. As a freshman, it seemed like every one of Briggs' catches came at a crucial moment in the game.