Keeping Score

Pair to split 2nd string snaps at QB in USM's spring

Sophomore Nick Mullens will continue to get snaps this spring as the No. 1 quarterback for Southern Miss while Parker Adamson and Ricky Lloyd will split time at second string, coach Todd Monken said Friday.

Mullens saw time off the bench early in the 2013 season and started the final six games, leading USM to its lone win of the season, 62-27, at UAB on Nov. 30.

“We feel pretty good about Nick, but the two's will be split between Parker and Lloyd, and Cole (Weeks) will work at the three,” Monken said. “We've got to see what we have with Ricky and Parker. Cole is a big part of our program. He's a leader and he wants to be a coach some day. I'd feel good if we have to play Cole, but we've got to figure out what we have. Nick is not a finished product so we have to figure out what we've got with Ricky and Parker. Those two have the opportunity to battle to see if they can be the backup. If Nick doesn't progress, those two could threaten to be the starter.”

Lloyd, a redshirt junior, did not play last season after starting two games in 2012 and playing in five games total. He went 22-for-24 for 277 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Adamson is a redshirt freshman out of Oxford who stands 6-foot-4, 213 pounds.

“Parker is very smart,” Monken said. “For a guy that played in a high school system that wasn't really similar to ours, he picked it up really well. He's a very accurate thrower. He's got a chance to be very good. I think he takes a lot of pride in doing things right and that kind of hurt him. He's so prideful that occasionally he gets himself down.”

Mullens completed 49.3 percent of his passes for 1,776 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season.

Weeks, a former walk-on, is entering his final year as a redshirt senior.

USM begins spring practice on Monday.