Keeping Score

Monken, staff look to upgrade roster with scholarships available

Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken said Wednesday that USM ended up with 10 available scholarships after spring practice, and the staff is working hard to fill those spots.

Monken already had plenty of scholarships available, but it was padded when safety DeBarriaus Miller was released from the team because of a violation of team rules and offensive lineman Taylor Peterson chose not to return for his final year of eligibility.

There have been a handful of players who have declared their verbal commitments to USM over the last month, including former TCU quarterback Tyler Matthews and junior college running back Vernard Roberts.

There should be a good number of transfers on the roster when fall camp begins in August, and there will be some who will try to earn scholarships in the fall.

Within the next month, we'll get a number of them on campus,” Monken said. “Some of them still have graduation and classes to take. Some will start to sprinkle in and some might not get here until the middle of July. Hopefully it won't be that late, but that's the way it is with some. Not all of the guys that say they're coming on Twitter (are going to have scholarship offers or join the team). We're trying to have some come in and hang out in case we have offers for them. We're aggressively trying to find guys.

The bottom line is we're trying to upgrade our personnel."

USM went 1-11 in Monken's first year on the job, beating UAB, 62-27, in the final game of the season.