News:Jeremy Hester rushed for 12 yards on seven carries for a touchdown at Rice on Saturday.
Analysis: The touchdown is Jeremy Hester's first of the season and it only took seven games, which speaks to just how terrible the Southern Miss and in particular, their run game has been.
Southern Miss' Hester Does Little in Season Opener
News:Jeremy Hester rushed for 28 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 14 yards in the season opener at Nebraska.
Analysis: The RBs were overshadowed by QB Anthony Alford and his rush attempts, while the passing game never got started. Expect better numbers in Southern Miss' next game against East Carolina.
Southern Miss' Hester in Dead Heat for Starting RB Job
News:Jeremy Hester is in a dead heat with Desmond Johnson for Southern Miss' starting RB job, the Hattiesburg-American reports.
Analysis: This is shaping up to be a RB by committee situation, which shouldn't surprise many as last season Southern Miss had five different players carry the ball at least 70 times. If only Jeremy Hester and Johnson carry the ball this season, it would be a major boost to their fantasy value.
News:Jeremy Hester rushed for 64 yards with two TDs on 10 carries, in the team's first scrimmage, the Clarion Ledger reports.
Analysis: For reasons unknown, starter Desmond Johnson did not participate in the scrimmage. Expect Jeremy Hester to factor more into the offense this season as the RBs are far more experienced than the current crop of QBs and WRs on the team.
News:Jeremy Hester is currently second on the team's depth chart at RB, the Hattiesburg American reports.
Analysis:Jeremy Hester is still behind senior Desmond Johnson, who was second on the team last season in rushing yards per game (60.6). If the Golden Eagles stick to the offense they ran last season, the depth chart will matter little, as Southern Miss doesn't use a traditional one running back system. Instead they use a multi-player attack which will keep Hester involved in the offense.
News: After taking a huge hit to the head Saturday against SMU, Jeremy Hester was back at practice Sunday despite stitches for facial abrasions and new dental work.
Analysis: Hester is proving to be a tough customer, but with Jamal Woodyard playing well, his fantasy value is slim.
News: With Jeremy Hester leaving the game with an injury, Jamal Woodyard rumbled for 116 yards and a touchdown as USM blew out SMU.
Analysis: Woodyard is a must-add this week as the USM backfield is decimated with injuries and they should run all over UTEP next weekend.
News: Running back Jeremy Hester took advantage of his opportunity to start for Southern Miss, as he rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: With the USM backfield in shambles Hester took advantage and would be a solid flex start if he would start, but that remains questionable.
News: With Desmond Johnson and Jamal Woodyard banged up, it is likely Southern Miss will turn to 5'6, 180 pound Jeremy Hester as their backup at running back against Marshall.
Analysis: Hester had four carries for 19 yards last year and is a solid change of pace guy to have. But expect the full workload for Kendrick Hardy as he remains a solid RB3/Flex option.