Southern Miss Tabs Campbell as Starter vs Nebraska

J.P. Scott@TheJPScottSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2012

Dec 3, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles mascot Seymour in action against the Houston Cougars in the third quarter at Robertson Stadium. Southern Miss defeated Houston 49-28 to win the Conference USA championship. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The defending Conference USA champion Southern Miss Golden Eagles will bring a lot of team speed and a pocket passer to Lincoln for their matchup with the Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Head Coach Ellis Johnson decided on junior Chris Campbell for the start at quarterback against the Huskers.

For a Nebraska team looking to get a fast start on a non-conference schedule that may be a little tougher than in recent years, this should come as good news.

Campbell is a prototypical pocket-passer, something Nebraska has had success in defending during Bo Pelini's tenure.

Johnson has not left out the possibility of using multiple quarterbacks, depending on the situation and score.

For now, the Blackshirts should be able to plan on pinning their ears back and going after a quarterback who poses little, if any, running threat.

Outside of Campbell's performance, Nebraska's ability to match up with the speed of Southern Miss on both sides of the ball will be the other key to watch.

The game could be closer than many expect, as Johnson brings the same defensive scheme to Lincoln that was used to shut down the Huskers in the Capital One Bowl on January 2.

If Southern Miss has success against the Nebraska offense the way South Carolina did, the game could come down to whether or not this Nebraska defense can make a game-changing play against a relatively inexperienced quarterback. 

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